TSAA Archery News
June 12, 2002
In this newsletter:
US Junior World Team Trials 2002
NAA Instructors Training Course Considered
A Fun, Non-Archery Link
IF YOU KNOW?
In The Last Twelve Days...
|US Junior World Team Trials 2002|
The NAA conducted a tournament at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA during the weekend of June the, 2002 to determine the US Junior World Team for 2002-2003. This team of 32 young Americans will represent the US in the Czeck Republic in August. Thirteen youth archers from Texas joined around ninety others to compete for the honors.
Tom Barker of the South Texas JOAD watched his son Kevin compete and achieve a seat at the table. Along the way he took some photos and wrote a short summary of the event:
Czech This Out
by Tom Barker
Thirteen Texan Youth archers convened in Chula Vista, CA at the Olympic Training Center for the Junior World Trials. Weather each day was wonderful with an early morning chill and overcast that gave way to sun and a stiff breeze by early afternoon. It was virtual who's who of youth archery with the Jr. USAT team members and the nation's best in youth archery coaches in attendance.
Attending from Texas were Cassie and Tamara Raffaelli, Samantha Hessong, Holly Heinsohn, Sage Adams, Lindsey Carmichael, Travis Lafayette, Kevin Barker, Garrett Krueger, Sam Mody, Vikram Rangraj, Tim Myers, Jake Meisenheimer.
The first day of competition had over 100 archers shooting a full FITA (36 arrows at each of four distances). The single line of 3 archers per target made the day go quickly and several of the Texas archers shot their personal best scores. Only the top 8 scorers in the FITA (in each division of Compound/Recurve, Junior/Cadet, Male/Female) were allowed to continue their pursuit of a place on the team. After the first day, 8 of the original Texan 13 were still in the hunt for the 32 coveted team positions.
The second day of competition involved both a round robin (each got to shoot against every other in their division) and a typical FOR (the exciting head-to-head Olympic Round). The archers saw a very chilly and overcast morning with the juniors shooting their elimination round using half of the field, while the cadets shot their round robin matches on the other half. After lunch in the Olympic Training Center's cafeteria they swapped field locations to finish their shooting.
For the most part the kids seemed to be having a very good time of it all, while the parents alternated giving each other paper bags to breathe into and ER-style thumps on the chest. Tom Meyers commented that he had never been so nervous even when he was shooting on Pan Am teams. The parents became more and more gray with each successive arrow, conversely many of the kids seemed to grow and bloom under the competition. A distinct camaraderie was obvious and evident among many of the competitors despite the high stakes of the shooting.
Ultimately, four very excited, proud, and deserving Texans made the elite U.S. Junior World Team for 2002. Jake Meisenhiemer and Kevin Barker made the Cadet Male Recurve team, Sage Adams made the Cadet Female Recurve Team, and Tim Meyers made the Junior Male Recurve Team. Congratulations are in order to ALL the kids who competed honorably and did their very best.
They will now be preparing for the Czech trip by shooting in the summer Texas tournaments, JOAD nationals in Cincinnati and in between, raising funds to help defray the cost of the trip.
The official news release from the NAA is right here.
A few photos can be found at this link: Photos
Users of the newer versions of Netscape and MS internet Explorer can try this photo
Last but of course not least are the actual results on theNAA Website at this link
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|NAA Instructors Training Course Considered|
If there is sufficient interest, there may be scheduled a Level Two (includes level one) Instructors Training Course here in Texas.
If there is enough interest, Rick Stonebraker is considering conducting a level two course some time in late June or mid-July. This is a three-day course but it can be split into separate weekends of which the first day is spent doing a complete level one course so you do not need more than a basic knowledge of archery to take the level two as it will include a level one as well. Cost will be set by the instructor but ball park figures is around $50 to $75 per student depending on the number of students. This does not include materials, fees, and registration with the NAA. Level one material fee is $20. Level two material fee is $25 and must be a member of the NAA. For more information - contact: Email Rick Stonebraker
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Be sure to keep an eye on your tournament registration deadlines.
For the TEXAS shoots: the Texas Youth Open (aka the Texas Top Gun)
deadline is JUNE 14th.
For the combined super event, the Texas Senior Target, the Texas JOAD Target, and the NAA Gulf Coast JOAD Regional Target championship in Victoria on July 6, the deadline is June 28th.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As an experiment, the TSAA is not cashing ANY registration checks for events until the day after the deadline. You can register online for these events now (please), send your form and check in, and we'll simply hold the check so the money will NOT come out of your account till then. If you cancel before the deadline, you get a full refund (we simply tear up your check). It helps the tournament director PLAN for a better event if he knows who is coming. So register soon and register often!
Other tourneys of note are the National JOAD Target Championship , with a deadline of JUNE 10th.(This one, by the way, has a great website going and looks to be VERY well organized) The NAA National Target Championship and Grand Prix's deadline is JUNE 28th. The webpage URL for the National Target 2002
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|A Fun, Non-Archery Link|
NASA has a link that will calculate for you when the Space Station will be over your location. For most of Texas the evening of the 12th will be a VERY good night to view the space station. To use this link, once it loads click on the OPTIONS button, choose to locate by zip code, and enter your zip. It will show you a picture of the night sky and paint the path of the station on it. Green will mean that the station is being hit by the direct sun, even though it will already be dark where you are. Click on the help button in the upper right corner of that screen for more info. NASA LINK
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|IF YOU KNOW?|
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|In The Last Twelve Days...|
In the last 12 days the webmaster for the TSAA has received THIRTY NINE separate emails containing viruses and trojans. There is an epidemic, a snowstorm, of infective messages going through the web ALL the time.
The most common is a version called KLEZ, which takes pieces of your own documents on your computer no matter how private, seeds them into emails, steals the addresses of your friends and acquaintances from your own address books, and sets about reproducing itself into all your friends' computers. They will NOT thank you. In addition there are nasty virus versions that WIPE your computer's critical files after it has polluted your friends' computers.
It's simple to prevent in most cases - just get a copy of McAfee
or Norton's Antivirus
and keep them up to date. The cost of this protection is mild - less than $50 or so, and can save you far more in your valuable time trying to cure an embarrassing infection.
You also need a copy of Zone Alarm
which is FREE for the personal version(don't buy into the adverts unless you are sure you want them). If you choose and install the free personal version as well as a good antivirus software, your computer will become invisible to most hackers.
You could say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of arrows in the gold - you'll have much more time for archery if you don't have to waste time delousing and reinstalling your windows, and your friends won't be upset with you either!
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