TSAA Archery News
Issue 32 - State Field
April 21, 2003

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In this newsletter:
State Field Registration - THE DEADLINE APPROACHES
What's Been Happening to the Website?
Target Archery Safety
Fun Reading
World Target/Pan Am Trials
Laws Regarding Archery
SPAMMER HARVESTING
NAA Bulletins
YOUR JOAD REFERENCE LISTINGS ON THE NET
Google Search Feature On TSAA Website

 
 
State Field Registration - THE DEADLINE APPROACHES
It looks to be a record number again. The registrations are coming in full bore for the TSAA STATE FIELD TOURNEY on MAY 10 & 11th, 2003! If you wait too long you may miss out. Don't forget that the Lone Star FITA actually turned away archers this year - our family of archers around the state is growing rapidly. We had a record 39 archers in 2002, and we already have 55 (!) signed up for this year. Online registration for the Texas State Field Tournament is still available.

Picture Caption: Yes, Tom Parrish IS that much fun to watch!

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 (like last year) and has furnished the information that is up on the TSAA website. The box lunch this year will be ELK VENISON prepared onsite for only $6 a seat including the fixin's. You can view the
pictures of last year's event at this link. The event is May 10 & 11, 2003 and the deadline for registering is May 2nd. It doesn't pay to wait though, as many have discovered. Here's the link to the tourney information and registration form. Enter NOW to insure you get a spot.


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What's Been Happening to the Website?
We had grown so much that the ISP (Internet Service Provider) we were using was losing patience with how much extra space we were taking up on their servers. So I searched the net for a few weeks and finally decided on a new ISP that had several things going for them.
First and foremost, they seem to be a stable business and their consumer ratings were good. Their prices were much more competitive, such that we got more than twice the webspace we had, and we are paying a few dollars less per month even so.

In addition, the new ISP offers several software services on the server that has enabled me to move to a better message board software AND to start creating databases online that can be easily maintained.

Speaking of message boards, ours is back up after being down for a week. I managed to convert all of the previous messages to the new system, and that allows you to search the messages for key words or topics if you wish. The board's features will continue to grow and evolve as well.
As for the database features - I have instituted a database for people to use to locate a JOAD near them. See the separate article in this issue.

If you are a director of a JOAD, use the link to the free database listing service to create a listing for your JOAD so that people can find you by searching on the net. It's free. We just want to get the word out.

You will notice on the TSAA's main webpage a new box that shows the latest 10 message titles from the new TSAA/JOAD Message board. You can click on any of these titles to jump right into the discussion. You are not required to register with the board unless you wish to edit your messages. We encourage you to register so that others can do "private messaging" to you without running the risk of harvesting. See the article below about spammers harvesting addresses.


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Target Archery Safety
I chose the title "Archery Safety" because that is a positive term, in keeping with the true nature of the sport. "Archery Injuries" is so, well, negative, and this is not about how many injuries there are in archery but rather how many there are NOT. Archery as a whole is rated by the government as an extremely safe sport, and I think that most of us target archers recognize that it is a POTENTIALLY lethal activity but also that when the rules are followed it is a very safe sport, far more so than soccer, football, basketball, and all other "mainstream" sports.

Information on all injuries in the US involving an ER visit due to a "product" is accumulated using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Each injury/case to an ER is in theory entered into a computer program by the healthcare professional (nurse, dr., or clerk), using guidelines specified. (NEISS Criteria Manual). Even though this system attempts to identify the "product" associated with the event, one cannot say always that the injury was the "FAULT" of the product; just that it was in use during the injury. For example, falling out of a treestand with bow in hand and dying is put into the same category as getting slapped by a bowstring. One is directly due to the use of the product and the other, not.

The largest problem I immediately encountered in this project is the rudimentary nature of the criteria. The NEISS coding manual has only two designations: 1235 = Archery(Activity, Equipment, or Apparel) and 1338 = Toy Bow or Arrows . That's all the NEISS uses for classification of injuries associated with the sport. Nothing about recurve or compound, hunting or target, carbon or aluminum, target or broadhead, etc.

In email conversations with Arthur McDonald at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) I found absolutely no interest in the concept of improving the categorization of injuries, so I can only use the limited information by making educated guesses in many cases. The CPSC will, upon request, provide a person with information they have gathered. I received printed brief summaries of injuries covering from 1995 through 2002 and have reviewed more than 350 of them and attempted to get some grasp for what causes injuries in archery.

I also received numerous reports from archers throughout the United States, some purely anecdotal and some providing rather more solid numbers. In most cases they provide more reliable information regarding specific injuries in terms of participants. A year or two back there was an article in the NockNock concerning archery safety. I felt it was of limited use and reliability since no actual numbers of participants were cited. It is one thing to say, for example, that there were an estimated 3,110 archery related injuries in 1998, but the number is nearly meaningless without knowing the total number of archers which those injuries came from. If there are, for example, 3,111 archers in the US then we've got problems! (The number of archers in the US is much higher than that, and the 1998 figure is merely an estimate by the CPSC)

In short, there is NO truly good method in place for identifying the risk of injury for target archery participants. I will devote the next issue of the newsletter to a lengthy summary of what I have been able to glean from the information so far.

For now, coaches and JOAD directors - the most common and avoidable injuries you need to guard against and strive to prevent among your students are string-slap injuries - people actually do present in the ER with bruises on the forearm that caused enough concern to warrant the hassle of the visit to an ER. And with a proper armguard those kind of bruises can be eliminated! It's only common sense that an novice archer who gets hurt by the bowstring will begin to flinch in expectation of pain, and that will NOT improve their aim nor their enjoyment of what should be a fun time.

Of equal importance (and avoidability) is the danger of encountering the nock of the arrow in either the target or as the arrow is being pulled. For complete novices, the most serious insult after string slap is over-draw causing an arrow to hit the bowhand. And closely behind that kind of accident is the overstressing of a cheap fiberglass or too-old wooden bow resulting in shattered limbs and bumps on the arm/head. If someone six feet tall picks up a 4 foot toy bow and draws it to full length, it's pretty much certain that the arrow will slip off the bow, and likely that the extreme stress on the limbs will cause catastrophic failure of the bow. Common sense, right?

This being the outdoor season, no archer should put their scorecard clipboard UNDER the target stand between scoring, yet nearly all do. How smart is this? They should probably be laid, paper down to avoid distracting wind flutter, at least 5 meters in front of the targets and perhaps to one side, so that no one blunders into the nocks as they bend down to pick up the score sheet clipboards. Nocks are very sharp, and account for what are proportionately numerous and totally avoidable facial cuts. I have myself witnessed many archers bumping against the arrows prior to scoring: Oops!<G> So Tournament Directors and Officials, consider making clipboard placement a topic you deal with and you will undoubtedly make it safer for all.

More on archery safety in the next issue...


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Fun Reading
For a good historical summary of archery, the Centenary Archery website is hard to beat. Go to this link to view "A Shot In Time", a timeline of archery that covers 50,000 years or so. Archery has a very long history, indeed, and Aussie Graeme Jeffrey has done a wonderful job with this page. Highly Recommended for those interested in knowing more about archery and its origins.

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World Target/Pan Am Trials
Initially, in order to attend the trials for the US World Target/Pan American Team publications indicated that an archer had to shoot 4 qualifying scores. Recently the NAA has made it known that any archer (I presume NAA registered archers only) can attend and compete in the event at ARCO in Chula Vista, California in June. There is no longer a requirement for turning in 4 qualifying scores. To get more information on this tournament, you can check the NAA Website at this link. Please note that the deadline for entry forms for the trials is APRIL 30, 2003!

A full calendar is maintained for TSAA members to refer to and includes hyperlinks to most tournament information available. If you know of a tournament's website that is not on our calendar then please let us know.


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Laws Regarding Archery
English laws:
In Chester, you can only shoot a Welsh person with a bow and arrow inside the city walls and after midnight.

In Hereford, you may not shoot a Welsh person on Sunday with a longbow in the Cathedral Close.

In York, excluding Sundays, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow.

All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy.

In Scotland:

1457: Scottish Parliament bans "futeball" (the precursor of both soccer and American football) and golf on the grounds that these sports were distracting men from practicing the archery needed in the country's many
wars with England.

A timeline of English laws pertaining to Archery can be found at this link.

Doesn't pay to be a Welshman nor a Scotsman except on Sundays, apparently.

It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.

Illinois: It is unlawful to carry a bow with a nocked arrow in the field, except during legal hunting hours (During Hunting Season)


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SPAMMER HARVESTING
Anytime you post a message in the binary usergroups (like alt.archery and rec.sport.archery) or other public forums where your "real" email address is included as the author, your email address will be harvested. It is a 100%, fer shure, bet.

Harvesting is the term for when a spammer sends out a software "robot" or "bot" to search for such addresses, and gather them in, and compile them into a list. Sometimes they use the list themselves and other times they sell the addresses to other wanna-be spammers. In any case, what happens is that you start getting more and more junk mail. It's a PAIN!! So what can you do?

First, set your mail software's "return address" and "email" address values to something NOT quite right. For example, instead of "webmaster@texasarchery.org", I could use "webmaster@texasarcheryDOTorg" or "webmaster@texasarcheryPERIODorg", or even "webmaster@texasarcheryNOSPAM.org". When you see such an address, you must remove or convert the bad word into a good "." (period) in order to get the email to the person. It takes a little practice and getting used to, before you stop getting rejected emails back due to your forgetting to fix the address.

Other measures to cut down on spam is to change your email often and NEVER post it online - only share it with friends and use a "freebie" address like hotmail.com for your more pedestrian activities online. I find that the free software called mailwasher gives me a sense of control and MAYBE it even reduces spam. Mailwasher allows you to preview your messages while they are still on your ISP's server, and mark the ones you don't want to get. Mailwasher can then email a "BOUNCE" back to those spammers who will often remove the bounce addresses, thinking they are no good. How cool that is!

A number of ISPs, especially Earthlink.net, have started offering a spam filtering service that can be helpful. Just be aware that stupid is as stupid does, to a computer program. That means that the software that chooses what is a spam and what isn't will at some times misidentify good mail as spam. It's not perfect, in other words. Your most reasonable effort is probably just to use the "embedded word" trick in your email address.

As another warning - if you receive an e-mail message with a picture, one even as small as a single pixel (looks like a bold period), the spammer can use the loading of the picture by your software as a trigger to send back a "HERE I AM" message, once again harvesting your email for spam sale. If you use Zone Alarm (and you should, you know - it's free!) then you can have it temporarily lock your internet portal so that as you read your messages, the picture cannot report your information back. That gives you a chance to view the message, and delete it. Then you right-click again on the ZA icon in your system tray, and disengage the lock.

The last step I'll suggest you want to take, in reducing your spam content, is to get another free software that checks your computer for certain spyware softwares which monitor your online activities and silently report that information out over the net to marketing companies who in turn sell it. The problem is that there is no limit to what the softwares might "leak" about you - if the info is on your computer, it can be theirs. Even the keystrokes you enter as passwords can be monitored and tattled. Spyware is one of the most evil forms of software privacy invasion going. Chances are good that if you or anyone in your family has loaded a "free" music sharing utility then your computer is infested. These people make their money, much more money, on gathering what your personal information, likes, preferences, etc. are and selling it, than what they lose in programming the software. Check a list of the utilities you can get to KILL SPYWARE. I find that PestPatrol works quite well, and I gladly paid for a licensed copy of it (It is FREE to try). the maker claims that PestPatrol removes:

* Spyware and adware that "phones home" information about you, your computer, and your surfing habits
* Remote access trojans (RATs) that allow an attacker to remotely control your computer
* Keystroke loggers that can steal passwords and other confidential data
* Denial-of-service (DoS) attack agents that can crash or hang a program, or your entire system
* Probe tools that look for vulnerabilities on your system that a hacker can exploit
And it actually works. Try it for free and see if your computer is infested!

For further reading, PC World has a good article on the topic of reducing spam. You can't get rid of it completely but you can control it. Maybe. As always, keep your Zone Alarm and antivirus software current - I received and neutered more than 100 virus-laden emails in the month of March. It's a cold, cruel cyberworld to the unprepared!


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NAA Bulletins
Information from the NAA, in the form of bulletins, can always be found on the TSAA website on a page dedicated to them. We try to have the bulletin posted within minutes of receiving them, always.

The most recent bulletin details the results of the AZ Cup 2003, and the Croatia Grand Prix Event's US members. More information on the Grand Prix events is also included in this latest bulletin. Here is the link to the Bulletin page.


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YOUR JOAD REFERENCE LISTINGS ON THE NET
Attention JOAD Club Coaches and Instructors

While the NAA keeps accurate records of the JOADs registered throughout the US there is a lot of information such as website and email that cannot be tracked by the NAA's computers.

Often I will receive email messages from people trying to find a place near them where they can experience archery and get to know more about it. They are often frustrated, and I suspect there are many, many others who give up without finding a place for their kids to learn the sport.

This project is gathering in the appropriate information which YOU submit and place it on a webpage where anyone can view it. The goal is to help prospective archers FIND YOU!

There is no charge. No cost. No fees. (You already pay the NAA your fees and that is sufficient for this project). The catch is, you have to type the information into a form. This information will be shared with others by placing it onto a webpage of the TSAA and JOAD website. Your emails will all have a keyword inserted in it that will cause it to bounce if the sender doesn't remove the keyword. This will prevent spambots from harvesting your email address. So be sure to follow the few instructions on the entry page.

I have set up a postcard snail mailing to go to all 300+ JOAD clubs throughout the US, letting them know about this new free database listing service. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FREE database listing service.

Subscribe and see more about the JOAD X FILES NEWSLETTER as well. Use the link to see both past issues as well as sign up for your own free subscription. You are able to opt out anytime you wish and the email address you enter will never be used outside of the TSAA & NAA without your permission. Please have your JOAD archers take a look, and if you have found the information to be of potential use, recommend to them that they subscribe as well. After all, this is your official NAA JOAD EMAIL NEWSLETTER!

And while you are at it, be sure to read the last issue of X Files, where we have the information on a gift certificate contest for the most improved JOAD archers, courtesy of Lancaster Archery.


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Google Search Feature On TSAA Website
NEAT FEATURE YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF

You can use the Google SEARCH box at the very bottom of the main TSAA webpage to search for anything you are looking for, on the TSAA site, the NAA site, or even the entire web.
HINT - notice that on the search box your default search will be the TSAA website. If you choose the other options, you can search the entire Internet for your term, or (and this is the neat part) you can search the NAA's US ARCHERY SITE! Since the NAA's website does not have a search engine installed, I have long used this to go directly to whatever I want, such as a result or person's name, or "calendar" . It occurred to me that a lot of people have not noticed this long-installed feature even though it has been there for several years...

Try it out now!


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