SAAM's MASS CATT
(Cyclic Archery Training Timer)
Software by Richard Hart

Interval Timing is a valuable technique for establishing a "basal metabolic rate" for the KSL Shot Cycle.  It is important that the archer be able to shoot a complete, proper, and controlled shot sequence in a short enough period to avoid oxygen debt, shaking, wavering, and loss of muscle control. The archer must also take a long enough time for all steps in the KSL Shot cycle to be properly performed.  For the BEST method, that is about 7 seconds according to what Kisik Lee has told me. This varies somewhat for compound archers.

Beginning archers have little concept of how long it takes them to CLICK, and even moderate and advanced archers benefit from an 8-second drill, where a timer counts down over and over, allowing them to try to focus on executing with proper form a BEST shot cycle.  If you have a laptop, with this software you can have a customizable count-down timer.

Richard Hart is the innovative programmer that created this software and offers it to the archery community at large, for free.  (see his excellent Tournament Timing software as well)

Setup is relatively straightforward and simple, and can be altered easily if you don't get it quite right the first time through. 

Here is his writeup:

Cyclic Archery Training Timer


The CATT was developed to help any archer training under the B.E.S.T. method who is working on shot timing. At the center of the IT is a countdown timer that the archer can set to any value. At the end of time a buzzer sounds. This buzzer can be turned on or off. The timer also keeps track of how many ends have been shot.
In the case where more than more than one archer is shooting the timer will keep track of which archer is up and shooting. The number of archers shooting along with the countdown time is programmed in the Setup screen. One addition is a warning timer to give the archer a selectable number of seconds to prepare before the countdown begins. During this sequence the timer will sound a tone for each second counted down and the display background will alternate between red and yellow.  A different tone will sound when the warning period has expired and the countdown begins.
As always, suggestions are welcomed.

CYCLIC ARCHERY TRAINING TIMER INSTALLATION

 

This product is designed for a display resolution setting of 1024x768. With this setting the timer will fill the entire display. Please go to “START, Control Panel, Display, Settings” to make this change.

If you are updating to a newer version of the timer it is recommended that you first remove the old copy. To un-install the timer program go to “Start – Control Panel – Add/Remove Programs”.  The current version is installed under “Interval Timer”. Select the timer program and remove it first.

You should have a file named “MASSCATT.EXE ”. This will install the timer program and supporting files.  Periodically new versions will be released with new features. The timer program is written under Visual Basic 5 and needs to have .Net Framework installed in order to work. The installation program will look to see if .Net Framework is installed and if not it will attempt to download it from the Microsoft website. So to install this the first time it is a good idea to be logged onto the internet, preferably with a broad-band connection as opposed to “dialup”.   If you are running a current version of XP or Vista, more than likely you have .Net Framework on your computer already. You can also go to www.microsoft.com and download it manually.

To install the timer program do the following:

  1. Download the “MASSCATT.EXE” file to your computer, and put it where you can find it.  If you know how, put it into a folder, or else save it to the desktop.

 

  1. Double click this file and it will install the timer files.  The software defaults to “C:\”, which means that it will all go into the C:\Archery directory that it created on your hard drive.
  1. The timer requires a custom font which is in the “C:\Archery\IntervalTimer” directory. To install this font go to “Start – Control Panel – Fonts” Once there choose “File – Install New Fonts”. Browse to the “C:\Archery\IntervalTimer” directory and choose the “Archery Timer.ttf file. This will install the new archery fonts.

 

  1. In the “C:\Archery\IntervalTimer” directory you need to run the file “setup.exe”. This will install the timer program under “Start – Program Files – Archery Timers – Interval Timer” It will also create an icon on your desktop for the timer program. If .Net is needed, it will attempt to download it from Microsoft.  You do not need to reboot.
  1. Start the timer by clicking on the timer icon or by going to “Start – Program Files – Archery Timers” and clicking on Inteval Timer. You may also copy this shortcut to your desktop.

 

This program has been tested to ensure that it is bug free, but it is not a perfect world. I you do encounter any problems or have any suggestions please email: richardkhart@verizon.net with any issues.

These screenshots show the general appearance, with the files installed in the background.  If you reset your screen's resolution as directed by Richard, it will exand to the entire screen for maximum visual impact.  Sounds will sound better with an external powered PC speaker(s) as well.  You can click on each image below for a larger image.

   

 

Addendum 12/29/07:

From author Richard Hart: 

12/29/07: I thought of a couple of features for the cyclical timer that would make it easier for an archer to use in a practice session. I added a HOLD button. This freezes the timer so the archer can go retrieve his or her arrows. It does not reset the counts the way START and STOP do. But usually an archer will shoot a set number of arrows per end during a practice. So under the SETUP screen I added another selection. The archer can now select how many arrows he wants to shoot per end or “OFF” to disable this feature. The timer will count down the selected number of arrows and then automatically go into the HOLD mode. They can get their arrows then hit the HOLD button to continue. For the HOLD and START/STOP buttons I added the ability to just press the “H” or “S” key to activate them. Saves having to fiddle with the mouse.

12/30/07:   I have increased the number of arrows setting for the AutoHold (so that the archer can go pull arrows).  I also changed the counter screen to show “ARROW” instead of “END”.   This will allow the archer to set a "goal" of x number of arrows, and the software will keep track, pausing to allow pulls, of the total number shot along the way. 

1/2/08: a optional METRONOMIC click with volume control has been added so that the archer can elect to hear an audible cue with each second passing.  When using this software for SPT, this helps the archer to hold for the duration. 

 

Download the software(New version as of 1/2/08)

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