“Rio Rancho…A Wonderful Venue…Nice Tourney”
USA Archery JOAD National Indoor Championship
February 23, 2007
USA Archery National Indoor Championship
February 24 and 25th, 2007
Hosted by the New Mexico Road Runners
the New Santa Ana Star Center
Rancho, New Mexico
return of the Indoor National Championships and JOAD
Indoor National Championship to Rio Rancho, New Mexico
was a huge success. The Eagle Ridge School was
very nice, but the new Santa Ana Star Center venue was
fantastic when judged by size alone. The list of
highlights is long:
Range: The range was set up in the secure confines
of a 12’ high border wall system, used by the arenas
hockey rink. Wood panels were installed into the border
wall system to act as a back stop behind the targets.
Arrow netting was also suspended behind the targets. 28
Whitetail FITA targets provided for both a tournament
and practice area. The NMRR
Whitetail FITA matts are practically brand new, as a
result, there was nothing even close to a pass thru.
Each shooting time could accommodate over 100
archers. The arenas lighting was bright. Bow racks
were provided. A huge hit were the foam cushion archers
and spectator chairs. Bow cases were stored in a pen
behind the archers. The arenas PA system made
communication crystal clear.
Support areas: The arenas concourse was used for
archer check in. The Roadrunners sold embroidered
tournament tee shirts. The Santa Ana Star Center
provided the food concessions. Restrooms were located
on the concourse directly below the spectator seating.
Staffing: Led by the Harvey family, the dozen or so
tournament volunteers and arena staff converted the
multi purpose center to an impressive national
tournament venue in four hours. Like the archers,
support staff came in from all over the region including
three judging officials from Arizona.
Archers: 60 archers took part in the JOAD
Indoor Nationals Championship. 130 competed in the USA
Archery National Indoor Championships. In addition to
New Mexican archers, many came from Arizona and
Colorado. Some came from California, Texas and
Illinois. A Jr. team also came from Mexico to compete.
NAA traditional recurve, long bow and modern longbow
archers competed side by side with the FITA bare bow,
compound and recurve archers. Many reported delight at
the generous space and the dedicated spectator area.
Spectators: Spectators sat in theatre style stadium
seating above the floor. The stadium style seat risers
gave the spectators a great view of the archers and the
targets. This was particular helpful during the JOAD
tournament where the large contingent of parents and
coaches had a great view of their archers. Spectators
were also entertained by exploring the venues facilities
including the sky boxes. The press had access all
around the range for photographs.
Joy Fahrenkrog, Archer, “This is the best venue
I have ever shot in and the most professional.”
Foster Gorman, Dine' College Coach and Archer;
“I’ve shot for “awhile” and really like the
space, openness and room. The lighting is good and
the cushion seats can’t be beat!”
Mel Nichols; “I have competed in archery
tournaments around the world and have shot tournaments
in all 50 United States. This is the best indoor
venue I have been to with good lighting, good seating
(for both the spectators and archers) and even a good
Testimonial: A first time visitor to both the Santa
Ana Star Center and a USA Archery championship was
impressed by both the venue and the action. The
arena staff, found the process fascinating to follow and
the precision of the archers, “amazing”.
JOADs and Collegiate: 35 JOADs competed in the
NAA Indoor Nationals portion of the tournament. Over 30
USA College Archery Program (USA CAP) www.uscollegiatearchery.org
archers competed. Dine' College, Embry Riddle
Aeronautics University and Arizona State University all
had large teams. The teams competed on the Saturday and
Sunday AM lines. CAP team uniforms were an impressive
sight on the shooting line. Single USA CAP archers came
from two Colorado Universities, Central New Mexico CC
and the University of Arizona. JOADs and Collegiate
archers accounted for approximately half of all the
Venue Management: Santa Ana Star Center management
didn’t know what to expect of the archery tournament.
After all, arrows would be flying inside of their brand
new state of the art sport and entertainment facility!
They were impressed by the effectiveness and self
sufficiency of the volunteer staff. Also they found the
orderly operation of the tournament process to be
remarkable. After only a day of watching, the
management was eager to encourage the tournament
organizers to host the event again next year.
Tournament: The NM Roadrunners offered ten ring,
vertical and triangular three spot targets. Having
hosted the NAA Indoor championship for years, the
Roadrunners had access to the equipment needed to outfit
the range. Most importantly they knew what is it takes
to host a quality tournament. Special thanks go out to
the volunteers. It was nice to see volunteers taking
charge and helping to get the job done!
Schedule: The JOAD Championship took place on
Friday afternoon. Awards for the Rio Rancho JOAD
tournament results were present on Saturday between the
AM and PM lines
first USA Archery Indoor Championship 600 round took
place on Friday night. The Saturday AM 600 round was
the largest group with 90 archers. The next most
popular shooting time was Sunday morning with over 60
archers. Saturday and Sunday PM groups were small in
Awards: The New Mexico Road Runners have always
presented wonderful awards to the JOAD’s and this year
was no different. The Rio Rancho venue JOAD tournaments
top three places each receive a “dream catcher” with
engraved plaque. In appreciation for the JOAD
participation in the USA Archery Championship, Jenniffer
Harvey presented keep sake woven baskets to JOAD’s after
the Sunday AM line.
Timers: The JOAD National Indoor Championship was
shot under the control of R U Ready
Sport Timers, archery timing system. The
timers are a must have for anyone in need of a high
performing, high quality, affordable, portable archery
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USA Archery National Indoor Championships were shot
using two ST-15 “Sportable
displays on loan from the Arizona State Archery
Hotels and Restaurants: The Center is located in
newly developing area. Business and hotels are master
planned for the future. There are more than a ˝ dozen
hotels in Rio Rancho along with a variety of fast food
outlets and restaurants 20 minutes from the Center.
Cottonwood Mall and a variety of nationally known
restaurants are 10 minutes south of Rio Rancho.
Airline Access: Albuquerque (ABQ) has great airline
service by American and Southwest Airlines. Winds can
become very strong in the afternoon. Fly in early to
Automobile Access: Via I-40 and I-25, Rio Rancho is
a day’s drive from both central Colorado and central
Arizona. It does snow in Albuquerque, but does not tend
one reported any driving difficulty what so ever.
Comments from Curt Christensen, Colorado State
University and Untouchables JOAD, Littleton, CO
“The Santa Ana Event Center is the best indoor venue I
have attended in my eight years of being “Archery
Dad”. As a spectator, you were able to see the entire
line shoot in the comfort of padded stadium seating.
The archers had plenty of room to setup equipment and
sit during the competition. The restroom facilities
and concession were only a few footsteps away. The
building wi-fi internet connection made in possible to
complete business related tasks as well as send real
time results and pictures. The arena PA system made it
possible to hear announcements and shooting line
commands throughout the Event Center. The entire staff
at the Event Center was very friendly and genuinely
interested in knowing more about archery.
The experienced tournament staff was very
knowledgeable. They ran lively tourney. I would like
to personally thank the tourney for a VERY well run
tournament and really appreciate the patience with the
young JOAD archers. The mix of humor kept a smile on
The New Mexico Runners Archery Club is a first class
organization under the leadership of Jenniffer Harvey.
Both check-in and shooting time confirmations were
very smooth. The JOAD archers loved the hand-crafted
awards of dream catchers and woven baskets. My
children consider those awards as their favorite ones
they have received in eight years of competition.
If all the National Indoors were held in places like
the Santa Ana Star Center, there could be only one or
two venues per region instead of several small venues
scattered all over.”
Venue: Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho, NM
Host: New Mexico Road Runners
Tournament Director/Chairman of Judges: Jenniffer
Director of Shooting: Bob Pian-AZ
Judges: Rockne Repp-AZ , Alan Huff-AZ
Volunteers: Field crew, scoring, registration,
Food Concessions: Boston Culinary
Special Thanks, The staff and management of the
Santa Ana Star Center, The Rio Rancho City Council.
28 American Whitetail 52” diameter FITA targets
12’ Wood back stop
Arrow curtain (ASAA) on pole system.
Six 6’ long bow racks
JOAD timing: Two R U Ready Sport
Archery Timers (Bob Romero)
USA Archery: Two ST-15 Sportable Scoreboard displays
HID Metal Halide lighting.
Archers: Cushion seats
Spectator terraced individual theatre style seating,
cushion and sculptured and cupholders!
Misc. Supplies (clipboards, target pins, tape) NMRR
Scorecards, Multi Colored Card Stock
Target faces: 10 ring, V 3 spot, Tri 3 spot.
Ideas for next time:
Archers wondered if vendors or some additional type
of attraction could be held in conjunction with the
tournament to take advantage of the arenas concourse
area.. (ie, archery mfrs, arts and crafts show)
Access to the floor area via the HDCP and wheel
Generous amount of community arrow lube *Armor All”
would be nice.
Music was played using a modest sound system, music
over the arenas system would we nice.
A raised DOS stand would be nice.
Designate one hotel as “the official hotel” so that
archers can share rides to the venue and so that the
JOAD kids and collegiate archers can socialize.
Ask if the Jumbotron can be turned on.
“A leader board would be nice”?
The 4” high LCD displays are controlled by FITA style
wireless controller. Several displays can be operated
by one controller. All are powered by 9 volt
batteries. The timers are great for typical
tournaments, Olympic round timing, and practice.
Level 4E coach, Bob Romero
email@example.com consulted on the timer’s
functionality and is a USA dealer. The wireless
controller allows a DOS to
work as a line judge and move freely by controlling
the timing from just about anywhere on the range. The
timer is also a great training tool. The timer and
controls easily fit into a back pack to be easily used
any where. Green/Yellow/Red signal lights will soon
be a thing of the past with the advent of the R U
Ready Archery timing system!
For more information or to buy a system, contact Bob
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