She has returned to the sport. She couldn’t make the first indoor shoot because of another sport conflict. For this tournament, scheduling was a bit strange. The older one shot at 08:00 and she shot at 16:00. All in all, I was at the range from 07:00 to 20:30. A long day of being any type of archery parent.
Both sisters are on the same team which is focused on slightly older kids – Cadet and Juniors for the most part. I would say that her team is also aligning around recurve with only a small number of kids shooting compound or barebow. Other teams in our area have different niches and demographics. She is the only Yeoman on her team and although it doesn’t bother her much at practice or on team night, it is sort of odd to show up at a tournament and not know anyone. Thankfully, another club (from the hosting archery range) had plenty of Yeoman. You can see them in the green shirts while the younger one is waiting for her line to shoot. Yeoman tend to start in barebow too, so a lot of kids on the yeoman side are shooting barebow. This archer is of course shooting recurve with her hand-me-down kit including a riser, ILF limbs, stabilizer, and sight; all not normally seen for the Yeoman class which is dominated by wooden risers and knock down limbs. She is sporting her new archery Puma shoes (not officially archery shoes, but good for archery according to KiSik Lee). She also likes her family to wear Puma shoes in support.
She made friends quickly with two girls from the green team – one a barebow shooter and the other a recurve shooter. They became good enough pals that she has a holiday party invite waiting and a new FaceTime friend. (This tournament is just about an hour travel distance and both girls are probably further away than the range).
Her scores seem to be a natural extension of where she left off last indoor season. In the first 30, she shot 228. In the last 30, she shot 200. I could see that the event was beginning to grind on her – a lot of arrows, new friends, and shooting when she is normally getting ready for bed. She persisted and came home with a first place finish and two new friends. I don’t know which she is more excited about. She’s already asked about next month’s tournament.