TSAA Archery News
Issue 37
December 31, 2003

Hi !

In this newsletter:
A Note Of Sorrow
State Indoors 2004
NAA National Indoors, Southern Region
Most Extreme Elimination Challenge
Bids Are Requested
4-H Wrapup for the Indoor Season
Online Archery Shopping
US Olympic and Paralympic Trials Information
1300 Plus? An informal project.
Arizona Fall STAR FITA
Acrobat? I'm an archer, not an acrobat!
Computer Virus Problems Of 2003
I have to do what in that bottle?
That's The Neatest Thing Since Arrow Pullers!

 
 
A Note Of Sorrow

I regret to note that Jim Johnson, Jane Johnson's husband, passed away recently. Services were held December 17th. Jim was often in attendance at the tournaments where Jane officiated, and was great fun to be with. Jim and Jane were married for 52 years.

For those who wish to respond, the family requests that anyone who wishes to make a charitable contribution in Jim's name may wish to consider the American Diabetes Association.

Our thoughts are with Jane and her family. Cards and letters may be sent to:

Mr. & Mrs. James Johnson
527 NW 38th St
Oklahoma City, OK
73118


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State Indoors 2004
Registration pages for ONLINE REGISTRATION in the Texas State Indoor Tournament and the Texas State JOAD Indoor Tournament have been posted on the website.

THE TSAA'S STATE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP ALREADY HAS SEVERAL SHOOTING TIMES THAT ARE COMPLETELY FULL!

Don't miss out. Register Now and Register Often!

For the State Indoor, here is the registration page and here is the summary of STATE INDOOR registered archers.

Click for the JOAD State Indoor registration page and the summary of all STATE JOAD ARCHERS registered so far .

As usual, the treasurer will NOT cash your entry fee until AFTER the deadline date. So register and pay now, and if you need to cancel we simply shred the check. You insure that you will have a space on the shooting line, which is important as space is indeed limited. Delay at your own risk.
(reminder: all archers are welcome, not just "NAA" archers - but only registered NAA members are eligible to "place" and take home a trophy. NAA Registration forms can be filled out at the tournaments to complete your eligibility in time for the event.

Check the main page of the TSAA for all of these and more.


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NAA National Indoors, Southern Region
Kathy Eissinger has the Southern Region's registration for the National Indoors up on the A&M website - A&M's webmaster unfortunately requires MSIE for full function and support, but I was able to view the pages with Netscape 7.1 well enough - if you see warning messages try to click past them.

Here's the link to the registration information page. The Texas Shootout Information has also been posted. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO HOTEL ROOMS OTHER THAN THE MANOR HOUSE (RESERVED BY TAMU ARCHERS FOR YOU FOR THIS EVENT). See the shootout information page. A&M is having a "Parents' Weekend", so every single hotel room aside from those blocked at the Manor House is already taken.


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Most Extreme Elimination Challenge
by Tom Barker
There is a popular cult television show on Spike TV called Most Extreme Elimination Challenge or MXC for short. In this tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek program a series of contestants work their way through some bizarre obstacle courses with the background commentary of the hosts Kenny Blankenship and Vic Romano. The purpose of this article is to share what I think are the most extreme elimination challenges to youth archery.

At last year’s Texas State Archery Association state field championships one of my JOAD kids, Tyler Janota, shot with Master Archers George Jarvis and Jerry Hendrickson. It is to the credit of the tournament director, Rick Stonebraker, that on the first day of competition he pairs the kids with more experienced archers. Well, Tyler commented to his father after shooting and watching George and Jerry, “This is something I can do for a lifetime.” Unfortunately there are some "most extreme elimination challenges" that might prevent Tyler and other youth archers from being able to do this for a lifetime.

Youth Archer Interest Challenge
The first major elimination challenge is the interest of the youth archer. The youngsters really have to want to take up the discipline of archery to make it a life long activity, and it is not for everyone. As Jack Milchanowski said at one of the TSAA youth archery camps, “If this is not fun, don’t do it.” Many parents will format experiences for their children in many different activities and some will be fun and some will not. Frequently these parents find archery and the life skills they learn with archery are beneficial and the kids show a strong interest in participating. But, if it is not fun for the youngster, it is time to move on. I love the line that Ron Howard, Texas 4H shooting sports coordinator uses in his workshops. To paraphrase Ron, “The best way to expose a youngster to archery is to have one kid shoot one arrow at a target. Before the youngster can get the second arrow downrange there will have magically appeared two more kids to see what is happening.” I frequently tell folks that our 4H practices and tournaments are just big parties occasionally interrupted by the shooting of arrows.

Parental Support System Challenge
The second major challenge for the youth archer is parental support. There are several facets of this challenge that eliminate a lot of youth archers. Equipment cost is one facet. It is fairly easy to get into the beginner stages of youth archery especially with many of the clubs purchasing starter equipment that is available for loan. Most archery pro-shops will help youngsters get into the game. But, as the child progresses in skill and interest there is the point that the youngster can take advantage of better equipment, and it can be expensive.

We have a new effort in Texas around equipment that is evolving. I call it the Legacy Program. It was started by TSAA vice president Mike Hojnacki, who sent out an email that said he had some older equipment that he wasn’t using any more and wondered if any of the JOAD kids could use it. The conditions were they could use it until they got their own or stopped using it so that he could loan it to some other youngster. Well, Tyler Janota jumped on the opportunity and has shot his best scores with Mike’s loaned Hoyt Radian. (Mike and Tyler with the Radian.)

 

Staten Holmes made a similar Legacy donation of some of his old arrows. He asked me if some of my kids could use some of his old arrows that he had grown out of. I said sure. What I got was a gold mine of arrows that after I sorted them provided quality arrows for 8 of my JOAD kids who also are shooting their best scores with them. All the kids chipped in and bought Staten some new hunting arrows that he harvested a nice Illinois doe with.

I recently purchase a used bow sight from Rick Stonebraker at a tremendously reduced price and resold to an up and coming youth archer that was ready for an equipment upgrade. Rick let it go to me even though he knew he could get more for it from an adult when he found out it was for a kid.

The interesting thing is the equipment loan or gift itself has a tremendous value, but there is a side benefit of where it came from. The kids comment that they want to make the person who loaned or gave them the equipment proud so there is a an expectation of excellence that they impose on themselves. The archers with Staten’s arrows know that those arrows have won many tournaments. Those that make Legacy donations, or gifts or reduced price sales should understand the karma that goes with their assistance to these kids.

The second facet of the parental support challenge is transportation. In order for these youth archers to excel they have to be able to compete. There is no substitute for tournament line experience which means the parents must take them to the tournaments, and sometimes that means vacation time and travel expenses.

The final facet of the parental support challenge is the emotional support. If Mom and Dad are not there for the good and bad times then the youth archer will quickly lose interest and leave the sport. Accentuating the positives and mitigating the negatives is a critical role for parents to play in assisting their youngster reach their archery potential.

Mentor Challenge
So we have arrived at the final challenge, the youngster is enthusiastic about shooting, they have the best equipment money can buy, the parents take them to all the tournaments, and the parents are super supportive of their youngster’s efforts. All this will be for naught if the youngster cannot find a mentor. I am careful in the use of the word “mentor” because it has many connotations. The mentor might be a true coach, or it might be a more experienced archer who has taken the youngster under their wing. Sometimes it can even be a parent that takes the time and energy to learn how to provide additional assistance to their child. But whatever it is, the is no such thing as a self taught youth archer. With the tremendous increase in youth archery, one can see there must therefore be a tremendous increase in the demand for youth archery mentors. For those that have enjoyed archery for such a large part of their lives it is imperative that somehow they find some way to help a youth archer. It might be through a Legacy equipment loan or gift, or even helping out with a JOAD or 4H club by getting your level 1 certification and volunteering. Or you might find that your shooting and shooting enjoyment actually improve when you are coaching a youngster. Whatever you do remember “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

We are very fortunate here in Texas to have so many adult archers willing to share the line with a youngster, whether it be in College Station at the Aggie Invitational, or the TSAA field event where the kids get to shoot with their archery heroes on day one, or the Lone Star FITA in Austin where they include kid’s distances in the tournament. The youth archer’s interest, parental support, and mentor challenges are the key things that can eliminate youth archers from the sport. So as host Kenny and Vic exhort everyone at the close of their show, MXC, “Don’t get eliminated!”

editor's note: Tom (and daughter Chelsea) will be conducting several Level I NAA Instructor certification courses in the next month or so - the cost is modest and the benefits for both archers and for parents potentially immense. Please click here to view information on the courses. This is a great opportunity!


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Bids Are Requested
The NAA has released the bid package for 2005 competitions. Up for consideration are these tournament event/locations:

  • National Indoor Championships (2 sites per region)
  • World Indoor Championships Team Trials
  • U.S. Intercollegiate Championships (South Region's turn)
  • National Field Championships
  • World Outdoor Target Championships Team Trials
  • Junior Olympic National Championships
  • U.S. Archery Team Qualifying Tournaments

There are specific requirements for each event, such as these for the National Indoor and JOAD Indoor Championships:
Participants: 300-400 per region
Length of Stay: 3-4 days
Facility Required: Indoor Arena with these minimum features:
Venue must be able to accommodate at least 40 archers per shooting session
The range must meet FITA requirements for a non-FITA World Championship(re. FITA Rules, Book 3)
The range should accommodate archers with disabilities (accessibility)
Provide adequate lighting
Provide Seating for 150 - 200
Other tournaments likewise have criteria that must be met.

Each tournament bid is best served by the formation of a "Local Organizing Committee" that can provide the coordination necessary to successfully bring off a high-caliber and high-profile event.

The deadline for filing a bid with the NAA is February 28, 2004. You can request more information by contacting the NAA (aka USA Archery) at phone: 719-866-4576. The USA Archery website is another source for information.

USAT QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS
US Archery has decided to add the USAT Qualifying tournament events to the bid package. It is hoped that this will result in greater standardization for these events. Each Qualifier will be required to last a minimum of 3 days and no more than 4 days, including practice. The LOC (Local Organizing Committee) can choose the number of days and various options, such as single line/double line, one-day or two-day FITA (non-Olympic Years), single 70 meter round of 72 arrows or double 70 meter round of 144 arrows (in Olympic Years). They specifically exempt from these bid package guidelines the National Indoor, Field, Outdoor Target, and Trials tournaments, but they are still considered USAT events.

Have you ever considered bidding on an event?


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4-H Wrapup for the Indoor Season
There is no 4-H district in the United States nor in the world, that surpasses the vitality of Texas' District 11 when it comes to archery. It is a safe bet to say that District 11 has brought more archers to the NAA than just about any other youth program at this point. The success of District 11 is due in major part to the PARENTS of kids in this area of South Texas that still hold with good old fashioned traditions.

The parents don't just "drop the kids off", but rather get involved and continue to perform their parental responsibilities of mentoring, often because they already know archery themselves, but often taking the task of learning to shoot so that they can learn together.

These parents also are the first to step up as volunteers, setting an example for their kids. Every outdoor State JOAD archery event is taken down and cleaned up in just a few minutes thanks to this attitude and work ethic. I recall at one NATIONAL event in another state, during the striking of the field after shooting was over, the organizer on the field making the astonished remark that "there are more Texans out here than my folks". Yep, the parents can and do make a big difference, in large part by setting the right example. The parents in District 11 are also INCLUSIVE in attitude and nature - even though they are "4-H"ers, they make the effort to get the kids registered in the NAA and to shoot the NAA/TSAA events. They recognize that inclusion, even as guests, of other kids from other districts, enriches the experience of ALL the kids.

The Indoor Tournament series for District 11 finished up recently. To see the summary of all the events and the scores for each, as well as the championship event, check this link. It's nice in this day and age to see the positive results of someone "doin' it right".


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US Olympic and Paralympic Trials Information
The NAA sent out a bulletin in October concerning the Olympic Archery Trials. You can see a compendium of hotels I put together, along with a map or two of the vicinity where the event will be held.

For the release and other information, click on the map image. Note that this year for the first time, the PARALYMPICS TRIALS will be held at the same time & place as the Olympics.


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1300 Plus? An informal project.
1300+?
Tom Parrish is accumulating a set of records on U.S. recurve archers who have achieved 1300 or better in a STAR FITA. This is just an informal project, but there seems to be a lot of interest in it. If you have shot a 1300 or better, or if you know someone who has gotten through 1300 then please contact Tom with the information, including date, time, and venue. Check this link for an example of the information and also to get Tom's email address.

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Arizona Fall STAR FITA

Photographs from the Arizona Fall STAR FITA (outdoor event) are posted on the TSAA website at
this link. This was held at a newly renovated site very near the Phoenix Airport, instead of at the well-known Ben Avery shooting range north of town. "Near" is classified in Arizonan terms as being only 4 or so miles. It's a very picturesque location, actually a military reservation. Four members of the US Disabled Archery Team also participated. this is a wonderful place for shooting. For a great writeup and results page, visit the AZ Archery website at this link.

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Acrobat? I'm an archer, not an acrobat!
You will see references to "acrobat" as you surf various websites, especially archery websites. Why?
Acrobat is the name chosen by a company for a kind of computer file. Adobe, Inc. pioneered a document standard ("acrobat") that allows a document to appear the same on such different computers as those with Linux, Apples, MacIntosh, and Windows-based operating systems. These acrobat files typically have the file name extension of ".pdf". The good thing about these files is that when one is created on any computer, it is going to appear on your screen and print out the same on all of these kinds of computers as well. Also, while the Acrobat Writer software is pretty darn expensive, the ADOBE ACROBAT READER is FREE, making it easy for all to view and use these files.

It's sure easier to print everything to an acrobat file and not have to worry with the layout in HTML. GOOGLE has added the capability in it's engine to search through acrobat files, which gives back the ability to search of every instance of an archer's name on the NAA website, for example.

Unless it is critical to have something print precisely, such as the 4-H Distances Chart, or the JOAD/Senior Distances I try hard to keep everything in normal HTML and use coding techniques that insure it will still print decently for when you want a hard copy. Indeed, in both of these examples as well as in many others throughout the TSAA website, I keep BOTH the acrobat and the doc or html format.

If you have clicked on an acrobat file in the past and gotten an error message then you can easily and safely (and "free"ly) fix the problem by downloading the free Adobe Acrobat reader for your computer from the Adobe website. Just click on this link and choose your operating system platform, connection type, then follow the prompts and instructions to acrobat nirvana.

One last note - the google engine on the TSAA's webpage can be used to also search the entire internet, as well as the default of the TSAA website. Try it and see how easy it is to find just about everything on the website - every word is searchable!


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Computer Virus Problems Of 2003
2003 was the year of the Worm, the Virus and the Trojan. The "Blaster" and "Sobig" onslaught in August caused problems around the world. ABC new recently described these as having “a bigger impact on technology than any other events of 2003.” It is only going to get worse in 2004 since experts expect that virus making tools (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing) will get more sophisticated, and not only to the Microsoft security weaknesses continue to exist, but even Linux/Unix users will come under attack!

If you were using Zone Alarm you were likely protected. If you were using an up-to-date antivirus software like McAfee or Norton's then you were likely protected. If you weren't then you probably suffered downtime, had to rebuild your computer system, AND you likely sent "silent-but-deadly" infecting messages to friends listed in your email address book, thereby spreading the "joy". You can look on these viruses/worms/trojans as "the gift that keeps on giving" whether you want them to or not. If your computer does have the viral blues, you can use a free tool from Symantec to try to remove it. If the tool fails then you will likely get to rebuild your operating system and reinstall your programs.

With that in mind I’d like to offer the following reminders:

* Make sure you are running an updated firewall
Such as Zone Alarm, which is still free to home users. You can choose a "pay-fer" version that offers additional features, and can be set to automatically update itself.

* Make sure you are running updated antivirus
The strongest security utilizes a multi-layer approach. Check your AV software to see if you are up to date. There are FREE antivirus softwares, if you don't mind putting up with advertisements. It's best to get one that will check both incoming AND outgoing messages - that reduces the risk of infecting your friends' computers.
CLICK HERE to go to a review of four free anti-virus softwares and CLICK HERE to view a summary of downloadable antivirus softwares. Price comparisons for Norton's version 2004 can be found at this link (~ $40) and McAfee's version 8.0 can be found here.(~$40) BE SURE YOU GET THE LATEST VERSION - buying a discounted older versions from years ago will not give you the protection you need.

* Be on guard in your inbox
Don’t open email attachments from unfamiliar senders. Surprisingly, this still catches a lot of people by surprise. Watch for "phisher fraud" emails, that appear to come from MicroSoft, PayPal, or credit card companies. NO REPUTABLE COMPANY THESE DAYS WILL SOLICIT PERSONAL INFORMATION OUT OF THE BLUE. These phishers look very authentic, very legitimate, but if you get one that you think might be real then CALL the company using voice phone to discuss what they want. These scams are designed to steal personally identifiable information by impersonated common, trusted Web sites and merchants. Most of these phishers will request you to update your billing, personal information or verify your account. Don't get taken for a ride in 2004!


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I have to do what in that bottle?
If you shoot arrows in ANY tournament sanctioned by the NAA or TSAA, be aware that this applies to you regardless of age. YOU CAN BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO A DRUG TEST, REGARDLESS OF YOUR FINISH IN THE TOURNAMENT.

Also, "ignorance" is not an excuse - if you test positive to any prohibited substance, you WILL be banned from all NAA/TSAA tournaments for 2 years. If you refuse to take the test, you WILL be banned for two years. If you flunk twice, you will be banned FOR LIFE. So this is a very serious matter!
Any text in red below is highlighted by the editor and is of special interest.

Let's start by excerpting a few pertinent passages from the
United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)'s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.
The full FAQ in acrobat form can be found at
this link - if these excerpts or this article strikes interest in you then please read the entire FAQ before proceeding to contact the USADA or NAA with questions.

Q: What is USADA?
A:
USADA stands for the United States Anti-Doping Agency. USADA began all drug testing of Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic athletes on Oct. 2, 2000. USADA is dedicated to eliminating the practice of doping in sport, including U.S. Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic athletes. USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States.

Q: What is USADA's website address?
A:
www.usantidoping.org

Q: Who does USADA test?
A:
USADA has authority to test:
any athlete who is a member of a National Governing Body (NGB); (editor's note: THAT IS THE NAA/TSAA for us U.S. archers)
any athlete participating at a competition sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) or a NGB; (ed.note: those events would be any STAR FITA, USAT Qualifier, State Championship or National Championship event, International competition such as PanAm, and any USOC Trials event, and finally the Olympics, of course)
USADA does testing for international federations (IF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

USADA also has the right to target test any athlete... (ed. note: You do not have to be an elite archer on a US ARCHERY TEAM, we are all subject to possible testing)

--------------------end of FAQ excerpts---------------------------------------

To get a full (8 page) list of ALL prohibited substances from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), click on this link. Be sure to get the list for 2004 which goes into effect January 1, 2004. USADA is the US chapter of the WADA, and follows the guidelines of the WADA.

If you have a handheld computer such as a palm, you can install a "wallet card" version of the 2004 list of drugs on it. Here's the link to the acrobat file. You will need to install the appropriate acrobat reader for your handheld for this. You can also PRINT a copy to carry, well, in your wallet!

Folks, you may not have been aware of this fact: If you shoot in ANY NAA tournament, you could in theory be required to submit to a drug test or face banning. Your archery ability does not matter - in other words, even if you always finish dead last in every single event, you could be tested if selected at random. Since TSAA tournaments are sanctioned by the NAA you could be tested at such an event. Also, the agencies all feel that it is the archer's responsibility to know this ahead of time, and to be fully aware of their medications' status.

It does not matter if the drug is prescribed for you by a doctor for a "real" medical condition. If you must take a drug that is prohibited, you must, at least 21 days in advance, get permission from the USADA to continue taking the medication. You do this by using the "Therapeutic Use Exemption" (TUE) request form. There is an abbreviated form if you take one of a very few inhalant beta-2 agonists or non-systemic glucocorticosteroids. Your request goes to a committee who considers your request and then informs you of their decision, which you can appeal if turned down.

WHAT IF I DON"T WANT TO GO IN A BOTTLE?

The penalty for refusing to provide a urine sample to the USADA is the same as if you test positive: 2 (two) years' ineligibility to participate in any NAA-sanctioned archery competition. A second refusal or failure to pass a test is penalized with a life-time ban from competition. So if you want to play you have to be willing and prepared to hit the cup with the yellow, not just the yellow with an arrow.

IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE!

In the beginning years of testing, the powers recognized there needed to be some flexibility and leniency used in applying penalties to archers that "just didn't know" about getting a TUE for say, a medication they take for having a heart condition or for asthma. Those days are now past - the WADA has made the rules much more consistent and IGNORANCE IS NO LONGER AN EXCUSE. (that's why I am writing this article)

A final precaution: Just because you can buy something without a doctor's prescription does not mean it is safe. In particular, dietary supplements are often risky items to take. They are not regulated by the FDA and some are nothing more than cocktails of drugs, natural and synthetic, thrown together without consideration for athletic testing. Read the label's ingredients carefully and if you are taking something where the manufacturer will not supply a list of the ingredients then you are simply asking for problems and not just with USADA. OTC (over the counter) products are a great way to flunk a doping test as well. And do not rely on the brand name - you must insure the ingredients are safe since the manufacturer may indeed change the ingredients without warning or fanfare.

Do yourself a favor and check the list now to see if any medications you take are on the list. If they are, then print the TUE and mail it in. It only costs the postage stamp and a little time. And remember, if you shoot at any NAA or TSAA event, you could be tested.


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That's The Neatest Thing Since Arrow Pullers!
A last tip for computer users, one that is as good as hitting 6 "X"s at 90 meters.

Google has a new feature that I've tried and now can't do without, and you will want to try it too. It's free. It works in a fascinating way. It is a toolbar additive. You install it, and it puts itself on the task bar at the bottom of your screen. You can hotkey it, or type into it, what you want. You can use it to search the web instantly even if you aren't running your browser (you do have to be connected, such as broadband). You can have it look up a word in a thesaurus or dictionary. You can even type a calculation in it and it will solve the equation. "2+2" or "half a cup in teaspoons" or "square root of 30". Type in an address, you get a map. Type in a tracking number, it tracks it in Fed Ex or UPS instantly. Type in a name and city/zip code/area code, you get the phone number. Instantly. I don't know how they do it, but you probably want it. Did I mention it's free? I still can't find the downside to this utility. It's fun. Oh yes, HERE IS THE LINK to download your copy.


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