TSAA Archery News
Issue 36
October 23, 2003

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In this newsletter:
US Archery Selects Mason Site For Olympic Trials
TSAA Website Changes
It's Definitely Official When You See It Here!
The Psychology of Talent?
Level II Certification Completed
Upcoming Indoor Events In Texas
4-H Indoor Season Commenced
Sagittarius Indoor EMail League Shoot
USA Archery Has A Lot To Offer But Have You Gotten Yours?

 
 
US Archery Selects Mason Site For Olympic Trials
The 2004 Olympic Archery Trial Tournament will be held June 13-20, 2004, in a park roughly 20 miles northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio in Mason, Ohio. This venue is just a few miles from the site of the NAA JOAD Nationals of 2002. Other venues that were under consideration and promotion by some include the location of the archery portion of the Olympics in the 80's, Long Beach, as well as Colorado Springs, CO..

Here is the official NAA News Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Archery’s Board of Governors (BOG) has officially announced that Mason, Ohio has been awarded the Olympic Trials to be held June 14-20, 2004. Warren County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (WCCVB) along with the Cincinnati Junior Olympians will host the tournament.

The WCCVB is a destination marketing organization with a specialty in sports marketing. The WCCVB annually promotes and supports over 25 sporting events in and around Warren County. “We’re honored and privileged to have this event come to Mason,” said Mark Hecquet, WCCVB’s Sports Marketing Director. “We will do everything in our power to make this the best Olympic Trials possible. We’re very excited to have this opportunity.”

The Cincinnati Junior Olympians host many annual archery tournaments and in 2002 hosted the very successful Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) National Championships.
Mason is located approximately 20 minutes north of downtown Cincinnati. The event site will be at Heritage Oak Park, an 80-acre facility located in the heart of Mason. The park is the pride of the Mason community and hosts several large annual sporting events. For more information on the Olympic Trials, please visit www.usarchery.org.

Mary Beth Vorwerk, Media and Public Relations Director USA Archery 1 Olympic Plaza Colorado Springs, CO 80909 719.866.4621 (phone) 719.632.4733 (fax)

I have also put together a quick reference page at this link, including some rough maps and hotel contact information.


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TSAA Website Changes
I've added a new page to help assist archers & coaches in finding information on training opportunities. There are several GREAT opportunities coming in the next month or so for compound archers, recurve archers, and coaches.
Compound archers get a seminar from Michael Braden in Austin at Archery Country around the middle of November, and recurve archers have a chance to learn from a current USAT member and Olympic Training Athlete Guy Krueger in December.

For more information please take a look at this page . If you have a similar training opportunity anywhere in the U.S., feel free to email the webmaster (me) with the information you see on the page. There's no charge for listing an event, though I must cautiously reserve the right to NOT list an event deemed unsuitable or of limited applicability. I doubt it will be necessary, better safe than sorry though.

A few new pictures have been added to the JUST FOR FUN page (send me more good photos!) - it contains the photos of T Shirts I have been accumulating which were also in a recent archery publication (with due credit given to the TSAA, yay). I came across an interesting javascript using WHO information. Not archery related (well, I did put a timer for target archery, but you would have to watch for a year to see it change from 0 to 1, target archery is so safe.


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It's Definitely Official When You See It Here!
During the NAA National Tournament in Reading, PA at the end of this summer Holly Heinsohn had a good day.
She actually had SEVERAL good days, but if you
go to this link you can see the FITA's official web page of WORLD RECORD HOLDERS for compound cadet women, to see just how good it was for Holly. She improved the previous world record of 355 for 30 meters by shooting an incredible 358!

Mary Zorn can also attest to having some good days during the Nats and since then as well. Her 360 (with 23 x) displaces the previous record of 360 with 20 x. You can count FOUR records she has won ownership of on this FITA world records page for Outdoor Compound Women.

For a complete writeup on the Texans at the event, check this link to the newsletter archives.


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The Psychology of Talent?
Tom Barker has found a document on the NAA website that has great relevance for any parent/coach hoping to help develop excellence in their archer athlete. It doesn't require having a goal of being an Olympian, in order to benefit from the information in "The Development of Psychological Talent in U.S. Olympic Champions". There is much to consider in this study. HINT: Click on this link with your RIGHT mouse button if you wish to first save a copy to your computer. This link is to an acrobat file ( you can get the acrobat reader for FREE by clicking on the image: and then choosing your operating system under the READER section).

For an interesting demonstration of basic KYUDO archery forms, there are some Japanese webpages that use FLASH to play animated movies. There are three links, and while most of the info on the pages is Japanese, these contain enough "pictures worth thousand words" info to be worth watching if you have an interest in what Kyudo looks like. Page of Selections of Flash Animations (Click on each image on this link for a separate flash movie). Warning: These will take a little time to load if you are not on a broadband connection.


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Level II Certification Completed
PARENTS and COACHES
If your son or daughter is a beginning archer, there is probably not a better way for you to SHARE the fun and continue to nurture your kid than by obtaining the NAA's courses on coaching/instruction. The NAA has spent many years designing and evolving a course for beginners all the way up to professionally competent coaches. They are designated by level, the Level I course for beginners, and up to level 4.
(pictured L to R: Erick Edwards, Adam Guggisberg, Ron Harder, Edward Vargas, Michael Rash, Katherine Brown, Donna Van Horn)

They are easy AND FUN to take, and provide a solid basis for understanding the ins and outs of archery. These courses are offered frequently around the state and around the U.S. - there is even a website for the group (NADA - National Alliance for the Development of Archery) that coordinates and often supplies courses with bows and all the necessary gear! To see the info on the Level I course specifically, go to this link. Rick Stonebraker recently conducted and completed a level II course for some Texans(see photo). Keep an eye out for announcements for future courses.


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Upcoming Indoor Events In Texas
The Longhorn Indoor Tournament is nearly completely full - there are a few slots for FRIDAY evening for anyone wishing to shoot a double line. The date is Nov 21-23rd, and you can view all the registrants at this link.
The Aggie Invitational information and entry form is up on
the A&M website, and is set for November 7-9, 2003. They too may end up with full time slots so do NOT delay in registering.


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4-H Indoor Season Commenced
The most active 4-H archery chapter in the U.S. is back at it again, holding 7 indoor tournaments all before Christmas. The results from the first event are impressive in the numbers - last year there were 67 archers, this year the same event had 142. Egad!

Here is a summary from two 4-H leaders (there are many):

Each 4-H year, in September, approximately 700 - 800 Texas youth are introduced to the sport of archery. Some go through a course of six to eight weeks' duration, some will find their niche, and play the archery game of their favoring.

Be it J.O.A.D./F.I.T.A., Field, 3-D, Clout, or Flight, be it T.S.A.A., T.F.A.A., L.S.B.A., or I.B.O., they "Stay & Play" for many years. Some have become great Junior Leaders and youth roll models. As many of you well know, some have evolved into great archers, becoming State, National, and even International Champions. Furthermore, some of the "Early Years" Kids are now and will be in the future returning the favor by becoming leaders and coaches for new and existing programs around the state. In the true sense of what 4-H is, we have a great CROP to harvest. Let us cherish our yield, and continue to sew our seed wisely, for the future can be good.

There is a harmony of interests between the TSAA and the 4H Shooting Sports Program and in particular the Archery Project as evidenced by the increase in participation in both programs. 4H is very good at introduction to basic archery. The TSAA is the perfect avenue for helping those youngsters that discover through 4H that archery is their thing to flourish and develop expertise. One could not exist (or not as well) without the other.

The meteoric growth in participation in both programs speaks to the synergy of TSAA and 4H. The critical success factor for the growth and retention of the 4H program is the qualified instructors who were all trained under the NAA/TSAA Level 1 training program. Many instructors have gone on to Level 2 or beyond so as to certify additional instructors. A second critical success factor for the growth in youth participation is the inclusionary attitude of the TSAA members to accommodate youth archers.

The TSAA benefits obviously from the incremental revenue of these youth members, but also it is refreshing atmosphere to have all the youth participants in the tournaments.

Words from Ben Dybala and Tom Barker, February 2002. Adapted for the web.

Click on this link to View the summary from last year's events.


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Sagittarius Indoor EMail League Shoot
There is an easy, free league shoot going on for the indoor season. The organizers have put a lot of time into the software, which is very sophisticated and does a good job. Here's the link - you can check the last year's event if you are interested.

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USA Archery Has A Lot To Offer But Have You Gotten Yours?

The USA Archery (NAA) website has a much expanded line of clothes, hats, all sorts of PROMOTE TARGET ARCHERY articles.

They recently switched to a different method of designing and marketing, and they have really made great strides. Just take a look at all the great designs and items!
In many cases the prices are competitive with the mall department stores. And the money goes to a very good cause, right?
Use this link to check out their line of great gear. And get the word out with style.


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