Category Archives: JOAD

2018 AZ State JOAD Outdoor, Apr 28-29

Registration for the 2018 AZ State JOAD Outdoor is now open.  This years event is being held at the Ben Avery FITA Range on April 28-29th.  There will also be a brief USA Archery – Arizona general membership meeting held prior to the shooter meeting and official practice on Sunday.

Something special for the parents this year. On Saturday April 28th, there will be a Guest Adult Money Shoot run at the same time as the kids.  

For information and links to Online registration, please visit click on the links below.

Click Here – AZ JOAD Outdoor Registration

Click Here – Guest Money Shoot Registration

List of registered archers – JOAD

List of registered archers – Money Shoot

USA Archery High Draw Policy

USA Archery has released a new “High Draw” procedure for Judges to follow at all registered USA events.  This policy is based off of World Archery rules, and can ultimately end in a disqualification of the archer if their “Form” is not altered.

It is important for JOAD Clubs, Coaches and Parents to be aware of the safety policy.  We don’t want our archers learning a new shooting form during an event, and we really do not want them to be dis-qualified and asked to leave.

Here is the text of the USA Archery Policy Procedure released to judges.  Below I have attached a link to the actual USA Archery High Draw policy PDF.

”  USAA High Draw Procedures

What is considered a High Draw?
High Draw as defined by World Archery Rule Book 3, art. 12.9: An athlete, when drawing back the string of his bow uses any technique which, in the opinion of the Judges, could allow the arrow, if accidentally released, to fly beyond a safety zone or safety arrangements (overshoot area, net, wall etc.).

Notes from the WA Judge Guidelines:
The Judge must consider the position of the bow arm and the direction of the arrow at the moment the string is pulled back.  Besides, it is a fact that there is more reason to be concerned about compound athletes than recurve, as the latter has more control vis-à-vis an unintentional release.

During the last couple of years, we have also seen that several athletes are pulling their bow sidewise, which especially in a Finals field means that the pull in fact is directed towards the spectators. This is of course not acceptable, and have to be picked up by the judges as early as possible.

Considering these parameters, there will always be wise to have more Judges to study the athlete in question, also involving the Chairperson. Taking a picture at the critical point in the draw or a video of the archer in action can be helpful to show the archer what the judge is seeing.

When is High Draw enforced?
Archers determined to be using/utilizing a high draw shall be notified at any USA Archery sanctioned event.

What is the procedure for notifying the archer?
• The judge who identifies an archer with a high draw shall observe the archer shoot several times.
• The same judge will ask the opinion of other judges on the field.
• Having a consensus with other judges, the issue is then discussed with the Chair of Judges (COJ).
• IF the COJ upholds the high draw assessment, he/she will speak to the coach or parent of the archer. If no coach or parent is present, then the COJ will talk directly with the archer. The COJ will ask the archer to adjust their draw process. If this cannot be done, the COJ may ask the archer to stop shooting.
• It is important for the line judge to keep checking back during the event.
• The line judge may even take photos of the archer to support their assessment.

What are the consequences for the archer who fails to act on a high draw call?
As outlined in WA Rule Book 3, art. 12.9: If an athlete persists in using such a technique, he shall, in the interest of safety, be asked by the Chairperson of the Tournament Judge Commission (COJ) or the Director of Shooting (DOS) to stop shooting immediately and
to leave the field.

Additionally, WA Rule Book 3, art. 15.1.8 An athlete who persists in using a dangerous method of drawing the string in the opinion of the Judges, shall be asked by the chairperson of the Tournament Judge Commission (COJ) or the Director of Shooting (DOS) to stop shooting immediately and shall be disqualified (see Article 12.9). …”


Click Here – USAA Archery High Draw Procedures

2018 AZ JOAD Indoor Championships, Jan 27-28

Dont forget to register for the the 2018 AZ JOAD Indoor.  Late registration fees start on January 22nd, and Registration closes on January 26th at 3:00pm.

The tournament will be held at the Ben Avery Indoor range.  Recurve and Barebow on Saturday the 27th, Compound on Sunday the 28th.  For details and a link to online registration, click the Corner Archery link below.

Click Here – 2018 AZ JOAD Indoor Registration

Click Here – List of Registered Archers

Target and Stand Give-away

The Winners of the Raffle have been chosen.  Congratulations to Leanna Nally  and  Maya Miller.

I will be in contact with the winners parents concerning the delivery of the Target and Stand.


Archery friends. I have a FREE raffle.

I have 2 American whitetail targets, and Wooden stands that I would like to give away to a young JOAD archer. These target mats are used, but still in good condition. I can deliver them to anybody in the Phoenix metropolitan area, but I am not willing to ship them.

I will draw the 2 names on December 31, 2017.

Rules of participation.
– Archer must be 17 years old or younger.
– Archer must be at Yellow Pin level or higher.
– Anybody can submit the archers name ie: (Coach, parent, friend, etc…)

USA Archery Dress Code Reminder

As we prepare for another year of Tournaments, please keep in mind the USA Archery Dress Code which changed in 2017.  There were many Dress Code issues that occurred at Tournaments which could have been easily avoided with a little planning by Archers.  

Coaches, Parents, and Archers – Please take the time to read and understand the USA Archery Dress code prior to attending an event in 2018. 

The underlying intent of the dress code is to have archers display a professional and athletic image.   The 2017 revision has added the restriction of “Leggings (tight fitting / yoga-type stretch pants)”.  USA Archery’s interpretation of “athletic image” is along the lines of Professional Golf, NOT Olympic Track and Field.

(  Rule of Thumb – Get Dressed and stand in front of the mirror.  Touch the Sky, Touch your Toes, if anything Shows, Change Your Clothes. )

Below I have attached a copy of the USA Archery Dress Code, which will be in Effect at all USA Archery Sanctioned events.

USA Archery Dress Code Policy – effective date 1-1-2017

2017 Timer Mesa JOAD Fundraiser Tournament, Dec 16.

Timber Mesa JOAD is holding a Tournament on December 16, 2017.   The proceeds of the event will help fund their JOAD program.  Below is a brief description of the event and a link to the registration Flyer.

“…….TIMBER MESA OUTDOORS JOAD Invites you to a PRE-LAS VEGAS Shoot Fund Raiser

December 16, 2017

Come out and support their fund raising event!   Money will be used for target faces, archery equipment and necessary items for helping the kids to improve their game! 

Parents will be on hand to help sell food, drinks and snacks as part of their fund raiser.

30 arrow Las Vegas round with 3 shooting lines. 

1st Line 8:30 AM – 2nd Line 11:00 AM – 3rd Line 1:30 PM

Adults – $35.00,  Youth – $25.00………”

Click Here – Event Flyer and Mail In registration form

Arizona JOAD Archers strike Gold on the World Stage.

Congratulations to Arizona JOAD archers, Alexis Ruiz and Andrew Park.  They both shot excellent this past week and are coming home with medals from the Youth World Championships.  Below are pictures taken by Coach Gary Yamaguchi, and a story from USA archery.

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Here is a USA archery article about the final day of the Youth World Championships.

“….. ROSARIO, Argentina – The World Archery Youth Championships came to a close today with the individual compound finals and all recurve finals. In addition to yesterday’s compound cadet men’s team gold, and the cadet women’s team and junior mixed team silvers, Team USA had four shots at three gold medals in the compound individual finals, and the recurve cadet men’s team was the sole recurve contingent to make the medal matches.

The recurve cadet men’s team, led by Jack Williams (Irvine, California) and teammates Andrew Park (Marana, Arizona) and Adam Heidt (Springfield, Georgia), overcame a 4th place seed to earn the U.S. a shot at a recurve world title. Going head to head with the 3rd ranked team from Chinese Taipei, a strong 54 gave the fist-bumping U.S. team a 2-0 advantage over Taipei’s opening 50. Holding steady, a perfect 30 in the front half and a 29 in the next three arrows gave the U.S. a decisive 4-0 lead as Taipei managed just 54 points in response. The Chinese Taipei team made a comeback, opening the third set with a perfect 30 and then put the set win out of U.S. reach with a 58 to USA’s 55 to bring the score to 4-2.

To open the fourth set, Taipei posted a 27, which USA countered with a 24. As Taipei finished the set with another 27 points, the pressure was on, and the U.S. team needed a perfect score to tie. Unable to keep all three in the 10 ring, the match went to a 4-4 tie for a shoot off. Both opened with 9s, then USA posted a 10 to Taipei’s 9. Another 10 clinched the USA win and the world title!

In an individual rematch of the women who shot for mixed team gold yesterday, USA’s Alexis Ruiz (Glendale, Arizona) faced Great Britain’s Sarah Moon for the compound junior women’s title. As wind continued to play a factor, both archers managed to find gold and scored 28s, and Ruiz held strong with a 29 to follow, while Moon scored a 27 to give Ruiz the advantage by 2. Smiling between ends, Ruiz remained calm and composed on the line, putting another 28 points down range to pick up another two points to her lead, 85-81.

A perfect 30 for Ruiz grew her lead again, and then after keeping all 15 arrows in the gold, Ruiz took a strong win 144-139 to take the World Champion title!

Then in an all USA final, Jesse Clayton (Powell Butte, Orgeon) and teammate Curtis Broadnax (Social Circle, Georgia) went head to head for the compound junior men’s world title. Keeping it exciting for the crowd, both opened with 29s. Broadnax then threw a perfect 30 to take the lead as the top seeded archer scored a 27. Still clean over the next three arrows, Broadnax increased his lead to 89-84 with six arrows to go. To close the match, Broadnax picked up another four points for a 146-137 total to take the gold and World Champion title while Clayton added a silver to his mixed team silver from yesterday and his and Broadnax’s team bronze earlier in the week.

Compound cadet Ethan Merrill (Manchester, New Hampshire), ranked 3rd in qualification, took strong wins throughout the individual competition and with a gold win on this stage in yesterday’s team rounds, he opened today’s final against Puerto Rico’s Alvarado Fernandez confident. The two split the first end with 26s, but in the second end, Alvarado Fernandez opened the door with a 7, and Merrill took the lead 54-52.

With a perfect 30 in the next three arrows, Merrill increased his lead another two points to 84-80. Then, a few arrows went high, but Merrill retained the advantage by a point and with three arrows to go, both shot 9s, followed by a 10 for Alvarado Fernandez and a 9 for Merrill. With the score now tied, both shot 9s again to force a shoot off at 137-all.

Both shot solid 10s down range and the judges had to pull out calipers to determine which was closest to the center. Alvarado Fernandez was declared the winner by millimeters and Merrill was awarded the silver to complete his full medal set – team gold, individual silver and mixed team bronze in his World Championship debut.

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Photo: Gary Yamaguchi…”