High speed camera caught these individual photos made into a movie to see the shot sequence.
We returned to Bear Creek Lake park for our outdoor range. She began by shooting at 30m.
It was hot and dry out there. Because the USAT Qualifiers are beginning soon, we needed to get a handle on how well she could shoot at 60m. The USATs only have the Cadet and Junior divisions. Cadets shoot at 60m and Juniors shoot at 70m.
We moved up to the 40m target and had to adjust her sight, but even with the sight at it’s limits, she wasn’t able to use it to aim at the target, she had to use it to aim at the trees way behind the target.
The angle of her bow means she is shooting in an arc to reach 40m. The sight is also practically useless for this distance. I think she would have to increase the draw weight of her limbs to shoot 40m with less arc and that would probably be another increase to get to 60m. With this information, it doesn’t look like we would be getting much out of the USAT Qualifiers this year and will consider Outdoor Nationals where she can shoot at 30m.
Her coach thought it would be a good idea for her to shoot at the Indoor Nationals. This isn’t a JOAD or USAT event. Even this isn’t quite true – it’s two events – a JOAD National Shoot combined with a second event, the Indoor Nationals. The Indoor Nationals are also known as the National Championships. Why plural? Because it is one event held in many locations on different dates. Only slightly confused so far?
At the Indoor Nationals, these are the Divisions and Classes
- Recurve – Men, Women, Master, Master 60+, Master 70+, Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman
- Compound – Men, Women, Master, Master 60+, Master 70+, Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman
- Barebow – Men, Women, Master 50-70, Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman
- Para W1 – Men/Women combined *
- Para Recurve Open – Men, Women *
- Para Compound Open– Men, Women *
- VI – Men/Women combined *
- Longbow – Men, Women
- Traditional Recurve – Men, Women
- Crossbow – Men, Women
- Compound Fingers – Master 50-70
*Para archers must have a National Classification to participate in a Para division.
With this many divisions, it makes me think the Indoor Nationals must share a past with the NFAA. Indeed, if you search the internet, you can find that the Indoor Nationals are part of the NFAA; however, the NFAA site is stingy with information and I don’t know too much more.
This year, Indoor Nationals could be found at these locations.
- Newberry, FL – February 17-19, 2017
- Albuquerque, NM – February 17-19, 2017
- Fiskdale, MA – February 24-26, 2017
- Sacramento, CA – February 24 – 26, 2017
- Snelville, GA – February 24 – 26, 2017
- Mason, MI – February 24 – 26, 2017
- Lancaster, PA – February 24 – 26, 2017
- Mankato, MN – March 3 – 5, 2017
- College Station, TX – March 3 – 5, 2017
- Chula Vista, CA – March 3 – 5, 2017
- Salt Lake City, UT – March 10 – 12, 2017
- Harrisonburg, VA – March 10 – 12, 2017
- Hamilton, OH – March 10 – 12, 2017
We chose Salt Lake City. You can only shoot at Indoor Nationals in one event. You can’t show up a few weeks later and hope to improve your score. We also chose to fly.
Here’s the format for Indoor Nationals:
- Recurve/Barebow Bow – Two rounds of 60 arrows each (120 total) at a 40 cm target face from 18 meters with outer ten-ring scoring.
- Compound Bow – Two rounds of 60 arrows each (120 total) at a 40 cm target face from 18 meters with inner ten-ring scoring
The JOAD Nationals looks more familiar to USA Archery.
These are the divisions and classes for JOAD Nationals.
- Recurve Men and Women – Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman
- Compound Men and Women – Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman
- Barebow Men and Women – Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman
The locations for JOAD Nationals are the same as Indoor Nationals since it is a combined event.
Here’s the format for JOAD Nationals:
- Recurve/Barebow – One round of 60 arrows; 18 meters
- Juniors and Cadets – 40 cm target face (choice of single-spot or triangle 3-spot face) from 18 meters – must use choice for entire tournament); outer 10 ring scoring
- Cubs and Bowman – 60 cm target face; outer 10 ring scoring
- Compound Bow – One round of 60 arrows; 18 meters
- All Classes – 40 cm target face (choice of single-spot or triangle 3-spot face) from 18 meters – must use choice for entire tournament); inner 10 ring scoring
A skillful reader may have caught something. This novice archery parent did not notice. Without spoiling too much, I’ll call it out here. The NFAA Indoor Nationals shoot on 40 cm targets for every shooter. JOAD Nationals uses the 60 cm target for her age group.
The Salt Lake City version of Indoor Nationals is held at the Easton Archery Center. This place is probably the nicest archery facility we will see.
The indoor range can shoot an Olympic 70m distance when used in the vertical direction. As a horizontal range, it can accommodate many archers shooting at 18m.
Many of her regional competitors were here. For JOAD Nationals, she shot fairly well. Since switching to her new bow, she has developed some bad habits with her shot sequence. This is usually a continuous and brief motion through her anchor and a quick release. I suspect she’s still working on mastering the poundage of the new draw weight; but, this style doesn’t leave a lot of room for fine tuning her shot. On the JOAD National day, she was at the first bale, so I could catch some good photos of her.
She met some girls from Washington and Hawaii too.
On to the Indoor Nationals and the 40cm target for the next two days. The target through her off and she did not shoot well at all on day one. I think she was hovering around four points an arrow. We tried to shake it off at the mid way point; but, it was definitely her all day albatross.
We took in some sights in Salt Lake City and got a really nice dinosaur bones skirt courtesy of Hot Topic.
The third day in Salt Lake and the second day of Indoor Nationals was better, but the combined scoring made it hard for her to make a big change.
She completed her first national tournament and that is a good accomplishment by itself. We said goodbye to SLC and the Easton Archery Center