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.
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 27th.
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!
Going 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.
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.
Even 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.
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!
After going to JDT camp and on the advice of some of the coaches, I will not be shooting in Vegas this year. 😦 I love going there but I need to compete this year in all of the UDA Archery events I can in hopes of getting a ranking. I will be putting up a schedule page that I can update through the year. Not every tournament I am doing is open for registration yet and some have multiple sites so we are still trying to work through which location we will be at. Right now this is what I know for sure:
JOAD Indoor and US Indoor – March at Mankato location (I think)
Arizona Cup – April
Texas Shootout – April
Gator Cup – May
There are more but I will put them on the schedule tab. Also, my step-dad will be shooting with me at Texas Shootout, how cool is that?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Today I got to the field for practice rounds and equipment inspection. It was pretty grey and looked like it would rain until we got ready to go. I got a couple of Olympians signatures so that was cool. There was a lot of wind but it was blowing right in my face so I didn’t have to aim off much. I got assigned to target 1A so I am thinking this is a good thing. 🙂
This week I head to the Texas Shoot Out. I am super excited because it is at Texas A & M and they have the best college archery team in the US. THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE. My mom said that is okay now that they are part of the SEC. I don’t know what that means but she is from Georgia so I know it is about football.
I am excited to try the format, this will be my first in person USA Archery tournament. I don’t really think my bow is supposed to do what it is doing (I am pulling under 25 pounds) but I am hitting the bale most of the time. Since I am 12, I am okay with this. They had a change to the schedule at the last minute so I found out yesterday there are no team rounds and that Cadet OR will be Saturday afternoon. I shoot 72 arrows before lunch and the OR after lunch. It is a lot of arrows but I thought about with practice arrows and a round of field archery like in Pennsylvania, I was over 120 arrows a day. I will be tired but I think it is the best way to learn the style and work on improving my performance over and over. I hope next year that I can upshoot in all the qualifiers. Wish me luck!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to check it out, look at my cool Indiegogo campaign! If you can’t help, that’s cool, but could you send it around to some folks that might be interested? Once I raise enough for Texas, the extra will go to the Vegas shoot campaign. It would be awesome if I could get enough for both now!