From the Archives

 These are from her first day shooting at the original No Limits.  She is wearing her Wonder Woman “Girl Power” shirt.


Probably trip two to No Limits.


Trying out practice at Bear Creek.  Confusing times with those early days of JOAD.


A Saturday in April 2014 at Bear Creek

Too Much Gear

The younger one is doing pretty well shooting with her (left) hand me down kit (Hoyt Grand Prix Horizon Pro 25″ – still available even with model year turn over) and with a splash of black accessories, the bow doesn’t look like it used to when the older one used it for a palette of ocean colors.

But wait, who is that in the background?  Have we found a home for her right handed bow?

Switching It Up

After a little coaching and encouragement, the younger one tried the left handed practice bow and her groupings changed.  Yes, another left eye dominant daughter, as feared.  What to do? It means another riser, quiver, finger tab, and possibly new fletchings.  Then, there is the buy nice or buy twice dilemma, but almost in reverse.  Did I want another JOAD starting bow?

I decided to go another route.  I would upgrade the older kid’s riser and do a hand me down program.  The younger kid would get the electric teal Hoyt. It was after the ATA trade show and that means the official roll over of models of bows.  Just like cars, bows have a model year and retailers may want to get rid of them for a discount.  I found the Hoyt Prodigy XT 25 and it was 26% off.  Now to think about limbs…

Another Left Eye Dominant?

Eye dominance is an important part of archery.  With your head slightly tilted or even straight up and down, the dominant eye should be closest to the string.  After dozens of checks, we felt mostly confident that little one was right eye dominant.   Big one is left eye dominant and we found out after shooting a while.

After working with her coach at practice about her groupings always being left of center, he thinks she might be left eyed dominant.

Ugh.  Could mean new equipment, a lot of it – quiver, finger tab, riser, sight.

More JOAD Pins

Big one is now a Recurve shooter which sets her out on a different task for pin collection.  Little one started in Recurve by a sign up mistake.  I didn’t pay attention when registering and her first meet was Recurve and not barebow.  So, now they have matching ribbons although big one is accumulating hers pretty quickly.

Big tip: super glue the pin to the ribbon and the clasp to the pin.  These hang on quivers and get banged around with high frequency and replacing them is expensive.

Here is my definitive look at all of the JOAD pins.

First Meet



This was the young one’s first rotational. Although I know more than I did with the older one’s first rotational, there’s still a bunch I don’t know.  She sat next to the best shooter in the state.  He helped her remember to mark arrows on the target even in practice because you might have a bounce out. He also helped her with her stand so it was out of the way.

During the shoot, she was doing some of her drawings. She made a graphic design with arrows of different kinds and then wrote “Be Brave”.  She gave it to Matt about round 14.

Matt went on to win his gold pin in the second round.  I went to congratulate him and tell him thanks for helping her out. He asked if I was the parent of the No Limits girl. I said yes. He told me, ~”even though I got my gold pin today, that drawing from your daughter was the best thing that happened today.”

Recurve Clicker

A clicker is an addition to a recurve archery bow. It’s most likely a springy piece of metal attached to the riser. The clicker hangs past the arrow rest/shelf.

An arrow fits under the clicker. As the archer reaches full draw, the arrow point will slip under the springy clicker and the archer hears the onomatopoeic sound of “click”. This signifies the archer has reached the right point to release. The clicker provides a high level of consistency. Many archers train around the “click” and integrate it into their shot sequence.

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From Abbey Archery in Australia.

The clicker is also used as a draw length check. The position of the clicker is adjusted so that when the archer reaches full draw, the clicker just begins to slide down the arrow tip. When he is satisfied the shot is set up, he increases back tension. As back tension increases, the draw hand moves the bowstring and the arrow back, so that eventually the arrow slides out from under the clicker. The clicker slaps the riser and makes a noise, hence its name. Archers generally watch the clicker to see that the length of the draw is sufficient to place the clicker on the start of the slope of the arrow tip. After that, visual focus switches to aiming. The clicker facilitates the use of back tension, plus it discourages anticipation of the release because the archer is never quite sure when back tension will have increased enough to slide the arrow from under the clicker. For finger shooters, these are important advantages in setting up consistent and well executed shots. Most Olympic style shooters use one, but finger shooters in bowhunter class often are not allowed to use clickers.

More info in this video:

Little Kid, Big Bow

The bigger kid got a little bow a long time ago for Christmas.  Here she is shooting that bow a few years ago.

When she switched to shooting with her left hand, the little bow was available for the smaller kid.  Here she is shooting it not too long ago

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It’s time for a new bow for the smaller kid and she’s got a pretty nice JOAD starter bow.  I’ll do a separate post detailing out the pieces and parts.  You can see it’s being nudged to being pink, black, and white.

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Overheard…

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While watching the Rocky Mountain State Games, I heard a coach talking about equipment.  He recommends so much gear for his students that he hasn’t really been looking at gear for himself.   He talked about getting gear for his own children.  By the third child he was over buying the starter stuff and just went straight to the higher quality gear.  “In the end, it saves you money because you don’t spend money on the crap.”

He was saying Buy Nice or Buy Twice.

We will be facing this shortly.  What sort of bow should the little kid get?  She has a knockdown bow that her sister got from Santa.  But she is getting bigger quickly.