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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
Also, I am tired. 🙂
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!