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MEDITATION AND ARCHERY

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Archery |

You might not think of meditation and archery in the same sentence, but hear me out on this.

What is Meditation?

Simple to explain: meditation is a proven method of relaxing both the mind and the body. Maybe not so simple to do!!

In order to meditate, all you need is:

  • a safe space,
  • proper breathing,
  • a mental point of focus,
  • and the ability to think of nothing else but the present moment.

Anyone can do it.  Taking some time everyday to quiet your mind, take a deep breath, and center yourself through a skill as old as humankind itself.

HMMMMM!! Does this sound familiar?

What does archery do for you?

The process of mastering the bow is more than just getting good with a weapon. In order to achieve perfection, one must be able to focus, clear their mind, and concentrate on the simple movements involved.  So when it comes to archery remember that if what you are doing is instinctive, devoid of analytical thought, and pure in intent … then you are practicing a form of meditation.  Not to mention you are getting really good!!

Related: Archery for Kids – GOOD REASONS TO GET KIDS INVOLVED!

Like any martial art, you must have perfected your basic form to the point where you don’t actually have to think about it. All you have to do is quiet your mind and focus your intent.

  • Pick up an arrow
  • Line it up with the bow
  • Pull on the bowstring
  • Breathe in and out properly and slowly
  • With only minimal movement from the rest of your body
  • Release

 

Unlike other forms of meditation, archery gives you a simple goal to focus on…Just hit the target!

Archery requires your mind and body to enter a state of calmness and intense focus. The more you practice archery, the easier it is for both your mind and body to re-enter this state

Sound familiar?

That’s because archery is largely considered to be a form of meditation.

OOOOOHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMMM

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Women in Archery

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Archery |

YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!!!

There are a lot of great women in archery. Here is how they shot their way into the Olympics and beyond!

Women’s sports in the late 1800s focused on correct posture, facial and bodily beauty, muscles, and health.  The first Olympic games in the modern era, which were in 1896 were not open to women.  Since then the number of women who have participated in the Olympic games have increased dramatically.

“I do not approve of the participation of women in public competitions. In the Olympic Games, their primary role should be to crown the victors.”  Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee  (Who ever thought of that? – Crown Placing 101)

Well in 1904 Archery became open to women participation!!

Guess what?  TODAY At least 50% of Olympic athletes are  – you guessed it WOMEN!!! Also true in Junior Olympics.

The female hunting audience has also expanded quite a bit in recent years.   Whether because of bow-toting heroines like Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” series, or simply due to a rise in overall bow-and-arrow popularity.

Slick compound bows are often the weapon of choice for women.

The swell in female hunting interest has changed the way many bow manufacturers sell their products. In the past bows were designed exclusively for the length of the male arm. Compound bows are now offered in a wider range of sizes and shapes – perfect for hunters of all sizes and genders.  Not every woman wants to go tromping out to hunt with a glittery, pink fashion statement of a hunting tool with heart cut-outs.  These days, reviews often focus on the aesthetic design of bows designed for women, as opposed to the fact that they are simply stripped down versions of so-called “men’s” bows. Female archers can expect to find bows offering the same features, just scaled down to weigh less.

Classes are being offered specifically for the female archer.  Shooting competitions are more and more gearing their events to women in archery.  

Besides, we’ve all heard it before: Women are usually better shots that men. I believe it–how about you?

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RULES FOR ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS AND MY LIFE

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Uncategorized |

In the world of ARCHERY, there must be some RULES!!!

Rules for Archery Tournaments are made to give all the participants the same advantage and most of all for safety.   At some tournaments there is a whistle system which may be used with beeps or other auditory signals. There may also be a clock, a lighting system or a series of flags to let you know when to shoot.  These are the colors you will see in competition:

  • Red means you may not shoot.
  • Yellow means that the end will be over in the next thirty seconds.
  • Green means you may shoot.

RULES FOR ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS: Colors

A small child knows these three colors from a very early age and anyone who has a driver’s license better know these three colors and what they mean!!  It is also very good to know these as a pedestrian at any intersection. Sometimes there is a big hand sticking up on a post to tell you to walk or not walk (but not always.)

This being the case, I was thinking of having this very same traffic sign installed at the entrance way to my house.

We have RULES and we have tried the “whistle system” to no avail. What could it hurt??

GREEN:  Enter – I’m in a great mood, the house is fairly clean and supper is simmering on the stove waiting for my lovely family to be seated around the table.

YELLOW:  Enter with caution…It has been one of those days.  I’m totally behind schedule, slightly frazzled and the house is disorganized at best.  The dog had an accident and that was a priority instead of planning dinner. You may even consider giving me a hand so that possibly this evening will not be a total bust.   There are at least 50 things I need to do – not much time and not much energy.

RED:  STOP and consider if this is going to be worth it to you.  I have a migraine!! I was going to pick up pizza but forgot my wallet. I was running low on gas and also had no money to fill up.    Late for dentist appointment, late for teacher meeting, late for work. Thanks for all of your support – by the way, where were you guys when I was carrying in all those groceries??  If you are still considering entering, watch your step – Yep you guessed it –the dog again. (Oh and one more thing – this would be a great time to remember to put the toilet seat down–for my wife!).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a GREEN day.

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TO FLETCH OR NOT TO FLETCH

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Archery |

Do you know how to fletch?

Why would you want to build your own arrows?  You can tell yourself it is to save money but that won’t happen for a while (check out the list of all you will need below)

So what ARE the advantages of making your own arrows with a Fletching Jig?

  1. No pesky pro-shop visits – Bad when you don’t plan ahead
  2. Half full quivers, and vaneless arrows – Hate it when that happens
  3. Total control over the quality of the arrows – for the Control Freak in you
  4. Customized vane colors – fashion forward
  5. Add another skill to your archery repertoire – don’t forget the shooting part
  6. Enjoyable pastime and hobby – more time in the man cave

Here is a not so short list of what you need to get started and of course as you advance in the technique —  you can add a lot more!

  1. Arrow Shafts (lots of choices here – personal preference)
    • right helical
    • left helical
    • simple straight
    • carbon shafts aluminum
    • aluminum/carbon hybrid shaft
  2. Adhesive arrow wraps (optional but very cool)
  3. Arrow  vanes (two colors) or feathers:   three, four, five or even six
  4. Fletching Jig– One of the best-known jigs, and likely the one that you’ll see in use at your local pro shop, is the Bitzenburger (imagine that!!)
  5. Insert/Fletching Glue (Fast Drying)
  6. Inserts or Nocks: typically come with your arrow shafts.
  7. Paper Towel
  8. Denatured Alcohol
  9. Stripping Tool
  10. Arrow Shaft Cleaning Solution
  11. Fletching Adhesive
  12. Fine-grit emery cloth or sandpaper (to remove excess glue)

As easy as apple pie (what??)

I now it seems like you need a lot of stuff to get started. However, it is sort of like making a homemade apple pie when you think about it.  If you are having company over who you want to impress you could run down to the grocery store and buy an apple pie off the shelf. BUT and it is a BIG but, everyone knows that there is nothing like a homemade pie.

You will get the best ingredients (OK you might get that unfold pie crust but you will get the BEST unfold pie crust). You will use your skill and make it very customized according to your wishes.  It won’t be anything like the 1,000 pies on the shelf – oh no! Yours will be different and special. You will take great pride serving this masterpiece in your Grandmother’s favorite Pie dish. For that extra special touch you will of course add some top-of-the-line vanilla ice cream.  Of course you could have saved money buying the store bought but if you make enough of these babies you will keep ingredients on hand and buy in quantity (except for the apples which need to be very fresh). Are you getting my drift???

Go ahead, do this fletching yourself… experience the pride of your labors (refer to the list of advantages above). REMINDER: Because you want your arrows to be the best they can be invest in a Bitzenburger Jig.  You can’t go wrong with the quality and it will last you a lifetime.

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY FLETCHING!!

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How to Become an Archery Coach

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Archery in Schools |

Have you ever wanted to become archery coach?

If you have a desire to become an Archery Coach, or want to involve your child in the sport of archery.  you may want to know the qualifications of the coaches.   This will give you the basics.

USA Archery certification program:  caring, capable coaches who introduce the sport to young archers.

Archery Coach: Certification Level One

A Level One Archery Coach must be at least 15 years old and is certified for summer camps, boy or girl scout organizations, or parks and recreation departments.

A Level One will be proficient in:

  • Teaching beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities
  • indoor and outdoor settings
  • target, field or 3-D
  • range safety,safety both on and off the archery range
  • range setup
  • steps of shooting
  • Equipment repair

Archery Coach: Certification Level Two

A level two Archery Coach must be at least 18, have passed a background check successfully, and are a current member of NFAA or USA Archery  (Level 1 is not a prerequisite.)  A level 2 coach typically teaches J.O.A.D., college archery clubs, or larger community clubs.

A Level Two will be proficient in:

  • the bow shooting cycle in finer detail
  • adding a little more depth to the archer’s technique
  • how to fit equipment to their athletes
  • how to set up, tune, and repair equipment
  • how to teach regular archery lessons as well as the Level 1 Instructor class

Archery Coach: Certification Level Three –  National Training System Certified

A level three must be at least 18 years of age, and have held a level 2 certification for at least a year.  If the instructor has three years of experience as an archery instructor, membership to one of the major certifying bodies (NFAA or USA Archery), and a successful background check they can ‘test out’ of their Level 2 certification.

A level 3 archery coach focuses on athletes who are hoping to take their competition to another level.

A Level 3 will be proficient in:

  • athlete development on an individual basis
  • coaching philosophy
  • training plan development
  • competition prep
  • bow tuning
  • competitive psychology

Holding a level 3 certification means you will spend less time working with beginner, youth, and amateur archers, and start focusing on athletes who are hoping to take their competition to another level.

Archery Coach: Certification Level Four

After an instructor has served as a Level 3 coach for 2 years they can advance to a level 4 certification. the USA Archery national training camps and the International Team Staff. Level 4 coaches can also teach Level 1 and Level 2 certification courses.

Elements for a Level 4 Archery Coach include:

  • sports science
  • Biomechanics
  • sports psychology
  • nutrition
  • training cycles
  • National Training System

Certification Level Five – Elite Level Archery Coach

An elite Level 5 archery coach  must have served at least two years as a Level 4 instructor, and have a record of successfully coaching three or more archers to a national podium place, top 10 ranking, or Olympic, World, or International team placement . The Level 5 certification also requires training and supervision from a mentor or through a Coach Observer Program.

If you want to be involved in this coaching program, you can check out https://legendarchery.com/ for more information.

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