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Happy New Year

Emma and Cap

 

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!

 

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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

World Archery Indoor Youth Trials

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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?

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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!

My Week at JDT Camp

Wow!

 

To say that this week was crazy would not even describe it.  I was so excited and I was so busy, I am sure I missed something.  We got up first thing in the morning to exercise and we didn’t head back to our dorm until 9 at night!  If you counted all the band work and light bow work as “arrows shot” it would easily be over 500 a day.

I learned so much stuff and it is important for you guys to know that the food was AWESOME.  I ate so much stuff and it was all so good.  I am posting my notes below for the week and you will see a lot about the food.  LOL.  Unless I worked so hard that I completely forgot.  That did happen!2013-01-179517.12.38

 

 

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We did some cool team building stuff and I will tell you guys more about that later for sure.  It was so much fun.

My notes are below that I kept in a journal.  I know they jump around and aren’t complete sentences but I had to hurry and write at different times when I had a few minutes to do them.  I promise I will work on a post this week that is what I LEARNED because there was A LOT of it.  I just wanted to get something posted for you to read because I know there will be questions.

 

Thanks for all the messages and nice things you said while I was working.  You guys are awesome.  🙂

 

Emma’s JDT Log

1/13/2013

 

Open shooting today with coaches’ assessment

 

Food:  salad w/ pork chops and crackers

 

Team building:  rock paper scissors-archers against coaches

 

1/14/2013

 

We did angular rotation drills and bow arm lifts.  My assessment for today was I need to change my set up position and hook on the string.

 

Food:  breakfast-Strawberry and blueberry waffles, eggs, granola, milk  lunch-turkey, pasta, corn with Powerade and water  dinner-carnitas with Powerade and water and ice cream for dessert

 

Coaches Watson, Laney and Lee told me today that my fingertab needs to be cut

 

Coach Lee said I was putting too much pressure on my index finger so we worked on that.

 

Today we got up at 6:00 AM and by the time we were done getting ready it was time for cardio—worked out with elliptical and played an archery version of volleyball and did stretches (lunges, etc.) then change clothes and ate breakfast.

 

Then we shot for 4 hours straight J

 

Crazy people…yessss we know

 

And before we started shooting we did team building.

 

At lunch, our Team Building leader Fernando sat down at our table and we placed a game similar to telephone but on paper with pictures.

 

After lunch, we shot again for 4 hours straight!  J

 

Ha, ya I know what you are thinking this is crazy but it is called dedication and after that was dinner and now I am in study hall/goal setting seminar for 2 hours.  One hour is for schoolwork and one hour for goal setting.

 

Funnnn!

 

Yes I did mention Coach Lee in there. He is awesome.  I also got to meet Coach White who is Lee Ford’s coach!  Woot!

 

SOOOOO much band work…

 

1/15/2013

 

No drills besides band work and lightweight bows.

 

I made progress and even Coach Lee said it was good!

 

Food:  breakfast-I had ham, pancakes, a muffin and chocolate milk  lunch-grilled chicken, fries, small salad and I don’t remember what I ate for dinner, hahaha!

 

Coach Lee is doing NTS 101 tonight so there I will probably  take notes

 

Today I  mainly worked on my grip and anchor/transfer

 

1/16/2013

 

We did band work and light bow and our own bows and from all the band work, I did get bloody knuckles.  FUN.  I am doing a lot better and making progress

 

Food:  breakfast-bacon, eggs, hash browns, chocolate milk  lunch-tomato basil chicken, French bread, salad, multi grain rice and a Coca-Cola  dinner-pork tenderloin, baked potato, salad, rice pilaf and ice cream

 

Today Amanda W spoke to us about nutrition

 

I worked on coiling properly with my actual bow and I have to get a 1/8” blue band because my orange one is too heavy—should be lighter than bow poundage

 

1/17/2013

 

Today I started to use my new finger tabs which were awesome and we scored another round today.  I got 20 points higher with my new form so I really am excited to keep using this form and increasing my score when I get sighted in at multiple distances so I’m excited for that!

 

1/18/2013

 

Today we played a game called King of the Hill.  It started off like OR rounds then we move around depending on if you won or lost.

 

Food:  breakfast: French toast, turkey bacon, eggs and chocolate milk  lunch-grilled chicken, French fries, Powerade  dinner-rotisserie chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, biscuit and water

 

 

Video Blog 1

Shout out to the most awesome JDT coach @archerwatson and as you can see by the blog, I am SUPER EXCITED about getting to work with her for a week.

Mom was laughing so hard when she was making this video that she started crying.  I wasn’t trying to be funny really but I did have her put a gag reel at the back of some of the things she cut out.  I guess next time, I need to write a script but HEY I am only 12!

I hope you like it.

The Road to Camp

Kevin makes the best French toast & mom puts Nutella on it...YUM!
Kevin makes the best French toast & mom puts Nutella on it…YUM!
FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD!
FOOD, FOOD and more FOOD!

This year, Thanksgiving started the same way as always, Dad makes French toast and mom starts on sides for lunch.  Every year at the beginning of November, we sit down at dinner and plan what everyone wants.  Sometimes we do non-traditional stuff like Italian food which is fun.  This year we decided to make ham and save the turkey to make when my brother and sister can be here closer to Christmas.  Since they are grown ups, sometimes they have to go by their work schedule.

After breakfast we watch the Macys Thanksgiving parade and then the Dog Show.  In between we pile our plates high with all our favorites.  My favorite is Lady and Sons Cheesy Mac.  If you don’t know Lady and Sons, maybe you know Paula Deen?  Mom isn’t allowed to make any other recipe, it has to be hers!  I got to go eat in her restaurant in Savannah, its one of moms favorite places, and everything is delicious.

Every thing was going as normal and we were trying to decide on what movie marathon to do and mom said “Emma, I got an email…”

I really don’t remember much after that.  See just a few days earlier, mom got an email that a short Junior Dream Team camp would be held in Colorado Springs at the USA Archery facility.  I applied but I wasn’t sure if I would be one of the first ten to get an invite.  That was the greatest email ever!  I was selected to attend so I will be training with the US Archery Olympic coaching staff for an entire week!

Isn’t that crazy?

I still can’t believe it.  I had to sit down with my parents and my coach to figure out my training from now until then.  You have to shoot 150-200 arrows a day.  I feel certain I can already do this.  I have been doing 100 a day for a long time.  I went up to 125 for two weeks and now I am going to 150 a day for a couple of weeks.  I will move up to 175 after that and be shooting 200 arrows a day for a full week before going.  It seems like a lot but I break it up.  I get up at 530 everyday to shower and then I shoot for an hour or so blank bale in my garage.  After school I finish up my remaining arrows at the indoor range.  It for a by faster than you would think but it takes about three to four hours total.

So many arrows every day now...
So many arrows every day now…

I am going to try to write in a journal every night so when I get back mom and I can let you guys know all the cool stuff.  If I can use my cell phone, I may text mom some pictures that she will post to my Tumblr and Twitter in case you want to follow me at one of those places too.

I am so excited!

What questions do you want me to try to get answered for you while I am there?

Update

Hey guys!  I have a blog post that mom will tomorrow.  On Thanksgiving we got the email that I had secured one of the slots for the JDT Camp in Colorado Springs in January so its been a little crazy since.  I am increasing my arrow count now so that by the time it comes to go, I won’t have any issue.  I know the 100 I already shoot seems like a lot but in camp the expectation is 150-200 arrows a day.  This week I started 150 and I will be doing that for the next three weeks and then bump up again.

Emma

Questions about 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!

My question came from theatomscombined:

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!

My answer was a long one:

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 IFAAIBO…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.

Does any of this help?

Hopefully this helps some of you!