TSAA Archery News
Issue 31
March 27, 2003

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In this newsletter:
World Target/Pan Am Team Trials Have Changed!
Nimes - A Writeup
State Field Registration
LONE STAR FITA REGISTRATION IS OVER
Other Event Information Now Available
Yet Another SUPER Netherlands Archery Resource Online - Call Them Concordia, For Short

 
 
World Target/Pan Am Team Trials Have Changed!
The NAA's website reflects today some changes in the upcoming World Target/Pan Am Team Trials.  The most important change, is that ANYONE can shoot in this event without having first shot four qualifying scores. This is not to say that novices would find it fun, because the very best in the US are going to vie for the slots. That brings us to another change - the number of spaces on the teams are different than published in the last Nock Nock.
Here's the clip of text from the NAA website:
* The trials are one event with one fee ($100) only.
* There will not be two separate trials for the World Target Team and the Pan Am Games Team. One trial will determine both teams.
* There are no qualifying scores required to attend the trials.
* The part of the format that stated there would be 10 point bonuses for match wins was incorrect. The bonus for match wins will be 5 points. No points will be deducted for match losses.
* The Pan Am team will consist of three (3) recurve archers in each division.

For full information on the TRIALS tournament in Chula Vista, CA (at ARCO Olympic Training Center) you can check it out on the NAA website. And check down below for info on the actual Championships to be held in New York City.


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Nimes - A Writeup
It's a Different World
By Tom Barker

Yes, it is a different world that we live in today and the recent trip to Nimes, France for the World Indoor Archery tournament highlighted this.

I guess the biggest adjustment for my family was the high security. From the time we got to the airport until we got back home security awareness was paramount. Back pack searches, metal detectors, even removing the tops to bottled water at the archery venues was routine. Seeing police dogs and security personnel walking the perimeter of the venue was striking. I had to leave my pocket knife in the car since it was forbidden to take it into the venue. Even in town there was extra security and one night at the hotel where the team stayed there was extra security due to a demonstration in town. We take our economic and personal freedom in the United States for granted. It is truly a privilege to live in a country where freedom is so ubiquitous.

Another aspect of the different world is the respect in France for archers. Archery is a much revered sport in France with paying spectators and the top ranked competitors treated like NBA stars here. Unbelievable. The finals were conducted much like an event at the Astrodome with a huge screen projecting close-ups of the archers as they shot each arrow and simultaneously showing the target face. Air horns and noisemakers of all kinds drowned out all attempts at conversation, especially when a French archer was shooting. You would never see anything like that in the states. All the archers were hounded for autographs. Kevin was even treated as a celebrity in a small cafe in Paris, hundreds of miles and many days away from the meet, when the waiter discovered that he was an archer. Even in the heightened political environment, the U.S. team were archers first and Americans second. Eight of the 12 juniors on this trip were also on the Czech Republic trip. The Czech experience seemed to make a huge difference in how they handled international competition and they seemed much more at ease. The archers handled their celebrity status very well and were terrific ambassadors for United States Archery.

The French organizers did a fabulous job with the tournament and it was first class. The opening ceremonies were held in an ancient coliseum once used for gladiator contests. We were treated to an extravagant evening of entertainment ranging from chariot races, mock gladiator battles, Lippizaner stallions, to trick riding. Prior to the ceremonies, the US team had been cautioned that during the parade of nations (like at the Olympics) they would probably be booed as they entered the arena. They were told to just continue walking and hold their heads up. Well, as they entered, the cheers from the crowds actually increased and it was incredibly awesome. Kevin said he had goose bumps the whole time he stood out on that coliseum floor in front of 3,000 cheering spectators. It was such a moving experience that we could have left the next day, with Kevin never having shot a scored arrow, and the trip would have been worthwhile. The NAA and FITA are to be commended for allowing the juniors to participate. It made a difference with at least one young man.

The food was certainly different in France and I don't think anyone really got used to it. The local McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken had a huge boom in sales due to the American team being close by. There were some brave souls that at least tried some of the dishes even though they had no idea what they were eating.

The language barrier was different too. I got the feeling that a lot of the French spoke some English but really seemed to enjoy watching the Americans struggle with their French. Dave Cousins had an interesting theory that more and more of us subscribed to by the end of the trip and that was don't try to speak French because all you are going to do is mess it up and make them mad. Muddle along in English and gestures and do the best you can. I felt like a deaf mute sometimes, and found my Wordless Travel Book to be indispensable. Marcia wouldn't relent and continued to try her French eventually finding a waiter that appreciated the effort without mocking or ignoring her.

Another difference in Europe is your perspective on time. Someone once said that in the United States a hundred years is a long time and in Europe a hundred miles is a long way. (We can understand this better after experiencing European driving first hand. Oh, those roundabouts.) As we toured Nimes with buildings dating to before Christ we came upon an old Roman tower. Inside the tower was a "modern" staircase built in 1843. We had a chuckle that Abraham Lincoln was still in grammar school when this staircase was built inside this 2000 year old tower. Some of the parents were able to visit the Pont du Gard, a remnant of the aqueduct that brought water to Nimes. It was an amazing engineering feet with a drop of only 12 meters over the 50 kilometer length of the aqueduct.

Overall it was an awesome experience. The bottom line is that these experiences continue to shape and modify the perspective of these kids in a phenomenal way. The world continues to shrink and become more familiar to them. It is a privilege to be able to observe the process and help make a different world a better world.

Ed: The above writeup is posted on the TSAA website under the Writeups Page, joining a number of other great accounts by TSAA archers of tournaments from around the world. The Official Tournament release from the NAA regarding this event can be found here.


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State Field Registration
Online registration for the Texas State Field Tournament is now available. [image]
You can expect the same excellent field conditions since the Blaschkes are offering the use of their exotic animals ranch again this year.
Rick Stonebraker is coordinating the field and has furnished the information that is up on the TSAA website. The box lunch was Barbeque, and this year will be ELK VENISON prepared onsite. You can view the
pictures of last year's event at this link. The event is May 10 & 11, 2003 and the deadline for registering is May 2nd. It doesn't pay to wait though, as many have discovered that our rapid growth has closed at least one tournament's enrollment due to high attendance. Here's the link to the tourney information. Enter soon!

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LONE STAR FITA REGISTRATION IS OVER
The online registration has been terminated for the Lone Star FITA to be held in Austin on April 5th and 6th, 2003.
Put simply, we had more archers register faster and earlier, and the venue is now full. You can still send an email to let us know that you would have attended using a link on the page.
The deadline is Monday, March 31, 2003 for getting your entry fee posted.
For information, to send that email, to see a list of those already registered, including a map showing the registrants, EVERYTHING INDEED, then
click on this link!

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Other Event Information Now Available
Information on several other major events has been posted on the NAA website.

For info on the National JOAD Target Championship being held in Denver, click here.

And for the NAA National Field Championships, here is the link.

Finally, the information for the 42nd World Archery Championships in New York can be found at this link.


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Yet Another SUPER Netherlands Archery Resource Online - Call Them Concordia, For Short
In addition to the Sagittarius board mentioned in previous issues (see this link) we are also very impressed by the Royal Dutch Archery Organization Concordia.
While their presence on the net is perhaps relatively new, they have a long and distinguished history. This organization was established in 1848 and is the oldest, still existing, association in Amsterdam. Of note right now is their extensive video and audio library they have online for streaming video. Due to the size of these video files, some more than 200 megabytes in size, you should be careful in what you choose to view. Click on the image above to visit their home page (click on the "language" link to make it easier to read), and to see the choices among the videos, such as the NIMES and OULU events, click on
this link.

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