TSAA Archery News
Issue 48
May 11, 2005

Hi !

In this newsletter:
Operation Iraq Archery Club
Archery Opportunity For "Seniors"
Texans In Denmark
Caribbean Arrows Archery Tournament
Internet Archery Sites
NAA JOAD Camps and "Open Camps" (for adults) Are Better Than Ever
Inspect Your Gadgets

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Operation Iraq Archery Club
Dear Archer:

In my capacity as the TSAA webmaster, I get a lot of email messages, some are good, most are spam, but occasionally there is the really good gem in the bunch.

This is one of those where I see an opportunity for each of us reading this, not just the TSAA members, to make a difference.

Here is part of what a lieutenant in Iraq, a national guard troop, emailed to me:

"... the real reason I am contacting you today is that I am also trying to establish an archery club. I was hoping that you might ask some of your members if they would be willing to donate an old bow or arrows to our cause. I would really appreciate any help that your club might be able to give my soldiers over here in Iraq.

I understand that I am asking for a lot, but it is for my soldiers, to try and make our lives over here just a little more like home. We would appreciate any help and assist. We also appreciate your support."

1LT Randall K. Russell
Bravo Company 145TH SPT BN
116TH BCT (Forward)
APO AE 09368

Ok, back to me writing now:

The TSAA board has decided to start a donation project and it is well underway. In just a few days we have had a number of Texans respond, as well as archers across the US and even abroad (France). Easton Foundation has responded with a generous check as well!

How about a donation from YOU? Every donor will be listed on the TSAA website, and your contribution together with (hopefully) hundreds of others will be used to buy archery gear in appropriate amounts (finger tabs, arm guards, arrows, bows, sights, stabilizers, targets, even bales/3D targets if possible) at SUBSTANTIAL discount through Lancaster, who has agreed to help.

Rob Kaufhold and the great folks at Lancaster Archery have agreed to provide a big discount to gear purchased by donation for our project for the troops in Iraq, and will pay for and coordinate shipping as well. Rob at Lancaster is also contacting the makers of target butts, blocks, and 3D targets to enlist their support and aid.

By contributing your dollars via credit card at PayPal, YOU can insure that they get a good proper balance of gear in new working order. If you decide to send any used gear, especially used archery gear, there are a lot of complications that might prove to be a problem in Iraq. Let's make sure they get good quality SAFE gear, ready to go out of the box, with the right mix of components, such as finger tabs, armguards, mechanical releases, right-handed/left-handed, etc.

First, most desirable method of contributing is PAYPAL, which charges the TSAA 2.9% of any contribution, plus 30 cents. NOTE THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO JOIN PAYPAL TO SEND A DONATION!


The TSAA will not keep any money - 100% of what we receive goes to this project - it is a volunteer effort in keeping with our non-profit status and our mission to promote archery. And this is one way you can support your troops who are in a bad place and a bad time. Frankly, it beats spending 5 or 10 bucks on a magnet to stick on your car. Take a minute to donate - it's fast, easy, secure, and effective.

If you cannot use PayPal and your credit card to donate but wish to help, please send your check or money order (NOT CASH) made out to the TSAA:

US Archery Club of Iraq
c/o TSAA webmaster
2703 Cornell Cove
Lago Vista, TX 78645

In support of our troops, I thank you for your help. And I challenge each and every TSAA member to make a donation, today. It doesn't have to be a lot, but every bit will help. The next issue of the newsletter will report on the response to this project. Be a part of it!


A.Ron Carmichael
webmaster, TSAA

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Archery Opportunity For "Seniors"
If you are at least 50 years old, here's a great opportunity for you to have a fun shoot this fall.

The Texas Senior's state finals will be held in Austin Sunday September 25th at the UT Intramural fields. For more details please visit their website.
By the way residents of the 7 counties surrounding Travis do not have to qualify at a regional. They may compete directly at the state finals. For more information check out their website.

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Texans In Denmark
by Kathy Adams:

I was so proud of the Texas contingency to the 2005 Indoor World championships in Denmark; the archers that represented our great State were Staten Holmes,Mary Zorn,Josh Anderson, and Andrea Garner; they all did an outstanding job in their respective divisions; they acted with such honor and grace while representing the USA; it was the parents that were the funny ones.....haha.....

The most memorable moment in my book were the three Dads of the Jr. Girl's Recurve Team who told the girls that if they got a GOLD medal they would ALL shave their heads that night....then Andrea Garner's Dad, Dale said he would shave his head if they got ANY color medal !! (I still am not sure how Theresa Garner felt about this)......THE BET WAS ON !!! This spurred on the Jr.Boy's Recurve coach, Larry Skinner, who said "okay, if these boys win any color medal, I'll shave my head too"! I am not sure what prompted this but it was hilarious to watch unfold........

Well.....what came to fruition was the USA girl's winning the bronze team medal for the first time in US history at the Indoor World's and Dale Garner showing up at the banquet that night with a freshly shaved head!!! WHAT A DAD!!! Andrea, you have to feel soooo special to see that kind of commitment from your folks; remember, it was your MOM who helped spur this bet on ....WHAT A MOM!!!!
Speaking of great moms , Theresa Garner was such a big help to this Texas novice team leader! Like a real trooper she agreed to set out on quite and adventure to find pizza for the entire USA team that was so hungry after a long day at the venue and more shooting to go for teams. We got in the stick-shift car ( I had gotten pretty good at driving by then) and off we went with only a few "oopsies"......we saw a whole-in-the-wall pizza place owned by a lovely Turkish family; obviously we were from USA with it written all over our clothes and credentials; I asked the young man if they could make 15 pizza's in a short time. He yelled to the back to "Mama"......yes, it was okay with her as she licked the sauce spoon while stirring in lots more tomatoes; she turned on the second oven, brought in 3 more family members and in 45 minutes our pizza's were hot and ready to go! Theresa and I were greeted at the venue by happy USA team members who ate some of the best pizza I have ever tasted ! The other foreign team even took our picture eating this pizza.......It must of been soooooo American to them!

One of the truly special moments was the night of Dale Garner's birthday. We were at the dining hall with lots of other international teams and with an improv candle and pudding for a cake the USA team sang Happy Birthday to our Texas birthday boy! The treat for him was the unexpected and totally awesome second singing of Happy Birthday in ITALIAN by the whole Italian Archery team and the "kiss!" from one of their best woman archers!! Theresa just looked on, clapped , happy that Dale was blushing so bad....

Two special Texas men, Staten and Josh, were so polite even when they sunk their teeth in for the kill to shoot awesome FITA scores to finish 12th and 21st respectively! They were always there to help except when we'd have to often look for Josh, who was bringing up the rear because he was not going to miss a thing on this trip!
Staten was my true Texas Ranger as he protected me when I misplaced the car keys the night of the banquet; he went back in the cab to the venue with me to find the "lost keys" and to make it back safely to the hotel....many THANKS, STATEN!! Always the gentleman!

and last but not least all of you should know the World respect for the USA Archer named Mary Zorn is phenomenal ! SHE is the best of the best! She walks by the other international archers and they hush to speak about her in the most positive way. I am glad to know Mary (even if she is a transplanted Texan), she represents her State and Country with a World Class attitude (and so does her BEAR)!!

thanks for the memories and thoughts by Kathy Adams, Helotes, Texas

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Caribbean Arrows Archery Tournament
We do not often hear about tournaments in the Americas - that is, in Central & South America, or in the Caribbean. FITA recognizes many events in these regions as high-quality competitive events, some with Grand Prix points!

It makes a lot of sense to participate, if for no other reason than it is a very competitive environment. Add on the ease of travel to the venue, the more economical costs for room and board in many of these locales compared to many other places (the dollar goes MUCH farther), the fact that we are actually welcome to attend and INVITED to attend these, and you have to wonder if maybe, well, we should attend!

One problem has been finding out about the events well enough in advance that one can plan to attend. The TSAA will be making more effort to acquire information on these events - for example, there is a fully recognized and registered FITA event , WORLD RANKING EVENT, in Cuba in late October. Here's the invitation information:

Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 07:36:57 -0400
Subject: invitacion ranking mundial - invitation world ranking
Dear friends
Please find attached the invitation for the Caribbean Arrows Archery
Tournament - A world ranking event.
Sergio Font
Cuban Archery Federation

Queridos amigos
Les adjunto invitacion para el torneo Flechas del Caribe, valido para el
ranking mundial.
Sergio Font
Federacion Cubana de Tiro con Arco

I have placed this information on the TSAA website with links on the Calendar page.

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Internet Archery Sites
From time to time I hear about some archery-related internet site, and this time Tom Barker has found an interesting compound site. He notes that the bow continues to evolve! This one reminds him of the Popeil Pocket Fisherman!

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NAA JOAD Camps and "Open Camps" (for adults) Are Better Than Ever
The camps are coming!!

Well, the time is drawing near for the camps, anyway. They are scheduled throughout the summer, and in an effort to make it more reachable by more archers, the USA Archery will hold them in three different locations: in Lake Placid NY, in Colorado Springs CO, AND in Chula Vista CA. One is surely accessible to you.

And, they've CHANGED! USA Archery has SERIOUSLY revamped the camps to insure that any archer attending a camp will receive worthwhile instruction and guidance in improving her or his archery skills. Much more emphasis will be placed on the best methods of proper form and technique, and for the duration of the 7-day camp the archers will focus on target archery!

And for the "open camps", ANY USA ARCHERY/NAA MEMBER CAN ATTEND! But for the JOAD camps, there are eligibility criteria. Excerpted from the USA Archery website:

USA Archery will provide skill based instructional archery training for archers ready for a fun and rewarding camp experience. Campers reside on-site at one of three Olympic training centers for seven days, including two travel days; course participants must provide their own travel. The course fee of $400.00 covers room and board at the OTC and shuttle service between the airport and the OTC. These camps are staffed by USA Archery/NAA level 3, 4 and 5 coaches.

The gold camp is for members of the 2005 Jr. U.S. Archery Team and for archers who have achieved the Gold Olympian level within the last 12 months, prior to May 1, 2005.

The silver camp is for archers ranked between 11 & 20 on the 2005 Jr. USAT recurve list, and between six and ten on the 2005 Jr. USAT compound list, or for archers who have achieved the Olympian or Silver Olympian level within the last 12 months, prior to May 1, 2005. Please visit the NAA's USAT page for Jr. USAT ranking.

The bronze camps are designed for any JOAD recurve or compound archer wanting to enhance their current skill level. (and I think these will be the most valuable for the younger archer and for those with less experience.

The open camps are for any archers, regardless of age or bow type, wanting to enhance their current skill level. These camps, and indeed, ALL of the camps, are an excellent way for ANY archer to get expert advice and training in the stimulating environment of the US Olympic Training Facilities. The archer will experience the programs that create and support our Olympic Athletes, and likely will meet some of our Bejing hopefuls. All meals are included in the price, and they will dine in the Olympic Training Facilities' cafeteria.

I have been to ARCO a number of times, and I am always impressed how the atmosphere somehow changes when you are given admittance through the security gate, and begin to see what the OTC has to offer to our best young athletes in the way of training resources. This is not a plush resort hotel, but a very reasonable and comfortable exotic destination in it's own right. Don't pass up a chance if you can help it!

Given that transportation to and from the airport, room, board, access to the OTC facilities, AND FIVE DAYS of specialized, focused training are included, the $400 fee is a VERY good price for such value. If you wish your JOAD archer to continue to enjoy archery, you can hardly do any better than insuring that he or she is improving in skill and technique. And if you are an adult shooter, you could learn how to shoot with more efficiency, accuracy, and have a remarkable vacation experience yourself!

If you have specific questions, please email Terri Waller or phone or (719) 866-4576. And there are registration requirements - Use this link to access the registration form and to see other general information on the camps.

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Inspect Your Gadgets
by Tom Barker

Equipment inspection? No, I'm not talking about the FITA-required equipment inspection you receive from the judges before competitions. That is more rules related. What I am talking about here is common-sense related - a self-inspection to preserve the integrity of your score and yourself as well as your fellow archers' and bystander's safety. While target archery is one of the safest sports of all, a little common sense and alertness will insure it stays that way.
(Editor note: please
see past newsletter about safety in archery and other sports)

First, let's start with the bow. We know to inspect the string and serving for fraying and then the limbs on a recurve and compound for cracks and splits. But we also need to check the other hardware such as sight screws, rest, limb bolts, string loops, peep sites and stabilizers. Finger tabs and release aids need to be checked to make sure their mechanical integrity is still good. You should do this every time you take the bow out of its case.

What is often overlooked by the archer is inspection of arrows, arguably the most important part of your equipment and the most likely to influence your score and your safety. I remember one archer telling me that during the National Target Championships one year he shot three consecutive ends at 90 meters with 5 arrows being an 8 or better and the sixth being a miss. After the third miss, he took a close look at the missed arrow and noticed it was cracked.

Recently at the State 4H indoor match here in Texas, a cracked arrow had much more serious consequences. During the practice ends, the archer was shooting 6 arrow ends to get warmed up and confirm his sight settings. He was shooting very well and his group size was very small, in fact too small for a single spot target. When the match began he picked the best three arrows. About half way through the first round he had one arrow that didn't group with the other two so I suggested he place that arrow in "time out" and replace it with one of his others. On his third shot on the next end the compound bow exploded. The archer stood there with a shocked look on his face and a large welt on his bow arm. The string broke, the lower cam was bent and the bow was in multiple pieces. The arrow was down range.

After making sure there were no extra holes in the archer we turned our attention to the missing arrow. We found two pieces downrange. Here is a picture of the two pieces.
Apparently during the practice ends, the archer had put two of his arrows against each other and damaged one of them. There was a very small blemish on the broken arrow about the size of a pencil eraser right where the arrow broke. The bow ended up sustaining significant damage and required new cams and strings. Fortunately the archer (and the other archers on the line) did not sustain any serious injuries, but that is not always the case. One can find examples on the internet of damaged arrows that have gone through the archer's hand or arm.
This link is not for the squeamish, but accurately shows what improper use of archery gear can result in.

This 4H archer has become a believer in inspecting his arrows. Recently he brought me two more that he found in his collection of arrows. The first one is another carbon arrow out of the same batch that broke before. Notice the ding on the unibushing and the crease on the first inch of the arrow.

This is not a case isolated to just one brand of arrow, any arrow by any manufacturer can suffer damage in normal use over time. In addition, just so you don't think this can only occur with carbon arrows, here is another arrow from the archer's aluminum shafts. He noticed this split near the nock after destroying the nock. The nock was replaced to highlight the crack, but was wisely never shot again.

So, what is a good archer to do? After shooting an end, it should be part of the routine to pull arrows and inspect them on the way back to the shooting line. Clean off any residue that might affect how the arrow slides under the clicker or comes off the rest and look at the arrow closely from point to nock. On carbon arrows, flex the shaft slightly and listen for "Rice Crispy" sounds; snap, crackle, pop. Anything that hints of a reduction in mechanical integrity means that arrow doesn't get to play anymore and it becomes as one person put it, a tomato stake, because at best it can affect your score and at worst it can injure you or someone else.

Editor Note: If you cannot view the pictures in your email software, you can use this link to view them in a higher resolution. There is also an extended message thread dealing with a shattered carbon shaft impacting a hand.

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