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Outdoor Nationals 2016

 

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Me with my coach, Amanda Kaminski

Official Practice Day

The night before practice, after a lot of questions and thinking, we realized that I may be ambidextrous.  This may seem like no big deal outside of archery, but this could explain issues I have been having when I get tired and my arrow tend to hit to the right of the target.  In order to compensate, I need to cover one eye during shooting.  This will be the first tournament in which I have done that so I was stressing about it a bit as I went to sleep.

Arriving to the practice field I was a little nervous at first because I had to try shooting with sunglasses with one side blocked out. The reason for the sunglasses was because every time I would practice my shots would consistently go right no matter how much I moved my sight so we thought it might be a result of an eye dominance problem.  When we got to the field I went to go find a target to set up at and thankfully I had my coach’s help so we could figure out what was going wrong. While I was shooting my coach and I noticed my arrows were more centered so we decided I should give the sunglasses a shot for the tournament.

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First Qualification Day

When I got up the day of qualification I was excited to see my friends and interested to see how the sunglasses would work out. As I was warming up with the 3 practice ends given I felt confident and I was ready to get started. Throughout the tournament my shoulder muscles continued to get more tired because of my previous shoulder injury but I managed to power through and ended up with no misses in a really long time. My scores were 255 and 232.

Second Qualification Day

The next morning, I woke and my shoulders were extremely sore but I knew I could get through it. I was bummed out to be sore but I have been unable to exercise the muscles for several months so they were weak.  Even though I ended up with two misses (that were just because I dropped my arm and they both landed in the same spot right outside of the 1 ring) I still managed a 232 and a 217.   This felt like a win for me because I figured out the issue of going to the right, as well as having sore muscles and no longer any pain.

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Team Rounds

I did not make it to eliminations because my scores were too low but that meant I would get to straight to team rounds, which is my favorite part of the tournament. Team rounds are always fun to me and this time I didn’t know anyone on my team so that meant new friends. One of the girls on my team had never shot team rounds before so we had to help her out and coach her through it she was a little nervous which affected her shooting which was totally fine because team rounds are just for fun and we had fun for sure.

Overall, I was happy with what I learned.  Once back home, I cranked my limbs up a couple of pounds so that I can strengthen the muscles.  I am looking forward to shooting over the fall where I can see the results of the hard work.  Finally I feel like I am making progress!

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Gator Cup 2016

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I was really excited for Gator Cup because I get to see all my friends and meet new ones.  Although I had just gone to the chiropractor, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of how my shoulder would feel.  When I started shooting, I realized that I got tired after only two ends.  I shot another one and I felt that my shoulders were really weak because the lack of practice and exercise. After practice, my family and I thought that it was just a matter of getting through the tournament.

On qualification day I stepped up and thought “Okay, Emma do your best.”  (Which for me that meant getting through the tournament.)  Once I was shooting, my shoulders got tired very fast, as expected, but by the end of the first half I wasn’t sure my shoulders could handle another 36 arrows.  But, oh, I heard “There will be no break between the 36 arrows,” and I couldn’t help it but I said out loud “GREAT.”  Once I realized there was no break, I crammed all the food in my mouth that I could and moved on with the tournament.

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As you could’ve probably guessed, my score was not too great at this moment but I was having fun and that’s more important to me. Thankfully I was able to get through the tournament and some how I made it to elimination rounds. I woke up and my shoulders were really sore but I knew I could get through because it’s only 3 arrows instead of 6.  It was funny because the girl that I was going against was on my target for qualification rounds.  As I was shooting, my arrows were going all over the place because my shoulders were preventing me from executing proper form.  In the end, the other shooter won but I was some what okay with it because I just got through the whole tournament.

I made new friends, which is always the best part of tournaments.  Now I’m getting excited for Outdoor Nationals and hopefully I will be more prepared for that tournament now that my shoulder is starting to feel better.

Texas Shootout Roundup

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Practice Day

 

I was extremely excited about the Texas Shootout tournament because I was ready to use my new riser in a competition as well as see my archery family.  During practice I shot well considering the wind was pretty bad, so I was confident going into the tournament.  In addition to being not stressed about archery, I wasn’t stressed about school either because I have great teachers this year who actually gave me my homework in advance.  Anyone who knows me know that school normally stresses me out so much.  I think that helped my performance as well.

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Qualifications

 

I started off really well and had nice people on my target so I was excited.  During the tournament, I shot really consistently despite not being in the center every time.  I ended up with a 504 with two 252s.  This was good because I am finally seeing my numbers go back up after so many form changes.  I placed 27thfreebirds2

 

Eliminations

 

Going into OR’s I was really confident because there was barely any wind.  We got practice in and it only made me more confident because I did well.  As soon as the whistle came on for the first end, I was ready to go.  I won the first (2-0) won the second (4-0) then I started to shake because I was so excited.  I was doing well then I thought my clicker went off when it was actually the girls next to me so I shot a 3 so my competitor and I tied (5-1).  This was it if I got this I would win.  I have never gotten past the 1/32 in a tournament before.  I stepped up to the line and shot three great shots and won!  The second match I was against my friend and I was excited about the friendly competition.  My shoulders had begun hurting around this time so it made it harder to rotate but I got through it.  She won the first two and then I was on fire and one the third putting it at (4-2).  She won the next end because she is a great shot and won (6-2).  I had a great time!

 

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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.

AAE Arizona Cup 2013

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?

 

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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.

 

Day 2-OR

 

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.

 

Tips from the Pros: PSE

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:

 

Paige at the World Championships in France with a Supra.

 

 

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.

The buck Paige harvested in September with a PSE Evo

 

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.

Texas Shoot Out = Awesome Archery

Me shooting as a Cadet! Woo hoo!

Finally!

This weekend, I went to the Texas Shootout.  When I went to practice I arrived next to Brady Ellison, one of the top men archers in the world, I was pretty excited.  When I practiced, I was doing good.  After a good practice, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up food and we got my favorite, roasted chicken, Hawaiian rolls and salad!  After dinner I had some dessert (evil brownies made by my Aunt) and I started thinking about the next day and how I could get first and do really well.  When I woke up, I got breakfast and went to the archery field.

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The Competition Begins

I saw the pros arrive and my competition…I had the Junior Dream Team as my competition!  I knew right there it would be tough.  When we started shooting I was in 9th place for most of the tournament.  Then I started to get tired and my arrows started dropping low and I fell in last place.  ::sad face::  When we got done I was last but I learned a lot from my competitors Karissa, Mariam and Hye.

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Day 3 in Texas

The next day I didn’t have to shoot but I watched the pros and got pictures with Brady Ellison, Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna, Miranda and the Coach Thomas from Texas A & M.  I was very grateful that I got to watch them and take pictures with them.  It was a really great experience and I am very glad I went!

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Goal Setting

I fell short of my goal of 400 but I am 12 so I think I get a little time to bring it up. For the next calendar year, I am setting my goal of a 550 or better for my next USAT qualifier.  I want to do this so that I can apply for the Junior Dream Team Camp.  If you would be interested in doing that, the requirements can be found on the USA Archery site here.  Beyond that, I would hope to be ranked high enough to apply to the Resident Athlete program in a couple of years.  Those requirements are on the USA Archery site here.