A month ago, the younger one had withdrawn from the shoot.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.
The younger one wanted to sign up for the outdoor shoot. The USAT style shoot has no category younger than Bowman. As a Yeoman, there’s not really a division for her. The Director of the Shoot decided to create a loophole. Younger shooters could shoot a 15M target, but they would be doing it outside of the normal competition. We had practiced 20M at our practice range and I thought it would work out.
It didn’t work out.
She didn’t want to be there and her head down photo above is only a snapshot of her attitude. After the warm up practice rounds, she withdrew. Archery and other things may be on hold for this one. It was a frustrating day.
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.
First outdoor tournament of the year for the older one. She is a “bowmen” class and that means she really can’t compete in the big national tournaments that have Cadet and Junior programs only. Technically, she can shoot in those older age divisions, but the shooting distance starts at 60 and you have to pull a pretty big bow to shoot that distance. Locally, one (or maybe two) of the JOAD clubs has set up an outdoor series. This includes shorter distances for the younger divisions, including 30 for bowmen.
Like all archery events we have attended outdoors, you have to deal with the sun and the wind. This was no different. Our car thermometer said it was 101. She had ramped down lessons over the last month, so this was her first event in at least a month. She shot outside at the park and she got reps in on the side yard. She used her new Easton outdoor arrows. She ended up in third place.
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.
After her own switch to the left, the younger one took part in her second tournament, but it could almost be considered her first since she is doing everything new.
They packed the young kids into one side of the range. It was interesting to see them try to stay in their shooter’s box. I suspect many of them shoot with a lot of space on the line at practice. With her riser, new limbs, and stabilizer, she had a bigger presence compared to the compound shooters their little bows.
She doubled her score from the first tournament and took home first place and a new Hoyt cap.
What is the difference between a riser of one family and a riser of another family? I don’t know if it is tremendously different as a purchaser of equipment. Here’s the Prodigy XT and the Horizon Grand Prix. If we don’t look at their profile with different lace structure patterns, I see a lot of similarities in the arrow platform, the stem, and the thickness of the bow. I understand that the Prodigy has a variation of ILF that I haven’t quite understood. I miss the old apple logo from Hoyt (which may be part of Easton’s old offerings, more here).
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?