The tourney was well attended, 74
registrants, with the youth archers outnumbering
the seniors. Lots of activity including Corner
Kids, Eric Bennett Paralympic London 2012
memorabilia, and Hoyt Elite Series (R/C) bow
raffles for the Steve Yee Benefit.
Behind the line, there were many notables in
the stands, and or coaching including:
KIM Soo Nyung,
World Archery Archer of the Century
Eric Bennett, London 2012 Paralympian
and Beijing 2008 medalist, who presented the
state championship awards plaques
USA Olympic Medalist Rick McKinney
USA Olympic Team Coach Mel Nichols
USA Olympic Coach Sheri Rhodes
USA Olympic Coach Alexander Kirrillov
Team leaders and coaches from Paseo Vista,
Corner Kidz, Hearn Academy and Desert Sky
Archers JOAD teams.
large Tucson contingent was also in
New for 2012 was Crossbow. Two started, one
Registration was uneventful others than many
were indecisive with regards to duel trials
Equipment inspection was also uneventful
except for the new crossbow participation.
Some new to USA Archery Arizona Members were
given verbal instructions on the dress code
to reinforce the printed information.
Most archers are familiar with music during
the competition as is the standard around
the world and at national events. Some are
not, but are learning.
Kona Ice provided a nice refreshment.
Four distance FITA, day one long distances,
day two short distances.
Day one was shot with slight breezes, temp
80 and low 90s and without a single
equipment failure. Lunch break and move
target break was one hour long each day.
Day two short distances, had two bounce-outs
at the Bowman 20 meter distance. Weather
became windy during the final ends around 1
The awards ceremony took place as soon as
the scorecards were turned in and scores
complied on day two. State Championship
plaques were presented, name tags to follow.
The Duel team trails involves a “complex”
formula to allow Master and Cadets to
compete for the team by using common
distance /target face size scores.
Thank you to the volunteers from
the JOAD clubs for helping to set up and take
Photo links as they become
Tips for next time:
More volunteers (Typical)
Separate State Championship from Duel Trials
(Clubs are encourage to host events at BASF)
Lunch vendor on site
New USAA AZ members and first time tourney
archers should be given extra pre tourney
instruction regarding dress code (no levis,
no camo, sport or other closed toed shoes)