Category Archives: Junior Dream Team Camp

Checking In

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team1WOW!  This couple of months have been crazy.  After camp I went into changing up my training, added in an archery class and going to JOAD/US Indoor Nationals.  A ton of great things happened and I am working on a blog post about that and a video about what I learned in camp this January.  In two weeks I go to State Nationals and NFAA sectionals so I am working on what I learned and adding it to my training routine.

 

WHEW!

 

I promise this week I will get caught up.  I am very thankful for all the nice messages I received while I was at Nationals and I am looking forward to what this year has in store for me!

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Happy New Year

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I hope everyone’s holiday break was amazing!  I spent Christmas with my favorite Marvel character so that was pretty awesome.  🙂

I am getting ready to head to JDT camp in Colorado Springs as an invitee next week.  I will be keeping a journal as usual to let you guys know what new stuff I learn.  Are there any new questions you might have?  Anything you want me to find out for you?

I am excited!

 

Texas Shootout 2014

Emma5Going to Texas I was really excited (like I am for every tournament) but especially for this one because some of my family from DFW came down for the weekend. I was really excited to see all the coaches and friends I have in the archery community.

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As I got prepared for the tournament both mentally and physically, the wind gusts started. At first I thought that this was no big deal because I had shoot in this weather all the time in Florida now. When I walked down to the target and realized only half my arrows hit the target I felt a little discouraged. Looking back at it now I shouldn’t have thought about it at all because it was only practice.

IMG_7111Even though I knew that, I kept getting down on myself. I realized that I have to work on that over the fall to improve for the next tournament. I am hoping that I have the opportunity to head to a Junior Dream Team camp so that I can get past the anxiety stuff.

My Week at the Olympic Training Center

Photo from USA Archery
Photo from USA Archery

Last year when I got to go to camp, I thought it was the coolest thing that ever happened.  Getting the opportunity to return still feels that way.  Getting to meet new people and learn new skills is so helpful.  If you are interested in previous posts on the OTF facility in Colorado Springs and Chula Vista, check them out.  If you have a chance to attend a camp, I can recommend it!

 

Monday-

Today was a list day of work because it was the first day.  We shot a 300 round and I shot a 222 (blech).  After Coach Lee gave us updates on the NTS shooting system, we stopped and had lunch.  The coaches started rectification so the coaches could look at us and start working on what changes we need.  The big things that I need to work on are reaching barrel of the gun at set up and my motion from load to anchor.  I am assigned to Coach Alex Meyer and he is a great coach.  Throughout the day I shot 145 arrows.  I had so much fun because I got to see old friends and meet new ones.  When free time arrived we played a lot of games.  We played Apples to Apples and Knockout.

Arrow count:  145

Tuesday-

Today was so much fun!  We did a really good workout in PT today and after we ate delicious waffles.  After PT and breakfast we went back to rectification, which really went well.  I am now working on a better set to set up and load to anchor.  Overall I shot 206 arrows with a light bow and my bow.  After rectification we went to dinner then free time, which was followed by homework .  In free time I played card games with my friends then we did homework, SPTs and more homework (blech.) One of my favorite things is the Archer’s Teapot song!

It goes like this:

I’m a little teapot short and stout (this is where you get your posture for the shot)

Here is my handle (set up)

Here is my spout (extra set)

LOAD, ANCHOR, TRANSFER

Hear me shout! (expansion-holding)

Tip me over (Release)

And pour me out (Follow through count 1, 2, 3)

We had to do it way more than originally planned (he said 10 perfect ones) but we had to do it 30 or more because people weren’t synchronized or forgot follow through.  YOU THINK IT’S EASY, IT’S HARDER THAN IT SEEMS!  Hahaha.  I will do a video of this for you guys so you can see what I mean.

Arrow count:  206

Wednesday-

Today in PT I lead yoga with two other girls.  At breakfast I requested French toast!  I also had bacon, hash browns and eggs.  After breakfast we warmed up and did one arrow shoot offs at 18m which was so much fun!  Drawing a number out of a bag randomized one arrow shoot offs. I only lost 5 times out of a ton of tries.  I shot really well today and it was awesome.  That always makes things more fun.  We ate lunch and went back to the gym and played basketball.  As the coaches started arriving, some of them jumped in and played. It was hilarious.  Everyone played, complete with trash talking!  This was, in my opinion, the best part of the day.  It was super-duper fun!  After that we did team rounds and there was even more trash talking.  For the break, one of the coaches had the idea to do a dance competition and it wasn’t optional so I was like “I’m down.”  I WON AND FIRST PRIZE WAS REESE’S PIECES…Woot!  It was the most fun.  We played more games at night.

Arrow count:  181

Thursday-

I was the girl team leader for stretches all day today. It was amazing fun and the session was called the 12 days of Christmas.  It included:

  1. Sprints
  2. Burpees
  3. Squats
  4. Push Ups
  5. Jumps
  6. Bananas
  7. Toe Touches
  8. Sit Ups
  9. Lunges

10. Calf raises

11. Skater hops

12. High knees

You start over each time you add the next exercise, reps are associated with the number next to them.  For example, the first time you do 1 sprint, then you start over, 1 sprint, 2 burpees, start over, 1 sprint, 2 burpees, 3 squats, etc.  We doubled the amounts of Skater hops and high knees to 22 and 24 but you can customize it to your own workout.  After this we took a break for breakfast and the morning was all clicker drills.  After lunch we came back for more rectification.  I made a deal with my coach that if I could use perfect form and shoot in the yellow, I could change the song if I didn’t like it.  It was a good way to get what we both wanted and I won every time!  The rest of the day was rectification and dinner (with ice cream of course.

Arrow count:  211

Friday-

Today was the last day of camp.  We did another 300 round (I shot a 250) and more clicker drills.  In between everything we just worked on blank bale.  This day is always fun but also sad because I have to say good-bye.  Our coaches let us stay up playing games a little later because we were flying out the next morning.  We played a game called Paranoia, it was fun!

Arrow count: 165

January in Colorado Springs

 

GUYS!

 

I get to go to JDT camp in Colorado Springs in January!

 

I am SO EXCITED!

 

 

Emma at the range

 

 

It has been a hard year for me since getting my form broken down there last January.  Combine that with moving to another state and growing, everything is changing.  Just a little bit of growing in height, arm length, and neck length can change how it feels when you pull back the bow.  How do people get through this I wonder?

 

This Christmas I had a list of stuff I wanted that was non-archery related but now it is mostly asking for donations to help with a new bow and travel expenses.  It is nuts how much it costs to go to all the events you need to in a year.  I would shoot more places if I could!

 

So I think I answered everyone’s questions last year but is there any thing else you would like to learn about Junior Dream Team camp?  Let me know and I will take notes for you while I am there!

 

 

 

YEAH!

Getting a Tune Up

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This past Sunday, I got to meet with one of the coaches I worked with at the JDT camp in Chula VistaCoach Green is pretty awesome and it was good to get a chance to ask questions and get more direction of what to do with my form changes this year.  I am about 85% to where I want to be and growing all the time doesn’t help!  Once I get a little more coiled I am going to need new arrows AGAIN!  I am a work in progress.  Emma2Emma3

 

Coach Green did teach me about Little League Shoulder which I had never heard of anyone discussing this.  Did you know this can happen to archers?  And that there is a growth plate in the shoulder that could be damaged?  I didn’t. This is why proper form is so important.  When you get an injury, remember to pay attention to the WHY and to make sure that you seek proper treatment.