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2012 Year in Review


by Bob Pian

The 2012 Olympic year was busy for the Arizona target archery community.

2012 will be known as one of the best years for the future of target archery in Arizona!  High profile movies, Brave and Hunger Games, brought a strong interest in archery by girls and boys. 

Club certified instructors taught beginner classes to meet the increase demand.  Veteran instructors taught intermediate classes.  To keep up with the need for instructor certification,  Ed Votruba taught a Level 3 coach class which certified coaches that can then teach and certify even more instructors. Level 3 coaches also provide the key need for National Training System coaching.

Three judges/rules seminars were held to teach and reinforce the new rules to new judges, club leaders and coaches.

In recent years, the ASAA encouraged growth by lending equipment and money and consulting to help establish and run new clubs.

Arizona Archery Club opens and JOAD Clubs take advantage of their hospitality to host events and programs.

Active JOAD Clubs in 2012:

  • Paseo Vista Archery Club

  • Mesa Targeteers

  • Papago FITA Archers

  • Corner Archery

  • Hearn Archery

  • Desert Sky Archers

  • Pineapple Archery


The ASAA Indoor Championship (57 archers) at BASF and Arizona JOAD Indoor Championship (55 archers) at Hearn Academy had strong participation in tough economic times.

The Arizona JOAD clubs make tournament hosting, teaching beginners and intermediate classes and events a key part of their programs as fund raisers and to provide for the archers and their families.


Arizona JOAD Vegas Team Showdown and the Vegas shoot found a new home at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas.  The highlight was the World Archery Indoor championships as well as the World Archery Indoor Cup finals.  Having local, state, national and international competition all at one all new venue was a rare treat.

After Vegas, Arizona archers competed in Rio Rancho New Mexico at the USAA Indoor Championship and USAA JOAD Indoor Championship.  The tournament hosted a pizza party that has become a Rio Rancho tradition that Arizonans look forward to each year.


Arizona Cup Test Event hosted by the DSA

Valley JOAD clubs; Paseo Vista, Mesa Targeteers, Corner Kidz, Hearn Academy and Desert Sky Archers all manned the Arizona JOAD Club Program booth at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Outdoor Expo at Ben Avery.  The Expo is the AGFD premier event that show case all of the great outdoor activities available around the state.

23rd AAE Arizona Cup!  The Arizona target archery community all came together as they do every year to welcome athletes from across the country and international archers from around the world.   Once again the tournament exceeded capacity and archers had to be turned away.

Most importantly all of these Arizonans have greatly contributed  to the USA Archery JOAD community and continue to do so.


51 youth competed at the Arizona JOAD State Championship hosted by Paseo Vista Archery Club in Chandler.


For the fourth year in a row, Paseo Vista JOAD has hosted the Western Region JOAD Camp in Chandler.  JOAD from around the state, USA and a youth from Mexico all took part in what is an opportunity that is always a must do event.


More and more parents seek beginner programs to meet their children’s demand to give archery a try.  Beginner, Intermediate classes and rules seminar are ongoing.


The USA Archery National Target Championship and the Easton JOAD National Championship both took place in Hamilton, Ohio.  Have a look at the report by Gary Yamaguchi. http://www.azjoad.com/2012/2012_EJN_NTC-AZ_Story.htm

July / August

Arizona and the world focused on the 2012 London Olympic Games where Arizona born and raised Brady Ellison earned a Silver Medal!

Olympics:  Five Arizonans went to London to take part in the Olympics and Para-Archery Paralympics

  • Brady Ellison and the team medaled on London at Lords Cricket Field

  • Eric Bennett finished fourth place shooting a recurve bow for the first time in the Paralympics

  • Mel Nichols served as an Olympic Coach

  • Sheri Rhodes was the Technical Delegate for the Paralympics

  • Bob Pian served as the Paralympic Director of Shooting

Desert Sky hosts the first Summer Sizzle Star FITA Indoor 25m/18m back to back 600 rounds.


Steve Yee Benefit at Arizona Archery Club is a huge success at the Arizona Archery Club.


Duel in the Desert Trials and State Outdoor Championship select the AZ Duel team and State Champions.

ASAA FITA Field Outdoor Championship takes place at Usery Mountain Park.

Four JOADs and two adults named to 2013 US Archery Team! 

  • Andrew Mateo

  • Karissa Yamaguchi

  • Danielle Reynolds

  • Nathan Yamaguchi

  • Eric Bennett

  • Brady Ellison


Harold Rush conducts a Bare bow technique and world team seminar and receives rave reviews.

Arizona youth compete with the Arizona Duel team vs. California. See the DUEL Story

ASAA membership re-elect Mike Cullumber and elect two new board members, Rick Bachman and Sandra Reynolds to serve through 2014.


Hearn Classic conducts youth and adult round robin matches.

Arizona JOAD host the 9th Iron Archer with a qualification round and then 8 flights of Round Robin matchplay.


Review the 2012 www.azarchery.com and www.azjoad.com webpages for more information.