Hot Enough for Outdoor Shooting in March

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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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

US Olympic Archery Team vs US Archery Team

Is it possible to make the US Olympic Archery Team and not be part of the US Archery Team?

Maybe.  Here are the requirements

  1. Athlete must be a national of the United States at the beginning of the First Nomination Shoot and hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months after the conclusion of the Games.
  2. Any competitor in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American or Parapan American Games must be a national of the country of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) or National Paralympic Committee (NPC) which is entering such competitor.
  3. World Archery Championship – Each county’s team who places in the top 8 in the men’s and women’s recurve team rounds at the World Championships will qualify a full team of 3 men and 3 women for the Olympics.  However, US Archery may control who goes to the World Championships as a team.  If a country does not qualify a team, they can send one archer to the Olympics to participate in the individual sport.
  4. US Olympic Trials: Part 1 – The first Trials event is open to anyone who officially registers for the event, is a USA Archery member, and who will be a U.S. citizen by the start of the first trials event.  The first trials event will consist of a qualification round that will cut the field down to the top 16 men and top 16 women recurve archers.  The top 16 archers in each gender category will shoot against each other archer one time (also called “Round Robin match play”) and all archers in the top 16 qualify for the second selection event.
  5. US Olympic Trials: Part 2 – This even will cut the field from 16 archers in each division to the top 8 archers.  The top 8 archers from this event will qualify for the third and final event.
  6. US Olympics Trials: Part 3 –  This trials event has consisted of a ranking round, head to head elimination rounds, and round robin match play. The total points accumulated from each event will determine the final rankings for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
  7. Nomination for If USA Archery has earned 3 Olympic quota slots in each division, the top 3 archers per division will be nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team. The athlete who is ranked fourth is named the Alternate to the U.S. Olympic Team. If we have only earned 1 quota slot in a division, only the top finisher in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be named to the U.S. Olympic Archery Team.
  8. World Archery Minimum Qualifying Score – Besides succeeding at the World Archery Championships and the Olympic Trials, the athletes must meet the Minimum Qualification Standards set by World Archery.  The standards for a 72 arrow ranking round at 70 meters are 630 for the men and 600 for the women at a sanctioned event.  This last requirement seems very strange for the team and is likely meant to make sure individual archers have some quality before heading to the Olympics.
  9. Athletes must be a member in good standing of USA Archery.

It seems unlikely, but it does not seem to be prohibited for an iconoclast to complete these requirements and not be part of of the US Archery Team.  Other loopholes: The Medal Contender Clause.

An athlete could meet these requirements

  1. Top 8 Individual at 2015 World Championships in the Recurve Division
  2. Top 10 Individual World Rankings at the end of Calendar Year in the Recurve Division
  3. Qualified Individually for the 2015 World Cup Final in the Recurve Division

The process for skipping the US Olympic Trials

  1. Submit a written petition to the USA Archery CEO, no later than 24 hours following the conclusion of the first missed Nomination Shoot.
  2. If the petition is for exceptional circumstances, the same petition process will apply except a release and authorization form will not be required. An exceptional circumstance for this purpose is defined as an unpreventable event or situation that prohibits a person from competing. The athlete will be required to provide documentation upon request in order to substantiate the claim of an exceptional circumstance. The Medal Contender must submit a petition for consideration along with written evidence to support their claim.

  3. If the petition is for an illness or injury, the Medal Contender must also provide with the petition a release and authorization form that allows USA Archery, including a qualified physician selected by USA Archery, to review the medical records for purposes of verifying the illness or injury. An illness or injury for this purpose will be defined as any illness/injury requiring emergency medical treatment where the athlete is hospitalized for one or more days that prevents an athlete from traveling or competing at the selection event or an illness/injury requiring emergency medical treatment where the athlete is treated by a physician and not allowed to compete due to doctor’s orders. The Medal Contender will also submit with the petition written evidence and other records from a qualified physician acceptable to USA Archery as evidence.

    With these petitions, a US Archery Board will determine their acceptance of the claim and then restructure some of the Trials as a custom shoot off.

    US Archery has no option for a discretionary nomination

    These rules are signed off by US Archery CEO (Denise Parker), the National Coach (Kisik Lee), and the USOC Athletes Advisory Council for Archery (Nick Kale).

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How Do I Make The Senior USAT? Inside the National Ranking System (NRS)

To make the Senior USAT, you need to be ranked using the National Ranking System.

NRS

The National Ranking System (NRS) takes into consideration

  1. National Event Placement Points
    1. Performance at USA Archery’s National
    2. Performance at USAT Qualifiers
  2. International Success Points
    1. Finishes in World Cups
    2. Finishes in World Championships
    3. Finishes in Olympic competition.

In order to receive a national ranking, you must be a US Archery member in good standing.  Your ranking will be used to determine:

National Event Placement Points

There are three parts to National Event Placement Points

  1. Qualification Round Placement: USA Archery Members will be ranked based on their final Qualification Round placement after removing any non-USA Archery members.  Lower numbers are better.
  2. Single Arrow Average (SAA) Placement During Elimination Round Matches: USA Archery Members will receive placement points based on their rank of SAA amongst the other USA Archery Members in the competition. An archer’s SAA is literally their single arrow average during elimination round matches for that particular competition not including 1 arrow shoot offs for tie breakers. SAA Values will be rounded to the nearest thousandth, rounding up at .0005 and above. Ties within SAA values will remain when factoring an archer’s SAA Placement.  If you shoot an average of 9.8  and everyone else shoots 9.7 or lower, you will occupy first place for SAA Placement.  Lower numbers are better.
  3. Elimination Round Placement: USA Archery members will receive points based on their final Elimination Round placement. Athletes eliminated in the 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 rounds of competition will have their Elimination Round Placement determined by their SAA of the match in which they were eliminated.  Lower numbers are better.

These three parts are mixed together in a weighted system to generate a single National Event Placement Point (EPP) score.

Component Weight
Qualification Round Placement 40%
Single Arrow Average Placement 20%
Elimination Round Placement 40%

Which results in this simple formula

(Qualification Round Placement x .40) + 
(Single Arrow Average Placement x .20) + 
(Elimination Round Placement x .40)

The formula rewards archers for a high level of performance in all three fundamental components. An archer’s Event Placement Point provides a comprehensive overview of the archer’s performance for a given competition.

International Success Points

Since lower NRS scores are desired, archers that compete internationally can acquire International Success Points which are recorded as negative numbers and then added to your NRS to lower it.

  1. International Success Points are earned at a World Cup Event, World Archery Championships, or the Olympic Games.
  2. Only the four most recent Outdoor World Cup Events and World Cup Final will be used for International Success Points.
Top 4 Top 8
Outdoor World Cup Stages -1.0 -0.5
Olympic Games, World Archery Championships, World Cup Final -2.0 -1.0

Events

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

  1. U.S. National Target Championships Mandatory Event
  2. USAT Qualifier Series Events Minimum Of Three Events
  3. World Cup Stages, World Cup Final, World Archery Championships, or the Olympic Games Optional

Example NRS Score

Event 1

10th Place – Qualification Round x .40 + 
7th Place - Single Arrow Average x .20 + 
10th Place - Elimination Round x .40 
= 
(10 * .40) + (7 * .20) + (10 * .40)
=
(4.00 + 1.40 + 4.00)
=
9.40

Event 2

10th Place – Qualification Round x .40 + 
10th Place - Single Arrow Average x .20 +
10th Place - Elimination Round x .40
= 
(10 * .40) + (10 * .20) + (10 * .40)
=
(4.00 + 1.20 + 4.00)
=
9.20

Event 3

5th Place – Qualification Round x .40 + 
5th Place - Single Arrow Average x .20 +
5th Place - Elimination Round x .40
= 
(5 * .40) + (5 * .20) + (5 * .40)
=
(2.00 + 1 + 2.00)
=
5.00

Event 4

3rd Place – Qualification Round x .40 + 
3rd Place - Single Arrow Average x .20 +
5th Place - Elimination Round x .40
= 
(3 * .40) + (3 * .20) + (5 * .40)
=
(1.2 + .6 + 2.00)
=
3.80

Total National Event Placement Points

9.40 + 9.20 + 5.00 + 3.80 = 27.4

International Success Points

Outdoor World Cup Stage finished 3 which is -1.0 points

NRS

27.4 + -1.0 = 26.4

So Who Makes the USAT Senior Team

  1. The final top eight ranked senior archers, per class and division as defined by the NRS system
  2. The final rankings will be based on the final NRS update which will occur after all USAT Qualifier Series Events and World Cup, World Cup Finals, World Championships, and Olympic Games competition have concluded in a calendar year.

United States Archery Team

US Archery has stated this is their mission

The mission of USA Archery shall be to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American or Paralympic and World Championship competition and to promote and grow the sport of archery in the United States.

US Archery assembles those athletes into the US Archery Team

The U.S. Archery Team (USAT), established in 1982, consists of the top male and female recurve and compound archers in the country.

Currently, US Archery only recognizes two disciplines: Recurve and Compound, although that changes officially in 2018 for Barebow.

There are currently three age divisions: Senior (any age), Junior, and Cadet. US Archery will recognize a new age division in 2018 as well, Masters (over 50).

Additionally, US Archery recognizes para-athletes as their own division (without age groups). Combining all of this, there are 30 different combinations for US Archery Teams (although I suspect that discipline (barebow, compound, recurve) is not distinct for the para-athlete.

  1. Male Recurve Senior
  2. Male Recurve Junior
  3. Male Recurve Cadet
  4. Male Recurve Masters (new)
  5. Male Recurve Para
  6. Female Recurve Senior
  7. Female Recurve Junior
  8. Female Recurve Cadet
  9. Female Recurve Masters (new)
  10. Female Recurve Para
  11. Male Compound Senior
  12. Male Compound Junior
  13. Male Compound Cadet
  14. Male Compound Masters (new)
  15. Male Compound Para
  16. Female Compound Senior
  17. Female Compound Junior
  18. Female Compound Cadet
  19. Female Compound Masters (new)
  20. Female Compound Para
  21. Male Barebow Senior (new)
  22. Male Barebow Junior (new)
  23. Male Barebow Cadet (new)
  24. Male Barebow Masters (new)
  25. Male Barebow Para (new)
  26. Female Barebow Senior (new)
  27. Female Barebow Junior (new)
  28. Female Barebow Cadet (new)
  29. Female Barebow Masters (new)
  30. Female Barebow Para (new)

Currently, only two of these teams (bold) above compete in the Olympics or Pan-Am games.