Minimum Qualifying Scores

USA Archery has only the recurve discipline recognized as an Olympic sport.  There are plenty of tournaments (regional, national, and international) that recognize barebow as well as compound too.  For this post on Minimum Qualifying Scores, only the recurve discipline is being documented.  The MQS is one large part of varying classification schemes used to qualify for Regional Dream Team, Junior Dream Team, and the Resident Athlete programs.  As an archer, you must shoot the MQS.

USA Archery sits somewhere in the mid technology zone.  They seem to have a lot of paper and as such, PDF continues to bridge the gap well for their needs.  The qualifications are published in PDFs, but you may sometimes find an outdated PDF and it’s hard to know if you have the right ones.

This handy chart simplifies the MQS for recurve with four different age classifications.

archery.book.mqs.jpeg

Current as of February 2018

Links to USA Archery

Advertisements

RIP: Ann Clark

Ann Clark passed away on 1-February-2018.  You can read more about Ann in the archived biography on this site: https://archeryparent.wordpress.com/archery-history/ann-clark/

USA Archery had this to say:

Ann Clark began her impressive archery career in 1955 and was a natural. She enjoyed shooting with her husband and decided to compete at the National Archery Association (now USA Archery) Championship and won first place that year. After placing third in 1957, Clark qualified for the U.S. team for the World Championships in Prague, where she won silver. Until that year, no other team had ever won full podium sweeps in both the men’s and women’s events. Clark again won the National Champion title in 1960 and was National Field Champion in the freestyle division in 1961.

Ann Clark’s Obituary:

May 2, 1925 – February 1, 2018

Ann Clark, 92, of Glendale, Ohio, passed on to her next life on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

Born on May 2, 1925, to Frank and Aleen (Dunlap) Knierim, Ann found her passion in archery in 1955 when her husband, Jack Clark, gave her a hunting bow so she could join him on his hunting adventures. Ann enjoyed it so much that she decided to try target shooting, and the same year she won the National Archery Association Championship. She won it again in 1960.

In 1984, Ann was inducted in the Archery Hall of Fame & Museum in Springfield, Missouri, following an illustrious career as a competitive field and target archer, bow hunter and coach.

She bested the field at the Ben Pearson Indoor Open Championship in 1961, and followed that victory by winning the National Field Archery Association Championship in 1962.  Ann was instrumental in developing and promoting the National Archery Association and the Junior Olympic Archery Development Program. In 1987, she received the National Archery Association’s Junior Olympic Development Award.

Ann spent most of her life promoting the sport she dearly loved. She spent much of her time in the Michigan outdoors. She was a longtime friend of Fred Bear, American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author and television host; Darrell Pace, two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Champion archer, and rock-and-roll legend Ted Nugent.

Upon learning of Ann’s passing, Nugent offered this comment: “Quality of life and the ultimate American dream comes from discipline, control and intellectual path of life guidance. That describes the mystical flight of the arrow and Ann Clark personified the mystical flight of life’s arrow. She was one in 100 million and she will guide our arrows home forever.”

Ann was the beloved mother of Sherry (the late Lou) Armstead, Diane (Terry) Carrier and Deborah Ohl.

Loving sister of June Hesselbrock, the late Isabelle Horton and Frank and Donald Knierim.

Cherished grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 22 and great great-grandmother of 7.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Visitation at St. Gabriel Church, 48 West Sharon Rd, Glendale, 45246 on Tuesday, February 6th from 9:30 AM until Mass of Eternal Rest at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Archery in the Schools Program, W. 4285 Lake Drive, Waldo, WI, 53093 or charity of choice.

 

Outdoor 30, El Dos

The second round of the five part buckle shoot was scheduled over the Fourth of July weekend.  I would guess about half the number of participants as the Father’s Day buckle shoot.  It was a strange distribution of shooters.  Her mentor (pictured above) was the only Junior Female Recurve, meanwhile the Barebow division was full of all ages of shooters.  In her own division, there were the same number of kids as last time.

The other two photos are taken from a former teammate, Sara Martin.  In a time when everyone has a great 10 yard camera on their phone, Sara brings another perspective with a long lens SLR.

Conditions were the same, hot and windy.  She decided to wear her dress from Furry Feline Creatives.  I’m fairly confident she’ll never encounter another archer with the same outfit.

She stayed strong throughout the shoot and had enough energy during the elimination rounds.  She came up short against her principal rival and captured a second place podium finish.

Hot Enough for Outdoor Shooting in March

We returned to Bear Creek Lake park for our outdoor range.  She began by shooting at 30m.

IMG_4779.JPG

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.

IMG_4783IMG_4784IMG_4785IMG_4786

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.

 

Indoor Nationals and JOAD Nationals

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.

IMG_1232.JPG

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.

IMG_1242.JPG

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.

IMG_1250.JPG

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.

IMG_1262.JPG

She completed her first national tournament and that is a good accomplishment by itself.  We said goodbye to SLC and the Easton Archery Center

IMG_1274.JPG

 

What is the Junior Dream Team?

I had a hard time understanding Junior Dream and Junior US Archery Team.  Guy Krueger, the USAT Assistant Head Coach/High Performance Manager told me this:
Junior USAT is a recognition for our National Team.  Jr. USAT members receive some USAT designated clothing and some access and benefits from our sponsors.
Junior Dream Team is a youth development program that focuses on developing athletes to be internationally competitive.  Jr. USAT members can be part of the JDT but that’s not always the case.  The JDT has a lot more commitments and requirement to be a part of the program and focuses more on training and camps.  So the JDT hasn’t replaced the Jr. USAT, Jr. USAT is more of a recognition and JDT is a program.
The Recurve Junior Dream Team consists of 36 of the most promising junior and cadet Olympic style archers in the country. The team travels to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California once per quarter for an intensive week long training camp. Between training camps, Junior Dream Team coaches and archers continue to work together through the use of video and video conferencing via the internet.
img_4132-1

US Archery at Chula Vista from Yelp 

2800 Olympic Pkwy
Chula Vista, CA 91915
United States

What Are the USAT Qualifying Events?

To get a rank for Senior, Junior, or Cadet, you need to attend the US Archery Team (USAT) Qualifying Events.  There are currently four tournaments that are part of the USAT Qualifiers.

usat-qualifiers

The Arizona Cup

An annual outdoor target archery tournament held in April complying with World Archery and USA Archery rules. It began in 1989 in Tempe at Arizona State University, moved to Tucson and returned to Phoenix, Arizona in 2001. The Arizona Cup is celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2016. The 2016 AAE Arizona Cup is a USAT Qualifier and a World Archery Ranking Tournament and Para WRE.

http://www.arizonacup.net

The Gator Cup

This is an outdoor target archery tournament that complies with World Archery and USA Archery rules. The Easton Foundations Gator Cup is a USAT Qualifier Series Event. This means it is part of the series of events co-hosted by USA Archery that help to determine the national team for archery, called the United States Archery Team (USAT).

http://www.gatorcup.com/

SoCal Showdown

Our team here at the Easton Archery Center of Excellence is excited to be hosting the event for our first time this year.  The competition has a rich history started by the Roadrunner Archery club and we look forward to building upon that legacy.  Each year participants have been able to enjoy the beautiful weather of Southern California, an excellent competition venue at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the local sights of San Diego, and much more.  Our goal is to take the event a step further in order to continue to provide that excellent and fun competition experience for our athletes as well as to move our sport forward and help it to grow.

http://www.socalshowdown.org/

Buckeye Classic

The Buckeye Classic is a national outdoor target archery tournament which is the fourth & final USAT Qualifier Series event of 2016. This means it is part of the series of events that take place across the country to determine the national U.S. team for archery — the United States Archery Team or USAT for short.

This event is sanctioned and co-hosted by USA Archery, the organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body of the Olympic sport of archery.  USA Archery is responsible for selecting and training men’s and women’s teams to represent the United States in Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and Pan American Games, as well as World Championships, World Cups, and other international competitions.

http://www.buckeyeclassic.org/

Prizes

Some of these tournaments speak of prizes, like the SoCal Showdown, most do not.

How Do I Make the Cadet US Archery Team?

To make the Cadet USAT, you need to be ranked using a ranking system. The NRS is examined in this post for Seniors. For Cadets, it changes a bit.

  1. Average of the athlete’s placement in the ranking and elimination rounds at Outdoor US JOAD National Championships
  2. The final placement in the qualifying round will be used for all USAT Qualifier Series

Events

To be part of the USAT Cadet team, you need to attend these events:

  1. Outdoor US JOAD National Championships Mandatory Event
  2. USAT Qualifier Series Events Minimum Of Two Events

If you complete more than two events in that year, the best qualifying round finishes will be used for the Cadet USAT Rankings.

Example

JOAD Nationals

Ranking Round: 4
Olympic Round: 6
Average Rank: 5

USAT Qualifier 1

2nd

USAT Qualifier 2

1rst

USAT Qualifier 3

4th

Final Ranking Score

5 + 1 + 2 = 8 (did not use 4th place finish)

Lower is better

So Who Makes the USAT Cadet Team

  1. The final top five ranked Cadet archers, per class and division and who are still eligible to compete in the Cadet division the following year.
  2. The final rankings will be released after all USAT Qualifier Series Events and Outdoor US JOAD National Championships

What Are the Other Requirements?

  1. A valid USAA Membership is required at the time of the event in order to receive any Cadet USAT Ranking points.
  2. Cadet archers must be a member of a JOAD club to be eligible.
  3. USAA members in good standing
  4. U.S. citizen

How Do I Make the Junior US Archery Team?

To make the Junior USAT, you need to be ranked using a ranking system. The NRS is examined in this post for Seniors. For Juniors, it changes a bit.

  1. Average of the athlete’s placement in the ranking and elimination rounds at Outdoor US JOAD National Championships
  2. The final placement in the qualifying round will be used for all USAT Qualifier Series

Events

To be part of the USAT Junior team, you need to attend these events:

  1. Outdoor US JOAD National Championships Mandatory Event
  2. USAT Qualifier Series Events Minimum Of Two Events

If you complete more than two events in that year, the best qualifying round finishes will be used for the Junior USAT Rankings.

Example

JOAD Nationals

Ranking Round: 4
Olympic Round: 6
Average Rank: 5

USAT Qualifier 1

2nd

USAT Qualifier 2

1rst

USAT Qualifier 3

4th

Final Ranking Score

5 + 1 + 2 = 8 (did not use 4th place finish)

Lower is better

So Who Makes the USAT Junior Team

  1. The final top five ranked junior archers, per class and division and who are still eligible to compete in the Junior division the following year.
  2. The final rankings will be released after all USAT Qualifier Series Events and Outdoor US JOAD National Championships

What Are the Other Requirements?

  1. A valid USAA Membership is required at the time of the event in order to receive any Junior USAT Ranking points.
  2. Junior archers must be a member of a JOAD club to be eligible.
  3. USAA members in good standing
  4. U.S. citizen