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?
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.
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 IFAA, IBO…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!