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12/20/2013:

Texas archers:
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John Magera of T.H.E. JOAD in Columbus will be holding an clinic in Columbus on Saturday, January 25th.
Any archer, instructor, coach, archery parent, and anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the Olympic style recurve bow. Compound archers and coaches will also benefit greatly from this in depth look at a corner of the archery world that is rapidly growing.
- archery styles & equipment
- choosing your equipment
- setting up a recurve bow
- tuning a recurve bow
- maintenance
- Q&A & hands on, time permitting
(ed. note: I can't think of a better opportunity for young archers AND ESPECIALLY their parents to get a handle on controlling the bow's behavior! )
Questions to:info@pearlandarchery.com  and registrations go to http://www.pearlandarchery.com/registration
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LEVEL III-NTS Coaching Certification Course in central Texas
Level 3-NTS Coaching Certification/Education course will be held the weekend of February 7, 8, & 9, 2014 in the North Austin/Cedar Park area.
This course will be conducted by USAA Level IV-NTS coach Ron Carmichael and Level III-NTS coach Lindsey Carmichael.
The course fee is $350 and includes course manual and building use fees. In addition each candidate must have a copy of the book "Archery" by USA Archery.
For full information check this link to the Training Ops page of the TSAA: http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/Training.htm
Reserve your spot ASAP by emailing - webmaster@texasarchery.org !
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In the DFW area, Level I & II Archery Instructor Certification
This opportunity to learn how to instruct beginning archers and to set up and conduct a safe range will be offered the weekends of January 18-19, 2014, and February 22-23, 2014.  For more information and to reserve a spot, contact ASAP:  Holly Lawton Avendano, USA Archery Certified Level III-NTS Archery Coach at 512-943-2026
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The championship shoot for the 2013 South Texas 4-H indoor archery series was held last weekend in Victoria, and many personal bests were achieved by the more than 90 archers who participated.  The index of results for the entire series as well as the final event is at http://www.texasarchery.org/FourH/13/2013Summary.html
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In the north Texas area, Chris Kamilar will conduct a tournament with the North Dallas JOAD the weekend of January 24-26, 2014.  An acrobat file with all the information can be found at http://www.texasarchery.org/temp/2014_Texas_Cup_Reg.pdf .
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And to keep building the momentum in your archer's abilities as preparation for the National Indoor (see below), pencil yourself in for the TSAA State Indoor tournament to be held Jan. 31, Feb 1 & 2, 2014 in Austin at UT. Registration information will be posted on the TSAA website and a note sent out when registration starts.
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February 14,15 & 16th - the final warmup shoot prior to the Nationals is going to be the TSAA State JOAD tournament, hosted by Straight Arrow Archery in VIctoria, Texas.  Information to be posted in the coming weeks on the TSAA site.
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All of these shooting opportunities will hone your skills and bring them to a peak just in time for the National Indoor being hosted at the super new facilities on the campus of A&M - College Station.  USA Archery has posted a page with links to the National Indoor Championship/JOAD National Indoor Championship (co-inciding) to be held in 4 weekends in February and March in different locations around the country. For Texans, A&M is THE PLACE TO SHOOT!  Here's the link: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Events  - note that you can shoot in only one location.
I've put a google map link together for the location of the new Aggie gymnasium built with archery in mind, a multi-million dollar endeavor that is just super with a high capacity for shooters!  https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zfq0tE2DBRTg.kC6jg-aJig-E&hl=en (look for the star!)
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Again, sign up early for the coaching course you want to participate in so the teachers can plan properly!


And from Gina, Lindsey, and Ron Carmichael, may you and yours have a most excellent holiday season with your family and friends, a merry christmas, and a happy and healthy new year.

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11/9/2013:

Texas archers:


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ON NOVEMBER 22, 2013, everybody will be catching fire. The second (of at least 3) installment of the move, "The Hunger Games", called Catching Fire, will be released. By now you have seen the beginnings of the HUGE ad campaign of corporate America doing the buyin-tie in to the movie. THe ads usually include archery. Mega-exposure! Huh? oh, yeah - the grow the sport thing: Print a suitable image and tape it to your rear car window, or use white shoe polish (or other colors like "flame" for that matter) and draw on your car window a message, like "I'm an archer" or "The odds are with this archer!" - you get the idea - get more people (and especially kids) thinking about it! Coaches, you might include your phone number<G>... Last year we were not prepared for the HUGE positive public response, which the Olympic games perpetuated. This year's bounce is going to be as huge as we make it. If you doubt the impact, just google "may the odds". Don't let this opportunity for your kid to brag, "I'm an archer" slip by :) FOr example, when you drive up to drop said kid off at school, make sure the sign is where all the others will see it!
JOADs - print up fliers and have your archers hand them out to those walking OUT of the movie! And may the odds be always in your favor!
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With the first two 4-H indoor tournaments done, and the Longhorn Indoor being shot even as this is being written it is safe to say that the indoor archery season is well under way.
The calendar of events on the TSAA website has been updated with all the events that are fit to print for Texas archers. Upcoming is the Aggie Indoor, November 22-24, for which you can find information at this link: http://www.tamuarchery.com/Aggie%20Invite/aggie_invitational.htm
SPECIAL NOTE: The Aggie Indoor will NOT be at the location we have all known and loved for a decade and more! The Aggies have a NEW archery facility, which I am sure will somehow be even better than the previous, so you have a great extra reason to sign up and shoot! From the website: "The 2013 Aggie Invitational will be held in the main floor of the new PEAP building on the Texas A&M west campus. The PEAP building is located on Penberthy drive to the west side of Reed Arena."

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It with not just a little happiness I note that Texas has gained another USA Archery-certified Level IV-NTS coach: Andrew Spangler. Andrew just returned from the Level IV course at the Olympic Training Center (ARCO) in Chula Vista, CA. There were 15 candidates in the course, and only 3 (!) managed to fulfill National Head Coach Kisik Lee's demanding criteria. Andrew was one of the three. CONGRATULATIONS, COACH SPANGLER!

By the way - "NTS" stands for the "National Training System". The NTS is the culmination of all the elements of Coach Lee's method of using a more scientific approach to all aspects of archery. The combination of Level IV and "NTS" means the coach has acquired AND been certified to have a high level of understanding of many aspects of being a coach, including biokinetics of archery.

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The last time I wrote here I included a request for help in running the Valor Games in San Antonio. Wow...I cannot begin to put into words how excellent the archery event of the games were for more than 80 servicemembers(but I'm gonna try)! Several coaches, including Susan Schwartz and Barry Watson, brought crews of young archers to help guide the athletes with scoring and arrow pulling. Fortunately, Barry also brought targets and bales to insure we had enough. Tom Barker (through the Straight Arrow Archery Center) provided a trailer loaded with bales, stands, bows, arrows, all of which were key to having this event. Level III-NTS Coaches Mike Singerman and Lindsey Carmichael, along with archer Wanda Newsome drove from Austin to provide help, and were key in adaptive solutions for many athletes who needed to overcome disabilities to shoot. Matthew Requa, another Level III-NTS, came from A&M and was key to enabling a number of troops to figure out the best way to shoot as well as repairing gear on-the-fly. Adaptive coaching is definitely a challenge but an awesomely rewarding endeavor. If you have the opportunity to participate in a Wounded Warrior event I guarantee you will come out with more pride and happiness and respect for the human will than you expect. Thanks again to all that helped with this event.
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When I first designed the TSAA website most Texas archers were not on broadband and many were not yet on the net at all. (I KNOW! OMG! GMWATF*!! #UNBELEEVIBLE) Most were on dial-up access or else had not even heard about the whole interweb tubules thing. So I was careful to keep things simple and text-oriented for fast loading, with all images on separate pages/photo albums for the most part. It's a different day and not only are most TSAA members on the web, you are using smart phones and tablets to access the binary intergalactic network. soooo....
I have begun the process of adapting the TSAA website to a fluid grid HTML5/CSS3 standard. This will enable all web-enabled displays to handle the content in a more proportional, readable format regardless of the size of the display being used. With thousands of pages, it may take me a little while...but improvements ARE underway.
(*Gag Me With A Tuning Fork - should be said with a valley girl accent)
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Several TSAA members are helping to maintain the calendars on the TSAA website at http://texasarchery.org/L1/schedule.htm
Keep any eye on events with both the Google Calendar (you can tag the events you want to attend!) and the text table of events in chrono order.
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Be assured that the TOTS program was a great success. Awards are pending..and we will definitely be seeing a TOTS 2014 for the outdoor season, kicking off just as soon as the National Indoor event finishes - the Texas portion of the Indoor Nats will be in College Station ending on March 2, 2014. So depending on the weather patterns, a warm winter/early spring for example, TOTS archers might start playing the very next weekend. Stay tuned!
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The USA Archery website holds a lot of good information and finding some of the current topics can be found at this link: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Features .
Of note is the "JOAD and Adult Scoring Matrices Get New Look and Easy to Read Layout" , which really makes it easier for JOAD coaches to support their JOAD archers' progress with appropriate recognition! Check it out at
http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Features/2013/November/05/JOAD-and-Adult-Scoring-Matrices-Get-New-Look-and-Easy-to-Read-Layout
(Yeah, not the shortest URL I have ever seen<G> but the read is really worth it!)
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OF IMMEDIATE INTEREST:  John Magera of Columbus and T.H.E. JOAD will host the first TOTS event this coming weekend (that's April 20!).  It is a low-cost, single day, THREE distance target competition.  No hotel needed, nice and simple for those families of archers looking for a fun opportunity to shoot while keeping the costs down.  Each distance has it's own size target to provide variety and a measured challenge to the archer.  It's easy to register, just call in - but the spaces on the line are more than half full at this point so check the information at this link and decide pronto!: http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/TOTS/TOTSannouncement.html
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The State Field registrations are going along nicely thanks to the increased intereest generated by the NATIONAL FIELD EVENT, but we need YOU to register soon if you plan to attend so that we can get everything ready for the right number of field shooters! It's May the 4 & 5 and will serve well as a warmup opportunity for the national field event (see below).  For full information and to register, go to this link:
http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/Field/RegFormSF.htm

In case you had not heard already, the STATE FIELD event will be on the same grounds as the NATIONAL FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP coming a month later.  <HINT>
Expert Barebow field shooter Skip Trafford will hold a free (!) clinic during the State Field (on how to shoot field), so bring your questions and please don't delay to sign up!  The DEADLINE for registering for the State Field event is April 27th, or whenever the field of archers FILL UP the available starting slots.  If you wait you may not shoot.
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Let's see.... I mentioned the TOTS.  The State Field.  what else... oh, I know!

USA Archery has formally announced the U.S. National Field Championships (& World Games Team Trials for Recurve and Barebow), which the Texas State Archery Association is hosting for 2013 and 2014.

Past TSAA President and field archery designer Rick Stonebraker is coordinating this event.
Texas archers and coaches are very excited at the prospect of providing both a competitive, challenging course and the hospitality Texas and Texans are known for.

Please check this link for all the information and to register online:
http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/NationalField/NationalFieldReg2013.htm

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LEVEL III-NTS COACHING CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITY.  Ron Carmichael, Level IV-NTS coach, will conduct a Level III-NTS coaching certification course this summer.  Right now I am planning on holding it in July, after the National Target Championship.  It will likely be in Cedar Park (far north Austin), and I am eyeballing July 26th-28th.   If you MIGHT be interested in taking this course and meet the requirements laid out by USA Archery (at this link: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Certification/Certification-Program.aspx ) please write me and let me know of your interest so I can begin to assess the level of participation.  It will be limited to no more than 12 candidates (18 if Lindsey Carmichael also participates as an instructor, which is likely at this time).   The cost will be ~$350 per person and includes all materials, and require attendance of a Friday afternoon/evening, all day Sat/Sun.
Interested? write webmaster@texasarchery.org , and let me know your contact information.   Know someone else who might be interested? Please forward this information on to them as well.  Texas looks to be one of the most active states in the country in certifying instructors and coaches in USA/NFAA Archery, and level III coaches are incredibly important in creating our next generation of ELITE TEXAS ARCHERS to maintain our tradition of providing world-class competitors.  This certification also helps to enable those that want to serve the Wounded Warrior program and develop archery in schools, after schools, and in colleges & universities as well.

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And we are so proud here in Texas over this, I have to say it again:  The USA Archery National Field Championships (and World Games Team Trials for Recurve and Barebow) will be at the same location as the State Field, about a month later.  June 6 through 8 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) is now the official date for the event.  You might want to book a hotel room now, if you think you MIGHT be headed for the shoot.

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Be sure to find AND like us on Facebook, and share a comment or photo or two...If you are IN Texas and have anything going on with pointy stick flinging, why not share it with other Texan archers?
Texas State Archery Association
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-State-Archery-Association/149947048392250?ref=hl

Ron
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Thanks, folks!

Ron Carmichael, webmaster TSAA

2-17-2013 - TO ALL NORTH REGISTERED ARCHERS, AN ALERT ON JOAD COMPOUND SCORING RULES

For all of the archers headed for the TSAA Indoor Senior and JOAD tournaments in Plano -
PARENTS OF JOAD COMPOUND ARCHERS AND ARCHERS THEMSELVES! PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY.
If you are a JOAD compound archer, be aware that the ten ring of the target has two different possibilities! If you are shooting the 120-arrow senior event as a youth archer (bowman,cub,cadet,junior) then you must score the INNER 10 RING, and you will shoot on a 40cm target, you will shoot 60 arrows at TWO DIFFERENT TIMES for a total of 120 arrows.
IF you are in the JOAD tournament (which is only one shooting time for 60 arrows) AND you are either a Junior or a Cadet compound shooter, you score the INNER 10 RING as well on a 40cm target.
IF you are in the JOAD tournament and you are a cub or bowman, you score the OUTER 10 RING on a 40cm target.

BOTH TOURNAMENTS: Compound youths always shoot a 40cm target. The older two divisions (Juniors and Cadets) compound archers always score the inner 10 ring on those targets, and ONLY in the JOAD tournament do the younger divisions (Cubs and Bowman) get to score the outer 10 ring.

There, I've said it several ways because it is a very confusing thing. Why a difference? The kids shooting in the 120-arrow senior event are eligible to set world US and world records because that event is sanctioned by FITA/World Archery and 'cause we follow their rules about these things. SINCE FITA/World Archery does NOT have a JOAD category, the USA Archery/TSAA is able to make things a little easier for the youngest archers by using a larger target and/or allowing a bigger 10 ring to score on.

PARENTS AND YOUTH ARCHERS: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING YOUR SCORING RIGHT, and if you shoot and score on the incorrect ring you can be totally disqualified! I have compiled a chart which you can print and put in your quiver so you will have a reference for when someone else tries to confuse you. <GRIN>

http://www.texasarchery.org/JOAD/JOADDistances.htm

Recurve youths - there are different sized targets depending on which division you are in, so check the chart also!

The JOAD State Indoor will likewise be held in two locations - in Columbus, as well as in Plano. 4H kids and NASP archers (WE ARE TREATING THE GENESIS BOW AS A BAREBOW IN OUR JOAD TOURNAMENT!) are welcome to play in this as always. The TSAA is happy to enable ANY archer to participate.

See more information and links, AND REGISTER NOW AT

http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/Indoor/SIreg.htm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUSTIN EVENT IS ALREADY FINISHED. SIGN UP AS SOON AS YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PICK YOUR TIMES FOR THE PLANO AND COLUMBUS EVENTS.
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To see the archers registered for the state JOAD, use this link:
http://www.texasarchery.org/Reg/JOADSI.htm

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To see the archers for the state indoor event, use this link:
http://www.texasarchery.org/Reg/SI.HTM

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Minutes from the TSAA general meeting will be posted in the coming days. We are on track to have our biggest year ever, and the plans for the hosting of the USA Archery's National Field Championship and World Field Team Trials this spring are ongoing. New officers have been elected, and I wish to thank the TSAA for giving me my wife back: after more than 10 years of double duty, Gina Carmichael is retired as the Secretary/Treasurer, and two people have stepped up to take on the roles she was performing. Thanks to Angela Spangler for becoming Secretary and to Karin Magera for taking on the Treasurer position. As VP, I can only have one vote on the board, so my role as webmaster will continue in a non-voting capacity.
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2-13-2013

NEWSBLIP ON PARKING INFORMATION FOR THE SOUTH VENUE AT UT-AUSTIN.

NOTE: UT has very limited street parking. You have to be very careful where you park to avoid the hyper-vigilant UT metermaids.
James Corral has just put together a summary on parking options, which you should please read BEFORE you head to Austin this weekend!
Print it and bring it with you? <hint>
Here is the link:

http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/Indoor/ParkingGuide.pdf

Please allow a little extra time so you don't end up rushing at the outset of the event. And remember, no smoking on campus, and no denim or camo pants per the USA Archery dress code.

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To Texan archers everywhere...

Short and sweet: One week to the first day of the State Indoor event, and two weeks to the second part, and the entire JOAD Indoor (at two locations simultaneously) Tomorow the rates will change to register for these events.
DO NOT PUT IT OFF IF YOU WANT TO SHOOT...unless you like paying a late fee...

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Indoor Opportunity to Prepare For the National Indoors Coming Up:
The TSAA is holding the STATE INDOOR Tournament in a TWO locations, Plano and Austin! As Texas is more than 1200 km in both heighth and breadth (790 miles top to bottom and 770 miles across), driving to Austin from many parts can be an 8 hour roadtrip, so this year you can shoot the state senior indoor in either Austin or in Plano, for convenience! As the conditions will be the same we can (as USAA does with the national indoor championship) combine the scores to determine the outstanding archers in each division. This is mainly a way for archers to avoid having to drive 6 hours or more to shoot. NFAA shooters are welcome of course, as are any archers from the states adjacent to Texas, where there may not be a USAA sanctioned indoor championship shoot.

The JOAD State Indoor will likewise be held in two locations - in Columbus, as well as in Plano. 4H kids and NASP archers (there is now a Genesis Bow division) are welcome to play in this as always. The TSAA is happy to enable ANY archer to participate.Thi

See more information and links, AND REGISTER NOW AT

http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/Indoor/SIreg.htm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 1PM LINE IN AUSTIN IS ALREADY FULL. SIGN UP AS SOON AS YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PICK YOUR TIMES.
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To see the archers registered for the state JOAD, use this link:
http://www.texasarchery.org/Reg/JOADSI.htm

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To see the archers for the state indoor event, use this link:
http://www.texasarchery.org/Reg/SI.HTM

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Final note: The TSAA holds its annual meeting and officer election during the State Indoor Event, that Saturday around 4pm. It is at UT this year, and all are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the upcoming NATIONAL FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP the TSAA is hosting. The following Saturday the second venue of the State Indoor, in Plano at Texas Archery Academy, we will also hold a meeting (no officer elections) to cover the same material and get as much contact with members as possible.
Please plan to attend one of the two meetings if you can. If you would like to participate in the operations of the TSAA, run for a board position, VOLUNTEER your skills, please email the Secretary with your information, mailto:secretary@texasarchery.org .
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Thanks, folks!

Ron Carmichael, webmaster TSAA

The intent of this text message is to inform, not irritate. If you want to be unsubscribed, simply hit REPLY and let me know. Please feel free to foward to any archers you know, and if you are NOT on the rolls as a recipient of these text emails, send a note to the webmaster@texasarchery.org requesting to be added, and it shall be done.

Feb. 2, 2013:

To archers everywhere...

This archery newsblip is being sent to more than 800 archers in Texas (and a few Texas archers stuck somewheres else). It is designed to inform about timely archery opportunities. If you do NOT wish to receive these text-only emails occasionally, please hit reply and let me (the TSAA webmaster) know and I'll personally see to it. I've been sending newsletters and emails for the TSAA for more than 13 years, and the goal is simply to inform about a great sport. Ron Carmichael
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Indoor Opportunity to Prepare For the National Indoors Coming Up:
The TSAA is holding the STATE INDOOR Tournament in a TWO locations, Plano and Austin! As Texas is more than 1200 km in both heighth and breadth (790 miles top to bottom and 770 miles across), driving to Austin from many parts can be an 8 hour roadtrip, so this year you can shoot the state senior indoor in either Austin or in Plano, for convenience! As the conditions will be the same we can (as USAA does with the national indoor championship) combine the scores to determine the outstanding archers in each division. This is mainly a way for archers to avoid having to drive 6 hours or more to shoot. NFAA shooters are welcome of course, as are any archers from the states adjacent to Texas, where there may not be a USAA sanctioned indoor championship shoot.

The JOAD State Indoor will likewise be held in two locations - in Columbus, as well as in Plano. 4H kids and NASP archers (there is now a Genesis Bow division) are welcome to play in this as always. The TSAA is happy to enable ANY archer to participate.

See more information and links on the TSAA's calendar page: 2/15 & 2/23 of 2013 - see http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/schedule.htm for more. Our usual online registration system is at
http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/Indoor/SIreg.htm
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 1PM LINE IN AUSTIN IS ALREADY FULL. SIGN UP AS SOON AS YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PICK YOUR TIMES.
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TWO NEW JOADS IN THE HOUSTON AREA:
An alert just came in - Viking Archery, the Houston Business establishment, recently closed its doors and its JOAD program. Scott Whiteford is trying to keep the doors open and has registered a new JOAD club under the name of Greater Houston Archery JOAD.

The new club meets at
9701 Honeywell
Houston, TX 77074
On saturdays at 10.15 AM - please contact Scott ( mailto:johnsongrips@att.net if you can participate or give support.
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YET ANOTHER new Texas JOAD:
"Woodlands Archery JOAD" with USA archery and been chartered. They meet at "Archery on Fire" a new indoor/field/3-D facility just east of The Woodlands.

Contact information:
Name: Woodlands Archery JOAD
Steve Overbeck Cell: 281-772-3710
Website: www.WoodlandsArchery.com
Email: Archery@StevenOverbeck.com

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Congratulations to the lastest course graduates of a Level III Coaching Certification Course here in Texas. The 9 coaches now bring our State Total of Level III from 12 up to 21! Looking for a coach? We have several ways now: The USA Archery Coach Locator shows each of the 50 states' worth at this link: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Certification/Coach-Locator.aspx
and for TEXAS COACHES you can use this nifty map to spot a coach or instructor near you:
http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/GMOA.htm If you are a level II or higher and NOT on the map, please email me with name, contact information, and city/zip code and I'll add you to this rapidly growing population!
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Speaking of classes: Announcing a Level I archery Instructor training class. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 9th from 9 until 6 pm. Come join us. Cost of the course is $100. Please let us know if you are interested. The class is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Gander Mountain Lodge, 290
and Hwy 6, Houston, Texas. For more information see this pdf flyer: http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/temp/Archery%20Instructor%20Flyer%201.pdf
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Did you know there is a Facebook page for Texas Archery? If you are a archer please LIKE the page! More powerfully, please SHARE the page with any archers you know especially if they are not lucky enough to be Texans. :) And PARTICIPATE in the FB page to make it more Texan.
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Neat Archery Apps for the droid phone: Archery Companion, Archery Score (one of my favorites, much like Target Plot was), Archery Scorepad, Chronobow, KSLPC.
For Coaches, nothing I know of quite beats Coach's Eye (thanks to Tom Barker for alerting me to this Apple IOs app that has been ported to the droid), but useful for Samsung users is Fast Burst Camera, and also V1 Golf (not as useful to me as Coach's Eye). If you have a favorite app that I didn't list, post a note on the Texas FB page? thanks!
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YET ANOTHER MAP: Ever wonder where archers are, that like and use the Texas Archery Association's website? This is kind of neat:
http://www4.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://www.texasarchery.org&type=small&category=plus&clusters=yes&map=world
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Final note: The TSAA holds its annual meeting and officer election during the State Indoor Event, that Saturday around 4pm. It is at UT this year, and all are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the upcoming NATIONAL FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP the TSAA is hosting. The following Saturday the second venue of the State Indoor, in Plano at Texas Archery Academy, we will also hold a meeting (no officer elections) to cover the same material and get as much contact with members as possible.
Please plan to attend one of the two meetings if you can. If you would like to participate in the operations of the TSAA, run for a board position, VOLUNTEER your skills, please email the Secretary with your information, mailto:secretary@texasarchery.org .
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Thanks, folks!

Ron Carmichael, webmaster TSAA

The intent of this text message is to inform, not irritate. If you want to be unsubscribed, simply hit REPLY and let me know. Please feel free to foward to any archers you know, and if you are NOT on the rolls as a recipient of these text emails, send a note to the webmaster@texasarchery.org requesting to be added, and it shall be done.

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January 2, 2013:

To archers everywhere...the first newsblip of 2013...

First, great happpiness and archery success to you in the new year. I hope the year of 2013 brings great things to your family and to your archery endeavors!
This is about the 10th year of these infrequent TSAA textmails (aka newsblips) sent out to more than 2000 archers across the land (and across the ponds as well) with a jumble of archery info, not just Texan-based stuff. Though the primary function is to inform on upcmoing events IN Texas. It is always a delight when a friend from Australia, Canada, somewheres in Europe, happens to drop in and shoot one of our many events. With the National Field Championships happening here in Texas in 2013 and 2014, we hope to see more of y'all than ever!
http://www.texasarchery.org/Registrations/13/FieldNats/NatField2013.html for the preliminary information.
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I resolve for 2013 to store these newsblips on a page for reference, which you will always be able to find at http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/blips.html . Feel free to share the blips and invite others to subscribe, just send an email to blipmaster@texasarcher.org .
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On a personal family note, congratulations to Michael Hojnacki, president of the TSAA - he is a new parent with a baby girl, born just around christmas. No sleep for Mike for the next few months! Please write Mike at michael.hojnacki@gmail.com to touch base with him.
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Lindsey Carmichael, (Beijing Medalist and level III coach) and I (level IV coach and past ITS staff) will be joining Tom Barker (Level IV USAA Coach/ITS staff as well) and a number of you coaches in Colorado Springs Jan 11th to attend an annual coaching symposium at the Olympic Training Center. This will be my 5th or 7th such event, and every time I come home with a huge fire stoked to be a better coach and mentor, with ideas, methods, and information from a host of varying disciplines brought together as only the USOC environment can do.

To maximize the benefit and spread the knowledge gained from this event, Lindsey and I plan to hold a level III certification course only a week or so after we return from the rocky mountain state, employing the latest and greatest from national head coach Kisik Lee and his staff. If you are a level II coach and have several years of experience actively coaching students AND you want to be able to contribute to the creation of elite archer-athletes, this course is for you. For more information on this Level III course, go to
http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/Training.htm
and zero in on the link to the information for the course - it will be limited in number so do not delay.
The experiences of both Lindsey and myself combine to have a synergistic effect in our classes that I feel no other course quite replicates.

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The TSAA will be holding the state Indoor Tournaments in TWO locations for both the Senior and the JOAD events! As Texas is more than 1200 km in both heighth and breadth (790 miles top to bottom and 770 miles across), driving to Austin from many parts can be an 8 hour roadtrip, so this year you can shoot the state indoor in either Austin or in Plano, for convenience! As the conditions will be the same we can (as USAA does with the national indoor championship) combine the scores to determine the outstanding archers in each division. NOTE you can only shoot in one location for "real". This is mainly a way for archers to avoid having to drive 6 hours or more to shoot. NFAA shooters are welcome of course, as are any archers from the states adjacent to Texas, where there may not be a USAA sanctioned indoor championship shoot.

The JOAD State Indoor will likewise be held in two locations - in Columbus, as well as in Plano. 4H kids are welcome to play in this as always. The TSAA is happy to enable ANY archer to participate.

See more information and links on the TSAA's calendar page: 2/15 & 2/23 of 2013 - see http://www.texasarchery.org/L1/schedule.htm for more. Our usual online registration system will be active in the next week or three for both tournaments...
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We hope to bring an "NTS archery clinic on wheels" to places around the various parts of Texas during 2013. Enlisting qualified USAA Texas coaches to come to towns with adequate supplies and gear, for one or two day weekends of instructions on the NTS method for both compound and recurve archers alike. if you want to help host such an event in your town, please write the webmaster@texasarchery.org to give us some idea of your interest!
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Congratulations once more this year to the south Texas 4-H organization that has for years offered a series of indoor archery tournaments for hundreds of young 4H/JOAD archers, culminating in a championship (this year at Straight Arrow Archery Learning Center). See the calendar and results at this location:
http://www.texasarchery.org/FourH/12/Schedule2012Indoors.html
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Did you know there is a Facebook page for Texas Archery? If you are a acher please LIKE the page! More powerfully, please SHARE this page with any archers you know especially if they are not lucky enough to be Texans. :) And PARTICIPATE in the FB page to make it more Texan.
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THE NATIONAL INDOOR TOURNAMENTS FOR BOTH USA ARCHERY AND FOR USA COLLEGIATE ARCHERY ARE COMING UP SOON. It's a good idea to start practicing early - shooting 120 quality arrows in one weekend requires strength and good technique. If you want to shoot your personal best, time is a-wasting! And be prepared to switch to your outdoor setup right away/after if you are a collegian, since there will be a great number of shooting opportunities PRIOR to the USIAC. Just eyeball the Texas Calendar Page to see all the events you get to choose to shoot in! There's even a collegiate Jalepeno Cup, where every end the archer with the lowest score on each target bale has to eat an entire jalepeno! (just kidding about that). Seriously, there have never been so many opportunities across the land for college students to compete in the run-up to the USIAC (which selects the World University Archery Championship Team).

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Last note: COACHES. Remember there is a private, coaches-only message board where you can register, and then exchange information freely among your peers. There are no anonymous users, and you must be either an NFAA, USAA, JOAD, USCA etc. coach to register. http://www.usaarcheryrecords.org/phpBB/index.php is the link - until you are activated the page will say "no forums", but they are there, waiting for your participation.
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Ever wonder where archers are, that like and use the Texas Archery Association's website? This is kind of neat:
http://www4.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://www.texasarchery.org&type=small&category=plus&clusters=yes&map=world
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More to follow in the new year!

Thanks, folks!

Ron Carmichael, webmaster TSAA

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