TSAA Archery News
Archery Center Opens!
September 15, 2009

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In this newsletter:
New Indoor Public Archery Range in Texas
Wanda Newsom, Archer Renowned!
Bid Process Is Now Open
TSAA AOTY (Archers Of The Year) - 2009
Pending Texas Events
PHOTOS - LOTS AND LOTS OF PHOTOS!
FITA & JOAD Changes: Ages for Cadets and Juniors Now Different
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New Indoor Public Archery Range in Texas
Straight Arrow Archery Learning Center

South Texas area has been a hot bed for archery for years. The District 11 4‐H archery program is the largest 4‐H archery program in the country starting many young people on the path of competitive archery.

Traditionally, the 4‐H program is shoehorned into rifle ranges or shared facilities with other 4‐H activities such as County fairs. Many of these programs lose their venues in December, though the indoor archery season lasts well into the spring. South Texas Archery JOAD Club has benefited from the gracious offers of range time – first, with the South Texas Archery retail store and then The Archery Shop, both located in Victoria, Texas. For the outdoor season, Tom Barker’s back yard in a rural neighborhood has served as the range. Gradually, the size of the program has grown beyond the capabilities of an indoor retail shop’s range without interfering with the normal retail operations.

Tom Barker, Joni Brown and Gene Kacir decided to take the bold step and form Straight Arrow Archery Learning Center, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization to provide a large archery shooting venue and access to qualified and certified coaching for a wide variety of archery customers. These customers include 4‐H, JOAD, bow hunters, collegians, home‐schooled children, adult target archers, archers with undiscovered skills, Wounded Warriors, the National Archery in the Schools program, the After School Archery Program, bow hunter and hunter education programs, and senior citizens.

Joni serves as Administrator and is very skilled at grant writing and putting Straight Arrow in contact with the right people. Gene and Tom are experienced coaches that can help all archers achieve their goals and reach their potential in a fun and supporting atmosphere. These individuals and a dedicated group of volunteers provide balanced support for this new organization.

Straight Arrow Archery is very proud to have earned the confidence of the Easton Sports Development Foundation and is a recipient of an initial seed capital grant of $24,000. Straight Arrow Archery will be applying for other grants to continue to provide a national archery center of excellence. Other important players in the Straight Arrow Archery Learning Center have been the Victoria Regional Airport Commission and County Commissioners Burns and Dierlam. These elected or appointed officials have supported the conversion of a 70 by 140 foot warehouse located at the Victoria Regional Airport into what is believed to be the largest indoor public archery range in Texas. With a competitive lease and much needed assistance, Straight Arrow Archery opened its doors September 1, 2009 to the Victoria County 4-H project. The Victoria 4‐H Extension Service graciously provided two large shop fans for the comfort of customers.

Straight Arrow Archery’s website is online at
www.straightarrowarchery.org with information on classes, private lessons and other programs offered at Straight Arrow. The range is located at 60 Storehouse Drive at the Victoria Regional Airport in Victoria, Texas with Google maps info on the website. Come enjoy what Straight Arrow has to offer. Email for specific information!


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Wanda Newsom, Archer Renowned!
Wanda Newsom was recently featured in a newspaper article in Taylor, Texas. Wanda is a barebow archer who came late to the sport but has been a devoted student with great success! Please use this link to read the entire article!
Pictured here are champion archers Jennifer Nichols and Wanda Newsom.

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Bid Process Is Now Open
The TSAA board is now soliciting and accepting bids for the upcoming JOAD and Senior TSAA Championship Indoor tournaments.
We expect the range of time to be considered for the event to be January through February. New Years day to be avoided on the front end and the Indoor Nationals on the back end of the time frame, with the Vegas Festival shoot and ATA weekends to absolutely avoid.
It would be preferable to not hold the events on the eve of the national indoors.
See this link for information on the bid process, forms guidelines, advice from past tournament directors, and you can email the webmaster if you have particular questions. The board will make the award decision on the tournaments by December 1st and hopefully I can manage to remember to put it in a newsletter issue!

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TSAA AOTY (Archers Of The Year) - 2009
The TSAA uses a simple formula to determine and recognize the 4 archers each year that are the top in their bow and gender divisions of the three senior TSAA events - male and female; recurve and compound.

We take into account their participation at the State Field, Indoor, and Target events, and how they finished. If an archer shot in all three events only the top two scores are counted.

As the volunteer keeper of the numbers for the TSAA, Rick Stonebraker has once again performed the arduous work of assembling and tallying all of the 2009 scores for AOTY.

The 2009 Texas State Archery Association's

ARCHERS OF THE YEAR FOR 2009 are:

Ladies Compound - Jennifer Holmes
Gentlemen Recurve - Staten Holmes
Ladies Recurve - Jenny Nichols
Gentlemen Compound - Ben Miller

Rick explains how: "The TSAA AOTY is determined by results from the three state championships; indoor, field and outdoor. Anyone can compete for this prize as long as they shoot the adult distances. The four divisions are: compound ladies, compound men, recurve ladies and recurve gentlemen.

The winner of each event gets 25 ranking points. Each point below the winner gets 1/10 of a point deduction from 25. For example: if John shoots 1000 and Smiddy shoots 995, then John gets 25 ranking points and Smiddy gets 24.5 ranking points. You only need to rank at two of the three state championships. You may compete in all three if you wish but your lowest ranking gets thrown out."

AOTYs have been recognized since the year 1983, the year after the TSAA was founded. In 1999, the compound archer divisions were added to the recognition roles. You can view the summary of all past AOTYs by using this link, The results spreadsheet tabulating all of the scores will be posted in the next few days. If you see anything that needs changing please email Rick using this email link to let him know and we will update the pages.

And, congratulations to these archers!


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Pending Texas Events
There are a lot of shoots going on in the upcoming months!!! Note that the USA Collegiate Target Championship will be in College Station this coming year!

Aggie Invite: Nov 6-8, 2009 (College Station)

Longhorn Indoor: December 4-6 (tentative) - Austin

USA Archery Indoor Nationals: Feb 25-28, 2010 (College Station)

Doinker Texas Shootout: Apr 23-25, 2010 (College Station)

USIACs: May 13-16, 2010 (College Station)

In addition, it is possible that UT will hold another SUNBIRD outdoor Star FITA in January, provided enough interest is generated. Stay tuned for that one....

The 4-H program is always very active in the indoor season with at least 10 different tournaments held, and you can view their tournament schedule here.


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PHOTOS - LOTS AND LOTS OF PHOTOS!
The photo index on the TSAA website has a number of new pictures from the State Target event, as well as the State Field tournament, USIAC 2009, and the Doinker Texas Shootout. If you (or a friend) participated in one of these events, the chances are good that there are some high-quality, downloadable photos of yourself flinging an arrow. As always you are welcome to any photos you want, and most are of sufficient resolution to print an 8 x 10 with no problem! They also make great screen saver photos and can even fit on your phone!
And for some fun and interesting photos, check
this page on the TSAA website.

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FITA & JOAD Changes: Ages for Cadets and Juniors Now Different
From the blog written by Denise Parker / September 02, 2009

During the 2009 FITA Congress on Aug. 30-31, FITA adopted major changes to the format and structure of many of their key programs. The notices put out from FITA can be viewed by clicking on the links below or visiting FITA at www.archery.org.

http://usarchery.org/news/article/15572

http://usarchery.org/news/article/15575

There are four major changes that will affect many and we would like to take the opportunity to review these changes and what it means to USA Archery events for 2010.

CHANGES IN CADET AND JUNIOR AGE DIVISIONS

"The cadets will now be able to shoot in this category until the year of their 17th birthday and juniors until their 20th birthday. This will help the transition to the true elite level and it is in line with the Youth Olympic Games. For practical reason, this new rule will apply as of Jan. 1, 2010."

Many international countries, like the USA, have struggled to keep archers after the time they leave their youth programs. We have heard a lot of feedback from parents asking why USA Archery cannot increase the age for many of the JOAD programs. We have tried to keep our ages for the youth programs consistent with FITA. Therefore, I will propose to the Board in the upcoming November board meeting that we follow suit with FITA on this proposal, which would allow archers to stay in the JOAD program through their 20th birthday. How this will affect the other JOAD age divisions will be discussed during the November Board meeting and with the JOAD committee prior to the Board meeting.

This will also affect Junior USAT teams, as it will likely push the average age on the team much higher. Certainly we will consider if we need to add younger archers to the Jr. USAT or what the overall mix of the Jr. USAT should be. It is likely that many changes will be coming due to this. The staff will be working with the JOAD Committee to propose solutions to the Board for consideration at the upcoming Board of Directors' November meeting.

CHANGES TO THE COMPOUND DIVISION FORMAT

"Compound means ultimate accuracy and the athletes will be able to prove it with the hit-miss scoring system. They will shoot at 50 meters with a very challenging hit zone. The set system will also apply. In order to give the team and archers time to adapt, the hit-miss will be first introduced in the World Cup next year (2010) but will only become official in world championships and major games, starting April 1, 2011."

Prior to FITA Congress, I sent this proposal to the USA Archery Athlete Committee for comment and review. I received back an unanimous vote of NON SUPPORT. Therefore, USA did not vote for this change. However, FITA feels that differentiating the compound and recurve formats will help the sport overall. This round has had very little exposure with very few tests to date. There is much for us to learn about the specifics of the format, size and design of the targets. We will be gathering information regarding this new format prior to the November board meeting and will determine if we will implement this change in the USAT events for 2010, or wait until 2011. Within the text of this proposal, it did note that FITA would be using this format during the World Cup series in 2010, and would officially implement the change in 2011. It also allowed for the FITA Council to remove the event prior to 2011, if the event was not found to be successful during the 2010 World Cup series.

ADDITION OF MIXED TEAM EVENT

"As of April 1, 2010, the mixed team event that was introduced as exhibitions in 2009 will be official. This new competition teams up one man and one woman who shoot four ends of four arrows in a match."

This format was tested during the 2009 World Cup year and received a lot of positive feedback. This format will also be reviewed during the November board meeting to determine whether we will implement a mixed team event into the USAT and National events.

INTRODUCTION OF THE MATCH PLAY FORMAT

"... archers will have to win three sets to win their matches. Each end of three arrows will count as a set."

The set format of competition allows for a bit more exciting matches, as an archer really is never out of the competition due to one bad arrow. The archer could always come back in the following sets, much like tennis. Each end would basically be a set. The winner of that set would receive two points and if they tied, each would receive one point. For recurve archers, during the six-arrow ends, it would be a best-of-three sets and in three-arrow ends, it would be the best-of-five sets.

In the compound match play for Elimination and Final rounds (non-medal matches), four (4) sets of three (3) arrows, the first to reach five (5) points wins the match. For medal matches, the first to reach seven (7) points wins the match.

Again, we will be gathering more specific information about these rounds from FITA over the next couple of months and will determine final implementation strategies for our domestic events at the November board meeting.

What other changes might occur to USAT events in 2010?

If you happen to review the request for proposals (RFP) just released, you will notice that in the RFP for the 2010 USAT events, it mentioned the inclusion of Junior and Cadet divisions. It is my intent to bring to the Board in November a proposal to include Junior and Cadet divisions within the USAT events. It will provide more opportunities for these individuals to compete and it will make our USAT events more of a draw to other international teams. I would also like the qualification round to be a Junior USAT qualifier. I feel that by increasing the number of Junior USAT qualifying events, it gives more young archers an opportunity to reach the necessary qualifications. By continuing to require the JOAD Nationals and one additional Junior USAT event, I think this will encourage more participation. Juniors will be added to the Senior ranks for the elimination rounds. The option to provide an elimination round for the Cadets will be presented to the organizers and will be a case-by-case decision. Between now and November I will be gathering bids and forming the proposal for the complete schedule and format for all 2010 USAT events. This proposal will be presented at the November Board meeting. We should be able to announce a complete schedule and format for all events in early December.

Outdoor Nationals - Should we continue with the double FITA or should we adopt FITA standards completely?

Another topic on the agenda for the November Board meeting will be the format of the U.S. National Target Championships. With the exception of a slight increase in the participation at the 2009 Nationals in Ohio, the Nationals continues to see a decline in participation. Some of the feedback we received is the event is just too long. Especially in the economic climate of today, the idea of having a 6-day (including official practice and the U.S. Open) event, is just too costly for most participants. In order for many to participate it requires them to take a full week away from work, which is more than most can, or are willing to do. During the upcoming Board meeting, in light of the topics listed above, an overall discussion will be had regarding how closely we should follow FITA's lead relative to tournament formats and competition. Should we adopt FITA rules completely for the 2010 Nationals? Should we move to a single FITA and elimination round? Should we adopt the new Compound hit-miss competition? Should we have an elimination round for the Juniors and Cadets separately? If we were to change the format of the event to be more closely aligned with FITA it is also more likely for us to receive World Ranking status from COPARCO and draw more international participation, which has steadily declined over the years as FITA moved away from the double FITA format. All of these topics will be reviewed during the November meeting.

SUMMARY

With so many changes being passed at the recent FITA Congress, it is a perfect time to review USA Archery's structure for events and programs. Over the next couple of months, the staff and respective committees will be working together to form proposals for the November board meeting. If you have input, please reach out to one of the Board members or members of the Athlete or JOAD Committees regarding possible changes.

Regards,

Denise Parker


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Search the Databases!
Search the entire Olympic database or the entire Paralympics database to see medallists in archery (or any other sport) throughout history. For example this from Los Angeles 1984: Although a revenge boycott led by the Soviet Union depleted the field in certain sports, a record 140 nations took part. Joan Benoit won the inaugural women's marathon and Connie Carpenter-Phinney the first women's cycling road race. Carl Lewis won both sprints and the long jump and earned a fourth gold in the 4x100m relay. Pertti Karppinen won single sculls rowing for the third time. Sebastian Coe became the first repeat winner of the men's 1,500m. Archer Neroli Fairhall was the first paraplegic athlete to take part in a medal event. She competed in a wheelchair.

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