The US Nationals in Ohio was really fun but definitely not my best score wise. The wind was TERRIBLE and I had gone down in limb poundage because of a growth cycle making me pull too much. This resulted in my arrows being easier to blow all over the place. Another issue is I am having a problem with my release being inconsistent. That didn’t help in terms of score.
I don’t want this to be a negative post though so lets focus on the positives. I hydrated and ate really well and if you have read any of my previous posts, you know that is something I have been working hard on because of how my very first Arizona Cup went. I worked on maintaining a positive attitude even though things were not going well. We learned a lot from a couple of coaches which was very helpful. I didn’t make it to eliminations and they canceled team rounds due to severe weather so the trip ended early for everyone.
Now I am working on training for Texas Shootout and trying to work on my mental game. I hope that I get to see you guys there!
Okay, I am trying to get my round ups posted before the next tournament! Since I only have a few days until Gator Cup I thought I should get this one done. 🙂
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.
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!
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.
WOW what a week! There was so much to see and learn.
Day before practice:
As we drove up to the field I was so excited that I had actually arrived. Then as I started unpacking my stuff from the car I realized I left my glasses in the room! So as we were walking down to the practice side of the field I tried to think of where I left them, but I couldn’t so I just let it go. When we finally reached the practice side and I started putting my bow together I saw friends and talked to them. After I got my bow together I went over to a target and started to shoot. As I shot more and more, a lot of people started to show up and take up bales at 60m, because there was only 3. So they moved 1 more up but it still didn’t help; because there were at least four lines and not enough time. So I only got to shoot 50 arrows and eventually went back to the hotel and found my glasses. I also discovered that I had put my limbs on upside down. Funny, right?
WHAT A DAY!
We agreed we would change them around the next morning.
We arrived at the field I had remembered my glasses AND my limbs were on the right way.
I WAS READY TO SHOOT!
As time passed, more of my friends showed up and decided to shoot with me. When I was done shooting, I put every arrow in the blue and in which was my goal for 60m this year, so YEAH! I felt ready for the tournament.
First Day of Qualifier:
I arrived at the field confident because of my shooting the days before. As I put my bow and toolbox by my bale, I got to meet the people I was shooting with. On my bale I had a team member from the Chinese Taipei team. It was so cool watching them go through their shot sequence and seeing that their shots were so consistent. It was also cool that I go to trade a pin with here and get a Taiwan pin. I started shooting and was low and got easily discouraged. I moved my sight down and shot level so that made me feel better. At the end of the first 36, the majority of problems were from dropping my arm. I even missed and shot below the target. I sat down and drank some water and shot a higher score at the end of the second 36 arrows. At the end of the day, I scored a 220 and a 234.
Second Day of Qualifier:
As I was approaching the field the second day I felt confident because I knew what when wrong with my low arrows so I could fix it, or try. Since I shot in the morning the second day, there was a lot less wind. When I started shooting I kept in mind to keep my arm up and I shot high because I moved my sight. I realized now that the previous day I was low because I was dropping my arm! After I shot an end and was consistently high, I moved my sight back to where it was and put three arrows in the gold. I shot three in the gold and automatically was so excited and I was ready to start scoring. I shot 2 more practice ends then it was time to score. As we scored the first end I had no arrows outside of the blue. I was shooting everything in my form felt good; then the wind picked up and was blowing against me and my front follow through wasn’t good two shots in a row. I got two 4s low in the 6th end. After the 4s I got discouraged but then I realized that they were my only 2 out of the blue so far. I tried to keep a positive outlook on it through the rest of the day and only ended up with 5 out of the blue that day. At the end of the day, I shot a 257 the first 36 and a 269 the second 36. I improved throughout the tournament a lot because Coach Diane was able to be there with me throughout the tournament and help me think things through more quickly. Since my form was broken down completely in January and then again in March at JDT camp, this was the first time I was able to get back up to the 260-270s I was shooting before. It has taken so long but I am glad to know that I have the tools for the proper form and I am finally going back up! I ended up 40th out of 70th, not the best but I shot my personal best for a FITA round so I am still happy with my second day improvements.
US Open OR and Team Rounds:
In the morning I didn’t have to shoot but Compound Kevin did so I went along and coached him. Up first was the 1/32 round and the wind was blowing consistently left and that’s where they were hitting. I told him to watch the wind and it worked! He shot an X! It was so much fun coaching him and he won his first match and advanced to shoot against Jesse Broadwater, a pro and really, really good compound shooter. I thought Kevin would be really nervous, and he was a little, but not as much as I thought. He shot really well (all red and in) but Jesse shot better by about 15 points so Kevin did not advance to the 3rd round. He shot well though and I was proud of him. After he was done we went back to the hotel and I rested until it was time to go back for my team round.
When we went back to the field, I had no idea who was on my team so it was a surprise. Mom went to check while I put my bow together and it turned out I was placed on a team with a girl from my old archery club and one that was right above me in placement. My team worked well together and we shot an end where we each shot a 5 and then a 10 in that order. We got all excited that we were ahead by 20 and then the last end we all dropped our arms and shot 4s and below. We lost and didn’t move on but we had so much FUN.
I shot in the morning and my mom checked who I was shooting against and it was Ashleigh Koval and she is on the Junior Dream Team. I was a little worried but decided I would just step up my game. I stepped up to the line she was there too and she is so nice! She is also left-handed so we shot face to face. We started scoring and two points went on the board for me so I thought it was just a lucky end. We shot another and I won the set again so it was 4-0. I couldn’t believe it. I got excited.
The next one passed and she won which put us at 4-2. The next round we tied and it was 5-3, then another she won which put us at 5-5. I was taking her to a one-arrow shoot off! I got so excited and I didn’t breath, dropped my arm and forgot to aim off for the wind. Ashleigh won and advanced. She didn’t have a spotting scope so I went to spot for her. She did really well but her competitor won. I had so much fun shooting with her and spotting for her.
The tournament was so much fun and if you are reading this thinking “Hey, I want to try archery!” I recommend the Outdoor Nationals. It was a LONG tournament but it was so much fun because we had time to enjoy each round instead of rushing through them.
Here is my next tournament round-up! I am back at home to pack up, move to Florida and then head to Ohio. Oh, and I still have to train! 🙂
I arrived to the field confident and ready to shoot. When we finished putting my bow together, I stretched and walked to the field just as they were closing it for an hour to finish set up. I decided to get my equipment inspected and go through registration. By the time I was finished, it was almost time for the field to open back up, so I sat down and waited. The field opened so I started to shoot and I shot really well and was ready for tournament day.
The day of the tournament I was going into it prepared mentally and physically; because I had listened to my music and got myself psyched up. It was 20 minutes before the tournament and I got my book and iPod out to spend my time reading and listening to music. It was down to one minute until we started so I got up and grabbed my bow. I shot my first end and my arrows were low so I moved my sight and I was level. I shot well through out the tournament and ended up beating my score by 51 points!
When I got to the field on Olympic round day I was so excited because OR’s are fun to me! I started shooting some practice rounds and I was shooting really well. I had to sit down because I had a bye (this is a thing where you don’t have to shoot in the first matches). I waited until the other rounds were done and then started shooting mine. I shot well for the first end, then in my second I hit my arm two times and my arrows went into the four ring. Because of those, I lost my match.
I was still happy over all because I set goals to improve each time. Since I am moving to Florida so that I can train year round, I am excited to see what happens in each tournament next year!
I was going into the tournament feeling really confident I was going to do well. We were in the car on the way to the field and I was doing my regular routine. When I arrived, I started to get butterflies in my stomach. I started stretching, shot some practice to warm up and I shot well so my butterflies went away. About four ends into the tournament the sky got dark and grey and then it started to rain. I got distracted by it because while I was shooting, I could feel it falling on my head. After that realization, I followed with bad shooting. Once the rain stopped, my shooting improved briefly but then the wind picked up. It was blowing three different directions in five minutes! After the wind finally stopped blowing hard, it went up to 82 degrees and after all that, I was really discouraged because I wasn’t shooting well since I wasn’t focused on shooting. Overall, I didn’t do great because I was second to last but it was my first FITA, I am 12 and still learning. I learn something new in each tournament situation. I still thought I didn’t do as good as I should have so I am going back to practice and plan to do a lot better for Gator Cup!
There was so much interesting stuff that had nothing to do with archery at this event! There was a snake wrangler to catch rattlesnakes and our first briefing was about making sure to KICK the target before picking it up because of crawly things like spiders and scorpions! One day, we had a huge dust devil come through, big enough to pick up tents and flip over targets came through and the tournament was delayed until they could right everything else. Some people had arrows break in half! NEVER SAY ARCHERY ISN’T AN EXTREME SPORT!
My notes are posted below. I am back to training again because I have to be in Texas at the end of the month. YEAH archery season!
Do you guys have questions?
Day 1-Qualification Rounds
I went into the tournament pretty confident I was going to do well. When I got to the field and I saw the flags flapping in the wind, it gave me a little shock. Once I regained my focus, I began to shoot. I started shooting to where my arrows were spread all around the target. After about two ends my arrows started to compress more towards the center of the target, with an occasional one in the blue. When the whole tournament was over and the scores were totaled, I ended up with a 501, which was 49 points of the minimum qualifying score. I know I could have gotten it if it weren’t for so much wind and if I hadn’t dropped a two and some in the black and blue. Overall though, I thought every thing went really well.
Well, this was an interesting day…but I didn’t know that from the start. I went into the Olympic Round feeling confident, but I made the mistake of not eating much breakfast, not finishing my lunch and not drinking enough water. I was nervous but I understand now that I have to make sure that I load my protein in early that morning. I started shooting and shot consistently high right and even missed the target. When we were done, I only scored 35 points out of 15 arrows when I normally get that in 5 arrows and lost that round 6-0 and didn’t get to advance. We had to leave after that since we drove. By the time we stopped to get dinner, I wasn’t feeling good. I started to get dizzy and couldn’t walk. I learned a lot that day. Hahaha, I will never skip breakfast and lunch again.
NOTE: My mom wants me to mention that I was given protein bars, shakes, sports drink and water in my cooler but I decided not to use them. She also said that she would become one of those crazy archery parents that yell at their kids if I do this again. Since that would be embarrassing, I don’t think that I will make the same choices over again.
Got all checked in and practiced yesterday! The tournament starts today and I think that if you want to follow along with the digital scoring, you can do so here (just click on Arizona Cup). It is so HOT and there are snakes so don’t let any one ever tell you archery is not an extreme sport!
I will have a post written up for you guys when I get back. If you are here, I am on bale 21 this afternoon, come by and say hello!