This Saturday I went to a Halloween party with fellow JOAD archers at our club. There were games, food and fun. I dressed up as the girl from the Gangnam style and I got a friend to dress up as Psy. We were dancing the whole night, it was really fun. After the costume contest we are told to go to the front of the room and dance. It was unexpected but we did it anyway. Then everybody went crazy and started dancing then we danced the night away.
This week I decided to do a video about fletching my arrows. Everyone had a job to do and we planned it out really well. What we didn’t plan on is for some reason, everyone would be giggling and the animals would be going nuts. There was virtually nothing without an animal up in the camera or giggling. Mom still put together a video but there was almost as much for the gag reel as the regular stuff but even in it, there was some things that couldn’t be cut out.
Hopefully you do get something out of it. If not, at least remember, family’s should be having fun!
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This week’s funny picture isn’t mine but its SOOOOOO funny! Right now my favorite cat site is Grumpy Cat. She is sweet and cute and you can get t-shirts! When you look at that face, how can you not laugh? And then you go “awwwww” and want to pet her! She has some cute videos too.
Hey guys! I got several questions about archery from Tumblr and Twitter this past week so I decided to answer them in a video blog. I learned a lot and mom learned a lot about video taping and editing and we think it’s better than the first one we did. WOOT!
BONUS: I asked mom to add the goofy stuff to the end for a gag reel. Enjoy!
Hey guys! I didn’t get a new blog up yesterday. I was off school and doing DIY stuff with my parents most of the weekend. I did post to Tumblr a couple of cool things. I did an interview for one of my mom’s projects for school that you can see here. I also answered a great Tumblr question on my band work here. I think that the next question I get I will answer in a video blog since mom is learning that kind of stuff.
What kind of things would you like to see or questions you would like answered about learning archery?
I am not an expert but sometimes I try to help with questions people send me about how things work when you are trying to learn archery. If I have a day when I will be at the range for a long time, I will ask everyone on my Twitter and Tumblr if they have questions. A couple of weeks ago, I got a great question and I asked permission to repost it here. It was VERY confusing in the beginning trying to figure out what organization to go to for what types of tournaments when I first started to shoot. Hopefully, sharing my Tumblr post here will help someone else!
Hi! I have a few questions. I’ve googled this a bit, but it’s hard for me to get a grasp on the proper information. How do tournaments work in the U.S.? Is there a website that lists tournament dates and such? Can anyone with skill compete in the more professional tournaments? If not, what would be the process in working your way up to competing in one? And what about world tournaments? Thanks!
It can be really confusing. The short answer is “it depends on what you want to do.” Here is the long answer:
When I started shooting, I wanted to try some of everything. The only reason I figured this stuff out is my mom is super good at internet searches. I thought I would eventually pick one thing but so far, I still like it all. My question is, what kind of bow do you shoot? Each organization has a list of “classes” so you have to determine which one you are in. Unfortunately it does not translate from organization to organization, for example, a “cub” in USA Archery is a different class than a “cub” in NFAA! (see? confusing!) If you want to do Olympic type shooting and rounds, you would choose USA Archery in the US. They have a great calendar where you can see monthly whats going on. Important to note, some have closing dates or huge late fees on tournaments so look in advance on the calendar to make sure you get stuff in on time. There is also the World Archery site which is the group that covers international tournaments and some in the US. For example, the Vegas shoot is a World Archery event but also an NFAA one…confused yet? The NFAA has a good calendar that has events from several groups. Then there is the IFAA, IBO…ugh…but that’s more information than you needed, right?
You can shoot your class or you can “upshoot” like I did going to Texas. In the tournament in Texas, there was not an option for my class which in the USA Archery organization right now is Bowman. I shot as a Cadet (high school), two levels up, so I was allowed to compete. When you do that, you have to be able to shoot the distance required of that group. Since I want to try to apply for a Junior Dream Team Camp, I will continue to upshoot for those events so I can try to get ranked. When I go to Vegas, I will shoot as a Youth because that is my category now for NFAA.
I haven’t found any that I was prohibited from competing in but you have to check the rules on the entry forms. Sometimes you have to be a member of a certain organization in order to shoot. You can look on any of the above sites or check the USA Archery for JOAD clubs in your state and back track from those sites. I found some tournaments from just looking up the state stuff. You wanting to compete is up to you, not your skill level. If you want to shoot and are relatively certain that you won’t shoot the target over from yours, you can shoot. LOL.
If you shoot a compound especially, you will need to look at what class you would be because certain pieces of equipment can put you up a class. It’s a little easier for recurves to figure out.
When I first got interested in shooting, my parents told me that I had to learn about things so that I could make the best decisions. Part of that was setting goals for myself of what I wanted to do and learning about the best kinds of equipment.
A lot of times, you will hear students say “I want to go to the Olympics” or “I want to be a Pro.” When I started shooting, my step-dad said, “Well Emma, how do you do that?”
So, I started asking questions. This is my first blog of research about PSE.
This summer, I got to meet the awesome Lee Ford when the Paralympians where here to train. When my parents came to pick me up, I had notes I took about all the questions I asked everyone. The reason what Lee said was so important to me because I had never had someone explain equipment the way she did. Usually people say stuff about how their bow is the greatest bow in the world but not every person can use the same bow. Some things are better for others but Lee talked about why, as a female, she feels the PSE bow was better for her.
I sent Lee an email to ask permission to put her story on this blog because there are people new to archery that read this and are trying to learn. This is what Lee said:
“I had started shooting an Optima when loaned one by a fellow Kennesaw Archery Club member and liked the PSE a lot. I had the opportunity to buy a PSE X-Factor from another club member and did so, since the Optima had treated me so well. One day with my coach, this same club member and I were shooting and he was complaining about how much poundage he was shooting to get to 70 meters, but I was shooting much less poundage, about 6-8 and not having a problem and told them so. We took off all my equipment from my PSE and put it on the other riser. Turns out now I couldn’t reach 70 meters anymore either! We put everything back on the PSE X-Factor, exact same limbs, limb bolt settings and I again can shoot 70 meters. We realized that the ratio from the arrow rest to the sight bar screws was better for someone with a smaller face or a woman, since they would not have to shoot as much poundage to shoot 70 meters and keep their shoulders safe and a strong form and not have to struggle.”
Cool, right? I sent a letter to PSE after I talked to her because of everything she had told me about how great the bow was. I asked them to tell me what they look for in someone that will be one of their Pros so I can use that to set some goals for myself. The super cool Bobby Vargas wrote me back, this is what he said:
“Being a part of the team requires a lot of hard work and dedication to the sport and to the brand. We look for shooters that participate in as many events as possible and help to introduce new people to the sport. We need shooters that are willing to take the time to speak to other archers about PSE equipment and the company. Our staff is also required to help drive sales through their local PSE retailers. Your job as a Pro Shooter is not only to always perform to the best of your abilities, but also to help grow the sport and the PSE name. In order to be a factory sponsored Pro Shooter you are expected to do this AND perform well at top level events.”
Did you guys know all of that? I think a lot of people think “oh if I win this and that, I can be sponsored as a Pro” but really, you have to be able to talk to people. If you are afraid to be in front of people, you will have to get over that quickly!
After my experience in Texas this year, I know for sure what my goals are for next year but I do think I want to bow hunt with a compound. (Right now, all my field and 3D tournaments are with my recurve.) I think PSE has a lot to offer on both kinds. For a long time, I have been speaking with Paige Pearce at events. She is always kind and will answer questions and sign anything I ask her to. After I got the email back from Mr. Vargas, I thought I would ask her what she would say about her bow in case anyone is looking for a new compound. This is what Paige said about hers:
“PSE is the smoothest and most forgiving bow I have ever shot! When you add the fact that the PSE’s are among the fastest bows on the market, you just can’t go wrong.”
Paige uses different ones for hunting and competition. I think this is what I have to do, the more competitions I go to. What I need set up for Olympic competition is completely different from the other stuff I like to do and I don’t want to give anything up. Equipment is expensive but I think if you want to do things well, eventually that is what you end up doing.
Have any of you shot PSE bows? What kind and is it recurve or compound? Can you tell me what your experience with them is? This is important research!
If you are interested in reading more, here is a good blog from PSE pro Emily Anderson about her bow decision too.
This week, my picture isn’t so much funny as it is ridiculous. This is my really naughty cat, Angus. Angus thinks that he knows how to fletch arrows. When my step-dad and I sit down in the bow room to work on my bow or fletch new arrows, he runs so fast in there and has to get into everything. Angus thinks that the tool box and the fletching jig are the greatest things on the planet. I am constantly picking him up and putting him down before he knocks something over or steals something. Once he tried to steal my arrows when he jumped on the bench. My step-dad said he must be part raccoon!
Angus is so bad that my sister and brother (who are off being grown ups in college) asked mom to post pictures of him every day so they can see him. Now he is famous. You can see him on Tumblr and Twitter. Sometimes you will see him here.
This isn’t necessarily “funny” as much as it is cool. When I went to the Vegas shoot this year (I won 3rd place!), I got to meet Andre Agassi and get his autograph. He was super nice but I didn’t really know at first that he was such a big deal. I found that out because of my mom. The funny part was her reaction to this photo. She lost it and then wished she had been able to go with me. I had to travel without my parents to Vegas to go with Coach Bill and the team but mom lost it when she found out. Turns out to mom, Andre Agassi is a really big deal! After meeting him, I can see why. He was professional but also very kind and does a lot of really cool stuff for kids in Las Vegas. That’s the kind of person I want to be.