I am a parent. I understand the struggle with attention span, focus, novelty, and repetition. During lessons this week, the kids practice their shot sequence blindfolded with their stretch bands, and then for real from a short distance.
A month ago, the younger one had withdrawn from the shoot. We returned to practice this weekend at our outdoor range. She proclaimed she was so excited to be able to shoot again. And overall it went really well. She was appropriately distracted by various bugs and a fearless little bird she named “Tinee”, but she completed more ends than I expected. We were out there for almost four hours because the older one was getting ready for her second state games.
Panda Ears, Hoyt Cap
We worked on form, as every archer does during every practice, or at least that is what every practice has been for these kiddos. Maybe Mackenzie Brown gets to do something else with her practice time at this point.
Understandably, her form was a little rough. I decided to use Hudl Technique with her. I was hoping to slow things down so I could see it. I’ve used Hudl with the older one and I also wanted to make sure the younger one knew she was special too.
It was easy to see at 1/4 speed even if it is hard to see your iDevice with full sun. I shared it with her and she felt like she could keep her bow arm extended and work on her draw arm elbow.
Meanwhile the older one was getting her site ready for 30-20-10 distances that the next tournament uses. She was doing her sport and I didn’t have to pay too much attention other than recording her site positions.
Having a camera helps, but we also record them in her archery journal so that when we get to a tournament, we have backups.
She really likes this Shibuya site. There are more expensive models, but this one works for her. Since she started using it, we are both seeing more of them around, probably some sort of cognitive bias. At Salt Lake, Steve Anderson spoke to the archers at breakfast. Later, we saw he was shooting a Shibuya too.
There summer is winding down. School starts again in a few weeks. That means the outdoor season is winding down and the indoor season will be ramping up (with a lot of overlap). I think the Byrds sing a song about this.
Was already 91 degrees at 9:00 AM. Outdoor practice is commitment. Losing arrows in the field is part of being outdoors too. Bring a magnifying glass and you can light $20 bills on fire for the same effect in the hot sun.
So many things for this archery season. She added a sight. She added a stabilizer. She got a new, heavier poundage bow. She got a new plunger. She went out of state. She shot 40cm. She made an archery-BFF. She got outdoor arrows. She got a new practice bow. She is rebuilding her shot sequence. She survived some friends leaving her team. She got a new mentor. She trained with and survived her sister. She started shooting with her mom. She fought with and then made up with her dad.
She has worked on her form since SLC, but early in the tournament, her fast shot returned. She fought it some and went with it on other ends. She improved over SLC, but didn’t reach some of the scores from early in the season.
Overall, the season isn’t easy to chart. With her equipment changes and target size changes, it’s not easy to compare scores from 40cm to 60cm.
It was a year of some podium finishes, some off days, a lot of practice, a lot of work, a lot of stress, and a lot of growth. She has more of the same in front of her for several years in and out of archery. Keep at it kiddo.
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.
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?