TSAA Archery News
Issue 65
February 21, 2008

Hi !

In this newsletter:
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AT A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS AROUND TEXAS
Ann Weber Hoyt - A Remarkable History
Welcome Addition - Decreased Chances of SunStroke In The Desert!
Tie One End Of A String To Your Arrow And The Other End To WHAT???
Always Nice To See Archery In A Positive Light
ATTENTION ALL YOUTH ARCHERS (AND PARENTS THEREOF)
Texas State Archery JOAD and Senior Indoor Results
2008 TSAA Annual Meeting Held
Collegiate News
Texins Archery Club in the DFW Area
Calendars and Schedules
Better Use Of YOUR TSAA Website

 
 
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AT A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS AROUND TEXAS
HARLINGEN AREA

Hosted by the
Rio Grande Council and
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
March 29, 2008
8:00 am till 5:00 pm
Camp Perry
Box 956

Rio Hondo, TX 78583
ABILENE AREA

Hosted by the
Texas Trails Council BSA and
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
May 3, 2008
8:00 am till 5:00 pm
Camp Tonkawa
1036 CR203
Collinsville, TX 76233
get a flier for this location

AMARILLO AREA

Hosted by the
Goldon Spread Council and
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
September 27, 2007
8:00 am till 5:00 pm
Camp Don Harrington
15427 S. Washington St. (FM-1541)
Canyon, TX 79015
get a flier for this location

TYLER AREA

Hosted by the
Circle Ten Council and
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
March 08, 2008
8:00 am till 4:00 pm
Clements Scout Ranch
11217 FM 2970
Athens, TX 75751
get a flier for this location

AUSTIN AREA

Hosted by the
Capitol Area Council and
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
April 26, 2008
8:00 am till 5:00 pm
Camp Mabry
W 35th St
Austin, TX 78763
get a flier for this location

I have been contacted by the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance who needs a few good volunteers to bring their archery skills and enthusiasm to the events being held at locations throughout the state of Texas.
It is an opportunity to get a bow into the hands of some kids that have never had the opportunity to shoot before!

From their brochures (note that the links above take you to a brochure specific for that area - each area may have a different set of sports offered, and there is a map in each brochure as well):

Come share your skills in the following outdoor activities....
Shooting Skills:
5-6 Volunteers are needed to instruct novice shooters on BB, .22, and shotgun ranges. At least one certified instructor is needed per range. Shooters will be using single pump BB guns, single shot .22’s, and 20 gauge shotguns or smaller. Volunteers will be teaching basic shooting and gun safety skills.

Archery Skills: 5-6 Volunteers (Bowhunters or target) are needed to teach novice shooters basic archery shooting and safety skills. At least one certified instructor is needed per range. Genesis compound bows will be used along with foam targets and target bails.

Angling Skills: 5-6 Volunteers are needed to teach basic fishing skills such as casting, hook bating, and give the novice anglers time to try out their skills. Some areas do not have areas to fish in so target casting will be the alternate activity.
Fly Fishing Skills: 5-6 Volunteers are needed to teach fly tying, fly casting, and all other basic fly fishing skills. Trailblazer can not provide the needed equipment for this activity.
Trapper Education: Trapper Volunteers are needed to teach and demonstrate the basics of trapping. Displays should be involved including traps, pelts, furs, scents, trapping history, techniques, and other tools of the trade. Allow plenty of time for participants to view displays and ask questions.
Outdoor Skills: Other outdoor skills or exhibits are needed such as; game calling, hunting dogs (retriever dogs, coon dogs, pointer dogs, etc.), boating skills, hunter education, etc....

If you think you might be able to help with this please email them or call them!

I suspect the primary group these events are "targeting" are kids though it looks to be open to the public - so this is an important service you can provide.
Want to Volunteer?
contact: Chad Laman

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance I Our Sport. Our Heritage. Our Fight.

Ph: (614) 888-4868 ext. 206 I Fax: (614) 888-0326

claman@ussportsmen.org

Join the Fight to Protect Hunting Today!

Visit us at www.ussportsmen.org


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Ann Weber Hoyt - A Remarkable History
An excellent article has been posted online.

(Ann shooting clout with excellent alignment and form, in Canton OH during the National Clout championship in 2001) Photo by Ron Carmichael

In it, Ann Hoyt's illustrious archery history is described by Frank Addington (aka the aspirin buster) in a very personable way. (Hey, not only does Mr. Addington shoot well, but he writes equally well!
(ed. note - I had written "...but he writes just as good", and my daughter said she wouldn't speak to me if I left it thataway - kids these days !)

Here's an excerpt from his "interview" article, quoting Ann Hoyt:
"My first archery job came through my continued acquaintance with Bill Jackson. It was only natural that I became involved helping out during free time while in college nearby. With the onset of the war in my senior year, I devoted all my free time helping with the war work on the lathe and simply continued on after graduation. Being only a four man operation at Robin Hood Archery Company at that time, I learned to do every job, made lemonwood bows from start to finish, footed arrows from raw wood to fletching and cresting, made Flemish bowstrings, painted target faces and packing and shipping. My responsibilities grew with the company.

After college I went to work to full time at Robin Hood Archery. "Went to work" is the correct term because I was never really hired. I often jokingly say "I was never hired, but I was fired several times." My job was waiting on customers, making up the catalog, target face painter, maker of strings and shipper. "

You can read the rest of this great saga of one of the most influential and interesting archery celebrities by following the link to the original article here.
I especially like the many photographs included in the story - many aspects of her shooting form (and that of her husband) are what many archers are striving for today!


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Welcome Addition - Decreased Chances of SunStroke In The Desert!
One of the best venues for outdoor archery competition in the United States is in Phoenix, Arizona at the Ben Avery Shooting Complex. Each year the Arizona Cup is held there in the springtime, and it is an event where the sun (and lack of humidity) can be a big factor even early in the spring. The tents there have blown over more than once during the Cup due to the desert's whimsical storms and dust devils, and I have blessed them on at least one occasion when buckets of water were pouring from the sky and they kept me (partially) dry.
Those ol' tents at the archery range have been replaced with permanent shade constructions - I guess "Awnings" are a more appropriate term, because "tent" or "shade" doesn't do them justice, as the photo shows.
Bob Pian was kind enough to post a preliminary sneak-peak photograph of what they look like now, and it is enough to make you look forward to the Cup! And
here is a link to the information on this year's event, which is a very well-run and fun event. There are always a wide/wild variety of archers from countries around the world, and this year will be no exception because of the Olympics coming up. More countries will be represented due to the need for competition experience, and you can be sure of a good time there.

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Tie One End Of A String To Your Arrow And The Other End To WHAT???
Tom Barker found this video that shows how to....well, you just need to watch it.... but don't let the kids see it!

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Always Nice To See Archery In A Positive Light
Texas archer Kathy Varadi of the Dallas-Fort Worth area was recently featured in a news story by a television newsroom there. Here is the link to the video of the story. Great stuff!

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ATTENTION ALL YOUTH ARCHERS (AND PARENTS THEREOF)

If you are planning to attend the Las Vegas WAF (World Archery Festival), as I expect many reading this newsletter already are there, and you are involved with youth archery in any way, from any flavor of archery organization, you will want to be sure to attend the JOAD Open Forum! This is a combined effort of the NFAA, the NAA, and others interested in promoting the future of archery through our next generation.

From Bob Pian:

2008 JOAD Open Forum
World Archery Festival, Las Vegas, Feb 22-23, 2008
Click HERE for an acrobat information flyer.

Email input welcome - send in suggestions for content, topics, goals, etc...

Why Vegas?
First of all, the NFAA is kind enough to provide the meeting space and other logistical support as we all work to grow target archery for the future. Thank you NFAA/WAF Vegas!
USAA/NAA membership and leaders have time to meet since they are not key event staff.
Tournament format provides ample time for archers to take part in activities away from the range.

Why an Open JOAD Forum?
The new USAA BOD is an opportunity to focus on in a new direction for the future of JOAD.
Listening to the public express their JOAD needs, wants and ideas will help guide the leadership with goals and planning.

The 2008 JOAD Open Forum at the 2008 World Archery Festival, Las Vegas, now includes information and presentations from many youth archery programs.

Friday
3:30 PM Open JOAD Forum, Public Welcome!
4:30 PM FITA Youth Committee Report, Mark Miller
5:00 PM Archery Trade Association (ATA) Youth Archery Support, Michelle Doerr

Saturday
3:30 PM Open JOAD Forum, Public Welcome!
4:30 PM National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Presentation, Roy Grimes
5:00 PM After School Archery Program (ASAP) Presentation, Doug Engh (National Alliance for the Development of Archery, NADA)

Schedule pending: Olympic Archery in the Schools (OAS) Program, Don Rabska (Easton Sports Development Foundation, ESDF)
All are invited to come and listen, learn and join in.
Please thank the Easton Sports Development Foundation and the World Archery Festival, Las Vegas for their support of this effort!

And finally, you can learn more about the JOAD program by using this link to the USAA JOAD website.


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Texas State Archery JOAD and Senior Indoor Results
The results (and photos) from the TSAA 2008 Indoor JOAD State Championship and the Indoor State Championships have been posted.

Both events were well attended, with some 77 JOAD archers shooting in College Station and around 100 adults and youths shooting in Austin.

Click here for the results of the JOAD Indoor, and here for the photos from the event. These photographs from the JOAD State Indoor were taken by James Massey and are really quite good - composure, exposure, and subject matter are all well done. Thanks to James for providing these to the TSAA!

The results for the senior event are at this link, and the photos are on a huge thumbnail index page here (broadband is recommended!).

The registration deadline has passed for the National Indoor Championships, but you can still attend if you want to badly enough (an extra $25 late fee). Click here for information on the Indoor Championship being held at A&M in College Station, and for other locations around the United States, check this link to an acrobat file.


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2008 TSAA Annual Meeting Held
As usual, the annual meeting of the TSAA was held during the State Indoor event in Austin this last weekend.

It is nice to say that there was nothing of real change or dire consequences needed - the board of the association was re-elected and remains unchanged. The financial situation of the association remains good and aside from the failure of the NAA to pay the association for memberships during most of 2007 there are no negatives to speak of, though the loss to the TSAA was over $1000. Fortunately the organization is in financial good health sufficient to weather the shortfall.
The state target championship generated a good profit for the TSAA, as did the state field event and indoor events.

The website experiences some 6,000 different persons visiting it (according to Google Tracking) each month, from every continent except for Antarctica. Web advertising revenue was down - fewer people are following the advertising links presented on the pages - the webmaster asked that the membership be sure to follow links of interest whenever possible!
Also, the treasurer reported that there were no Hosford grants requested during 2007 - grants are available to anyone wishing to start a JOAD anywhere in Texas!

A full set of minutes will be posted in the next few days on the TSAA website, on the BOARD page.


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Collegiate News
Thanks to the folks in Arizona Archery and the ASU archers for this one:

A Collegiate Archery Championship, Western Region, Tournament has been announced. It will be in April, in Phoenix.

Sun Devil Archery will once again be hosting the CAP Western Regional Championships...
and this year, they will be offering GUEST divisions (FITA and 900 round)

April 18-20, 2008 - it is a STAR FITA

Deadline to register is March 14th. Late registrations will be accepted with an additional fee and on a space available basis.

The CAP Western Regional Championships decides the best collegiate shooters from over 20 schools (PAC 10 and more). Last year, there were just under 100 CAP archers in attendance and with your help this one will be even bigger!

. Follow this link for more information.


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Texins Archery Club in the DFW Area
There IS JOAD archery in the DFW area! I have just learned of The Texins Archery Club, in north Dallas! They've been on the campus of Texas Instruments for literally YEARs, and the number of times I have had no place to refer interested Dallas parents to is countless. But now I know (and you do, too) there is an excellent option - If you need a JOAD in the Dallas area check this place out!

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Calendars and Schedules
The TSAA Calendar Page (at this link) has always been a linear list in a table format. It is pretty simple, easy to do, and gives a pretty good notion of the order of things to happen. I have been experimenting with a different format - a more traditional appearance - and you can review it using a link at the top of the original calendar page. Or, of course, you can just click this link here! Try clicking on a month, such as February, to see all the events scheduled for that month and to have a link to that event.

If you have something that you want added to the calendar/schedule then please email it to the webmaster at any time! And if you would, please let me know if you think we should switch entirely to the newer calendar method?


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Better Use Of YOUR TSAA Website
Just a couple of tips for you:
1. You can find just about anything you want on the site, by going to the main page and then pressing the PgDn or Ctrl-End, to go to the very bottom of the page. Once there, use the Google Search Field to look for whatever interests you, including the name of an archer. Photos, articles, newsletter stories, whatever!
2. Speaking of the newsletter, when you don't know a specific name or search term, you can browse throught the index of all the topics by going to the
archive page. It is updated fairly often, and has a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all past topics (scroll down till you get to it).
3.
Email the webmaster anytime you want help, or have a suggestion!

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