We returned to the Rocky Mountain State Games. This year, we are one year wiser with a few more outdoor tournaments under our belt: less confusion about the tournament format, our canopy, the event duration, and generally what to expect during the shoot. For July, the weather was exceptionally accommodating. Lots of clouds and a cooling breeze.
Memorial Park is a great facility – real grass and a lot of open space. The organizers ran out of bales and registration was capped. You can see more than 35 bales here and a new bubble roof over the velodrome. With the mountain backdrop, the venue offers up fantastic cloudscapes. The format was the same as last year: thirty arrows at thirty yards, thirty arrows at twenty yards, and thirty arrows at ten yards. This is the distance for her age band which is determined by her age the day of the shoot. This will change next year with longer distances for her age band.
As a tween, she’s starting to take responsibility for her gear; however, this is a decent road trip from our house and the early morning start had us both running around. She forgot her ball cap so she borrowed mine. A good lesson in getting ready the night before. Because there are so many shooting categories, the foursome on this bale included the recurve young ladies and some compound young men. Of course, as the distances got closer, the groupings around yellow got crowded.
Without being able to check the scorecards for all the nearby shooters, it’s hard to know the specific category of each participant on the line. I wasn’t really sure who she was shooting against. She found her own cadence and for the most part ran by her self for the whole shoot. For reasons I don’t understand, there is mixed support for the State Games from the JOAD coaches. Maybe it’s a conflict with other shooting events, maybe it’s not focused on the youth as much. As such, I can only provide a little commentary on her shot sequence and mostly encourage her to slow down, mimicking her real coach.
There’s no practice ends for when the targets move closer. As such, it was good we had cataloged her site settings during our last long session at the practice range. It’s also great that the event speeds up as the distances shrink. I think the longest distance clocked nearly two hours for thirty arrows.
At the end of the day, compared to last year:
- Distance 30: slightly better (218 compared to 210)
- Distance 20: better (267 compared to 250)
- Distance 10: same score as last year (282 compared to 282)
She won her second gold medal at the Rocky Mountain State Games