TSAA Archery News
Issue 46
March 16, 2005

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In this newsletter:
National Safety Council: Injury Facts 2004
ARNOLD SHOOT, from the NAA PR Department
Total Archery, by Kisik Lee and Robert de Bondt
4 Billions for the Olympics 1.8 Billions for the Paralympics.
Texas Shootout 2005 Registration & Info
Traditional Garb and Traditional Archery
State Field Registration - THE DEADLINE APPROACHES

Just a reminder since the event has been so long in the shooting! The NAA's National Indoor Championship has been held in 10 different venues over the last few weekends, culminating with 4 events held on the weekend of March 12-13.

Right now you can view the summary of all participating archers at this link.

You will need Adobe Acrobat to view the results. If you don't have a copy of the FREE reader, you can download it using this link to the Adobe website.

Kudos to the 57 Texas, the 15 University of Texas, and 62 A&M archers that took part in this event (some counted more than once due to multiple division participation).

Texan Top 10 finishers in their divisions include:

  • Lindsey Carmichael(daughter of the editor), 1st in Female AR3
  • L.C. Durham, 2nd, and Tim Humphrey, 3rd, in Male Master 60+ Barebow
  • Liz Adams, 2nd in Female Senior Barebow
  • Tom Meyers (father of Tim), 4th and Jerry Hendrickson, 9th, in Male Master 60+ Compound
  • George Jarvis, 2nd, Male Master 70+ Compound
  • Judy Ober, 1st, Female Master 60+ Compound
  • Shawn Rice, 2nd, Staten Holmes, 5th, Guy Krueger, 7th, and Tim Meyers(son of Tom), 9th, in the Male Senior Recurve
  • Lindsey Carmichael, 4th, and Mary Zorn, 7th, in the Female Senior Recurve
  • Tim Meyers, 2nd, and Kevin Barker, 6th, in the Male College Recurve
  • Mary Zorn, 1st, and Jessica Grant, 10th, in Female Senior Compound
  • Lindsey Carmichael, 3rd, Corrine Yohann, 8th, and Kristi Nelson, 10th, in Female College Recurve
  • Josh Binger, 7th, in Male College Compound
  • Cassie Raffaelli, 1st, Jessica Grant, 2nd, Anna Stratton, 3rd, Amanda Raffaelli, 4th, Candice Blaschke, 7th, and Brenda Temperley, 10th, in the Female College Compound.
  • Andrea Garner, 2nd, in Female Junior Recurve
  • Travis Lafayette, 5th, in Male Junior Compound
  • Holly Heinsohn, 7th, in Female Junior Compound
  • Lyndsey Marzec, 4th, in Female Cadet Recurve
  • Bryce Wickliffe, 8th, in Male Cadet Compound
  • Meagan Lesak, 5th, in Female Cadet Compound
  • Tyler Janota, 6th, in Male Cub Recurve
  • Kayla DeBord, 1st, in Female Cub Recurve
  • Danielle Rachunek, 9th, in Female Cub Compound
  • Clayton DeBord, 3rd, and Reed Cozart, 6th, in Male Bowman Compound.

Congratulations are in order to ALL of the archers, parents, and coaches!

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National Safety Council: Injury Facts 2004
The National Safety Council (NSC) was chartered by an act of Congress and is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, public service organization. They publish "Injury Facts" each year, summarizing a huge boatload of statistics about all sorts of injuries and accidents.

In 185 pages, they lay out all sorts of injury and death statistics, and they compare the US numbers against countries around the world.

There is some fascinating information. Belize, for example, has a rate of death from auto accidents of more than 44 per 100,000 while Albania, Singapore, and Sweden have 1.8, 5.4, and 5.5 deaths per 100,000. What about the death rate for autos in the US? around 18 deaths per 100,000.
Now, what's with Belize? The reading is a little fascinating. Smoking deaths? It's in there as well and it is not pretty.

One thing in the book, and the reason I did an inter-library loan to get ahold of the book, is a summary on sports injuries. Sports participation and injuries from the latest year, 2002 to be more precise.

Archery is estimated to have had 4,2000,000 U.S. participants in 2002, with 4,306 ER-reported injuries, a rate of 0.10252380952380952380952380952381 per cent. (0.1%)

Let's look at some rates for other sports:

  • Baseball: 15,600,000 with 178,668 injuries = 1.15%
  • Basketball: 28,900,000 with 615,546 injuries = 2.13%
  • Billiards: 35,300,000 with 6,235 injuries = 0.02%
  • Football: 17,700,000 with 387,948 injuries = 2.19%
  • Ice Hockey: 2,100,000 with 16,435 injuries = 0.78%
  • Soccer: 14,500,000 with 173,519 injuries = 1.2%

If you multiply each percent by 10, you can get a ROUGH notion of comparisons. For every 1 person injured in archery and visiting an ER as a result, 21 (!) Americans visited an ER because of basketball, 22 due to football, 8 due to ice hockey, and America's pastime, baseball, delivered more than 11 people to the ER in 2002 for every 1 archer in an ER.

Looking into archery injury demographics a little further, 17% of those injured are 5 to 14 year of age, 17% are 15-24, and whopping 61% are from 25 to 64 years of age. Obviously, those archers aged 65 and over are much more talented and wise in the saggitarial sense as less than 2% of archery-related injuries fall into this age group!

I have reviewed a number of ER reports (nearly 300) on archery injuries, and it is very difficult to derive many sound conclusions based on them. The problem is that nurses and doctors tend to look at archery as well, just pointy sticks and lump everything together. I can conclude that most serious presentations in ERs appear to be due to broadheads (stepping on them in a closet, for example, or simply putting them on to the shaft and slicing the finger off), falling out of tree stands, and that most severe injuries are from hunting-related accidents rather than target archery. Many less-serious presentations are due to string slap (hence totally avoidable) on the arm. Some were of the "Darwin Award" category and a few were sadly unsupervised youth activities.

So not a lot of reliability can be placed on these ER reports as to target archery statistics, unfortunately. But compared to the usually practiced sports one thing can be reliably deduced and that is the general safety of archery, compared to most all other sports. Proper coaching, especially of the complete novice, would probably have resulted in many of the string slaps and other simple injuries being avoided. I feel certain that the JOAD program is a significant reason why the injury rate in archery is so low particularly in the 5 to 24 age group. Along with our good manners and high degree of sportsmanship, of course.

Despite ESPN to the contrary, the book does not list poker as a sport (yet).

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ARNOLD SHOOT, from the NAA PR Department
Six Olympians Compete in First Annual Arnold Archery Challenge

by Mary Beth Vorwerk – USA Archery

March 8, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Arnold Fitness Weekend 2005 was held March 4-6 in Columbus, Ohio with the First Annual Arnold Archery Challenge taking place on Sunday. Among the archers competing for $4000 in prize money were three-time Olympian Janet Dykman (El Monte, Calif.), two-time Olympian Vic Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.), 2004 Olympian Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.), 2004 Olympian Stephanie White-Arnold (Portland, Ind.), 2004 Olympian John Magera (Carterville, Ill.) and 1984 Olympian Glenn Meyers (Grand Rapids, Mich.). The 2004 Olympic Alternates Jason McKittrick (Holton, Ind.) and Kendra Harvey (Rio Rancho, N.M.) also competed in the event.

The archery event featured both men and women compound and recurve archers, who shot a 45-arrow match, 3 spot indoor FITA face.

Dykman had the opportunity to instruct Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the finer points of the sport of archery and gave him pointers on the difference between the recurve and compound bow.

Nichols and sister Mandy, who finished in first and second place respectively at the Arnold Archery Challenge, are currently preparing for the World Indoor Archery Championships March 23-27 in Aalborg, Denmark to compete on their first international team together. Wunderle is also a member of the 2005 World Indoor Team.

The weekend hosted a total of 20 sports, featuring eight Olympic sports including archery, table tennis, track, judo, taekwondo, fencing and weightlifting. There were 14,862 total athletes who participated and the event generated 27.5 million dollars for he local Columbus economy.

Archery Results: (scores out of a possible 450 perfect score)

Men’s Recurve Mark Williams (Murphysboro, Ill.) – 1st, $600 – 438 John Magera (Carterville, Ill.) – 2nd, $300 – 436 Vic Wunderle (Mason City, Ill.) – 3rd, $100 – 436

Women’s Recurve Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.) – 1st, $600 - 433 Amanda Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.) – 2nd, $300 - 425 Ashley Kamuf (Dale, Ind.) – 3rd, $100 - 422

Men’s Compound John Dudley (Sparton, Wis.) – 1st, $600 – 443 Dale Jones (Pennsylvania) – 2nd, $300 – 437 Tony Ooten (Ohio) – 3rd, $100 - 436

Women’s Compound Sally Wunderle (Peoria, Ill.) – 1st, $600 – 432 Nancy Zorn (Warrenville, Ill.) – 2nd, $300 – 430 Aya LaBrie (Great Falls, Mont.) – 3rd, $100 – 423

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

The mission of USA Archery is to develop and promote the sport of archery with the ultimate goal of producing Olympic and World Archery Champions. For more information, please visit http://www.usarchery.org.

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Total Archery, by Kisik Lee and Robert de Bondt
There has been more discussion lately about "Korean Archery" as the best method of shooting recurve target archery.

This is not surprising since out of 43 records maintained by FITA (world and Olympic records), the Koreans hold 39 of them, and a case can be made that at least two of the others are held by acolytes of the "Korean Archery style". The highest FITA recurve score is held by a female Korean (1405) and she is only one of many, many Korean archers able to routinely shoot better than 1350. We do have some US archers able to shoot through the 1300 threshold, but amazingly few compared to Korea. So we presume there is some "Korean" secret or method, and in a way, there is.

First, I believe that the "Korean Archery" style is simply the US style taken to an efficient extreme in several ways. They started by observing our best archers such as McKinney and Pace, many years ago, and decided what worked best. Due to their culture they were able to single-mindedly pursue a goal of devising the best methodology by using their youth in training camps the likes of which have only been seen in East Germany in the 1960s. I am NOT implying the comparison in a negative way, just that the US could NOT have that kind of program due to our society's norms. But we CAN now benefit from their program.

The result of their efforts is that they have developed a method that is bio-mechanically sound and most importantly, devised a way of teaching this method consistently to coaches that insures the coaches are all on the same page. Korean Archers do not get mixed coaching messages even though they apparently always shoot under the direct supervision of at least several coaches (to insure no bad habits creep in).

If a Korean archer were to start shooting at 8am, and purposely adopted a flaw in his execution, and every 15 minutes throughout the day a different Korean coach came in to watch him shoot, chances are excellent that EVERY SINGLE COACH would see the same flaw and tell the archer exactly the same thing to correct it. In America, I would guess that the archer would get 5 different opinions from 10 different coaches and at least two of the coaches would diagnose target panic no matter what. Of course, that Korean archer typically shoots many hundreds of arrows, in some cases a 1000, each day, 6 days or more per week.

If there is anything we in the US can learn from the Koreans, is that we need to do a better job of teaching our coaches to be consistent. We now have a tool to contribute to that end that the "low-end" coaches that introduce our kids to archery, can easily add to their toolbox. I've not read a better book on archery than TOTAL ARCHERY, and one has to admire Kisik Lee and his expertise, his long history of producing champions.

This new book being circulated is called TOTAL ARCHERY, by Kisik Lee and Robert de Bondt. Kisik Lee is currently the head archery coach of the Australian Institute of Sports, and has many, many Olympic and World Champions to his credit. This book is a superb reference for the future of US archery. The photos are clear and deal specifically with the text, serving to clarify the written words.

The NAA is planning to carry this book and you should be able to obtain a copy soon. Please put it on your list, add it to your library right up there with the likes of McKinney's book (The Simple Art of Winning), Steve Ruis and Claudia Stevenson's compilation (Precision Archery), Ruth Rowe's book (Fundamentals of Recurve Archery), etc. and you won't regret it. Though you may find you will initially spend a good deal of time reading instead of shooting, your shooting will be the better for it.

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4 Billions for the Olympics 1.8 Billions for the Paralympics.
Quoting from the latest issue of the Paralympic Newsletter.

A study of the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games TV coverage conducted in 17 countries has revealed that a total cumulated television audience of 1.852 billion viewed the event. The study was conducted by international sport sponsorship and media evaluation company IFM.

The study monitored 17 countries and Pan Europe (Eurosport and EuroNews) over the course of the Paralympic Games and found that 577 hours of total broadcasting time was screened on 102 channels. Japan had the greatest cumulative audience with over 587 million, closely followed by France (335 million), Germany (310 million) and China (309 million).

Despite having smaller cumulative audiences, the market share was high in New Zealand (26.4%), Switzerland (21.6%) and Austria (21.1%). Of the 17 countries, Brazil showed the greatest coverage of the Paralympics with a total of 168 hours of actual broadcast time, including 115 hours live, followed by Spain (124hrs whereof 31hrs live) and Greece (82hrs including 57hrs live). In addition, Reuters transmitted daily coverage to 446 clients in 200 countries. These numbers do not include affiliates which number in the thousands. Statistics for another 12 countries are still pending. A final report will be posted in March on the IPC website: www.paralympic.org.

Addendum by editor Carmichael: Televsion coverage in the United States amounted to a 2-hour long, heavily edited production sponsored by VISA and aired on "Outdoor Life Network" in November, more than a month after the closing of the games. It was very heavily laden with decent coverage of only a couple of sports (bicycling and swimming) , with some track and field and perhaps FIVE whole seconds of archery, this was all that US got to see.

Hopefully next time in Bejing there will be reasonable real-time or semi-live coverage in the US of the Paralympics.

By the way - TV viewership of the Olympic Games was approximately 4 billion people. There was a record number of TV viewers for the Athens Games, with USA: 95 million in first 2 days of Games (8-million more than Sydney), GERMANY: Reached 12.95 million (3.9 million more than Sydney) , and JAPAN: 15.6 million daily.

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Texas Shootout 2005 Registration & Info
The OUTDOOR season has just begun. It's not too early to start planning for the Texas Shootout. If you haven't been to the Shootout before, you'll want to read up on the event at the link below. People come thousands of miles to shoot at this event, so surely you can drive a couple of hours! It's a well run, well supported, well attended, well, it's a well done event!

The Texas Shootout is one of the biggest and best organized events in NAA Archery events and has grown steadily in popularity. This year will be just as good, hopefully, and the folks at Texas A&M are graciously hosting it again. This is one of those official "ranking" tournament events that will attract a whole passle of good arrow flingers.

You can check the information on the tournament, due to be held on April 1st through 3rd, at This Link Right Here.
There is a registration form off of this link.
Check their website for hotel info as well.

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Traditional Garb and Traditional Archery
9th Annual Traditional Archery Championships to be held in Colorado Springs
March 11, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The National Archery Association (NAA) of the United States is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Traditional Archery Championships will be held July 29-31 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The site will be at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, which is located at 1605 East Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909. Colorado Springs is 60 miles from Denver International Airport.

The NAA Dress Code for the Traditional Tournament has been amended to include the wearing of historical garb appropriate to the era.

Registration fees have also been reduced this year to $60 for Traditional only and $200 for a combination of the Traditional and National Target Championships.

The schedule for the Traditional Championships is as follows:

Friday, July 29 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Traditional Official Practice

Saturday, July 20 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Practice 8:45 a.m. Traditional National Championships

Sunday, July 31 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Practice 8:45 a.m. Traditional National Championships 2:30 p.m. (approx.)Clout Tournament

A complete registration form will be available online in the coming weeks. Please visit www.usarchery.org for complete registration and information.

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State Field Registration - THE DEADLINE APPROACHES
It will likely be a record number again. The registrations are coming in full bore for the TSAA STATE FIELD TOURNEY on April 9 & 10! If you wait too long you may miss out. We have had several straight years of record attendance at this well-designed field event. Online registration for the Texas State Field Tournament is available.

You can expect the same excellent field conditions since the Blaschkes are offering the use of their exotic animals ranch again this year, so bring your cameras.

Rick Stonebraker is coordinating the field and has furnished the information that is up on the TSAA website. The box lunch this year will be VENISON prepared onsite for only $7 a seat including the fixin's. You can use this link to view the pictures of last year's events.

The event is April 9 & 10 and the deadline for registering is April 1st (NO FOOLIN!). It doesn't pay to wait though, as many have discovered. Here's the link to the tournament information and online registration form. Enter NOW to insure you get a spot.

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