The X Files JOAD Newsletter of the NAA The X Files JOAD Newsletter of the NAA

The X FILES: The U.S. NAA JOAD Newsletter
Spring Arrows In The Air Fall Into Summer Heat
May 13, 2004


Hi !

In this newsletter:
XFiles JOAD Newsletter Editors
Junior World Team Fundraising Effort
Archer Spotlight: Michael Barber
Judge's Corner - Jane Johnson
Coach's Corner: Parents: More Things To Help Your Archers
Finding A Personal Coach
What is Khaki and What Color Is It?
Team College Bound - Finding A University That Has An Archery Program
National Archery In The Schools Program (NASP): Kentucky Knows Archery!
What To Do When You Shoot A Record Score

XFiles JOAD Newsletter Editors


Linda O'Connor
Parent of Maggie O'Connor, 14 year old archer and member of the Phoenix Archers JOAD Club in Morrow, Georgia.
Communications Director for the Georgia Archery Association

A.Ron Carmichael,
Parent of Lindsey Carmichael, 18 year old archer in Austin, TX
webmaster:
JOAD: http://www.joad.org
TSAA: http://www.texasarchery.org
DisabledArchery-USA: http://da-usa.org


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Junior World Team Fundraising Effort

May 5, 2004

Dear NAA Club:

The National Archery Association (NAA) of the United States needs your help in order to raise money for our 2004 Junior World Championship Team. Although the NAA is able to finance the full team staff, registration fees and uniforms for all team members, currently 28 out of the 32 young archers selected to the team will be responsible for funding themselves to the United Kingdom this July. The NAA is working very hard to get to the point where we can finance most, if not all travel for international teams, however, we are not there yet – that’s why we need your help.

We are asking every JOAD club in the U.S. to organize a tournament called “Junior World Team Support Shoot” in their own town wherein JOAD achievements can be earned, where a $25.00 entrance fee will be charged, with all of the proceeds from this tournament being sent to the NAA National Office to help fund our Junior World Team to Great Britain this summer. Parents and other adults are also encouraged to participate in this tournament. The more people that get involved in this fundraiser, the better!

The tournament will need to be held between the dates of May 15 and June 7 and all funds will be due to the NAA office by June 15, with a list of each club member that participated so that we may send a combination, "thank you" from the selected Junior World Team members and recognition token of participation in the fund raiser. Easton Technical Products has graciously volunteered to donate six dozen Jazz arrows to the club that raises the most money for the team.

Clubs and individuals, who would like to, may also make a volunteer donation to the Junior World Team above and beyond the proceeds from the tournament.

We sincerely hope you will take this opportunity to help fund our Junior World Team and we thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Eldredge, Vice President, NAA Board of Governors/Fundraising Committee at 435-735-4032, or send an email.

Sincerely,
Bradley R. Camp
Executive Director, USA Archery


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Archer Spotlight: Michael Barber

JOAD Division: Recurve Cadet
Georgia Nockbusters JOAD

If you're in Georgia visiting the Nockbusters JOAD you're likely to notice a tall, lanky blonde kid who shoots with the SOAD adults down range on the 70 and 90 meter line. You'll notice that after everyone else has put up their bows and are taking down targets, Michael Barber is still on the shooting line. The other kids (and adults!) gather round to watch Michael shoot and dream of being as good an archer as he. At the last JOAD meet, the crowd cheered as Michael shot his Outdoor Olympian and Silver Olympian in back-to-back JOAD rounds.

Michael shoots in the cadet division and this year placed first in the NAA JOAD Nationals and 3rd in the NAA JOAD Indoor Nationals Nationals and he also took the Gold at the Vegas World Archery Festival.

Michael started shooting when he was 6 years old and now that he's 15 he realizes that helping younger archers is a responsibility that he gladly shoulders. "I had archers to look up to and help me when I first started shooting. They're all grown and out of JOAD now but it made a difference for me to be able to shoot with someone better than me. It made me better and it was nice that older kids paid attention to me. So now I'm in that 'big brother role' and my younger teammates are important to me."

Michael is a role model off the field as well. He's a 9th grade honor student with a GPA over 4.0 and is an accomplished musician and plays in the Union Grove High symphonic and marching bands. When Michael isn't shooting you'll likely find him playing the flute, piccolo or guitar and participating in Beta Club events.

When asked what his hardest task has been in archery, Michael replies, "Getting my mental game together has been the hardest thing to do." As with most young teens, Michael found that he was easily distracted and sometimes more interested in what was happening behind him off the line than what was happening to his shots on the line. "I have it together now and the improvement in my shot execution is way noticeable. My scores are up too."

Michael's coaching and support team include his coach Genadi (Andy) Podobed, Michael Muchia, Rick Walker, and his mom and dad, Mary and Doug Barber. "Andy has really helped me a lot. I couldn't have a better coach. Mr. Mike got me on my mental game plan and straightened me out there. Our JOAD Director, Rick Walker has also been a great help. He goes out of his way sometimes to keep the field open late for me, orders my equipment and encourages me every day. My dad loves archery as much as I do and I'm sure my mom has made sacrifices so that I can travel to all the tournaments. I'm really lucky to have a great archery family behind me."

Michael shoots a Win & Win exFeel bow and has a 30-inch draw length and pulls 44 pounds. His immediate archery goals are to make the Junior World Team and win an outdoor national. Michael plans to attend a university "that offers an aerospace engineering degree, has a school band and for sure has an archery program."

Michael says meeting new people and traveling to national tournaments is great fun and a wonderful experience. "One of the most fun things about archery is meeting new people at the nationals and then hanging out with them the next year too." Michael's advice to young and new archers is to "Set goals and stick to them, go for them and try to reach them. It's hard work but it's worth it and it makes you feel good about yourself when you achieve your goals."

You can wish Michael luck with the Junior World trials by sending him an email .


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Judge's Corner - Jane Johnson

In this issue, longtime NAA judge and past President Jane Johnson talks about that standard feature in every tournament, the

EQUIPMENT INSPECTION !!

Here's what a judge is looking for in equipment inspection:

For recurve archers, the judge must see the face of the bow--the part that you see when you're shooting. The judge will look at the face of the upper limb to make sure there are no marks on it to aid the archer in lining up the sight pin. He has to look at the sight window to verify that you have only one clicker and only one sight pin and make sure any overdraw is limited to a maximum of 4 cm. He looks at the string to make sure there's nothing added to the string--no whiskers and no aiming aids, such as a center serving that goes so high on the string that it's even with the archer's eye, or marks on the string or a peep sight. That's it for the bow.

If you're shooting in the Barebow class, be sure to tell the judge, since barebow bows cannot have sighting aids, overdraw, a clicker or stabilizers and must be able to pass through a 12.2 cm ring when unstrung.

For both Recurve and Barebow archers, the judge looks at the arrows to check that they are fletched alike and have the same color nocks. Show the judge your finger tab, too. He has to make sure there isn't a mechanical release attached!

For compound archers, the judge will verify there are no electronic devices on the bow and ask that the archer use a bow scale to make sure the draw weight is 60 pounds or less. (Stand on the shooting line and come to full draw, then let down.) He'll look at the arrow rest, and any overdraw is limited to a maximum of 6 cm behind the pivot point. The judge will check the release to verify that it is not electronic and the arrows for consistent fletch and nocks.

It's best to hold your bow up for the judge to see these items at a glance and you'll get through equipment inspection quickly and get back to preparing to shoot the tournament.

Reference: FITA Rules, Articles 7.3 (Outdoor), 8.3 (Indoor) and 9.3 (for Field and Barebow equipment).

Good luck and good shooting!


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Coach's Corner: Parents: More Things To Help Your Archers

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.(and do let them know if you are going to have a training camp so it can be listed for free)

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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Finding A Personal Coach

The Next Step – Finding a Personal Coach
By Linda O'Connor

It's outdoor season once again and those long distances loom ahead. Has your archer reached a plateau? Is he or she asking for private lessons because they want to reach that next level in archery? And just how do you go about picking a coach for your child? Picking a coach is a big step and a decision that could affect you and your archer for years to come. Here are some tips from some of the best in the business.

Don't Push
First of all, Mark Miller, President of the NAA says, "make sure it's your kid's decision as well as yours. Pushing too hard, too soon can be very detrimental to your archer and to your archers interest in archery."

Research
Bob Romero
,7-time US National Coach and member of the NAA Coaches Development Committee (CDC) says "there is no magic pill that you can take to get smart about archery. A parent should learn what they can about archery and read, READ, READ. There is so much information available to parents these days. Get a copy of the NAA '
Coach's Competencies (acrobat file)and Athlete's Competencies'. The NAA Coaches Development Committee put these documents together and a parent can read about where their archer's skill level is and compare it to a coach's ability. Compare the two documents and it will help you get an idea of what skill level you need in a coach. Also a coach can use the Competency documents to work on their weak points and the athlete's strong points."

Strength, Physical Training & Nutrition
Did you know that an archer burns 6 calories per minute when they are shooting? They do and a coach that emphasis nutrition and strength training will have the archer on the right path. Proper nutrition is so important to developing a good athlete," says Romero. Learn about the right foods an archer should eat during and after a tournament." "It's also very important to start the right physical training early in an archer's career" says Romero. "An archer has to be able to shoot twice as many arrows as needed in a tournament. You may want to get a biomechanist or physical therapist to complete a 'range of motion' study on your archer. Find out what particular muscles need work. Then get a copy of Zack Weatherford's CD about periodization training."

Set Goals
Find out what your archer's goals are. If they don't have any defined goals then work with them to set goals. Do they want something as specific as "shooting an entire JOAD round without popping their arm"? Or do they want to win an outdoor state championship? Do they want to reach the next illusive JOAD rank? Do they want to travel to outdoor nationals and compete and win? Or does your archer just feel frustrated about the results of their shooting? Knowing what you and your archer's goals are may influence your choice of coaches. Sit down with your child and write out an archery goal list.

Right Coach For Archer's Ability
Larry Skinner
, Vic Wunderle's coach and author of the upcoming book titled Shot Execution: The Total Muscle Control Approach recommends that archers find a coach that teaches a methodology to shooting. Lloyd Brown, Resident Athlete Coach at ARCO (the US Olympic Training Facility for Archery) says,
"Basically there are three levels of archers: Beginners, Intermediate and Great. The beginning archer could work with and observe other archers and that will probably improve their shooting. On the other hand, bad habits are very hard to break and sometimes impossible to break so it's important that the beginning archer work with someone who knows how to teach proper technique. Intermediate and good archers must work with someone they trust to have their best interest at heart. A coach that is not afraid to ask for other's input. Sometimes an athlete will end up with three coaches – equipment coach, technique coach and a mental coach. As the archer improves all three elements are important and must be addressed."

Finding a coach that knows equipment and how to tune equipment is also key. Purchasing your first or second bow and site can be daunting and many parents make the mistake of thinking "one size fits all" or make the purchase decision by themselves and end up spending money to correct their mistake.

Ask your prospective coaches about their style, what practice regimen they generally want their archers to follow, what their views of nutrition and exercise are and what teaching aids they use. Romero and others are very fond of videotaping archers and reviewing their technique by watching the film with the archer. Find out what they would work on first if they were working with your archer. Skinner insists that "teaching beginning archers how to use and develop muscles is very important and a coach must teach shot execution first. Until an archer can execute a good shot at their command and control, nothing else matters."

Accessibility and Private Lessons
Finding a coach that is near you and available at convenient times is important. "You may find a great coach on the west coast but live on the east coast so how often will you be able to work with that coach? If not often enough to make a big difference in your shooting then you're wasting your time." says Brown. "So you may have to choose a coach that isn't your number 1 choice but would be available and easier to get to. For intermediate and advanced archers it's important that they spend private, individualized time with their coach."

The Mental Game
The mental aspect of archery is a critical component and the adage is "archery is a mental sport." Finding a single coach that is expert at tuning a bow, teaching technique and honing the mental prowess of an archer can almost be an impossible task. In many cases a sports psychologist in charge of an athlete's mental program, not the coach. Tom Parrish, NAA's High Performance Director says "Start a mental program on your own. One of the best mental programs out there today is Lanny Basham's Mental Management. Parents and archers should begin by reading his book
With Winning In Mind." Buy Mr. Basham's videos and look into former Olympian archer Ruth Rowe's books and tapes among others. A good mental program is critical for the intermediate archer but for beginners the most important coaching need is in the areas of proper technique and shot execution.

Results Count
Finding a coach with a NAA certification of Level II or higher is a good place to start and insures that a coach has had some formal training. However, don't base your decision solely on the coach's level of certification. "A person can get a drivers license but that doesn't mean they are a good driver," says Coach Brown. "Look at their results, look at their other archers. Who have they worked with? " There are coaches out there that have only a Level II Instructor's certificate but have produced national champions. Two examples that come to mind are Mike Muchia and Jim Krueger. Mr. Mike has two Cub Outdoor nationals' champions in 2002 & 2003 and Jim's sons have taken numerous titles, one (Guy) is currently an athlete in residence at Chula Vista.

Mr. Parrish says that part of his job is improving the coach certification program so that in the future the certification levels will mean more than they do today because the coaches will be better trained. In the meantime, Parrish suggests, "Lloyd is right, look around and ask archers who they work with and who they would recommend. There are great coaches out there that do not have a national reputation, are low key but are outstanding coaches. Don't necessarily think you have to find a coach with a national or regional reputation. Look at the coach's results."

Tournament Participation
All of the coaches interviewed agreed "A good coach will teach their archers how to maintain their own equipment and be able to shoot a tournament without the coach by their side." But in your initial interviews ask the coach if they attend national and state tournaments during both seasons. There are some coaches that only coach indoor and do not travel. If traveling to outdoor tournaments and practicing outdoors is important, make sure your coach will practice outdoors with you and can travel to national and regional tournaments.

High Performance Team
Archers and parents should begin developing their "High Performance Team" early in an archer's career," says Romero. "It's very important that archers develop relationships with coaches and people they can trust in archery. Pull together a team that is looking out for the archer's best interest. A good coach should be willing to pull other people into the scenario when needed," says Brown. A High Performance Team can consist of parents, siblings, a mental coach, equipment coach and techniques coach among others. Mr. Brown emphasizes "Make sure you get coaches that will ask for help when they need it and listen and learn from others."

Parent/Archer/Coach Relationship and Commitment
A coaching relationship is a triangle. The coach, the archer AND the parent are a team. Therefore, a prospective coach may also size up the archer as well as the parent. A coach will want to know if the commitment is there. "The parent is a critical component in the coach and archer relationship. Commitment in time, money and follow-up skills are required of the parent to make the coaching relationship work," says Andy Podobed, former Israeli National Team coach, personal coach to Michael Barber and current Georgia Nockbusters team coach. "It's a parent's duty to reinforce what the coach teaches, encourage the archer to maintain the practice schedule that the coach sets and be prepared for the equipment and travel expenses associated with archery." A parent must also stay positive and reinforce a positive attitude. "Think of the good arrow, not the bad."

Coaching Fees
Coaching fees are all over the board and range from $50 an hour for private lessons to thousand(s) for a weekend. One thing our experts agree on is that paying a professional coach is better than working with a volunteer in the long run. Paid coaches spend time learning and practicing their craft and you are not at their mercy for time. "You won't receive free tennis lessons or piano lessons so why should you expect free archery lessons?" says Brown.

Build A Coach In Your JOAD / Hold A Clinic
Don't have a coach in your area or want to improve your coaching abilities? Invite one or a team of coaches to your JOAD location for a 4 day or 2 day clinic. Mr. Romero, Mr. Brown, Mr. Skinner and others all travel to hold clinics for JOAD clubs. The national coaches are not as inaccessible as you may think and you may be surprised at how affordable one of these clinics can be for your JOAD club. The coaches are happy to hold clinics to teach the archer, the parents and the archers' coaches.

" Every coach, no matter their ability, always strives to improve upon their craft and learn from others. We have to share knowledge with other coaches, raise their level of ability while teaching the archer" says Romero. After the clinic is over, the archer should know exactly what they are working on, and the coach should know why the archer needs the particular work and how to make sure he stays on goal. Clinics may also address the importance of nutrition, exercise and mental focus in the art of executing a great shot.

Some coaches are also available after the clinic for follow-up via video, telephone and private lessons. Holding a clinic can afford you the opportunity to see different coaching styles and perhaps find the coach you need.

Lloyd Brown
** Lloyd Brown
Residence: San Diego, California
Occupation: Professional Archery Coach
Married to Cristel, one daughter < 1 year old
Member NAA Coaches Development Committee, NAA International Team Coaching Staff
Level 5 master coach, resident athletes coach, ARCO training center , 1996 & 2000 Olympic Archery Team coach, head coach for four world team championships, 4 junior world team championship, head coach for international teams too numerous to count over 20 years.

Tom Parrish
** Tom Parrish has served as the head coach for several USA Archery teams over the past couple of years. In 2002, was the head coach for the USA Archery Team at the World University Championships and the European Grand Prix.
Tom Parrish also served as head coach for the USA Archery Team at the European Grand Prix in 2001 and was head coach for the 2001 World Indoor Championships. That year, Parrish was named the National Archery Association (NAA) National Coach of the Year and the NAA College Division National Coach of the Year. He has also served as a Specialist in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas and was the head coach for the University of Texas Archery Team from 1997-2003. He is currently the NAA's High Performance Director.
Genadi (Andy) Podobed
Andy Podobed is a 25-year archery veteran and has coached international and nationally competitive archery teams and individuals. Before coming to the US in 2000, Andy was the National Coach for the Israeli National Archery team. Andy has coached several archers that ranked in the top 10 in the world in addition to the 1999 US Open Champion; 2000 Silver medallist, US Open; a 2002 NAA JOAD Outdoor National Champion (female cub division); and the male cadet 2003 JOAD Indoor gold medallist.
  • Started archery career when, at 17 years old, he made the Belarussian National Archery Team (USSR).
  • Earned (equivalent of US) Masters Degree in Archery, Olympic Medical Center of Belarus (USSR).
  • Assistant National Coach and Equipment Specialist for the Belarussian National Team.
  • Studied with some of the greats in archery such as NAA Level 5 and former US Olympic Team coach Bud Fowkes; Oleg Dubenin, Belarussian National Coach; Victor Sydoruk, former Italian National Coach (now Ukrainian National coach); and Alexander Nicolaev, Republic of Georgia (formerly Ukrainian national coach).
  • At one time or the other, Andy has shot or coached at every European and world tournament.
  • Immigrated to Israel from USSR in 1991.
  • Started first Israeli Junior National Team, Compound National Team and Para Olympic national team. First-ever full-time paid coach for the Israeli National Archery Team at the Nantanya Olympic training center.
  • Podobed produced the first two Israeli archers to qualify for the Olympics.
  • As a reservist in the Israeli army, Andy spent his free time building and coaching the army's disabled veterans team.
  • Immigrated to the United States in 1999 and continued to coach Russian archers until he learned English.
  • Podobed now personally coaches competitive young archers in Georgia and is the team coach for the Georgia Nockbusters.
Andy shot a new Georgia state record when he won the 2004 Georgia State Indoor Championship tournament.
Bob Romero
**Bob Romero
Residence: Frisco, Texas
Occupation: Retired-- General Contractor
Number of years coaching: 14--team and personal
Married 27 years to Kimberly, we have a son Tony age 24
Member-NAA Coaches Development Committee, NAA National Team Coaching Staf, currently a level 4E national NAA coach.
6 World team coaching assignments traveling to Sunne, Sweden; Havana, Cuba; Riom, France; Nymburk, Czech Republic; New YorkCity, New York and being grounded in Denver, Colorado on way to Bejing, China due to the terrorist attack in New York. Many Camps at Chula Vista and Training camps in San Jose, Costa Rica and Medellin, Colombia.
Hobbies include Digital Photography, Fishing and riding motorcycle and oh yes, archery.
** Lawrence W. (Larry) Skinner.

Coach Skinner began shooting at the age of 12 and has been shooting competitively (recurve and compound) now for 46 years.
  • Has won several state and national championships throughout his archery career (NFAA and NAA).
NAA Certified Level 4 National Coach and has been coaching nationally for the past 4 years. Several of his students have medalled in national and international competitions.
Has taught and managed Senior and Junior USAT teams and traveled to France and Czech Republic for international competitions with the teams.
Vic Wunderle, Olympic Silver Medallist is one of Mr. Skinner's students.
Mr. Skinner has an upcoming book titled Archery Shot Execution – A Total Muscle Control Approach that will be released in the near future.


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What is Khaki and What Color Is It?

Since there has been a change in the rules that has some people asking this question, we have gotten just an quick note from Judge Jane:

Khaki is a dull, yellowish-brown color, the same color of lower garment that NAA Judges wear when officiating at archery tournaments.

It's now acceptable under the NAA Dress Code to wear khaki-colored lower garments at NAA tournaments. Wear it if you want to--Judge Jane won't object to your wearing it on or after May 1, 2004.

(However, Judge Jane gets enough of that dull color while on-the-job judging, so when she is an archer she prefers to wear all-white traditional archery garb. Even so, she sometimes wears true navy blue shorts, skirt or slacks for variety.)

Sincerely yours for the love of archery,
Jane


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Team College Bound - Finding A University That Has An Archery Program

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National Archery In The Schools Program (NASP): Kentucky Knows Archery!

By A.Ron Carmichael
In 2000 a program for
archery in school physical education programs throughout Kentucky was instituted. It has been HUGELY successful!

More than 100,000 Kentucky boys and girls at 200 Kentucky schools have learned target archery since the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources started the program . The program has had cooperation from the Kentucky Department of Education. Several other states have started their own programs modeled after Kentucky’s archery program, resulting in the creation of the National Archery in the Schools Program.

Mathews Inc. has previously pledged or donated $500,000 to the program. The company, involved since the school archery program’s inception, has donated equipment to the schools, provided technical assistance and helped train teachers with two-time Olympic archery winner Rod White.

“What nobody anticipated is the profound effect that archery would have in transforming the lives of students who weren't the fastest, the strongest or the most athletic,” said Matt McPherson, head of Mathews Inc.

"The archery industry, archery enthusiasts and educators around the country are very excited about this program," said Roy Grimes, coordinator of the National Archery in the Schools Program for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Our goal is to make this program a possibility for students in at least 30 states over the next five years."

(State Championships!)

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources surveyed 1,600 students during the state's pilot program and found that archery can open doors to a number of new possibilities. Sixty percent of students wanted to become target archers, 38 percent wanted to try bow hunting and 89 percent of the students enjoyed the archery instruction after participating in archery courses. Teachers participating in the program also report that the archery curriculum improves student's self esteem, behavior and attention span.

"The students absolutely love it," said Connie Shackle ford, the Kentucky Department of Education’s P.O. Curriculum Consultant. "I've been involved in health and physical education for more than 27 years and I've never seen a program that has grown this quickly. Student's behavior has been affected in a positive way. The curriculum is both structured and fun."

The national archery program offers an Olympic-style target archery program to physical education students from 4H to 1st grades.

This program has generated a lot of positive interest in target archery: ESPN Story Bow site Article Kentucky Field Press Release Ted Nugget's Official Website has an interesting statement: "If 30 states enroll in the NAP and have half of the success Kentucky is enjoying, more than 3,000,000 students per year will learn the skill of target archery."

We'll cover this story more as it develops. Can you imagine the pressure on colleges to support 3,000,000 archers??? If you want to talk to someone in Kentucky that can give you information on how to instigate a program, to make this physical education curriculum available to your student body in your state, call the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources @ 1-800-858-1549 or e-mail them.


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What To Do When You Shoot A Record Score

It's not uncommon for a record to fall. After all, there are lots of them out there!

You might bust a move on a record yourself if you work hard enough and have a really great day at some point when every thing comes together and the 10 rings seems to be huge - so big you cannot miss it.

Take a moment now to check your own division to see what the records are, and perhaps, adopt them as a goal. Use this link to see what the NAA's current records are.

Do be aware that you need to take responsibility for reporting any scores you shoot that you think are records. You are responsible for getting the signature of the DOS or official. You have ONLY 10 days after an event to report your score, using the appropriate form from the USA Archery's website (here is the link to the acrobat file). Just follow the instructions and keep copies of everything.


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