Arizona Cup was awesome, as usual. I think it is my favorite tournament to shoot all year with Ohio being a close second. The weather was great and it was a little less hot than last year so that is always a plus. The wind was NUTS but it always is so this is a great place to get some wind practice in! I scored a little higher, not where I wanted to be, but I advanced further in the OR rounds so that is an improvement I will take! I met some really great people and there were SO many cool international teams that I got to watch. It’s awesome to see every year how the sport is growing at such a rapid rate.
I hope I will see some of you at Gator Cup!
I started a list of the stuff I am working on and realized that is going to more than one video! Make sure that you stay for the funny bits at the end. 🙂
So much going on the last couple of weeks! I know that things are about to get super crazy so I wanted to make sure to post the past two events since I missed doing that do to traveling!
At JOAD Nationals in Snellville, GA I was glad to be there because I got to meet new people. The first day I was so excited to shoot; I was ready and pumped up. I found myself doing the right things and going through my process and in the correct timing more than previous shoots. I was able to self-coach as well. Both days this happened and I was proud of myself for reaching this point. I didn’t shoot the highest score at this location (I think I was second) but I had so much fun!
At State Indoor/NFAA Sectionals in Gainesville, FL I was excited to go shoot with my team and meat more people! As I was shooting I realized I was going to fast and I had to slow down. When I did, I shot very well. I met new people and had a lot of fun! Guess what? I also broke 1000! FINALLY MY SCORE IS GOING BACK UP AFTER BEING BROKEN DOWN LAST YEAR! It was only by five points but STILL, it made me really happy.
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!
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
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
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
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:
- Push Ups
- Toe Touches
- Sit Ups
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
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
Going into World Indoor I wasn’t really nervous because of the age group I was competing against. I was shooting as a Junior and I am 13, that’s just crazy, right? I had a great time because I got to see old friends and meet new ones.
I got really upset in the beginning because I shot two misses in the first 30 arrows, which had not happened in practice. I slowly redeemed myself through the tournament and went up through the rankings. I still was able to squeeze out a 978 and came in 10th out of 13. I wasn’t happy with it but my parents reminded me it was the first time I attempted trials and I am 13. I didn’t get to go forward because they only took the top 8 and if I had shot as a Senior, my score would have gotten me to the second day. Bummer. But who thinks of shooting up that high?
Overall I had a good time, got to see some of my favorite coaches and met some new ones. Maybe some of you guys will shoot with me next year?
I get to go to JDT camp in Colorado Springs in January!
I am SO EXCITED!
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!
A long time ago, I met Kevin and he showed me how to shoot a bow. It seems like its been forever since I had that first tiny bow. Since then, we have traveled all over the United States competing and having fun at archery tournaments.
I feel grateful for him introducing me to archery but I really feel grateful that he went to war and made it back. Today, you should take the time to remember the Veterans that made it back and those that did not. Thank them, hug them, support them. If you are looking for a good place to donate, Operation Homefront is responsible for making sure we had a home.
Thank you Kevin!
This past Sunday, I got to meet with one of the coaches I worked with at the JDT camp in Chula Vista. Coach 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.
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.
When I asked my mom if I could write a letter to Gatorade, the first thing she said was that they get a lot of letters and I couldn’t be upset if they didn’t answer. Because I had said something about the commercial many times, I had to think about it like maybe someone would read and remember something in my letter. If I didn’t get one back, I couldn’t get mad.
Well, I got a letter back!
I am so happy and it was an AWESOME letter and better than that, they said I could share some information here. There are some cool programs Gatorade has that you may not know about and my mom added links to them in case you want to check them out.
As I hope you can imagine, there are so many, in fact too many, deserving and exciting sports and athletes we’d like to highlight in our advertising as well as have a Gatorade presence on the sidelines. Although that’s impossible from a resource perspective, I can assure you that we’ll keep your comments in mind as we plan programs going forward.
With that said, I’d like to share some of current Gatorade initiatives we’re involved with that support and promote female athletics:
- Gatorade is a longstanding partner of the Women’s Sports Foundation, dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Gatorade has played a major role in elevating that mission through programs we support such as “The Travel and Training Fund” and “Keep her in the Game.” The Travel & Training Fund provides direct financial assistance to aspiring athletes – in individual and team sports – with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance and rankings. These grants allow serious female athletes a chance to fulfill their potential on the regional, national or international level.
- Girls in the Game not-for-profit organization provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Gatorade, a division of PepsiCo, has been a strong supporter of Girls in the Game since the organization’s inception 17 years ago. PepsiCo has been their top (“Champion”) corporate sponsor for several years.
Hopefully, these two examples, as well as the numerous female athletes we sponsor across a variety of sports, demonstrate our commitment to promoting and supporting women in sports here and abroad.
What I learned most from this is always ask questions. You never know when someone will answer with something amazing!
Now, who can help me do an archery clinic for Girls in the Game? HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE?!?!