TSAA Archery News
Issue 69
July 31, 2008

Hi !

In this newsletter:
Have You Ever Been Coached?
The USA Archery's National Target Championship

 
 
Have You Ever Been Coached?
(To all of the international subscribers - this mini-issue deals only with one kind-of US-focused topic - we will go back to a full spectrum of archery interests with our next newsletter - but on second thought - the basic thought of this issue MAY apply to you and your coach and your own national organization - in other words, can you honor your coach?)

Coaches are key to the important things in life, since there is very little we do that cannot, that does not, benefit from having an expert to show us how to be better, to do better.
And in sports such as archery, without coaching most athletes would never reach their full potential. Many would drop out of their sport, frustrated at their lack of progress and success.
For many competitors who succeed to the winner's stand, at least one coach served as mentor to get that athlete to the top.

Most importantly, for the majority of archers that do NOT stand on the number 1 spot, coaches are STILL an integral part of "getting better" and "doing better". Coaches teach the basics as well as the advanced method, and insure that anyone who cares to, can learn a better way to shoot. Good coaches also teach HOPE.
USA Archery has several programs to recognize coaches that are out making a difference for the athletes in the sport of archery, and we also participate in the US Olympic Committee's process for "Coach of the Year" at the highest levels in US Olympic Sports.

YOU nominate your coach to the Coach Development Council, the winner becomes the USA Archery Coach of the Year, and is then submitted to the USOC for consideration for United States Olympic Coach of the Year. And you can start this process easily by filling in the form and emailing it to Lawrence Sullivan, head of the CDC. (naacoach4@msn.com)

I feel strongly that it's very important that the membership make an effort to recognize and reward the excellence in our coaches, and this short newsletter issue is dedicated solely to helping you to think about this, decide who in your life has made a difference as a coach, and them nominate them for recognition by USA Archery. For most coaches, the profession of coaching is entirely an act of love and charity, certainly not a way to get financially rich. To be even nominated is one way to pay back for their efforts and involvement in the sport!

I'm going to post some clips from the forms currently on the USA Archery website, so you can see how easy it is for you to put in a good word for your coach! And the first step of recognition using the forms is "USA Archery Coach of the Year", and that person will then be a candidate for the USOC Coach of the Year. PLEASE DO IT NOW?!

COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Criteria for Selection
USA Archery is pleased to announce the selection criteria for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coach of the Year Recognition Program. Four award categories will be considered. The criteria for each are listed below.
Process for Selection
Each year the Coaches Development Committee (CDC) accepts nominations of candidates for consideration as USA Archery Coaches of the Year. If no nominations are received, the CDC will nominate candidates.

Nomination letters should be sent to:

USA Archery/CDC
1 Olympic Plaza Deadline: January 10
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

OR ELSE EMAILED TO LAWRENCE SULLIVAN AT naacoach4@msn.com

Nomination letters should include verification of the required criteria for selection, along with other supporting material.
Candidates chosen for the award will be required to submit a 300-word narrative and a headshot photo to the CDC before the final submission to the USOC. Photos and information on the award winners will be published in USA Archery magazine and posted on the USA Archery website.
The Coaches of the Year for USA Archery will be entered into the USOC Coach of the Year Program for all sports. Finalists will be announced and will be invited to attend a Awards Dinner and Presentation Ceremony.
Criteria for National Coach of the Year

1. Coaching record/results for year and career record
2. Impact on sport in the past
3. Serves as a mentor for developmental coaches
4. Gives back to the sport through participation in coaches education
5. Number of Olympians in career – world ranked athletes
6. NGB involvement
7. Number of years in the sport
8. Must be an active coach (within the past 12 months)
9. Must have USA Archery Level 4 or Level 5 Coach Certification/Designation
10. Must have worked with USA Archery Team or USA Archery International Team

Criteria for Developmental Coach of the Year (future Olympians)

1. Coaching record/results for year and career record
2. Athletes coached that became Olympians
3. Contribution to sport, i.e., coaches education
4. Number of years in the sport
5. Must have USA Archery Level 3, or higher, Coach Certification/Designation
6. Must be an active coach (within the past 12 months)
7. Must have worked with Junior USA Archery Team or Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) or Collegiate Division archers


Criteria for Volunteer Coach of the Year (youth)

1. Unpaid coach
2. Longevity in the sport
3. Contribution to community and sport
4. Coaching record
5. Youth development/outreach
6. Must be USA Archery Certified Instructor/Coach

Councilman Coaching Science Award

1. Utilization of science in coaching for year in question (New as of 2004).
(Explain how science was used in coaching archery.)

OK, at this point hopefully you have someone in mind, especially if you have been coached by this person. How do you nominate? That is easy, the CDC has created a form just for the purpose of nominating someone. Here is some of what is on the official nominating form, to show you some of the criteria:

NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM
A National Coach of the Year nominee is a coach of an Elite Level Club, Collegiate, Pan-Am, World Championship or Olympic Games coach or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of your sport. This award is based on the accomplishments of the coach for the year. The nominee must currently be coaching or within one year of their retirement.
COACHING CONTRIBUTION
(Win/Loss Record, Athletes Coached, All-Americans, Olympians, etc.)
HONORS/RECOGNITION
(Local, State, National and International)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
SERVICE TO SPORT
Click HERE to access this award's nomination form on the USA Archery website.
Note that the coach need only to have coached a single athlete to excellence, or could have coached an entire team of athletes!
Now, in addition to the simple "Coach of the Year", there is also the category of "Developmental Coach of the Year". Now, I KNOW that there are some great JOAD coaches and collegiate coaches out there that are deserving of recognition in this category! WHO DO YOU KNOW? NOMINATE!

DEVELOPMENTAL COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM
A Developmental Coach of the Year nominee is coach of a youth club, high school or junior-level coach, or a coach directly responsible for coaching athletes to the junior and/or elite level. This award is based on the accomplishments of the coach for the year. The nominee must currently be coaching or within one year of their retirement.
COACHING RECORD
(Win/Loss Record, Athletes Coached, All-Americans, Olympians, etc.)
HONORS/RECOGNITION
(Local, State, National and International)
SERVICE TO SPORT
Click HERE to access this award's nomination form on the USA Archery website.

Since science plays such an important part of the Olympic sporting elite level, there is a special award for the coach that devises and employs science in the coaching process.
It is called the:
“DOC” COUNSILMAN SCIENCE AWARD NOMINATION FORM
The “Doc” Counsilman Award is for a coach that utilizes scientific techniques/equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods, or has created innovative ways to use sport science.
USE OF SCIENCE IN COACHING
(Please explain in detail how this coach integrates sport medicine, sport science and/or technology in his/her coaching.)
HONORS/RECOGNITION/COACHING RECORD
(Local, State, National and International)
SERVICE TO SPORT

Click HERE to access this award's nomination form on the USA Archery website.

Please, don't just delete this message until you have given it some thought. This is important and YOU can participate, contribute, actually start the process. Who do you think should be honored? And if you do not have all of the information for the form, just get things started by submitting what you can.

NOTE: All information and nomination forms can be found on the index page at this link on the USA Archery website. Take a few minutes today to help a deserving coach get the recognition she (or he) deserves.


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The USA Archery's National Target Championship
I will be at this event in Colorado Springs and will take photos, video clips, etc. and will post them to the web. To find out what and when, check the main page of the TSAA website for links and update info. Ron Carmichael, aka TexARC

If you get this far, thank you. As a reward, please check this link for what I have to call the most intriguing video concerning archery that I have seen in some time. Thank you, Professor!


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