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The X FILES: The U.S. NAA JOAD Newsletter
The X Files Issue 3
Jun 16, 2003

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In this newsletter:
FROM THE COMMITTEE - JOAD National Outdoor Tourney Changes
The Annual JOAD Committee Meeting - PARENTS SHOULD ATTEND!
Packing For The Event
Lancaster Archery's Gift Certificate Drawing Results
Judge's Corner - Neil Foster
Nifty Pictures From The World Team Trials
Your Newsletter
Message Board
Thanks To Our Sponsor

FROM THE COMMITTEE - JOAD National Outdoor Tourney Changes

By Randi Smith, Chairman of the JOAD Committee of the NAA

The JOAD National Outdoor Tournament will have some big changes this year. The biggest change will be its division into two tournaments - the JOAD National Tournament and the Jr. U.S. Open. It is our intent and hope that by making these changes we can host a high quality tournament that international teams will attend.

Following is the basic proposal approved by the BOG with my comments highlighted in blue. Information on this year's tournament, which will be held in Denver, Colorado, is available at:

A. JOAD National Tournament will consist of a FITA/JOAD round and team round. JOAD National Champions will be determined by final placement in the FITA/JOAD round. Foreign archers are welcome to compete as guests, but will not be eligible to become JOAD National Champion.

1. FITA/JOAD round will follow FITA rules
Juniors only will use the multiple face at 30 meters; all other archers must be given a choice at the shortest distance and the tournament committee must honor that choice. In order to simplify matters for the tournament committee, a place to specify the choice will be available on the registration form. Athletes will be allowed to change their minds on the field only at the discretion of the tournament committee.
This is similar to what it has been in the past. However, there have been problems with the archers changing their minds, and with the tournament committee not honoring all requests. Hopefully, by making a definite choice during registration, these problems can be avoided. Note that ALL juniors will shoot the multiple face.

2. Team round:
Juniors and cadets will use FITA rules and distances.
This will be at 70 meters. Archers, cubs, and bowmen who want to move up and shoot 70 meters with a team will be allowed to do so.
Archers, cubs, and bowmen will shoot at 50 meters. This part of the proposal was designed to simplify the team round for the tournament committee. If the committee chooses to do so, it can also hold a team round at 30 meters for the bowmen only.

B. Jr. US Open (This will be an Olympic (elimination) round. Seeding will be determined by placement in the FITA/JOAD round. Foreign archers will be allowed to participate and the winners will be considered Jr. U.S. Open champions.

This round will be shot using the current format of allowing all shooters (except Bowmen) to shoot (byes will be allowed). It will consist of the FITA elimination round using the following distances:
&#Juniors and cadets will shoot at 70 meters
Archers will shoot at 60 meters
&#Cubs will shoot at 50 meters
C. Final placement
[. JOAD National Championship will determine National Champions
\. Jr. US Open will determine Jr. US Open winners
3. Bowmen - based on JOAD round only
Participation in the Jr. U.S. Open will be mandatory for Jr. USAT membership (along with the fitness test and qualifying scores). TO SEE THE CURRENT CRITERIA FOR THE Jr. USAT, VIEW THIS ACROBAT (PDF) FILE.

Please NOTE: Jr. USAT points will be determined on the basis of the FITA round only; provided, however, that an archer must participate in the Jr. U.S. Open in order to be eligible for the Jr. USAT. An archer's ultimate ranking in the Jr. U.S. Open event will not count toward calculating Jr. USAT points.

There were several suggestions made at last year's tournament that the committee did consider and decided they were best left up to the tournament committee. These included:
1. time schedules (to be approved by JOAD committee)
2. selection method for teams
3. juniors and cadets on a separate field
4. social event - we recommend keeping it simple, fun, and inexpensive
5. whether or not to have a yeoman activity (NOTE: The yeoman division will not be included as an official division at JOAD Nationals. However, if the hosting club has the resources available, an activity such as a camp can be held. If the club chooses to hold such an activity, it must not be on the official field, and registration and operation of the activity are the total responsibility of the hosting club.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Randi Smith, at

Thank you.

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The Annual JOAD Committee Meeting - PARENTS SHOULD ATTEND!

If you care about JOAD archery, attend.
If you care about your kids' participation in archery now and in the future, attend.
If you care about the direction the NAA should take with JOAD, attend.
If you feel your opinion matters, and you want to be heard, attend.
In short, attend.

The best results in any organization come from participation by ALL the members, not just a few. The annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 7pm but is subject to change so listen for announcements or check at the official tent.
Randi Smith has been trying to promote a dialog on the
TSAA message board at this address.
Please read the information she has provided here, and then the messages up on the board, AND BECOME INVOLVED. The opinions and ideas of the kids are also strongly desired - this is not just for adults!

From Randi:
These are the items I have on the JOAD meeting agenda. The comments following each agenda item are mine, and mine alone. If you have input on any of these please
let me know.

1. Rolling rankings for cadets and juniors: This is one I was told the BOG wants us to look at. Because it is a topic we're just looking at right now, I don't have a lot of information. One of the goals of the JOAD Committee is to develop more international travel opportunities; perhaps these rankings could be used to choose the teams.

2. Rankings for other classes (cubs and bowmen): This is a topic that comes up every year. I'm proposing (I'll write a proposal for the BOG if we come to an agreement) that outdoor rankings for cubs and bowmen be determined by their placement at JOAD Outdoor Nationals and that indoor rankings be determined by their placement at JOAD Indoor Nationals.

3. High school students who turn 18 (some at the beginning of their senior year): Again, this comes up almost every year. Some kids turn 18 at the beginning of their senior year of high school and basically have no where to compete. Maybe we could include them in the Archer category - or have a visitor category, specifically for the older kids. It doesn't seem like it would be that difficult; and it shouldn't cost anything. We're open to suggestions on this one too.

4. Proposals to change the way the JOAD Committee is chosen and who is on the committee: These are two proposals submitted by a parent. One suggests replacing the Athlete Rep. (currently Kevin Eldredge) with a Parent Rep. This most likely can't happen because the USOC requires an Athlete Rep. to be on the Committee. The other proposal suggests that Regional Reps. be appointed by the Regional BOG members.

5. Direction for JOAD Committee/Jr. USAT: There is a lot of confusion as to who makes decisions regarding Jr. USAT. The JOAD Committee does some stuff; the Athlete Training Committee does some; and the NAA office does some. Some issues to consider include: How do we want JOAD and Jr. USAT to interact? Should they be two separate things? Do we want more input into Jr. USAT stuff - travel, training, etc., or do we want less?

6. Parent committees for things like Olympic Festival, grant writing, and travel ideas: It seems like we come up with great ideas during our meetings - but committee members can't do it all. At the same time, there are lots of parents out there who would probably help with specific items or jobs. (This newsletter is a great example of parent volunteers!) I'd like to find a way to use this resource - efficiently and without burning out our volunteers. Those of you who have volunteered - whether for JOAD, or soccer, or something else - what ideas do you have?

7. JOAD camps: We'd like to hear from both kids and parents about JOAD camps. We're the committee, we should know what's going on and be able to recommend changes if they're needed. Maybe the camps are great as they are - but we don't know.

8. More stuff on the NAA web page - packing list for JOAD camps, release forms, etc.: I guess here we just need some recommendations: What would be good to have in the JOAD section of the web site? Texas has a lot of good stuff; but there is probably room for more.

9. More regional involvement - how? My idea is that each region does one coaching clinic and one athlete clinic during the next year. They don't need to be large, and I think they can easily pay for themselves. They could focus on one idea or cover many. I've asked the regional coordinators to come up with ideas; but we can use other ideas too. 10. Mail in tournament: Ted Harden did this year by email. There were a few problems, but for the most pat it seemed to go well. What were your impressions as coaches and parents? Should we do it again next year? Should we make any changes?

11. Elimination of the yeoman class: I have a proposal that was given to me suggesting we eliminate the yeoman class and make a lower official age of 8 years old.

Comments on these are welcome - post your ideas, suggestions, answers, etc. on the TSAA website's message board if you cannot make it to the meeting, but otherwise plan to attend the meeting during the JOAD Nationals in Denver!

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Packing For The Event

How to pack for the tournament trip, by Linda O'Connor
Tournament Packing List

With the JOAD NATIONALS due to start in a few days (see this link if you want a really fun time in Denver!)....

Outdoor archery tournaments can be grueling events for both the parents and the archers. A couple of years ago at the Georgia JOAD state outdoor, the fire department actually came out and turned on a hose for the kids to run under - the temp on the field was 105; in the shade 92. And believe me, the parents joined the kids under the hose! Heat stroke can occur in 85 degree weather if you're sitting on an archery field in the direct sun. And think about your archers - not only are they shooting in the sun, they will have to walk to the target - and back - 40 or more times during a FITA tournament. If your child is a FITA Cadet or Junior, they will walk over four miles during a single day tournament. Couple that with the act of pulling the bow 144 arrows worth + 50 or more practices arrows and you have a real work out!(a 35 pound bow pulled 200 times is 7000 pounds, or 2 1/2 tons!)

So with that in mind, here are some tips on what to pack and do for tournament day. For tips on coping with the high altitude effects in Denver,

Keeping Cool.

  • The Wash Cloth Trick - The day before the tournament get 5-10 wash clothes (in June 5 - In July 10-15) and wet them, ring them out and roll them up and put each cloth in an individual plastic baggie and freeze them overnight. The next morning put the wash clothes in the tournament ice chest. During the tournament a very cold wash cloth on the face or the back of the neck serves two purposes: 1. cools them down; 2. Gives them an energy boost when they need it. This is not only for the archers, parents may need the cool down as much as the kids!

Neck/Head bands
  • Purchase one of the wetable neck or headbands available at Walmart. They're only a couple of bucks and well worth the money. Put them in the cooler and the cold water will expand the neck/head band and it can be worn when shooting as well as resting.

  • Shade is most important. If you don't have a canopy, ask to share someone else's. Or at least take a big umbrella to the tournament. I got our canopy at Penny's outlet last year for a steal and sometimes you can find them on sale at the Sports Authority. An 8X10 or 10X10 is a good size. SEE the note below about airplane baggage rules.

Mister Mister or Mister with fan.
  • You've all seen the water bottles with the fans attached. These are good to have on hand. You fill them up with the cold water from the melted ice in the cooler. Also, there are misters available that spray a cool mist.

Hat and protection

  • Large brimmed hats or baseball hats may interfere with the archer's shooting therefore traditional "fishing style" hat is best and the hat should be white or very light colored so that it will reflect, not absorb, the sun. Also be sure to take plenty of sunscreen and bug spray.

  • Now that the dress code is a little more relaxed, I've seen kids on the field with dark shirts that match their pants or shorts and they just about die from the heat by noon. Fashion may rule but a light colored shirt is a requirement to stay comfortable.

Rain or Shine
  • We've talked about the sun but if rain is in the forecast then you must be prepared for that too. Umbrellas, ponchos, and rain shoes are a must. And don't forget, change of clothing, towels to dry off the bow and your archers.

Hydration & Energy
  • It's important to drink plenty of fluids during a tournament. Plan to start the day with bottled water, then alternate between water and Gatorade, PowerAde or some sport drink. Carbonated soft drinks or any drinks with fizz or lots of caffeine are generally a no-no until last few ends.

General rule of thumb for 1 adult and one archer is a 12 pack of water, six pack of Gatorade and 2 diet caffeine free cokes to end the day. Parents - you must also stay hydrated so you can take care of your archers. Use your own sips as a reminder to yourself to keep after your archers' hydration. If you are thirsty then they are experiencing water loss as well, and the smaller the body the more critical the changes in water level can be.


  • For tournament shooting munching frequently is good because you want to keep a constant source of energy flowing. Trail Mix, Goldfish, lightly or unsalted nuts are good snacks. Bananas are essential. Potassium loss is a great concern for archers. Insufficient potassium can cause muscle cramps and muscle stiffness. Bananas are the best natural source of potassium.

In Control

A successful archer has to be prepared so they will be in control. This translates to having spare parts for most everything. A fingertab left at the target will not do an archer any good on the next end. And, parts always break at the most inopportune times. So spare parts are essential. Your archer should have minimal backup for the following equipment: Finger Tab Arm Guard String Finger Sling Arrows (at least 10 arrows ready to shoot for outdoor tournament)

In addition to backup equipment, your archer should have the following at the tournament:
Sharp pencil/erasable pen kept in quiver for scoring

The List I know this may sound like overkill to some of you, and you'll feel like you need a Uhaul to carry all this stuff to the tournament! But it's better to be prepared than not and when you're prepared, you can actually enjoy sitting out on a field for 8 hours straight, watching arrows fly toward the targets. Below is our tournament-packing list. I keep this on my computer and a week before the tournament pull it up and start piling the stuff in a corner. Hope this helps you have a good first outdoor tournament experience.

Archery Tournament Packing List

Finger sling
Arm guard
Finger tab
Arrow Puller
Spare spin wings
Spare parts for equipment
Arm Guard
Finger sling
Sight cards
Tool Box

(2) archery shirts
Stretchy band
(2) Socks
Blue/white shorts
Shooting shoes
Tennis Shoes
Light jacket
Canopy and stakes
Bug Spray
Water bottles
Diet Caffeine Free cokes
Frozen washcloths
Neck wraps
(2) Hand towels
(1) large towel

Spray/fan bottle
Hair ties / accessories
Maps and directions
NAA membership card
CD Player
Car phone charged
Extra charged battery for phone
Cooler for drinks/food
Umbrella for rain
Rain boots
Fold up table
Advil or Tylenol
Claritin D

Note Concerning Airline Baggage Rules: For those that have the popup tents and are flying to Denver - be aware that most airlines have in the last year very quietly changed the rules on the weight limits of checked luggage. What used to be a limit of 100 pounds per bag and then was 65 pounds, is NOW a limit of 50 pounds per bag. My popup weighs about 61 pounds if I keep all the stakes and tarps together, but the frame separately is only some 42 pounds. So I will separate them to avoid a $25 penalty from American Airlines. You should check with your airline BEFORE you get to the airport about their rules, and make sure you don't break them (or else plan to pay extra). Most airlines will also only allow TWO checked bags per person, so plan carefully!

Don't forget that the National JOAD Target event requires all archers to adhere to the DRESS CODE. According to the website, this will not apply during the Thursday practice. Check this link to see what the code is!

For information on outdoor tournament scoring you can check this link to the JOAD portion of the TSAA website. SCORING YOUR ARROWS by Jim Krueger

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Lancaster Archery's Gift Certificate Drawing Results

In the last issue of the X Files we announced a drawing for gift certificates to Lancaster Archery. Lancaster generously offered to provide gift certificates to both two archers and two JOADs based on entries we asked for.
Essentially, each JOAD was asked to submit the names of two male and two female archers, with the best improvements over this last indoor season. From the entries we picked ONE male winner and ONE female winner, each will receive a certificate good for $150 worth of archery gear from LANCASTER ARCHERY! The JOADs that these two lucky archers belong to will also get $50 each from Lancaster's.

As Robert Kaufhold/President of Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc., said in his original note to us in granting these prizes for the X Files first drawing:
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.

Thanks to Rob for his support of the sport and of JOADs.

For a review of the initial giveaway announcement check this link.

The winners for the first drawing are Peter Noble of Aslan Archers and Brianna Dempe of Falcon JOAD.

About Peter Noble and Aslan: Peter is 13 years old and started shooting competitively 2 years ago. He shot in Bowman class at both indoor and outdoor JOAD nationals last year, placing 14th and 16th respectively. Shooting in the Cub class this year he placed 12th at the indoor JOAD nationals. Peter is very diligent and hardworking in all he does and has particularly benefited from being coached by Larry Skinner for the past 6 months. "Archery is something I enjoy doing with my family," says Peter. His twin brother, younger brother, and father all shoot as well. Peter is home schooled and will be an eighth grader this next year. He is a voracious reader and particularly enjoys science and French (having recently placed nationally on the National French Exam). His other interests include playing piano and sailing. He isn't sure what he'll spend his $150.00 Lancaster Gift Certificate on but will let us know all about it by next issue.

IAslan's Archers: This young club been active as a JOAD club for 2 years - with Jim Noble as the coach. Currently we have around 15 archers with more interest than we have facilities to support! Due to the literary interest and faith of many of the members we chose to call the club "Aslan's Archers - JOAD". Aslan is the "Great Lion, the founder of Narnia" - in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Aslan is all powerful, yet loving and kind and in the Chronicles represents Jesus in the struggle between good and evil. Jim will let the X Files know how he spent the $50.00 gift certificate awarded the club.

Brianna Dempe won the drawing on the female archer side. Brianna is an archer with the Falcon JOAD in McDonald, Pennsylvania and has been shooting for around 6 months using a Sky bow. She is 12 years old going into 7th grade, and plays flute in the school band and loves cooking as a hobby. Brianna's dad shoots in leagues and got her interested in the sport, so she joined the forty archers of the Falcon JOAD, run by coaches Marianne and Tony Nuzzo. They started the Falcon JOAD nine years ago, and conduct Saturday sessions from November through April. Brianna thinks she might choose a new stabilizer and arm guard with her gift certificate but she's not totally sure just yet. After all, there are thousands of things in the Lancaster Archery Catalog online! We will report back on what gear Peter and Brianna choose, as well as what the lucky JOADs get as well.

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Judge's Corner - Neil Foster

The Judge's Corner
Neil Foster
National Judge
Member Officials and Rules Committee-South Region

First, let me briefly outline the function of the Judges at an NAA tournament. The Judge's role is to be sure that all competitors have a fair and equal playing field and that the tournament runs smoothly, so that every competitor can achieve her or his best performance. The same not only applies to archery, but to other sports as well. Years ago, as a fledgling Judge Candidate, I heard the charge of the Judge described by various experienced Judges such as Nancy Myrick, FITA Judges, Tom Green (USA), Don Lovo (Canada), and Sergio Font (Cuba): "The Judge is never punitive. The Judge is always protective of the archer." In other words, the Judge is the archer's friend, but also the Judge is there to be sure that all the archers receive the same equitable treatment. Unfortunately, some competitors seek to enhance performance by taking advantage of any means to advance their chances of a higher placing. From time to time, the Judge may need to take a firm position in order to guarantee that the efforts of all are based on a fair and honest application of the rules and regulations as established by FITA. This is the Judge's philosophy.

Judging a tournament is a physically demanding activity requiring stamina, so be considerate of the Judge. He or she is there to help all the archers, not hinder them. There are many things that happen in a tournament that are not covered by the FITA rulebook. As such, the Judge in consultation with fellow Judges, will make a determination. If you do not agree, there is a protest process established if this happens to occur, with the exception of called arrows. But, more on that later. All Judges are equal, however once the tournament is under way, the Director of Shooting (DOS) becomes the ranking official. The Chairman of Judges (COJ) is responsible for the activity of all the Judges, and is the person to whom any protest is delivered in writing.

Let's talk about tournament etiquette and preparation. The archer should always be at the venue in plenty of time. Nothing is more frustrating for the DOS than to have to hear excuses why you did not get to the venue on time. NEVER, EVER touch another competitor's equipment without asking permission first. This applies to not only their tackle, but also such items as spotting scopes. If the scope is interfering with your space on the line, it is your right to ask that it be removed. I have seen archers reposition someone's scope and then that archer comes to the line and shoots, spots and does not see their arrow, or thinks they need to adjust their sight. However, all that has happened is they were looking at the wrong target. Don't laugh! I have seen it happen more than once! Doing this is grounds for protest. Do not ever draw a bow unless you are on the shooting line. One of the pet peeves of the DOS is when an archer stays on the line after he/she has finished shooting because an archer 5 full spaces away, or even next to the archer who is finished, is still shooting. The rule is very specific. As soon as you are finished shooting, you retire from the line. If I were the DOS, the only personal exception I would suggest would be if you had a left- handed and a right-handed archer facing each other, and one is at full draw, wait until they loose the shot and then retire. Another is spotting your last shot with your scope. Remember the rule! Retire from the line as soon as you finish shooting. There is no benefit to looking at your last shot; you will see it soon enough when you go down to score. All that you have accomplished is to delay the tournament. Remember the DOS is responsible for safety and the smooth running of the field.

Let's talk about scoring. This is perhaps 90% plus of where a Judge may become involved. If the archers cannot resolve the value of an arrow(s), then the Judge should be called to render an opinion. When I am asked to do that, I will usually ask if all the arrows have been scored. If not, I ask that they score all the arrows except the one(s) in question. The reason for this is simple. It is sometimes very difficult to examine an arrow and render an opinion and not accidentally touch another arrow. If that arrow has already been scored, there is no consequence. Remember: never touch the target butt, the target face, or any arrow until the scoring is completed. I see too many times archers leaning on the butt. What do you think would happen if the butt were knocked over? Effective with start of the outdoor season, we will institute a rule change as adopted by FITA. If a Judge is called to render an opinion on the value of an arrow, that call is final. There will no longer be second, or third calls. There is no appeal to the value of a called arrow. The Judge should never interfere in the scoring, nor give an opinion as to the value of an arrow unless the Judge has been called to the target for the purpose of making a call.

Above all, common sense, good judgment and courtesy should prevail amongst the archers. Mind games and harassment to unnerve a fellow archer are unsportsmanlike and will not be condoned. Should you have any questions about rules or judging, please do not hesitate to get in touch via e-mail ( ) or snail mail. While no one has all the answers, I do know where to go to research your question.
Good shooting, think gold!

Neil Foster lives in Marietta, GA He has been involved in archery for over 50 years, having built his first bow in Boy Scout camp for the archery merit badge. He currently serves you and the NAA as a member of the Officials and Rules Committee for the South Region, Member, and also Chair of the NAA Board of Justice. He is also a Level 4 National Coach, and a National Judge.

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Nifty Pictures From The World Team Trials

For a great view of some nifty pictures of archers taken by Lloyd Brown during the recent World Team Trials held at ARCO (The Olympic Training Center) in San Diego, try this link to the California Archery Training and Education Website. It beats looking through a spotting scope!

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Your Newsletter

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.

YOU NEED TO REGISTER YOUR CLUB IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DONE SO ! There is an online searchable database to help people find a JOAD near them. Use this link to go to the page where you can enter your JOAD's email address, website, location, information, etc. Once entered, people can search for JOADs in their state easily finding YOUR 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 the webmaster and we'll do our best to get it into an upcoming issue.

In the meantime you can use the TSAA'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 to 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!

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Thanks To Our Sponsor

We wish to acknowledge the sponsorship and support of Rob Kaufhold and Lancaster Archery for the NAA's JOAD program and especially the X Files Newsletter. Their generosity helps to further both JOAD and archery in general, so please consider using their services in return. Their toll-free order and customer service number is 800.829.7408. You can see a full listing of their extensive Target, 3D, and Hunting Archery gear on their website.

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