Mar 31, 2003
In this newsletter:
|Editors' Intro For Issue 2|
One of the difficulties in creating a useful and interesting newsletter is finding volunteers (read: harassing friends and associates) to contribute information, stories, ideas, and such for the publication. We struck gold with this issue by heading west. And one of the most positive states for growing the sport of target archery can be found in the state of Arizona. Shooting outdoors in their good climate (well, for most of the year) provides great training for JOAD archers who go on to greatness as adults as well. If you can learn to shoot in the extremes of arid desert then when you get to a place like Canton in July, it's a breeze! And yes, AZ also has winds, so when you go to the Texas Shootout, it's a breeze there too! The Arizona JOAD activities are the focus of several articles this issue, and we shine the spotlight on a very good JOAD archer.
Our JOAD Junior Archers that went to France to shoot in the World Indoor Championships ran into a surprise. No, it wasn't the French, who from all reports were very enthusiastic in supporting our archers and being good hosts. It was a new FITA RULE on arrow calls. We try to explain a little about this new rule in an article in this issue.
Lancaster Archery Supply has generously donated some big bucks to The X Files for a drawing. Want a free gift certificate to Lancaster? Read how someone from your JOAD might get one.
As you get ready to go outdoors and start shooting the longer distances, be sure to keep in mind how important it is to follow the rules and etiquette of the sport. Help your fellow archers when you can. Make this a good sport for all.
Good shooting to you, JOAD archers!
|Spotlight In Arizona - Mary Frangos|
Arizona's MARY FRANGOS
By Bob Pian, Arizona JOAD Coordinator
Arizona is home to the 2002 JOAD National Bowman Recurve Champions, Ryan Davis and Mary Frangos. Mary, a 12 year old Cub from Glendale AZ, was able to set records in the old JOAD categories in 2001 and has set all new Indoor and Outdoor records in the current Bowman category in 2002. The old records were set with an Olympic PSE Optima bow, but Mary currently pulls 29 lbs with her Yamaha bow. Mary shoots well and can set National records regardless of the label on the bow!
Mary shoots whenever she can and that usually means when her dad, George Frangos, can take her to the range. It's also when she is not practicing or playing basketball, softball and volleyball on the eighth grade team, or having concerts and band practice as a part of the Peoria School district band where she is first chair in the clarinets. The competition for time between sport and school is a tough one but she maintains an 'A' grade average in spite of all of the challenges. Mary's mom Areti is always supportive and dad George is a Level II NAA Certified Archery Instructor who divides his time between coaching Mary and her younger sister Annie (10) in archery, and coaching his son's soccer team.
We all know that practice is very important. Mary's philosophy is "Always remember, there's someone out there practicing when you don't feel like practicing. So take every opportunity you have to practice. The discipline that I have learned from archery has started to show itself in other ways in my life such as grades, school sports and music."
As the Arizona JOAD Coordinator, I should point out that none of Mary's success could have happened without the support and commitment of her family. Parents and adult volunteers giving of their time, energy and monies are a key part as well.
The early 2002 outdoor season was quite exciting with Mary, age 11 at the time, shooting as a senior at the Arizona Cup. Mary shot on target with Karen Scavotto (2000 Olympian) and Jessica Peterson (2002 National Target Champion). A highlight of the event was making the 32 person cut for the Olympic Round. She went head to head with Lorinda Cohen, an All-American collegiate from Texas A&M . She was eliminated from the OR with a respectable 145 to Lorinda's 155.
In 2002 Mary also shot the Duel in the Desert tournament held in October. For literally decades Arizona and California have competed head to head in archery. For the last few years California has consistently taken home the trophy from this event. That is, until Mary, who had just turned 12 a few months earlier, shot as a senior and posted a very respectable 1139 at senior distances winning all her match points against her adult California counterpart. When the dust settled from this Duel, Arizona had won back the Duel in the Desert trophy, thanks in no small part to this young lady's fine shooting.
Mary, at 5 foot 3 inches, 109 pounds, came in 5th in the FITA part of the Outdoor World Team trials this past year in Chula Vista. She beat many girls five years older than her and had a respectable finish in the Round Robin event.
2003 will be a little tougher for Mary as the JOAD club shop/range where she practices closed down due to the poor economy. But Mary remains undaunted, saying: "No matter what disadvantages and failures you come across, keep trying and never quit, only then will you succeed." When asked about her future goals in archery, Mary replied, "I want to continue to excel in archery and maybe one day I could realize my dream of representing the US in the Olympics and bringing home a women's gold medal."
Mary Frangos is already preparing for the 2003 outdoor circuit in hopes of setting more new records.
For more information about Arizona archers and the very active Arizona JOAD program, visit http://www.azjoad.com.
|JOAD Fact Sheet for 2003|
This is an updated version of distances and targets for both genders and ALL NAA divisions
If you want a summary of ALL the distances and target sizes then the chart designed by Lyle McElhaney and recently updated by Ron Carmichael is worth the cost. (which is precisely FREE). This chart is an acrobat file, and this separate webpage version is easily viewed by your browser.
If you do not have a copy of the FREE reader used to view acrobat "pdf" files you can download one for free for your computer, at the following link (download the FREE Acrobat Reader).
And be sure to check out the other free documents on the JOAD main page (http://joad.org)
|Knock Knock! Who's There? Publicity! Publicity Who? Exactly.|
Dos and Don’ts for JOAD Club Print Publicity
By Linda O’ConnorPublicity is a great way to recruit new JOAD members and reward your current club members. Young archers deserve as much recognition as the soccer team, the basketball stars and little league players. When one of your JOAD members does well at a local, state or national tournament make sure the local newspapers carry the story and the archer's school knows about it as well.
As the communications director for the Georgia Archery Association and the Phoenix Archers of Georgia JOAD, it’s been my job to get the word out about archery, state and regional tournaments.
Getting the press to cover archery is sometimes difficult. Television is the hardest and almost impossible outlet to reach for archery on a local basis. But newspapers are much more receptive and monthly magazines are also reachable. Here’s a brief list of Dos and Don’ts for print publicity that may help you.
Do send out a release announcing the time and dates of future tournaments. Lead times for “Events” calendars vary but many require a month’s notice.
Don’t send the press the tournament results. Craft a press release around the archers. Your local sports writers are not going to take the time to wade through the information published in typical tournament results. In addition, you must always explain the shooting divisions and tournament results don’t generally do this.
Do get local. If you're located in a metropolitan area, don’t ignore the town/county local papers. Craft releases specifically for the publication. For instance, our club is located in Clayton County Georgia, which is part of the Metro Atlanta area. For the Atlanta Journal Constitution I send out a release with the title “Local Atlanta Archers Medal in State Championship Tourney” In this release I include by town all the archers in the Metro area. But when I'm sending a release to the Clayton County News Daily, my release title reads “Clayton Youth Medal at State Championship Tourney.” Then I edit out all the information about archers not from Clayton County.
Do get to know the writers. Take the time to make a list of the local sports and feature writers. Call them up and introduce yourself. Find out what their weekly/daily deadlines are and if they prefer their releases faxed or emailed (most prefer email these days – no attachments – release in body of email only). Respect their time and their beat.
Don’t send press pictures without specific requests for pictures -- especially in email. Always put at the end of the release that pictures are available upon request. Large papers will send a photographer; smaller outlets will print your pictures.
Do take pictures after tournaments. Segment your archers according to press outlets. For example take a picture of all medallists from one county or town or locality.
Do research on monthly magazines. Atlanta Parent Magazine has printed several articles on archery for us over the last two years.
Do send out release to local paper when archer achieves rank of Master Archer, Expert or Olympian.
Don’t wait more than two-three days after a tournament to send out a release. Old news is old news.
Do keep an updated list of your archers, their schools, grades etc. When you write a release for a small local paper, always include the archer’s age, grade and school.
Do fax a release to the School Board and to the archer’s school. The kids love the well-deserved recognition over the loud speakers in the morning – especially when the basketball team usually gets all the glory.
Do give your release impact by associating your club or state organization with the NAA. Mention the NAA in the first paragraph of the release. The line I use is “The Georgia Archery Association is affiliated with the National Archery Association (NAA), which is the governing body of the Olympic Sport of Archery. Or “The Phoenix Archers is a Junior Olympic Archery Development club sponsored by the National Archery Association which is……..
Don’t forget to put your contact information at the bottom of the release! Name, title, phone, email and fax if you have one.
I hope these tips help. If you would like a template for a release, then simply click on these links, highlight the text, and then copy/paste into your word processor!
(Ed. HINT: Once you are on the release template, press CTRL-A , CTRL-C, switch to your word document, press CTRL-V . Then edit to suit the circumstances)
|The Outdoor Season - Adapt or Else!|
Arizona is famous for the “Dry Heat”. All the rumors you hear are true. You can fry an egg on the sidewalk; it takes about 15 minutes to begin to turn white. You can't leave a bow whether strung on unstrung in a car as the limbs will warp or delaminate. We have reached over 120 degrees F when the commercial airliners were not able to depart because the aircrafts didn’t have published take-off criteria. The stories go on. In spite of it all, Arizona’s JOAD’s train, practice and compete in the heat of the outdoor season. Are we nuts? Well…
Arizona has four members on the 2003 Jr US Archery Team (April Witt, Ted Harden, Lindsay Pian and Jessica Grant) and two others are 2002 JOAD national champions (Maria Frangos and Ryan Davis). April and Jessica and part of the 2003 US World Indoor Team that competed in France. To stay competitive we have to work around Mother Nature. First off, Arizonans can train outdoors all year round. Our first outdoor tourney is in March and the last outdoor tourney is in October or later. Some shoot their outdoor arrows all year around.
May and June are the main months to train extensively for JOAD and Target Nationals. It’s hot. As a result most have a quick breakfast and are at the range by seven in the morning. While the kids set their bows up the parents will sun-proof the venue, including…
* Set up Ez-Up shades canopies and chairs
The JOADers will let the seniors join in, too. Arizona is too small a state to have exclusive JOAD or Senior activities. With this routine the JOAD’s can complete a practice FITA by noon. With any luck the temperature will have barely reached 100 degrees F (37C) by that time. Most importantly the AZJOAD’s enjoy each other’s company. Having friends around makes the time go faster. Mini-Olympic rounds, one arrow shoot-offs and round robins are practiced. The camaraderie has the additional benefit as the friends can offer encouragement to each other at tournaments.
Having traveled to West Chester, Ohio and Canton, Michigan in the summer heat and humidity and Harrisonburg, Virginia in the winter snow, I can assure you that a hundred degrees F in the desert is almost pleasant. Him...or is this just the heat talking…
By Bob Pian,
|It's Nice To Live Near Vegas|
February 22, 2003
Arizona’s JOADs are very lucky to have the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, a short six to eight hour drive from home. Known as the largest indoor archery tournament in the world, the NFAA event is an exciting contrast to the limited in-state competition and should be less stressful than JOAD National events with no national ranking at stake. The Competition is much more than practice with more than a thousand archers competing. For many this is “the” out of state, national tournament of the year and a chance to be a part of the big show.
The NFAA event has many differences from the NAA. The age categories are different, compound shooters score the outer ten ring and count “X’s”, you don’t mark your arrow holes, and all the recurve youths shoot a 60cm face. One very popular difference for the kids is the lack of a dress code; as a result most youths wore the unofficial uniform of Levis and a Tee shirt.
The festival also hosts the west’s largest archery manufacturers and vendors show where technical help and some nice deals can be had. The NAA was well represented and included Executive Director, Brad Camp and Communications and Media Relations Manager, Mary Beth Vorwerk. Finally, its just plain cool to walk around a hotel with a bow and quiver full of arrows with each youth receiving a nod of approval from fellow archers.
The youths compete in a 300 round on Friday and Saturday leaving Sunday open for fun and to watch national and international stars compete in the adult championships. With a little informal planning the AZJOAD’s were able to spread registration to many different categories. As a result, of the twelve Arizona youth archers that competed, eight won medals.
The best part about the event is the fellowship that is fostered between the AZJOAD’s, coaches and families. The families that travel to Vegas know the other Arizona families are like-minded and have a mutual bond. As an out of state, NFAA event, the parents are able to socialize instead of organizing, officiating and laboring. Club affiliation blended into a single state affiliation. The timing of the event allows parents to share thoughts of the upcoming year of tournaments and travel plans.
It is a bit ironic that this NFAA event is such a key component and much anticipated for the NAA JOAD program in Arizona. The NFAA has two other Triple Crown events coming up in Kansas City and Atlantic City.
By Bob Pian,
|LANCASTER'S MOST IMPROVED JOAD ARCHERS PRIZE DRAWING|
Lancaster Archery has generously donated four gift certificates to The X Files for a MOST IMPROVED Archer contest. Two $150.00 gift certificates will be given away in a random draw of most IMPROVED male and female JOAD archers submitted by JOAD Directors! In addition, the JOAD club of each winner will also receive a $50.00 gift certificate from Lancaster!
If you win you can apply the $150 certificate towards ANYTHING in the Lancaster catalog!
A NOTE FROM Robert Kaufhold/President of Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc.
As an active archer and JOAD kid of the 70's, I'd like to personally thank all JOAD Club instructors, volunteers, parents and young archers for their efforts and commitment to the JOAD program. For many of you the relationships formed with friends in archery will last your entire lifetime, for others your JOAD years will be a time to begin to realize your inner potential, attain goals and grow as a person as you move into your college years and early adult life.
Growing up as a JOAD kid in an archery family gave me the direction I needed to become the person I've become 25 years later, and my best lifelong friends are the "kids" I shot with or the mentors I had during those years. Whatever JOAD means to you, we're proud to be able to be a small part of your experience.
Congratulations to all who practiced hard, achieved awards, shot personal bests or reached toward their goals this winter shooting indoors.
HOW TO ENTER LANCASTER MOST IMPROVED CONTEST:
Have your JOAD Director submit entries from your club.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR JOAD DIRECTORS:
Compare the scores of your JOADers' first score from their first club shoot on or after September 1, 2002, to their most recent score as of the end of the indoor season, which was March 16, 2003. Send to us the name of your 2 most improved male and 2 most improved female archers and their first/last shooting scores. Include their names, addresses, telephone number, and email address (of parent or child). TWO KIDS PER GENDER, per club . It doesn't matter what kind of bow: Compound, Recurve, or Barebow. We will put all of the names into a hat, and draw one of each gender. Winners will be recognized in the next issue of THE X FILES and will receive the $150.00 gift certificate to one of the best sources for archery equipment in the whole world as well as the U.S., Lancaster Archery of Pennsylvania. Winners’ JOAD club will also receive a $50.00 gift certificate.
JOAD Directors: Be sure to include your club name, your name, address, telephone and email address and mail your FOUR entries early so they will be received by the April 25, 2003 deadline:
Lancaster JOAD Prize Drawing
About Lancaster Archery Supply:
Lancaster Archery Supply is one of the best sources for archery equipment in the whole world as well as the U.S., Lancaster Archery of Pennsylvania. Lancaster specializes in Internet and mail order. Here is the Lancaster website where you can look through their online catalog and start picking out your gear. Their ordering phone number is: 800.829.7408 .
OFFICIAL RULES & REGS:
|One Call Does It!|
The FITA Council met in Europe on February 21, 2003, and decided at that time to change the rule regarding line calls on arrows by judges. As of the last FITA Congress the Council was given the power to make changes to the "bylaws" of FITA without voting by the membership and they have decided that this new bylaw/rule would become immediately effective so the judges at every tournament you shoot in from here on out will follow this new rule.
WHAT'S THE NEW RULE?
Only one opinion from a judge can be requested if you cannot call an arrow "for sure" yourself. If you and your target buddies can't call an arrow, you may request a judge to come over and make a ruling on an arrow's score. If you do not like that ruling, TOUGH. You must abide by that one judges' rule. You cannot call another judge and you cannot appeal that judge's decision.
WHY THE NEW RULE?
In the past an archer could request a judge to review an arrow THREE TIMES. Now, except for the very youngest archers, any archer should be able to fairly judge any arrow as being either in or out. And if you have four archers on a target butt, the four of them should surely be able to decide amongst themselves about an arrow and do so fairly. But sometimes an archer would not like the decision of the others, and so therefore call on a judge in the hopes of gaining another point (or, it might be that the arrow really was too close for them to decide). Some archers probably feel, "if I call his arrow out now, he'll call mine out later", and so they back away (shirk) from their responsibilities.
Anyway, if the first judge rules against the archer's DESIRE for that extra point, the archer immediately calls another judge again in the hopes of getting "lucky". This is an abuse, and the FITA Council hoped to address and reduce this abuse. This "call another judge" ties up the judges and slows down the whole tournament, and it unfairly punishes those archers who honestly do their best to make good calls. Some would rightly say it's a matter of sportsmanship.
ARE THERE THAT MANY CALLS?
At the World Indoor Championships in Nimes, France, many Junior Archers from the US ran into this new rule, which hadn't been publicized much before, and were they surprised!! One judge remarked that he was frequently called upon to call an arrow that was clearly out, and had to make more than 100 calls a DAY !
IS THERE A WAY TO GET THREE CALLS ON MY ARROW?
Besides getting them from your three partners on the target, probably not, at least right away. Several FITA committees that advise the Council recommended against this new rule, and there are a lot of people who hope that some other means of fixing this abuse can be found. Perhaps it would be good to allow three calls as in the past, but limit the archer to only one or two such calls per ROUND. After that, your target buddies RULE.
What do you think? Can you think of a better way to fairly compete? Should every archer have a magnifying glass in his/her quiver and not be afraid to use it? And, importantly, have you ever been on a target where the archer has been unwilling to call fairly and how did that make YOU feel? You canclick on this link, to the JOAD Message Board, and talk about it, make suggestions, and read the opinions of other JOAD Archers. The judges will be able to read your opinions, and you may make a difference. Participate!
|Target Archery & Safety|
Amy Green is working on her senior project, the topic of archery safety, in high school and it has started us working on a similar information-gathering (and sharing with her). She is and we are attempting to establish some good hard statistics about the relative safety of target archery in comparison to other sports. While we all "know" it is safe, it's hard to prove in an objective way.
Unfortunately the only accepted numbers are federal statistics gathered under a system where the doctors of Emergency Rooms enter the data into a special database that lumps all injuries into "archery". They have no way to differentiate between hunting accidents and Olympic style archery. We wish to quantify the safety (or not) of Olympic-style target archery.
We want to know, for your JOAD and for your State Organization, how many tournaments can you actually generate precise numbers of archers that participated, and how many injuries you can reliably count during those events. The important thing here are "hard and reliable" numbers.
For example, in the last 5 years in Texas, the TSAA has held 30 sanctioned events in Field, Target, and Indoors. By reviewing the attendees I know there was 2,008 archers that stood the line (obviously some of the archers were at more than one event). I can also document two (2) injuries to archers during these events. Both injuries occurred when young gentlemen either walked into a nock at the target or else stood too close as an arrow was pulled and the nock encountered them. Both times the nock drew blood, but the archers continued shooting after the application of bandaids. That's it. 2 in 2008, neither serious.
So how many times has YOUR JOAD met, how many archers at each meet, and how many accidents of any kind can you document? If you keep your state's records, we want to know about those meets, likewise.
We need more such statistically reliable numbers. Please send YOUR information tothe webmaster at JOAD.ORG and we will both forward the information on to Amy to assist in her project and also to prepare it for publication.
Don't stand too close to the target when pulling, and look behind you before you pull. That appears to be the most common injury in archery - getting ding'ed by the nock end of the arrow while you are down at the target. Don't be a statistic! And DO give us your statistics!
|JOAD Club Registration / Locator Project|
Attention JOAD Club Coaches and Instructors
While the NAA keeps accurate records of the JOADs registered throughout the US there is a lot of information such as website and email that cannot be tracked by the NAA's computers.
Often I will receive email messages from people trying to find a place near them where they can experience archery and get to know more about it.
This project is going to gather in the appropriate information which YOU submit and place it on a webpage where anyone can view it. The goal is to help prospective archers FIND YOU!
There is no charge. No cost. No fees. (You already pay the NAA your fees and that is sufficient for this project). The catch is, you have to type the information into a form. This information will be shared with others by placing it onto a webpage of the TSAA and JOAD website. Your emails will all have a keyword inserted in it that will cause it to bounce if the sender doesn't remove the keyword. This will prevent spambots from harvesting your email address.
Here is the link to thisregistration page.
JOAD COACHES: Please remember to tell all of the archers in your JOAD about this newsletter, and get them to subscribe if they have internet access. There is NO COST for this newsletter and their information will not be shared outside of the NAA without their permission. They can opt out of the newsletter at anytime in the future by simply sending an email. One of the main benefits to this newsletter will be the speed with which you can get the latest information from the NAA specifically on JOAD.
We welcome any emails from archers, their parents, and coaches suggesting topics. If you have an archer that would like to PUBLISH a thought, a story, or a training tip - anything at all related to their archery experience then please encourage them to send their story to thewebmaster and we'll do our best to get it into an upcoming issue.
In the meantime you can use theTSAA's message board, which is a great place to read up on the latest proposals, ideas for JOAD meetings, and post your upcoming meeting dates and locations into the calendar.
If you go tohttp://www.joad.org you can find a great set of reference documents for the parents of JOAD archers - so those of you that have parents that need some help understanding the ins and outs of archery, send them to this page, and get them to download the JOAD FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Kids - tell your folks you'll have a quiz for them later!
|From the JOAD Committee|
From Randi Smith,
Two years ago at the JOAD National meeting, the mission and goals of the JOAD program were explained. One of these goals was to make the National JOAD Outdoor Tournament into a more prestigious tournament; one that international shooters could and would attend. This year we have implemented changes that we hope will move us toward that goal.
Here is an explanation of what this year's tournament format will be.
The tournament will consist of a FITA/JOAD round, a team round, and an Olympic (elimination) round. National champions and Jr. USAT ranking points will be determined by the FITA/JOAD round (see details below).
The FITA/JOAD round will follow FITA rules and will be run as a normal FITA round (although the tournament committee has decided to use the option of doing the shorter distances first). A 122-cm. target will be used at the two longer distances; an 80-cm. target will be used at the two shorter distances. At the shortest distance, juniors will use the multiple face, all other archers will be given a choice and the tournament committee will honor that choice. However, in order to simplify matters for the tournament committee, participants must specify whether they will use the multiple or single face when they register. Athletes will be allowed to change their minds on the field only at the discretion of the tournament committee.
For team rounds, both juniors and cadets will use FITA rules and distances (70 meters) and shoot an official team round. The Archers, cubs, and bowmen will shoot at 50 meters. Clubs can put teams together, and the tournament committee will put together teams for individuals who want to participate but don't have teammates. There will be an additional fee to participate in the team round, but it can be paid during official practice.
The Olympic Round will be shot on the final day and will be known as the Jr. U.S. Open. Seeding will be determined by placement in the FITA/JOAD round. International shooters will be allowed to shoot in the Jr. U.S. Open. Juniors and cadets will use FITA rules and distances (70 meters). Archers will shoot at 60 meters and cubs will shoot at 50 meters. There will be no Olympic Round for bowmen shooters.
Final placement and Jr.USAT ranking points U.S. National Champions will be determined by the outcome of the JOAD/FITA rounds. Ties will be broken according to FITA rules. Jr.USAT ranking points will be awarded based on the final finish of the FITA round. The champion of the FITA round (both cadet and junior) will be awarded a place on the Jr.USAT. However, in order to be a member of the Jr.USAT, athletes (including the champions) must shoot in the Jr.U.S. Open. Other requirements for the Jr.USAT must also be met.(Click here for the acrobat file of rules) These requirements include passing the fitness test and shooting a qualifying score. Except for the champions, prospective members must have also shot in two other qualifying tournaments.
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