TSAA Archery News
The Outdoor Season Has Started
April 6, 2004

Hi !

In this newsletter:
Code of Conduct for Archer Athletes of the NAA
Lone Star 2004 & The Texas Shootout
TSAA State Field 2004
Arrow Scale
Another New Archer in the TSAA Family
Khaki! Khaki! Khaki!
NAA Bulletin: Italy Grand Prix Team Selected Following Arizona Cup International
Why Start A JOAD?
Nifty Tip For Both Archers and Coaches On The USOC Website
Supporting the JOAD Archer
Arizona JOAD State Championship

 
 
Code of Conduct for Archer Athletes of the NAA
The sport of Target Archery as practiced under the aegis of the National Archery Association (and FITA) is unique in a number of ways. A most noticeable aspect becomes apparent and obvious when one compares the way both the athletes and their parents behave during the actual competition of youth sports. Manners. Maturity. Respect for self and for others. Honor. Control.

It is remarkable, when you then look at say, little league baseball, ice hockey, even pee-wee and high school football, the difference in the way all behave. Not to cast stones (or arrows) at those sports, just noting what for me is an observable fact. Archers just seem to be more well, sportsmanlike. How many times have you seen an archer have an equipment failure, and his or her fellow competitors step forward to offer equipment, assistance, and support? That is a common decent behavior that we in archery take for granted, but that one rarely sees in other sports.

It is enlightening and interesting and helps to explain the differences perhaps, to read the CODE OF CONDUCT for archers competing in NAA-sanctioned events. ANY archer participating in a sanctioned shoot is required to adhere to the code of conduct - do you know what the code is?

Here is the first passage:

I will at all times display the conduct expected of me as an athlete and a
representative of the NAA and conduct myself in a manner that will not in anyway bring
disrespect, discredit, or dishonor to either myself, my teammates, the NAA, my country or
organizer of an event in which I participate.

To read the entire National Archery Association Athlete Code of Conduct, you can use this link to open the Adobe Acrobat document from the NAA's website.

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Lone Star 2004 & The Texas Shootout
The results and some photographs from this year's Lone Star tournament have been posted.
From Kristine Ehrich:
Austin, Texas – Because it is an Olympic year and many archers have been requesting more opportunities to shoot qualifying scores, what has traditionally been the Lone Star FITA was the Lone Star Not-so-FITA this year.

On March 27, 2004 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Archery Field, instead of our usual FITA we held a 72-arrow “70m” qualifier followed by a single elimination round. You’ll notice the “70m” in quotation marks because it was not shot at 70m if you were not in the Junior or Senior division. Each archer competed at their age-appropriate distance (e.g., Bowmen – 30m, Cubs – 50m, Cadets – 60m, Juniors and Seniors – 70m). Using this 72-arrow score, all archers were ranked into one of four categories, Male Compound, Female Compound, Male Recurve or Female Recurve.

Notice, there are no age divisions – all archers within a category were grouped together. This resulted in some Cubs being ranked higher than some Seniors, some Bowmen outranking some Cadets, etc.…and the fun continued.

Remaining non-traditional throughout the tournament, the elimination round also was a little different than usual.

Generally, elimination rounds are shot at 70m meaning that only adults, or those archers who shoot adult distances, can participate. This year, in our “Not-so” tournament, we decided it would be a lot more enjoyable for the kids if we held an elimination round that allowed them to compete as well. Many kids don’t get a chance to shoot elimination rounds until they are at least Cadets and they almost never get the opportunity to beat an adult in the elimination round. We decided to change that.

Using the rankings from the 72-arrow ranking round, we created four brackets according to the categories mentioned above: Male Compound, Female Compound, Male Recurve and Female Recurve. This became very fun for the kids. We had 30m shooters competing against 70m shooters, 50m shooters competing against 60m shooters, etc. It was a bit of a challenge logistically but the payoff (seeing a youngster beaming with pride) was worth every effort that went into the planning. Since everyone was shooting their age appropriate distances, it was a real toss-up as to who was going to win each match. I highly recommend this type of tournament to anyone wishing to add some fun and a certain amount of excitement to the day.

I received a lot of positive feedback on the tournament. I hope that everyone enjoyed it. You never know when you’re going to be beaten by a 10 year old! It might be somewhat of a wake-up call for the adults (a lot of us need that once in a while!) but it is pure thrill for the younger ones!

Medalists from the Lone Star 2004:
Male Compound:

  1. Michael Braden (70m)
  2. Travis Lafayette (70m)
  3. Tom Meyers (70m)

Female Compound:
  1. Amber Dawson (70m)
  2. Mary Zorn (70m)
  3. Coral McMinn (30m)
Male Recurve:
  1. Tyler Janota (30m)
  2. Kevin Barker (70m)
  3. Tim Meyers (70m)

Female Recurve:
  1. Kelley Shand (70m)
  2. Andrea Garner (60m)
  3. Kristi Nelson (70m)
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TEXAS SHOOTOUT

The Texas Shootout is only little more than a week or so away. Be sure to check it out and see who all will be there with you (and it is not too late if you haven't yet registered!) Use this link to the A&M Website.


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TSAA State Field 2004
By Rick Stonebraker
The deadline for registration is nearer than you think, April 23 so get those registrations in ASAP.
Also, for those who have already signed up and those who haven't, please let me know if you plan to shoot the unofficial unmarked round on Saturday morning. Please read the
instructions and rules for the field round. They can be found at the registration page and follow the links. As always, be sure to wear supportive footwear and shorts are not advised, we found some poison oak on the course.

Also, remember that camouflage clothing is not allowed. Blue jeans are allowed. Although the FITA rules state the marked round is in 5-meter increments, be prepared for a 21 or 22 meter shot. Anyone interested in enjoying a nice day out in the wild, let me know.

Work days are schedule for April 10th, 24th and final set-up is April 30th. Hope to see soon. For clarification: you must be a NAA member to compete for the state championship title. If you are a NAA member, you are automatically a TSAA member. Any others may compete as a guest.


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Arrow Scale
Recently on archery talk a message thread had some information about low-cost, accurate, electronic scales suitable for weighing arrow components or even arrows. If you want to take a look at their wares, the "Perfect Scales" people have a number to choose from. My favorite is a model TT-50B with a capacity of 50 grams (770 grains, well more than any arrow) and an accuracy of 0.01 grams (10 milligrams). Thanks to Tom Barker for bringing this to our attention!

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Another New Archer in the TSAA Family
Just wanted to let everyone know that Jennifer and Staten Holmes have a new member in their family. Sydney Dawn Holmes was born on 4/3/04 at 4:36 PM. She has a draw weight of 7lbs and 12 1/2 ounces and 20 inch long draw length. Jen and Sydney are doing great. Send cards and letters to: The Three Holmes, 10122 Terra Oak, San Antonio, TX, 78250.

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Khaki! Khaki! Khaki!
The board of governors of the NAA/USA Archery met recently and made a very interesting ruling. I mentioned it to a tent full of archers at the Arizona Cup and was met with uniform cheers. Ladies and gents, the word is "Khaki". As in, you may now choose lower garment colors of WHITE, NAVY BLUE, AND...... KHAKI!. You can have Khaki pants, skirts, shorts, etc., all within the bounds of previous constraints about "too short", etc.
A particular no-no is still in place - at no time during the execution of a shot should observers be able to assess the amount of lint in your navel - no bellybuttons/midriffs exposed due to a shirt being too short. But the good news again is, you can now where khaki. As one venerable board member mused: "I wonder how many shades of khaki there are?". And do be sure to stay away from Camo and denim.

On a related note, this recent Arizona Cup brought a stunning emphasis on the need for always having appropriate rain gear. Even in the desert. Even when the previous day's temperatures were between 95 and 103 degrees. Even when the entire region (New Mexico/Arizona/Nevada/Utah) is in a painful episode known as a "mega-drought". Be sure that you expect the worst, plan for it, and then hope to be disappointed in not needing it.

Another rule change, this one brought to our attention by Rick Stonebraker:
Just a reminder to all concerned archers, as of April first (no foolin this time), hits are no longer used as a tie breaker per the ruling below. So, if you have scorecards to create for your upcoming event, you can take them off as they will be an unnecessary column to deal with.............thank heavens.

For those of you who want to know the history behind the hits: around the end of the 19th century (1890's) when archers were "lobbing" arrows at a hundred yards with longbows and wood arrows with feathers, hits were important. For example: an end of six arrows might produce one hit for Archer A who got a nine. Archer B had three hits, 5,1,1. It was determined that archer B was a better archer cause s/he hit the target 3 times whereas Archer A hit it once, even though it was a nine. So, on the score card, an extra point was tallied for each hit. Archer A got 9+1 that end, Archer B had 5+1+1 plus 3 hits for 10 that end. Over the years though, the number of hits meant very little in the grand scheme of things. For instance, if someone had a mechanical failure and shot one in the dirt but shot a bunch of 10's in the meantime but ended in a tie, the other person who hit the target more times won the tie, not the person who shot more tens. Six of one...half dozen of another. In any case, it was a nuisance and finally was changed. Rick :)

FITA rule book 2
7.6.5.1
For ties occurring in all rounds, except for those ties as set out below (7.6.5.2):
* Individuals and Teams
***Greatest number of 10's including inner 10's)
***Greatest number of X's (inner 10's)
***After this athletes still tying will be declared equal; but for ranking purpose, i.e. position in the match play charts of Elimination Rounds, a disk toss will decide the position of those declared equal.

I am in the process of re-doing the scorecard samples that are on the TSAA website under the DOCUMENTS link to remove the hits columns.


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NAA Bulletin: Italy Grand Prix Team Selected Following Arizona Cup International

Picture from AZ Cup 2004: This is what 73 targets' worth of archers looks like.

Release from the USA Archery
by Mary Beth Vorwerk – USA Archery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2004

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Following this past weekend’s Arizona Cup International, a team consisting of four men and four women recurve archers were selected to represent the U.S. at the European Grand Prix in Rovereto, Italy which will be held April 27 – May 1.

A new ranking was just completed that included the 2004 Arizona Cup. For this ranking period, the top four recurve men and top four recurve women determined the Italy Grand Prix Team. The top four men with their current match averages in parenthesis include Butch Johnson (166.34), Vic Wunderle (165.59), Chris Shull (163.18) and Jason McKittrick (162.94).

For the women, Jennifer Nichols (160.63), Karen Scavotto (156.28), Kathie Loesch (156.13) and Stephanie Miller (154.34) were selected to represent the U.S. in Italy. Loesch and Miller are unable to attend, therefore the 5th and 6th ranked archers, Janet Dykman (152.93) and Roxanne Reimann (152.23), will round out the team for the U.S. women.

Each year there are three European Grand Prix Events. This year, the U.S. will attend two out of the three tournaments, including Rovereto, Italy, April 27 – May 1 and Antalya, Turkey July 13-17. The Turkey Grand Prix Team will consist of the 2004 Olympic Team, which will be decided at the Olympic Trials June 14-19 in Mason, Ohio.

Frank Thomas (College Station, Texas), the 2004 Olympic Archery Coach, will serve as the men’s coach in Italy and Cindy Bevilacqua (West Chester, Pa.) will serve as the women’s coach.

The USA Archery Grand Prix Teams are determined by the rolling ranking. The rolling ranking is a system of ranking used for recurve archers, which calculates each archer’s 18 arrow match average from their best four tournaments within a ranking period. There are generally 4-6 ranking periods throughout the calendar year. The rolling ranking is a part of the Special Athlete Support Program (SASP). The Arizona Cup International was the final tournament in this rolling ranking period.

Approximately 275 archers including Olympians, national champions and world record holders from 35 states and 12 countries competed at the Arizona Cup March 31 – April 3 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Arizona Cup is a national and world ranking event and one of five qualifying events for membership to the United States Archery Team (USAT). The event featured many of archery’s top recurve and compound shooters from the U.S., Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Barbados, Spain, Italy and Kyrgyzstan.

Winning the 2004 Arizona Cup in the Men’s Recurve division was Pieter Custers from Netherlands. Italy’s Marco Galiazzo finished second and Wietse Van Alten from the Netherlands took third.

Three-time Olympian Johnson (Woodstock, Conn.) finished in 5th place. Shull (Columbus, Ohio) took the 9th spot with 2000 Olympian Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.) right behind him in 10th. McKittrick (Moores Hill, Ind.) finished in 25th place.

Taking home the gold in the women's recurve division was number one ranked Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.). Two-time Olympian, Dykman (El Monte, Calif.), finished second and Marie-Pier Beaudet from Canada took the third spot. 2000 Olympian Karen Scavotto (Enfield, Conn.) finished 9th.

In the Men's Compound division, John Dudley of the U.S. took home the gold, while Dave Cousins (Standish, Maine) finished close behind taking the silver. Stewart Bowman (Phoenix, Ariz.) won the bronze.

The Women's Compound winner was Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Mary Zorn (College Station, Texas). Winning the silver was Kena Santacruz Brown from Mexico and Zorn’s TAMU Archery Teammate, Amber Dawson (Robesonia, Pa.), finished in third place, taking home the bronze.

For complete results from the Arizona Cup, please visit the USA ARCHERY website


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Why Start A JOAD?
It's not too hard to start a JOAD, and you might be surprised to find out that you get more out of it than you put into it. The 4-H group in South Texas has also formed JOADs in order to maximize their archery impact. Someone recently asked Tom Barker why he started a JOAD when he had a 4-H archery group that was very active. Here's his reply (and thanks for letting me include this in the newsletter!):

The more the merrier on JOAD clubs. Jim Krueger and I carry JOAD kids on our rosters so the kids can play at tournaments that insist on the participants being JOAD members. Jim encouraged me to start my own club, like I encouraged the Calhoun country group to the same. It is not a zero sum game.

What is a JOAD? For us it is the kid that likes to shoot year around. It is the kid that just can't get enough and is unwilling to put his or her bow down at the end of 4H season and go on to something else. It is the kid that is more concerned about improving, than collecting hardware or winning. It is the kid that loves the camaraderie of archery. For many, archery is their only thing they do well. They do archery for the love of the sport.

For me? I am the 4H project leader of the Goliad archery group. I also head up a JOAD group in Victoria that includes kids from Goliad, Victoria, Beeville, Halletsville and Port Lavaca and a couple from areas outside the immediate Victoria area. Only a fraction of the 4H kids play year around and that is what makes the JOAD club attractive.

Why do we do this? Because of the life skills the kids learn by doing archery, which all transfer so well to other activities these kids will do later in life. And, we make a difference.

I think there are a couple of critical success factors for the JOAD club to be successful:

  1. A good group of parents that is willing to help out. This may be in concessions, paperwork for the club, equipment or whatever, but they want to help. I tell folks early on this is not Little League where you dump your kid and then come back in two hours.
  2. Quality of instructors. The folks that are teaching need to know what they are talking about. The level 1 or level 2 NAA course is the standard for this. It also helps if the instructors shoot so they can show some empathy towards the kids. It ain't as easy as it looks. Keeping it fun is important.
  3. The kids. A good group of kids that want to learn and will listen give the instructors the motivation to continue and that they are making a difference.
  4. For lack of a better term, community. There has to some sort of support network for the kids, such as the media for covering their accomplishments, a shop or person that can steer them towards the right equipment and help in procuring it. And, finally a place to shoot.

Another reason for starting your own JOAD club is that you can easily obtain liability insurance for yourself and the other instructors. Finally, with more clubs we attract more kids, who push each other more and therefore are more accomplished.

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Nifty Tip For Both Archers and Coaches On The USOC Website
By Bob Graham:

Thought you & your readers, especially those interested in coaching whether it's Archery or any other sport, might like to check out a hidden gem at the USOC.org site.

Go to USOC.ORG., then at the bottom of the front page click on Education, then move to the middle of the page that comes up. Under Coaching download any or all of the Olympic Coach publication.

All are PDF (ACROBAT) format so you need Adobe Acrobat. Each one has valuable information for the athlete & coach alike. Also on the USOC front page checkout (at the top right) Archery, there are a number of articles that don't show up anywhere else. Under Recent News (left margin) read Guy Krueger's "One Busy Guy."

Or, use this link to get directly to the set of links to download the various issues from the USOC website Bob mentions. But DO go to the USOC website for some great information!

On a related note of positive public relations for archery, Chris Shull was recently interviewed by NPR for a radio story: Here's the lead to the story:
March 25, 2004 -- With the Athens summer Olympics less than five months away, there's a growing sense of urgency about construction delays in Greece and mounting security challenges. But for thousands of athletes, the only timetables that matter are the training schedules that build in intensity as the August games approach. In the first of a series, NPR's Tom Goldman profiles one of those athletes. At 24, Chris Shull is the fourth-ranked archer in the United States, and he's bringing a new vibe to a sport that was once almost dropped from the Olympics.

And click on this link to listen to Chris' interview - it was a very well done story!


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Supporting the JOAD Archer
By Bob Pian,of Arizona Archery. Website: Arizona State Archery Association

“So what are we, the parents, going to do if it’s all up to the JOAD archer?”
Well it turns out, there are many parents who can become involved with their children’s sport


Equipment:
Make sure all the equipment screws and bolts are tight at the beginning of the tourney.
(A clicker bar falls out or limb bolts comes apart or an arrow rest loosens or sight bar fall off at every National JOAD tournament I have been to.)

Practice:
The JOAD should be self-motivated to practice.
Parents need to support this by making practice and training available and convenient.
This goes for the fitness training also.

Tournament Day:
Make sure that you are ready to leave ahead of time and arrive early.
Know where you are driving to.
Have snack and beverages ready and make sure they eat and drink them.
Outdoors see that a hat is worn and sunscreen is applied.
The parent is there to serve the JOAD.

Communication:
There is a situation that seems inevitable at some point in most parent-child relationships concerning communication. That is when “anything your parent says must be wrong.” During a tournament is not the time to practice this scenario. A great way for a parent to avoid the appearance of giving advice (a trigger point to many teenagers) is to ask the JOAD “What does coach have you working on” or “Can you go through your steps one by one?” (It helps if the archer has written them down before hand).

Take a walk:
If you just can’t help but hang on your archer's every arrows' score, then get away from the area. Take a walk and chat with other parents, you are probably going to do a favor for both your archer and yourself. Other parents are in this thing just like you are. The common experiences can be a great relief and even fun to talk about. You are only a few steps away and can respond in an emergency but it can make a big positive difference for your archer’s attitude and success.

Lend a hand:
If you need to be even farther away, volunteer to help with the leader board. Help keep the water cooler filled with ice and water. Help with target stand moves and changing target faces. Consider becoming a judge and see what’s happening on the other side of the kids shooting line. A nice parent job is to help with turning the music on and off between ends. The ironic thing here is that a parent may actually be closer to the JOAD as a tournament helper than if the parent had stayed in the spectator area.

Knowledge:
Just as becoming a certified NAA judge can help the JOAD community, becoming a Level 1 or 2 NAA instructor will help you understand more about the sport and can help support and bring more youths into the family sport we love.
You can contact
NADA (The National Alliance for the Development of Archery) and check the TSAA's Training Page to find upcoming instructing opportunities.

Independence:

As you get involved you will find that there is no time to “bother” with your JOADs actual shooting. At the same time the JOAD receives the great feeling of independent achievement.

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Arizona JOAD State Championship
By Bob Pian
The Arizona JOAD State Championship is open to all JOADs, Seniors and Masters.

It is the last Arizona FITA before the summer national tournaments season.
The dates are Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th.
Here is the
tournament link. Please let us know if you are considering competing so that we may plan on the trophies.
The tournament well be held at the newly enlarged Ben Avery FITA Range.

Bob Pian
AZJOAD Coordinator
8681 East Via De Negocio
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
602 228-0465
http://www.azjoad.com


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