July 8-11, 2004
NAA Press Release
Brandon Hunt, Brady Ellison, Ryan Davis, Lindsay Pian and Maggie
Huff competed in 2004 JOAD Outdoor National Championship Tournament
near Atlanta, Georgia.
Almost 300 JOADs
registered to compete.
Here is a recap
of each day’s events.
Day Zero, Wednesday, June 7, Travel day
flew to Atlanta on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the 3 hour
time change and be able to start practice early on practice day
before the afternoon winds and rains. Most stayed at the tournament
hotel, Holiday Inn Conyers or one of the many hotels in the area.
Arriving the day before also allows time to “find the field” which
can be challenging in unfamiliar territory.
consisted of three side-by-side soccer fields. The archers shot in
the southerly direction. The tournament organizers have a good
relationship with the parks system enlisting the park staff
to stripe the field. There were 73 FITA target bales and six
practice bales. The weather was typical Atlanta, hot and humid, 90
degrees F and 90% humidity. Those that remember the last JOAD
nationals on the same field were relieved that unlike last time the
temperatures stayed below 100 degrees F. Rain and thunderstorms
threatened, but never materialized over the field. The field was
lush green and standing water from the earlier day’s storms was gone
after the first tournament day.
Day One, Thursday, June 8, Official Practice.
Practice was to
begin at 10:00 AM. A midnight severe thunderstorm, the evening
before, blew over the archers canopies, main tent, leader board
canopies as well as the targets and target stands. The Georgia
Archery Association and guest volunteers got things back in order to
start practice only one hour behind schedule. The practice went
forward as the sound and timing systems were attended too. As it
turned out the timing light system used by last year in Denver took
too much power for the generator to handle. The digital timer and
radios borrowed from the NAA eased the inconvenience.
afternoon, Randi Smith hosted the annual National JOAD committee
meeting report, see the unofficial meeting report
Day Two, Friday, June 9, First ½ FITA day, short Distances
short distances were delayed as targets assignments had to be worked
out due in part to confusion as to who wanted to shoot a 6-ring
target vs. a 10-ring target. Official practice began just after 9
AM. Scoring began just after 10 AM. The 12 ends took about 2 ½
hours to shoot. A highlight was a perfect score (360) shot by two
Junior Compound Male JOADs, including, Brandon Hunt of Glendale,
Congratulations Brandon! At midday a one-hour lunch break was taken
and then the second shortest distances were shot. Another 2 1/2
hours of shooting, the very long day was over. Weather rolled in
just as the second distance was being scored. Forecast of worsening
weather eventually cancelled the team round disappointing 48 teams
as well as the tournament hosts. Safety first.
The US Jr World
Team and parents met at the end of the day to further organize plans
for the 32 member US team travel plans. The team travels and
competes in England in less than a week.
Day Three, Saturday, June 10, Second ½ FITA day, long distances.
The day ran smoothly helped by the quick pace of the 6 arrow ends
and now all were accustomed to the tournament routine. Just as the
last end was shot, the weather couldn't hold out anymore and a light
shower began and ended.
The Arizona JOADs did well across the field.
Witt - 2nd Female Junior Compound
Brandon Hunt - 7th Male Junior Compound
Maggie Huff - 3rd Female Cadet Recurve
Brady Ellison - 1st Male Cadet Compound
Ryan Davis - 1st Male Cub Recurve
Lindsay Pian - 1st Female Junior Recurve
Congratulations to all for such outstanding performances. Per the
on field announcement, the FITA finish placement will be used for
the National Championship and Jr USAT ranking.
Day Three Evening Banquet, Olympic Horse Park
A catered banquet with more than enough food took place in the
former Equestrian 1996 Olympic venue. NAA President, Mark Miller
made a special trip and spoke about the NAA's, and FITA's focus on
JOAD and the general wonderful experience JOAD can be.
tickets also served as raffle tickets to win some nifty stuff
including a Lancaster Archery donated Aurora bow case.
National Championship first, second and third place award plaques
were presented in front of a crowd that grew to standing room only
banquet festivities ended, many went to watch the finals in the
"Western Leisure" horse competition in the adjacent arena.
Day Four, Sunday, June 11, Olympic Round Day.
All were encouraged to compete in the OR. OR participation was
required to receive Jr USAT points. Nerves set in as all
wondered what the day would bring. The OR is an exercise in hurry
up and wait and many must sit and wait while others play their
matches. Space and the numbers of judges prevent the OR from moving
any faster. The Junior, Cadet and Cub matches all went smoothly
including some very exciting one-arrow tiebreakers. All the bronze
matches were shot at the same time followed by the gold matches.
results for Arizona
shot in the Bronze medal match.
Pian won the Bronze medal.
took the Silver medal.
Ellison matched his National Championship with the OR Gold
Hunt and Maggie Huff were retired before the medal
The OR medals were awarded immediately after the final match.
Congratulations to all.
What a great experience. Some flew midnight “red eyes” back to AZ
after the OR. Many stayed the night to unwind to be able travel
showered and unrushed. Four of the AZJOAD will travel to England as
part of the US Jr World Championship team in mid to late July. Some
will also travel to Reading, PA in late July to compete in the
2004 JOAD National Championship Summary
Spacious, lush green fields
Brand new white tail target matts and plenty of Tyvek faces
Wide support target matt stands where no wood verticals were
behind the six ring targets
Fantastic Judges crew recruited by Neil Foster (New judge John
Stover apprenticed with Jane Johnson.)
Leader board ran smoothly when the archers cooperated.
Enough water, cups, shade, chairs and port a potties and the field
crew kept the coolers full with ice-cold water.
On site food concession was very convenient.
Reminding all to drink water and wear sunscreen pays off.
Nice tournament shirts, water bottles, and professional tournament
The fully stocked Lancaster Archery store trailer!
Plenty of space for spectator canopies
FITA results posted quickly
Champion “plaques” and “big” OR medals and nice Team round awards.
Not a single
“official protest” which means the event went smoothly. WOW
Plenty of good food at the banquet.
A severe thunderstorm toppled target stands and many
canopies the evening before the official practice after everything
was ready to go. Volunteers scrambled to reset the field so as to
only delay the start of practice by one hour. The weather just
can’t be controlled.
The team round was canceled due to forecasted stormy weather and
as a result the team round trophies were not presented. (Note
that 48 teams signed up to compete which maybe some sort of JOAD
We learn something at each and every one of these tournaments; here
are some reminders for next time:
Provide two clip boards and a wind flag for each target and
practice bales plus extras.
Test electricity under full load for a good length of time and
have a back up generator on standby (This tournament generator
would power the PA or Timing light, but not both).
Try the sound system so that all can hear the DOS without blasting
in any one area or too low at the far ends.
Have several sets of timing signal flags available should all else
Club leaders should take it upon them themselves to teach their
JOADs how to score, fill out a scorecard mark arrows and pull
arrows, all in a timely manor. This is a must for Bowman and
somewhat true for many Cubs.
Take special care in setting target assignment in relationship to
distances and target face type (6 ring vs. 10 ring target face) A
good way to check is to verify the first distance and target 30
meter face type at official check in.
Provide space for spectators who don’t attend the banquet but do
attend the award ceremony.
Provide space for OR byes to practice.
OR matches on individual targets when applicable.
Provide archers with OR flow charts.
Provide OR division spread sheets and target assignments at each
division shooting area for spectators.
Locate the port a potties behind all archers’ areas to minimize
distance. Some archers are reluctant to drink enough water
if potties are not close enough.
Annual JOAD Committee meeting
July 8, 2004
- Conyers Georgia
JOAD Nationals Official Practice
National JOAD Coordinator, announced that she is turning over the
position to Jim Krueger of Texas. The Regional coordinators are
East; Eva Fuller, North; Ted Harden I, West. The south will seek a
replacement JOAD coordinator for Jim Krueger. Jim outlined JOAD
The North East
reports that JOAD nationals in June would eliminate their JOADs
from the competition due to mandatory school testing in June.
Current plans are for the 2005 JOAD Nationals to take place at
Disney World June 23-26 which was the only bid received.
Cindy B. reported that Brad Camp had just asked her to seek a NE
site to host the tournament that will allow the NE JOADs, most
notably New York State School children to compete. Cindy noted
that the JOAD nationals cannot be added to the Target Nationals
because the fields are booked. It is unknown if a tournament host
that can accommodate an early July date will be found.
committee would like to embrace the National Archery in the
Schools Program (NASP) youth archers and will work to develop a
Jr USAT Camp:
The Jr USAT camp is the October “Gold Camp”. Recurve Jr USAT
members will be offered a reduced camp thanks to USOC funding.
Compound Jr USAT members will pay essentially the typical camp
fee. The Jr USAT members will share the camp with JOADs that have
achieved “Olympian” level of achievement. Concerns about missing
school were raised.
Fourth Jr USAT
qualifying tournament. JOAD committee is proposing that a
national JOAD tournament be held in the spring of non Jr World
Team Trials years. The tournament, nick named “Golden Arrow”
would invite perhaps three of the top Cadet and Junior JOADs from
each region to compete. The tournament would attract the top
JOADs by funding them to some extent. Fund raising is a key
element. The tournament would be held in the spring. Preliminary
funding need projection is $25,000 for this event. (This author
assumes it would be an open tournament)
At last word
the NAA US Jr World Team Championship donation fund had reached
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During Q and
A, the question was raised as to why the JOAD Nationals is being
shot reversed, again, considering that no other tournaments do it
“reversed” and that the long distances will be shot during the
typically windier afternoon. As a result the format doesn’t prepare
Cadets and Juniors for International competition.
JOAD Nationals in Denver was shot in reverse order. Positive feed
back from Denver lead to the suggestion that it be tried again.
Reported Denver benefits; the scores were very good, suggesting that
the format is generally positive and also helps to establish world,
national and personal records.
It is also
believed that young JOADs, especially Bowman and Cubs, are able to
gain confidence at the short distances. It is hoped that reverse
order results in close competition after the first day which leads
to the idea that all the archers are in the hunt and the second day
will be exciting with more lead changes.