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The X FILES: The U.S. NAA JOAD Newsletter
Jul 7, 2003

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In this newsletter:
2003 NAA National JOAD Target Championship - Denver, Colorado June 26-29, 2003
COACHES: Code of Conduct For All NAA Archer Athletes
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2003 NAA National JOAD Target Championship - Denver, Colorado June 26-29, 2003

The results are in. The targets and stands have been taken down and the field is cleared. Till next year in Atlanta.

There were over 275 archers attending this year's championship in Denver, Colorado - the mile high city.
As the pictures show, the weather was 99% wonderful. The 1% happened on the last day, in the last few rounds of the Recurve OR portion of the U.S. Jr. Open - a windstorm and rainstorm struck, with lightning, causing a tent to flip over and general well, yuckiness.

The OR was this year the "US Jr. Open" event, meaning that it was a separate event from the US JOAD Target Championship. The remaining matches for recurve archers were cancelled due to lightning.
The tournament was held in what is called the Denver Tech Center - right near the huge inflated building where the Denver Broncos NFL Football team trains. The venue was a huge grassy park with a sloping hill between the parking and the field of shooting. There were more than 80 targets set up, all in a big line across the field, and there was a practice field on the other side of the park as well.
To the west you could see snow-laden peaks of the Rockies, and the combination of green, green grass, bright sun, and blue skies presented a great colorful image. Those without sunscreen paid the price, as the temperatures remained cool enough that you did not overheat or sweat, even as you cooked. Speaking of cooking, the organizers Bob and Leigh Green, included a Barbeque grill in their plans and there was breakfast tacos as well as the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches. A few archers failed to heed the near-constant advice of the Director of Shooting to keep drinking plenty of fluids.
Some archers obviously enjoyed the freedom of "no official dress code" during the practice day:

There were plenty of red-shirted NAA judges present to insure the whole operation went by the FITA book. One judge, Linda Misenheimer, passed her exams that week and received certification as an NAA "National" judge.

Aside from some minor difficulty with the PA system, with the archers at each end not being able to hear the announcements at times (it might have been that there was a little too much visiting and talking going on), the overall arrangements were darn near perfect in every regard. Even the winds remained very light and variable, just enough presence and effect to challenge the archers some. Only a few archers complained about the shooting getting in the way of their socializing with friends.
This tournament was the first National JOAD championship in at least the last few years to start the shooting at the shortest, rather than the longest, distance. This caused some confusion, especially among parents, but ultimately it was seen as a good thing. For instance, by starting at the short distance, archers got a chance to "settle in" and get comfortable , build confidence, competing at an easier distance. By not having to shoot the longest first they had a chance to avoid the hurdle of "I just blew 70 meters, so what's the use?". Those archers with only a limited number of arrows would also not be at risk as much to losing arrows at the start, since the distance increased gradually. In other words, by shooting a progressively longer distance they had a chance to gradually adapt. The organizers wanted to make sure that more archers had a good experience, and more were able to shoot well. Indeed, there were a number of archers to shoot personal best scores during this event. If you shot this event, you can offer your opinion using the JOAD section of the TSAA's message board.
Just click here and add your thoughts and suggestions.

Another factor with this way of shooting is that of conditioning. The archers that have not trained for the event found that they were less steady at the end of the tournament where it made a bit more difference, where those smart archers that had practiced and prepared were less affected and therefore had a chance at better scores.

The leaders changed places quite often in many divisions as the tournament progressed, some not being decided until the very last part of the last round. The "short to long" distance change can be rated a success. But be sure to add your thoughts and comments
to the message board!

For a table of all of the results in all divisions and classifications, GO TO THIS LINK. If you wish to use an adobe acrobat file of the results, use this link to access the file. A series of photographs are available on the NAA's new website at this link. The TSAA also has a page or two of photos. Check and find yourself or your friends!

Finally, if you have the latest version of Netscape or MS Internet Explorer, you can try this link to see a 360 degree surround picture of the park where the event was held. The picture is very large and may take a long time to load. Just for fun, click on the right edge of the picture and hold the mouse button down, to see if you can make yourself dizzy.

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COACHES: Code of Conduct For All NAA Archer Athletes

The sport of Target Archery as practiced under the aegis of the National Archery Association (and FITA) is unique in a number of ways. A most noticeable aspect becomes apparent and obvious when one compares the way both the athletes and their parents behave during the actual competition of youth sports. Manners. Maturity. Respect for self and for others. Honor. Control.

It is remarkable, when you then look at say, little league baseball, ice hockey, even pee-wee and high school football, the difference in the way all behave. Not to cast stones (or arrows) at those sports, just noting what for me is an observable fact. Archers just seem to be more well, sportsmanlike. How many times have you seen an archer have an equipment failure, and his or her fellow competitors step forward to offer equipment, assistance, and support? That is a common decent behavior that we in archery take for granted, but that one rarely sees in other sports.

I recently had cause to think on the conduct of our young archers. It is enlightening and interesting and helps to explain the differences perhaps, to read the CODE OF CONDUCT for archers competing in NAA-sanctioned events. It is not that long. It is not that hard. But it is very important. Most of the code is not just for competition, these can be a part of your personal rules for deciding how you will live your life off the field as well.

TO ALL JOAD COACHES. Consider making your archers aware of this code. Post it at your range. Perhaps have them read it and discuss it with each other under your guidance.



In consideration of the participation in activities of the National Archery Association (NAA), membership on teams organized, sponsored or sanctioned by the NAA, and participation in competitions (international or domestic), camps, clinics, exhibitions, programs or appearances for, on behalf of or in representation of the NAA, I __________________, acknowledge, understand, and agree to abide by this Athlete Code of Conduct and pledge to uphold the spirit of this Code of Conduct, which offers a general guide to my conduct. Therefore, I pledge and agree to the following:

1. I will at all times display the conduct expected of me as an athlete and a representative of the NAA and conduct myself in a manner that will not in anyway bring disrespect, discredit, or dishonor to either myself, my teammates, the NAA, my country or organizer of an event in which I participate.

2. I will conform to all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations, and any rules, regulations, and codes that may be established for events, programs, and activities in which I participate, including those of the NAA, the Federation Internationale de Tir a I'Arc ("FITA"), the United States Olympic Committee ("USOC"), and any organizer of an event in which I participate.

3. I will act in a sportsmanlike manner consistent with the spirit of fair play and responsible conduct.

4. I will maintain a level of fitness and competitive readiness which will permit my performance to be at the maximum of my ability.

5. I will refrain from conduct detracting from my ability or that of my teammates to attain peak performance.

6. I will respect the property of others whether personal or public.

7. I will respect members of my team, other teams, spectators and officials, and engage in no form of verbal, physical or sexual harassment or abuse.

8. I agree to drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), NAA, FITA, the IOC or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or any other agency with applicable jurisdiction for drug testing any sanctioned event or activity in which I participate as a team member or individual. I acknowledge that I am subject to the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing. If I refuse drug testing or fail to report for scheduled drug testing, this will carry the same sanction as having tested positive for a banned substance.

9. I realize that if I choose to take actions other than those described herein, I will be subject to disciplinary action and that the consequences of my actions could possibly affect my opportunities as an athlete and NAA membership in the future. In addition to the foregoing, but not by way of limitation, the following could result in disciplinary proceedings:

A. Transporting, possession, or unauthorized use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, any IOC or FITA banned medication or substances, or any substances or procedures in violation of the USADA Protocol.

B. Any physical damage to facilities, equipment, furnishings, or loss of items in a room where I am lodged, which will be paid for by those individuals assigned to the room in which the damage or loss occurs, including destruction of property (including that caused by horseplay, fighting, or willful misconduct etc.).

C. Any act considered to be an offense under federal, state, or local laws; or a violation of the applicable rules, regulations, or codes of the NAA, FITA, the USOC, USADA or the organizer of an event in which I participate.

D. Misconduct (i.e., inappropriate horseplay, theft, fighting, etc.).

I recognize that this Code does not establish a complete set of rules which prescribes every aspect of appropriate behavior.


To read the entire National Archery Association Athlete Code of Conduct, you can use this link to open the Adobe Acrobat document from the NAA's website.

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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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