TSAA Archery News
Issue 62
September 23, 2007

Hi !

In this newsletter:
How Long Is Forever and Do You Want To Be Identified 100 Years From Now?
123rd Annual Target Championship
And the New Star FITA Record Claims From the 123rd Target Nationals...
Aggie Indoor 2007
More On Jager Bowgrips
Bid Process Is Now Open
A Way To Learn More About BEST
TSAA Tshirts and more....
SPIN WRAPS: A Fletching Aid Endorsement
Buffalo Results

 
 
How Long Is Forever and Do You Want To Be Identified 100 Years From Now?
I've come to suspect that anything put on a website will live on digitally forever. There are a number of projects that are constantly archiving and backing up *everything* on the web, such as the Wayback machine (Rocky and Bullwinkle's Mr. Peabody is ALIVE and well !). So as long as our civilization does not suffer a catastrophic meltdown the bits and bytes of today are likely to always be available, even hundreds of years from now when our technology has evolved beyond all expectations. I can't say anyone then would be interested in looking at anyone today, but you never can tell.

What would be a meltdown? I would expect that an asteroid hitting the earth is the most likely cause for my concept of immortal data to be wrong, followed by a large enough exchange of nuclear devices to trigger a worldwide blanketing of EMP sufficient to terminate all electronic interchange and put us back into the bronze age overnight. We'd be far too busy rubbing two sticks together during the nuclear winter to worry about our inability to continue surfing. An even more distant third possible reason is the unleashing of a tailored bacteria that digests the stuff that makes up transistors or CPUs. Since the asteroid event is fairly small odds, making the other two possibilities even less possible, I'm back to the reason for this article: I wish to put name to archer for as many photographs on the USA Archery Records website photo albums as possible. Once named, the photo page will be searchable by all the main internet search engines for essentially all times. If you know of yourself appearing in a photo on the most recent Target Championships for example, please send me an brief email note with your name AND the URL (address) for that page. I will in turn search that page out in my development copy and update it on the web to properly reflect your name "fer all time".

It will help if you describe which person in a photo you are when there is more than one archer (and if you know the other guy/girl help me out with their name as well!). I am also willing to go to any other photo on either the USA Archery Records website or even (egad) the 13,000+ photos on the Texas State Archery Photo department and likewise update them. So if you have a favorite photo of yourself, let me know and I'll put name to face. Thanks.


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123rd Annual Target Championship
It has been about one month since the USA Archery's 123rd annual Target Championship was held in Colorado Springs.
Results:
FITAs of National Target Championship US Open: Male Recurve Female Recurve Male Compound Female Compound

Gary Holstein and I took many thousands of photographs of the archers, the judges, and even the pets in attendance. All the "good" photos have been published to the USA Archery Records Website and the rest consigned to the bit bucket. In fact, the photos were published in most cases on the very same day that they were taken during the tournament, which put a severe load on the hotel's internet connection. I'm sure that the rest of the hotel's guests were forced to put up with slowwwww surfing while I clogged the bandwidth with the pixels of all 2700+ photos. Well, actually, there were three times that many uploaded: the original HIGH resolution image, the easy-to-view in your browser downsized version, and the tiny thumbnail size that gets displayed in the thumbnail page.

So all of the photos are displayed for your viewing pleasure, and you will find that you can actually download a picture suitable for printing an 8 x 10 glossy of you or your best friend! To get access to that photo just look for the very small download icon (a downward arrow pointing to a tiny picture of a square that emulates your computer: ). It is just below the bottom right corner of the photo, to the right of the file name on every photo page.
There have been 174 record claims from the event as of this writing - 84 were "National" records (those which can only be set at a National Championship) and 90 National Star FITA records which are set during any event recognized by FITA as a Star event (which our National Target Championship always is).

Here is a summary of those National (Championship) records set and tied:
DivisionBowGenderArcherDistanceRoundTypeScoreXs
National TargetAR OpenCompoundMenEric C. Bennett90 metersDouble635
90 metersSingle323
FITASingle1339
Joseph A. BaileyFITADouble2668
AR1CompoundMenJeff Fabry30 metersDouble713
30 metersSingle359
50 metersDouble678
50 metersSingle340
60 metersDouble674
60 metersSingle338
70 metersDouble665
AR2RecurveMenKevin Stone30 metersDouble669
30 metersSingle340
70 metersDouble586
90 metersDouble509
90 metersSingle276
FITADouble2340
FITASingle1174
Russell Wolfe50 metersDouble601
50 metersSingle307
70 metersSingle299
AR3RecurveMenSteve Bosson30 metersDouble642
30 metersSingle326
50 metersDouble557
50 metersSingle279
70 metersDouble515
70 metersSingle267
90 metersDouble432
90 metersSingle255
FITADouble2146
FITASingle1117
CadetCompoundWomenPaige Pearce50 metersDouble696
50 metersSingle350
60 metersSingle346
FITADouble2768
FITASingle1391
RecurveWomenKayla DeBord40 metersSingle320
60 metersDouble633
Kiley J. Larrick125 metersSingle99
CubCompoundMenAlexander Sahi20 metersSingle36017
WomenHunter Jackson20 metersDouble719
20 metersSingle36028
30 metersSingle355
40 metersDouble704
Master 50+BarebowMenMike Frizzell30 metersSingle315
50 metersSingle268
70 metersSingle261
90 metersSingle200
FITADouble2030
FITASingle1018
CompoundWomenDebra Sieloff50 metersSingle326
60 metersDouble651
60 metersSingle331
70 metersSingle320
Compound-FingersMenDavid Hryn70 metersSingle327
Rod Miller50 metersDouble658
50 metersSingle331
Master 60+CompoundWomenSandra Horton30 metersDouble636
30 metersSingle324
40 metersDouble613
40 metersSingle307
60 metersSingle316
FITASingle1237
RecurveMenDr. David E. Brandfass50 metersDouble604
50 metersSingle307
SeniorBarebowMenMark ApplegateFITADouble2238
WomenRebecca Nelson-Harris30 metersDouble645
30 metersSingle323
50 metersDouble553
50 metersSingle279
60 metersSingle279
70 metersDouble483
70 metersSingle269
FITADouble2225
FITASingle1144
CompoundWomenErika Anschutz60 metersDouble704
60 metersSingle353
70 metersSingle349
FITASingle1403
RecurveMenBrady Ellison50 metersDouble683
FITADouble2700
FITASingle1357
WomenKhatuna Lorig50 metersSingle339
FITASingle1353


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And the New Star FITA Record Claims From the 123rd Target Nationals...
A tournament held under the rules of FITA and properly registered with FITA through the national organization (the USA Archery in this case) enables the archer to obtain formal recognition of a record - known as a Star FITA or National Star FITA record, or even a World Star FITA record - if the score shot is good enough. Star FITA essentially means that the set of FITA rules were followed and the conditions are comparable enough for scores shot in countries around the world to be rated against each other fairly. In other words, "apples to apples", a consistency which is what actually enabled archery to restored to the Olympics years ago.

Incidentally, a score shot by an American during the course of an event in another country can be claimed as an American National Star FITA record provided it is equal to (a tie record) or higher than the existing US Star FITA record and the proper claim form process is followed.

Our National Target Championship is always registered with FITA as a Star event so that any score can be considered for world record status as well as US national Star FITA record status. I risk over-explaining things because I have had a lot of archers contact me, confused about their claim for either a National or a (national) Star FITA record.

One last note: while it is true that you can shoot a STAR FITA record at the National Target event, you can NEVER shoot a National (Target) record at any tournament except the National Target event held by the USA Archery once each year, usually at the end of the summer season. The National Target Championship allows for the setting of both Star FITA and National records, and it is possible (and it often so happens) that a National Record is broken but not the
corresponding national Star FITA record. This makes sense, because there are many more opportunities each outdoor season to shoot a Star FITA record score. There is only once chance/tournament per year where you get a shot (pardon the pun!) at a National (target) record. Make sense? Good. Also, the number of "x"s scored are not counted except when a perfect numerical score has been reached - for example, a 36 arrow round has a perfect score of 360. Once that becomes the record then the only way to differentiate, to recognize a new level of excellence, is by the number of Xs shot. Frankly, no one has explained to me what to do when someone shoots 360 with 36 Xs, but we'll figure out something when that happens I am sure. As always, I'll just ask Jane Johnson what to do - she has helped me constantly with setting up the website properly.

And now, here is the listing of the 90 Star FITA records set anew this year during the 123rd National Target Championships:

DivisionBowGenderArcherDistanceRoundTypeScoreXs
Star FITAAR OpenCompoundMenEric C. Bennett90 metersDouble635
90 metersSingle323
FITASingle1339
Joseph A. Bailey30 metersDouble706
50 metersDouble669
FITADouble2658
FITASingle1332
AR1CompoundMenJeff Fabry30 metersDouble713
30 metersSingle359
50 metersDouble678
50 metersSingle340
60 metersDouble674
60 metersSingle338
70 metersDouble665
70 metersSingle335
FITADouble2730
AR2RecurveMenKevin Stone30 metersSingle340
90 metersSingle276
Russell Wolfe50 metersDouble601
50 metersSingle307
AR3RecurveMenSteve Bosson30 metersDouble642
30 metersSingle326
50 metersDouble557
50 metersSingle279
70 metersDouble515
90 metersDouble432
90 metersSingle255
FITADouble2146
FITASingle1117
BowmanCompoundMenAaron DeJong20 metersDouble707
20 metersSingle355
25 meters(80cm)Double694
25 meters(80cm)Single344
25meters(122cm)Double710
25meters(122cm)Single356
30 metersDouble702
30 metersSingle351
FITADouble2813
FITASingle1407
CadetCompoundWomenPaige Pearce50 metersDouble696
50 metersSingle350
60 metersDouble682
60 metersSingle346
FITADouble2768
FITASingle1391
CubCompoundMenAlexander Sahi20 metersSingle36017
20 metersSingle36017
30 metersSingle349
30 metersSingle354
40 metersSingle354
WomenHunter Jackson20 metersDouble719
20 metersSingle36028
30 metersDouble696
30 metersSingle355
40 metersDouble704
40 metersSingle354
50 metersDouble692
50 metersSingle349
FITADouble2811
FITASingle1408
Master 50+BarebowMenMike Frizzell30 metersSingle315
50 metersSingle268
70 metersSingle261
90 metersSingle200
FITADouble2030
FITASingle1018
Master 60+CompoundWomenSandra Horton30 metersDouble636
30 metersSingle324
40 metersDouble613
40 metersSingle307
50 metersDouble607
50 metersSingle304
60 metersDouble589
60 metersSingle316
FITADouble2445
FITASingle1237
SeniorBarebowWomenRebecca Nelson-Harris30 metersDouble645
30 metersSingle323
50 metersDouble553
50 metersSingle279
60 metersSingle279
70 metersDouble483
70 metersSingle269
FITADouble2225
FITASingle1144
CompoundWomenErika Anschutz60 metersDouble704
Jamie Van Natta70 metersSingle351
RecurveMenBrady Ellison50 metersDouble683
FITADouble2700
FITASingle1357

Congratulations to all the archers who shot the event, and particuarly to those who have set the bar just a little higher by their new records! And if you haven't submitted your claim for a new record (and you shot one!) then use the claim form and get it sent in! I know for a fact that Ed Eliason set a tying record for the 18 arrow OR pass, yet no claim has yet been received. Somebody who knows Ed's email, send him a heads-up please! Shooting a 118 (out of 120) certainly deserves to get into the record books, especially when the archer is on the positive side of 60 (70?) years!!! Here is a link to a photo of Ed shooting on that day.

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Aggie Indoor 2007
The Texas A&M Aggie Indoor Invitational Tournament has been scheduled for October 29-21, 2007 and the tournament information can be found at this link. The Aggies have a great record of hospitality and are excellent at tournament organization with superb physical facilities as well. And while you are on that weblink, note that several other events have already been scheduled - you might at well make hotel reservations now, cause you KNOW you are going to shoot those as well, right??? (hint: Indoor Nationals - Feb. 29-March 2, 2008 & the Texas Shootout - April 25-27, 2008)

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More On Jager Bowgrips
A followup on a previous article about custom bowgrips that help archers shoot BEST - I've had a good deal more time to experience the Jager grip and observe it in use. It offers some great possibilities and like Jason McKittrick's Spin Wraps, I feel it is worth recommending!

In 2003, what seems to be light years ago, as Lindsey and I were being taught the virtues of a higher grip by Don Rabska, he took out a tube of plumbers epoxy putty and built up her wood Loesch grip to help her acquire the proper grip and hand position. He explained a lot of things about it, some points very clearly obvious and others much more subtle. A summary of how to customize your grip with this material is located on the TSAA website's documents page, at this link.
This was the first time I had seen anything besides bondo to alter a bowgrip's elevation with short of a whittle knife) and it was super!

Since then with every new riser she used I have insured that we got a grip that duplicated what Don fashioned for her. I would carefully wrap her "Don Grip" in bubble wrap and ship it to the woodworker and spend literally weeks going back and forth in an attempt to get the grips to conform to the proper height, bevels, and angles. The putty-ied up grips are functionally effective but look nowhere near as elegant and esthetically pleasing as do the laminated bowgrips that James Loesch and others are so well known for producing. They are also similar to the ORTHO grips that Hoyt now markets as an option for the Helix riser.

Over the last 4 years or so I have also attended numerous coaching training camps at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and COS and had the profoundly moving experience of learning from Kisik Lee as well as numerous training sessions where Don taught Lindsey and generously allowed me to learn from him as he taught her. Not a single time when I review the videos I made with Don during those sessions do I not learn yet something else, some subtle nuance that I missed previously. Thanks, Don!

Where was I going with this? Oh yes, the higher bow grip. The BEST grip. It turns out that the grip Don fashioned for Lindsey is indeed very, very close to the grip Coach Lee prefers - in fact when I first showed Don's grip to him, Kisik wanted to know how it had been made, and that allowed me to explain the material, how to mix it (that's the pharmacist in me) and how it worked and could be controlled. Coach Lee reacted with a great smile upon learning of this material and I could see his anticipation build instantly.

Coach Lee then took this tool and applied his insight and knowledge and wisdom to create exactly what he wanted in the grip for his RAs, and did not make the same grip for each archer. Instead he customized each for what he perceived the archer to be able to handle at his or her skill level, and to gradually increase the angle over time. What is important in this article is that he showed me was how to adopt an incremental approach in altering the grip for the archer. During one training session he demonstrated for all of us how to take OFF the old buildup of hardened putty (with a hammer, which caused the archer who owned the bow no little distress as he WACKED briskly on the grip, popping the putty off). He then explained that it was important to make the next higher grip a little higher, but not to make it too high all at once.

He told us that if it was raised too much too fast, the archer would actually experience instability that could impair the archer's progress in acquiring BEST skills. So I remain convinced that the "little-bit-at-a-time" plumber putty approach is critical for evolving an archer who has a history of shooting with a low grip. Elevating the angle in small increments for an experienced archer is smart. Doing it all in one fell swoop injects RISK. I have seen firsthand the results of making a change that causes instability, which causes insecurity, which causes emotional distress, which impairs physical performance, which leads to an archer NOT shooting well....you get the idea.

It is possible that the archer will simply make the adaptation with no faltering, no sweat, and fly with the eagles. Perhaps especially for the newbie that has little muscle memory to be adversely affected by a radical change in the way the bow behaves.

That precaution being said, I have to say that the bowgrips made by Paul Jager are likely a very good tool to be used in achieving BEST form in the bow arm. The surface of the material is a rubbery texture that remains largely unchanged in the rain or when the hand is sweaty. It is much wider than the typical grip that Coach Lee fashions but otherwise is similar, and I may actually start whittling on one to try and see how that works out. With these grips the bow hand falls naturally into a "45 degree knuckles" position. The price is less than half what a typical custom wooden grip costs and delivery has been less than a week each time I ordered one - that in and of itself is a huge improvement over the past experiences I have had. The grips fit perfectly on the Aerotech risers I have tried so far. Aside from the "too much elevation too fast" caution, these grips are certainly worth trying. Hint to any HP Coach using one - it is critical that the thumb point to the target from predraw forward.
Tell Paul the TSAA sent you please? And please let me know your results if you get one - I'll include them in a followup story on this. [image]


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Bid Process Is Now Open
The TSAA board is now soliciting and accepting bids for the upcoming JOAD and Senior TSAA Championship Indoor tournaments.
We expect the range of time to be considered for the event to be January through February. New Years day to be avoided on the front end and the Indoor Nationals on the back end of the time frame, with the Vegas Festival shoot on Feb. 22-24 and the ATA show on Jan 10-12 as weekends to absolutely avoid.
It would be preferable to not hold the events on the eve of the national indoors (Feb 29-Mar 2 for A&M location).
See this link for information on the bid process, forms guidelines, advice from past tournament directors, and you can email the webmaster if you have particular questions. The board will make the award decision on the tournaments by December 1st and hopefully I can manage to remember to put it in a newsletter issue!

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A Way To Learn More About BEST
by Tom Barker, USA Archery High Performance Coach
BEST in Tyler

Chuck Brown, from Tyler, Texas, sought me out at the National Target Championships this year in Colorado Springs and asked me about this “BEST method” that he keeps reading about. I gave him the five minute answer and he said he would like to learn more. His daughter, McKenzie, is an up and coming recurve archer and I told him I thought she could benefit from the method. So, we decided to communicate after the event and see if we could bring the BEST method to Tyler.

When I got back home, Rick Walker, Shooting Stars over Texas JOAD club coordinator, and Chuck worked to bring me to Tyler for a BEST seminar. On September 14th and 15th we made it happen. Rick had been to the BEST training clinic that was held in College Station last year, but was eager to hear more for clarification. Like most of us that have been exposed to the BEST method, we get something more out of every iterative training session.

We started on Friday evening with a two hour discussion of the basics of the BEST method. We used the Easton Sports Development DVD hosted by Don Rabska with some commentary on my part and demonstrations for understanding. There were about 15 coaches, parents and youth archers from the Shooting Stars archery club in attendance and they asked very good questions to learn as much as they could.

The club members then signed up for one of three two hour slots for Saturday to apply the principles of what they heard the previous evening. We started out with some warm up exercises and stretching. We then quickly moved to some stretch band work to apply the BEST method. We focused on getting the set up correct and reinforced the feel of the right muscles being employed to draw the bow. The small group size facilitated the quick correction of errors and made sure the new approach was understood. After a while with the stretch bands, the archers were allowed to use their bows with more hands on training to try the BEST principles.

After the three two hour sessions we all got back together to review some of the common issues and to let them ask me questions for clarification. The customers seemed to be very pleased with what they learned and were eager to continue applying the concepts to their shooting. They asked for a follow up seminar in a couple of months for reinforcement.

While this was by no means a complete immersion in the BEST method, the Tyler Shooting Stars over Texas JOAD club now knows the terminology and has been exposed to the basic principles of the BEST shooting technique. (Tom Barker at a foreign tournament)

(webmaster note: It is simple and easy to have a seminar to share knowledge on the BEST method - just ask a High Performance Coach near you!)


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TSAA Tshirts and more....

The marketplace for our T-shirts, sweatshirts, and assorted imprinted stuff has been updated. NOTE: FOR ONLY A SHORT TIME LONGER, the image is our commemorative 25th anniversary logo. You can easily check it out and
shop at this link.

If you like showing the world you are an archer, and like stylin' it in Texas wayyyyy then
order your shirt today. This logo will not be around long! In addition, all participants of the TSAA Championship events in 2007 (The State Indoor, Field, JOAD Target, and Target championships) will receive one of these pins, up to a total of two pins (for two different events). Additional pins can be purchased from the Board Members (Rick Stonebraker, Tom Barker, Gina Carmichael) at these events for $2.00 each - they make a great quiver pin. Quantities are limited. See Ron Carmichael at the National Target Championships in Colorado Springs August 4 - 11th if you would like to buy a couple!


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SPIN WRAPS: A Fletching Aid Endorsement
I like to mention things that work well for me, in the hopes others will find them a benefit as well. This article is therefore, as they say, an unsolicited and uncompensated recommendation!
Jason McKittrick(
click here to see Jason at this year's target championship), noted recurve archer, has come up with a solution for spin wing vanes and those who use them.
Years ago, Jason was talking with Jay Barrs about the wraps Jay liked to use - brightly colored vinyl applications that go onto the back 1/3 to 1/4 of the arrow shaft. They have an adhesive side, and the archer then attaches the vanes to the vinyl instead of to the arrow shaft.

It is a modern version of "cresting", where the archers of yore would purty up their arrows and make them uniquely identifiable by carefully painting the same patterns on each arrow. Jason liked them but he observed that for spin wing users, they were not much help in alignment. So two year ago he decided to design a modified wrap to suit his needs - a small, lightweight clear wrap that has white lines pre-printed on them. Since Jason was doing it for his own archery benefit he designed them to fit the Easton X10 arrows that he uses. He knew the back part of the shaft was symmetrical enough for the lines to be accurate. These are NOT for any other kind of shaft but X10s at this point, but if you are interested in having them for ACEs, for example, give Jason an email and let him know.

I have found these lined wraps are MUCH better than any other method I have tried, for marking the shafts and applying spin wings to shafts.


It is very easy to replace a SINGLE damaged vane on your arrow without having to do all three, the vane adhesive tape makes a more positive attachment to the vinyl as well, and of course, the pre-printed lines make it clear where you need to stick the dang vane. In addition to the solid white line indicating the axis of the shaft, there are dotted lines for archers that want to angle the vanes for more/less drag.

Shaft preparation is simple but critical: Clean the shaft well, using alcohol. I prefer the 91% isopropyl, though I know some archers who would more likely want to use tequila - with the occasional sip to "test" the cleaning ability.

I steer clear of acetone since while it does clean as well as alcohol it also is absorbed into the bloodstream and isn't a very nice chemical to keep around the house (or in the blood stream, for that matter).

It is also important to align the edge of the wrap with the axis of the shaft - a crooked wrap means all three vanes will be on crooked as well. Once applied, you may find as I have that they last all season long! It is a simple matter to fix a broken vane while on the field, especially if you are also using my favorite method of holding the spinwing (the Beiter spinwing holder). You can keep a pre-taped vane loaded in the BSH and just, well, whip it out of your quiver and fix an arrow in seconds.

Jason sells these directly to the archer for a very reasonable price, and I think they are appearing in the next Lancaster Archery catalog as well. To order a set of 12 (for $10) contact Jason via email or else by phone (812) 689-0182.


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Buffalo Results

The results of the Buffalo Field Archery Invitational 2007 Field Archery Tournament have been posted along with a series of photos. This event was held in Buffalo Bayou west of Houston, and it shows a very tropical climate, even for Texas with its 9 different distinct climates. Please click
HERE for the results (in an acrobat file format) and HERE for the photos from the event.

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