TSAA Archery News
Issue 67
June 10, 2008

Hi !

In this newsletter:
Jonah Stone, canine extraordinaire
Olympics and Archery
Fun Shoot On June 21st
Level TWO Instructor Certification Course on June 21 & 22 in AUSTIN
Qualification Opportunities For 2008
TSAA JOAD TARGET CHAMPIONSHIP
124th NAA National Target Championship
Doinker Quadraflex
DONATIONS ARE EASIER THAN EVER!!

 
 
Jonah Stone, canine extraordinaire

Service dogs are not just your typical "man's best friend" - they are work horses, guardians, often arms, hands, or legs, and much more. They exhibit incredible intelligence, discipline (ooh, look at the kitty!) and compassion, and are literally extensions of their master's mind.
I have to say that Jonah has been a fantastic "person" to know, as the service dog for archer Kevin Stone. Unfortunately Jonah is within a short time of ending his stay on this plane of existence, after some 13 years of life.
Kevin shared some information that I found very enlightening, as well as deeply moving. Use this link to
read about Jonah Stone.

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Olympics and Archery
NBC is the television channel that has the rights to the Olympics Coverage in 2008, in Beijing. They are pulling out all the stops this time to utilize all the resources, including the web, to bring the games to you. I found their efforts to cover archery to already be extremely good. You can use this link to view what they have up on their website so far. Don't forget to bookmark the link so you can return easily, and also you can subscribe to email services. I strongly urge all archers to HIT this site often, to spread the word about it, and to follow the archery-related links as much as you can. The more hits, the more attention NBC will give the sport - it is a simple matter of numbers.

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Fun Shoot On June 21st
Lake Side Fun Shoot
Hosted by Brazos 4-H Archery Club
June 21, 2008

The Brazos 4-H Archery Club would like to invite archers to a one day fun shoot on June 21 at the Nails Creek State Park on Lake Somerville, Texas. This shoot is basically a warm up for State JOAD the following week. We will shoot 18 arrows at all JOAD FITA distances. Adults are encouraged to knock the dust off their bows and play with us. To get a quick idea of the approximate location of the tournament in Texas, use this link. And for more information on this one-day archery event, follow this link.....


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Level TWO Instructor Certification Course on June 21 & 22 in AUSTIN
Tom Barker and Ron Carmichael will conduct a USA Archery/NAA level II Certification course on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.
It will be held at the Anna Hiss Gym (location for many of the indoor tournaments held in Texas over the last 20 years or so). (
MAP)
The course will be limited to the first 12 people (4 signed up so far) to sign up by sending an
email to the webmaster. Cost is $100 and includes all course materials. In addition to the required subject matter, emphasis will be placed on being able to teach the basics of the BEST method. For more information, please view this page.

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Qualification Opportunities For 2008
From Bob Pian in Phoenix, AZ:
Once again, there are a few of us who still need USAT scores before US Target Nationals... and many more of us who just need the practice (since there haven't been many FITAs shot this year) So... it occurred to me that we should host a couple of qualifiers and OR rounds again this year to try to get those in. Totally casual, but legal. No awards, and excess funds (if any) go to Sun Devil Archery (which will be shared with the host venue).

It seems to me that it would be great practice with nice people and hopefully a take some pressure off from having to shoot specific scores at Nats. To see a map of the location,
click here, and to see full information please use this link.

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TSAA JOAD TARGET CHAMPIONSHIP
The deadline is approaching for the registration for the JOAD event!
2008 Texas State JOAD Target Championships
June 28-29, 2008
Hosted by Tiger Sharks JOAD
This will be the last warm up before the JOAD Nationals. We will be shooting a full FITA over two days.
Bonus: Adults that want to come and shoot may do so for a nominal $20 fee. There will be no awards for the adults shooting. Also, youth archers that are not able to reach their age and bow type distances may shoot as a guest in any division for the same $20 fee. There will be no awards for the guest divisions. Please make a note if you are doing this in the comment section of the registration form.
Please
follow this link if you are interested in this event. Here is a map to the location, in Ganado, TX.

You still have a month before the deadline for the TSAA Target Championship, but here is the information for it so you can plan your July! It will be held in the same location as last year.


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124th NAA National Target Championship
Information has been posted on the USA ARCHERY website regarding the August tournament.
You can rely on having a great time at this event, and getting to see a lot of good archers doing their thing at this event. Here is a
map to the event, to help you see where in the world it will be. Keep an eye on the deadline for signing up:
LATE REGISTRATION: Add $25 if postmarked AFTER July 11, 2008. Late registrations will be accepted on space available basis.
CANCELLATIONS: Until July 18, 2008 a 30% (percent) penalty will be charged. No refunds after July 20, 2008.

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Doinker Quadraflex
Checking Out the Doinker Quadra-Flex

By Lindsey Carmichael

Since Doinker sponsored the Texas Shootout this year, a tournament I've shot in yearly since I was a kid, I got the chance to see and handle the components of their complete lineup of archery stabilizer gear. I was intrigued enough to follow through with them and recently had the opportunity to try out Doinker’s shiny new Quadra-Flex Stabilizer with an adjustable V-bar mount set. Having been a happy diehard Beiter Centralizer fan for years, I was skeptical but open to try something new. I was particularly interested in the Doinker setup’s ability to change the angle of the V-bars independently of each other.

I noticed from the very first shot that the Doinker setup deadened the feel and sound of the bow. Not only was the shot sensation smoother, but the sound from the bow was tighter and cleaner. I repeatedly changed back and forth from one setup to the other (new and old) to confirm my initial impressions.

I also played around with the angle on the V-bars and decided that, due to the extra length (at least in relation to my usual Beiter V-bars) it would be most comfortable to use them angled downward and slightly more inward than my previous setup. It took some time, arranging them to be at the exact same angle, and to be honest with you I’m not sure even now that they are 100 % perfectly even. Short of rigging up a laser level in some creative ways, I am not sure how to measure a perfect symmetry, but I cannot detect any adverse influence on the behavior of the bow.

However, the novelty of the adjustability makes up for the difficulty in obtaining perfection. Put another way, it’s cool enough that the Doinker setup is so adjustable that I don't mind it is more difficult to perfectly line them up.

It also helps that the clear plastic tuners look pretty sweet. And the downward sweep of the V-bars has a kind of Star Wars gadget gracefulness that’s hard not to appreciate, and it moves the center of the bow downward, I think. That, combined with the overall smooth feel of the bow, and the dampened sound, convinced me that this is the coolest and most efficient stabilizer I have ever shot. A Korean coach I worked with years ago, a friendly lady named Hyo-Jung Kim, taught me that the sound of the bow says volumes about how well—or how poorly—the bow has been tuned. Each time I release an arrow and hear that quick dense hum, I know it was a wise choice to retire my old faithful Beiter in favor of the shiny new American-made Doinker Quadra-Flex.

When I travel to Beijing to represent the United States in the Paralympics late this summer, I want to know that I have the best equipment for my bow. The Doinker Quadra-Flex has a minor drawback in my mind—the fact that it’s difficult to find perfect symmetry — but overall it is the setup I will happily trust to take with me to compete in China. Thanks, Doinker!

Disclaimer: As a member of the US ParalympicTeam, Doinker has extended a very good discount to me on this equipment. If I did not find it better than my previous setup, I'd be writing to report that instead.


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