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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…”

2017 USA Archery AZ Board Elections

  • 2017 USA Archery AZ Board Election

    There are 3 open board positions that you are able to vote for in 2017.  The term that they will serve is October 2017-October 2019. Please review the candidates below, and then make your voice heard by voting. 

    – You must be a resident of the state of Arizona.
    – You must have a current USA Archery membership. 
    – You must be 18 years or older.

    Click Here for a link to Voting

    Questions? Please contact Kristy Wapniarski, Secretary


    Roland K. Brown

    1975. 1983-1992 Began archery with my daughter as a Father/Daughter thing but she soon decided that ballet was far more interesting. I continued as i enjoyed the competitive aspect of the sport. During this time, I became a shooter at The Archers Den where I met Al Henderson. With his guidance I became State Indoor and Southwest Sectional Champion from 1986-1990 except 1989.

    Archery Experience:
    Present: Renewed my interest in Archery in 2007 and in 2009 qualified to compete in the Senior Olympics in Houston, Texas. As of January 2017, I now hold the Arizona State Indoor Championship for Seniors for the past four years. I am listed as member #1 at the Arizona Archery Club and am currently a Pro Staff Shooter for them. I currently hold a level III coaching certificate and help run the beginner’s class at the club every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks at a time. Have been asked to help with Outside companies that want to have a team building experience with their employees. I also help out on Saturdays mornings with the JOAD and any customer that comes in needing help.



    Krista Colonna

    As a family, we discovered archery six years ago at the AZ Game and Fish Expo at Ben Avery. Since then, the sport has dominated my weeks, weekends, and travel. What started as an interest for my daughter, quickly grew into her sport of choice and a passion for me. I learned how to shoot a bow and earned my Level 2 Instructor’s Certificate. Wanting to give back to the sport and the community, I started working with the JOAD at Arizona Archery Club. Since then, I have earned my Level 3 Coaching Certificate, USA Judging Credentials, volunteer as the co-coordinator for AZ State JOAD, and help with most tournaments in the state.

    I truly enjoy serving the archery community and helping to grow the sport in the state of Arizona. Between working full time as a Product Manager for American Express and volunteering with JOAD, my house is cluttered, but my heart is happy. It would be an honor to serve the sport and the community as a member of the board for USA Archery in Arizona.

    Archery Experience:
    • JOAD Coach, Arizona Archery Club, 2015 – Present
    • Level 3 Archery Coach, 2016
    • Certified Judge, 2016 – Present
    • Co-Coordinator AZ JOAD, 2016 – Present
    • Assistant DOS and Announcer, multiple state tournaments and Arizona Cup
    • IANSEO and Scoring Experience, multiple local and state tournaments


    Charles Corridori


    In 2010 I returned to the sport of archery after a 20 year hiatus. I introduced my lost love of archery to my family, and our lives have revolved around it ever since.

    Shortly after returning to competition a wise man made a statement that completely changed my outlook. He said that these JOAD kids only have a few years to truly enjoy this great sport before life takes over. I took that statement to heart and decided that I needed to fill a different role. In a sport that is built mainly on parents and volunteers, I needed to help wherever possible.

    Since that time I have taken Instructor courses, helped coach, provided equipment support and bow tuning to JOAD competitors, participated in planning and running Charity events, and acting as a Judge / Director of Shooting for local and National competitions. My goal is to insure that Arizona archers have quality training and competitive events to attend.

    As part of the board my main focus would be to find more ways to build participation in all of World Archery’s competitive forms, Target, Field, and 3D.

    Archery Experience:
    – Former JOAD and Collegiate Archer.
    – USA Archery Judge / DOS.
    – USAA Level 3 Coach.



    Diana LaBeau

    I’m a retired editor from The U.S. and International Archer magazine. My husband, Terry, and I have spent our lives shooting archery, judging tournaments, traveling and generally living a great life. I have spent many terms on both the Arizona State Archery Association and USA Archery Arizona Board of Directors serving as Member at Large and Treasurer. I am currently a National Judge. I have judged numerous National, State and Local events over the course of my 40 years in archery. Years ago, we put a bumper sticker on our truck that said “Archery is my Life” … at that time, I thought that was kind of pathetic. Now, about 25 years later, I know that it a wonderful statement! The archery family is very close and supportive.

    My desire to remain on the USA Archery Arizona Board of Directors is strong. I enjoy representing southern Arizona. My years of experience have provided me with a lot of insight into the sport from an athlete’s perspective, as a judge, as a small archery business owner and as a photographer/editor. I love our sport and stay in touch with updates and improvements.

    Archery Experience:
    After moving to Arizona back in 1978, I took up archery in order to bowhunt all year. When my son was graduating from High School, I decided to go back to college. The archery coach offered me a full ride scholarship if I would shoot on the archery team! That changed my entire life. While learning to shoot recurve and compete, I worked with the assistant coach who taught me a lot but was very strict. A year or so later, I started dating that coach (Terry LaBeau) and we are married and sharing our love of the sport to this day. I’ve competed in NFAA bowhunter classes and Olympic style tournaments including 4 Olympic Trials, Collegiate Nationals where I earned All American and Field archery tournaments. My experience includes compound/fingers, compound release and recurve (my passion).



    Ryan Nielson

    My name is Ryan Nielsen and I was born and raised in Arizona. My kids, Autumn and Patrick, are the reason I got involved in the sport of archery back in 2012. Both my kids, Autumn and Patrick have been shooting at a competitive level since 2012 and I decided to give it a shot (literally)! I have been shooting both competitive and non-competitive tournaments for years and enjoy working in and around archery. My wife, Heather, is also involved in archery as not only a shooter but also a coach. Archery has been great for our family over the years. Because of our family being involved in archery, we have made many friends and acquaintances over the years. Outside of archery our family enjoys camping, boating, going on vacations, and relaxing at home.

    My goal in being a part of the USA Archery Arizona board is to further help promote and grow the sport of archery locally. By using contacts within and outside of the archery community I believe that I can help promote and grow all aspects of sport.

    Archery Experience:
    I started shooting archery in 2012 when my kids got involved with JOAD. I have competed in numerous local tournaments to include target, 3D, and field. I have a good understanding of the rules and regulations associated with each type of event and how they run. I have traveled to tournaments outside of Arizona to include The Vegas Shoot, USAT events, and JOAD national events. I have worked with Rhonda at Corner Archery and understand the inner workings of both compound and recurve bows as well as how to setup and tune each one. Additionally, I have personally designed and setup a tournament for Arizona’s very own Eric Bennett in which money was raised to help support his Olympic endeavors.



    Bob Pian

    Grew up and attended grade school, high school and ASU all in Tempe. Partner at SPS+ Architects. Married with a former JOAD daughter. I would like the three current board members and new board member as needed to have board representation from each of the USA Archery Arizona Clubs. However, if there are not enough candidates or if the board would like me to seek election, I would like to serve as needed.

    Archery Experience:
    Have served the local target archery community since 2001 in various capacities including;
    · Club leader
    · Instructor/Coach
    · Arizona State Archery Association Board Member serving as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president.
    · State JOAD Coordinator
    · Tournament organizer
    · JOAD parent

    I serve nationally as follows;
    · USA Archery Rules and Officials Committee
    · National Archery Association Foundation Board Member
    · USA Archery Judge, Director of Shooting and Chair of Judges
    · Easton Foundation and Archery Trade Association consultant.

    I participate internationally as follows;
    · International Judge, Chair of Judges, Chair of the Jury of Appeals.
    · Technical Delegate

    Arizona club affiliations:
    · Founding leadership of Papago Archery, Desert Sky Archers and Paseo Vista Archery Club.
    · Current Arizona JOAD Club leader.

    It has been a pleasure to actively serve USA Archery Arizona since 2001 and be a part of the quality growth of our sport. Our quality events and programs including the Arizona Cup, state championships, judge seminars, JOAD club symposiums, club workshops, club and world team member grants, provide our states archers with the opportunity reach their highest potential. I strongly support the states continued leadership in the national target archery community on behalf of the Arizona target archery community.


    Sandra Reynolds

    My life experiences make me a good candidate for serving on this board. Besides my varied experience with archery, I have a master’s degree in coaching and educational administration. These have given me experience in marketing, administration, and financial management of organizations, all of which are needed to effectively run an organization like USA Archery Arizona. I would like to be a member of the board to help grow the sport of archery and enhance programs and opportunities available to archers.

    Archery Experience:
    I have a wide variety of experience in archery: Level 4 NTS Coach, Level 3 Coach Trainer, Archery club leader, National Archery Judge, Parent of an archer, Recreational archer, and Archery hunter. These varied roles allow me to represent different perspectives in board discussions.


USA Archery Coach of the Year Voting – 2017

This year one of Arizona’s well know archery coaches has made the Semi-finals of the USA Archery Coach of the Year.  Congratulations Steve Yee.

Voting can be done by any USA Archery Member.  Meaning every official Member in your family is eligible to vote, so the kids under 18 years of age are eligible to vote.  Keep in mind, you will need to know you USA Archery ID number to start the voting survey.

Below is a link to the voting survey.

Click Here To Vote

2017 US Outdoor Nationals, Aug 3-6

This week many JOAD archers from Arizona will compete in the 133rd JOAD National Outdoor Championships.  Competition will run from 8-3 through 8-6-2017.  Online scoring is available, so you will be able to keep up with your favorite archers.

For live results you can use the Rcherz App, or you can go to the website.  Here is the link to the Live Scoring:




Arizona’s Youth Archers Head to Argentina!

posted Jul 17, 2017, 9:33 PM by Kristy W   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 9:34 PM ]

Congratulations to Arizonans, Alexis Ruiz and Andrew Park, who will both be competing on Team USA at the Youth World Archery Championships on October 8th, 2017 in Rosario, Argentina! 

Ruiz and Park competed at the USA Archery Youth World Team Trials in Lansing, Michigan in July. The JOADs were awarded points for placement in qualification, score, matches won and ranking of their arrow averages. Each joins two other archers to make a category team.  Alexis will compete with the Junior Compound Women’s Team and Andrew with the Cadet Recurve Men’s Team.

This will be Alexis’ & Andrew’s first World Archery competitions.

Photo Credit: USA Archery

USA Archery Dress code updates, Effective 1-1-2017

USA Archery has updated the dress code for Archery Tournaments. This Dress Code change is effective on 1-1-2017.  It is important for Archers to read and understand the dress code rules.  USA Archery Arizona will be enforcing the National rules at all sanctioned events.
The rule change is based on Leggings, Stretch Type, or Yoga Pants.  This type of clothing can only be worn Underneath length compliant Shorts, or skirts.  Please make sure to read and understand the highlighted rule # 3 below.
Here is a letter sent out by USAA-Arizona Secretary Kristy W.
“………Happy New Year!
With the new year upon us, we have some new updates for archers. Effective January 1st, 2017, there are new rules that will be enforced in regards to the dress code. Please see the details below and ask your coach, club director or simply hit reply if you have any questions about the changes. (PLEASE NOTE #3)

USA Archery Dress Code Policy

The USA Archery Dress Code Policy applies to the following individuals when in front of the Spectator Line at USA Archery Sanctioned Events:

(a) Athletes, coaches, managers, credentialed media, team officials, tournament officials, and archer agents.

1. Must present a professional, athletic appearance while on the field. (Torn, ripped or badly faded clothing articles are not allowed.) Clothing may be of any color, except as noted below.

2. No camo or blue denim (jeans) may be worn at target events. Accessories such as trim on shirts, caps, quivers, armguards, footwear, etc., are permitted to be camo. At field events, denim may be worn but camo may not be worn.

3. Shorts, skorts and skirts must not be shorter than fingertip length while standing normally. Leggings (tight fitting/yoga-type stretch pants) may be worn with compliant shorts, skorts or skirts.

4. Men and women are required to wear upper garments covering the front and back of the body and covering the midriff when at full draw. Women’s upper garments shall have a minimum strap of 3″ or sleeves. Men’s upper garments shall have short or long sleeves.

5. Shoes must cover the entire foot. Sport/athletic shoes are recommended to all athletes and coaches during target events.

6. At no time will any athlete or coach wear any article bearing any image or language to be considered offensive to others.

7. When participating in the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships and USA Archery Outdoor Collegiate Regionals, archers and team officials must wear tops that indicate what school they are representing. Apparel must conform to all university rules regarding school logo usage. During the Team and Mixed Team Rounds, all members of one team by class and division shall be dressed in the same team uniform. The teams of one school may wear different design and color uniforms (i.e. team in different classes and divisions are not required to match). Team coaches and managers may wear adifferent style uniform than the team, but should wear the same colors and should be easily identified as the official of their team. Headwear is optional. In the case of inclement weather, exceptions will be made by Chairman of Judges (i.e. raingear, jackets, etc.).


USA Archery New Rules for 2017 USAT events

For the 2017 USA Archery tournaments, there have been some new rules added for the events.

For  a link to the USA Archery webpage – Click Here

Below is the text from the new rules published on the USA Archery website.

“…  USA Archery Shares Updates to Event Rules for 2017
OCT. 24, 2016, 7:39 P.M. (ET)  After the 2016 U.S. National Target Championships we sent a survey to all participants. Additionally, we had multiple calls with our Athlete’s Advisory Committee, JOAD Committee and USAT Organizers to collectively address our members’ feedback. With those suggestions in mind, we have made changes to the 2017 event format. Let’s go through some of them and give you an idea of what to expect in 2017.



We want international guest shooters at our events, but we don’t want guests to affect the rankings of our U.S. shooters. Having guests at our event raises the level of competition and makes for a fun atmosphere. However, because our events are part of the ranking process for international events and financial support, challenges are presented when international archers participate in the elimination rounds. Therefore, for all 2017 National Championships and USAT events, only those archers who are eligible to compete for USA in World Cup and World Championship events will be allowed to shoot in the elimination rounds. Eligibility for these events follows World Archery Rules 2.4.1-4, found in Book 1 – Constitution and Procedures. Guests will be welcome at all events, however, they will shoot in a Guest division, which will encompass only a qualification round.


Because of this change, we will no longer brand the elimination round at our Outdoor National Championship event the U.S. Open. The entire event (qualification and eliminations) will be branded the U.S. National Target Championships. Medals will be awarded for the qualification round and the elimination round with the overall winner and “National Champion” title going to the winner of the elimination round.


A similar change will occur for the JOAD Nationals. Medals will still be provided for the qualification round, elimination round and team round. However, the “National Champion” title will be given to the winner of the elimination round as international guests will no longer compete in the elimination rounds. Additionally, the team round at JOAD Nationals will no longer be mandatory to attain the National Champion title. The team round will be optional for those who want to participate. Additionally, the team round will no longer be chosen through a random selection process. Teams will be assigned by their ranking from the qualification rounds, in an effort to create teams that are as equally matched as possible for those who express interest in shooting the event. Archers will have until the close of the practice day session to indicate whether they would like to be included in the team round. Guests will be allowed to compete in the team round and will be assigned based on their ranking.


We received a lot of feedback from parents, coaches and athletes regarding their frustration with the coach credential process. Abuse was experienced and many were purchasing the credentials simply to access seating in the archers’ area. In response, USA Archery will provide a premium seating area directly behind the archers that will be shaded. This area will be provided to coaches as well as family and spectators. The cost will be $50 for the entire event. Archers who are registered for the event, but not actively competing and wish to watch the competition will be allowed in this seating area free of charge. For those coaches who want to access the waiting area to coach their athletes, the cost for the credential will be $70 per event and will include seating in the premium seating area. The athlete area will be reserved for actively competing archers only. Additional space will still be provided behind the tents for those who wish to bring their own tents and chairs at no cost. We believe this new, premium area will be a great resource for those families who wish to be close to their athletes and have shade and a seat provided.  Access will be available for purchase within the registration materials.


The USA Archery Board of Directors put in place a process and policy by which divisions can be added or eliminated at the National Outdoor and Indoor Target Championships and JOAD National Indoor and Outdoor events a few years ago. Divisions must have at least eight participants in either the men or women’s categories over the preceding three years to ensure future inclusion. Para divisions are an exception to this rule. If divisions do not meet the minimum requirement, they are eligible for removal. At the U.S. National Outdoor Target Championship the 70+ Compound and Recurve Men’s and Women’s divisions have all had less then the minimum participation levels and therefore will not be offered in the 2017 Outdoor National Championship Event. Attendees will be able to register in the 60+ divisions. The 70+ divisions did meet the minimum requirement in the Indoor National Target Championship tournament and therefore will continue to be offered there.  The Traditional Longbow division also did not meet the minimum participation level and therefore will not be offered for the 2017 Indoor National Target Championships. This division can still register in the Modern Longbow division for 2017.

National Outdoor Target Championships and JOAD Nationals divisions that are in jeopardy of being removed in 2018 or 2019 if participation does not pick up include Junior, Cadet, Cub and Bowman Barebow divisions and the 60+ Masters division. The recurve men’s category is the only Masters 60+ division that currently has had over 8 participants the past three years. For Indoor Nationals, Modern Longbow, Traditional Recurve, Masters Compound Fingers and Junior, Cadet, Cub and Bowman Barebow divisions are all on the watch list for possible future elimination if participation does not increase.


In addition to the current rule, which states that shorts, skorts and skirts must not be shorter than fingertip length while standing normally, we are updating the policy to include that leggings (tight-fitting /yoga-type stretch pant) may be worn with compliant shorts, skorts or skirts. 

We greatly appreciate your feedback and are excited to continue working together to create better events for our members. 2016 was our biggest event participation year yet, and 2017 promises to be filled with excitement. We look forward to seeing you at our events. The 2017 National Events schedule was recently released here. Stay tuned here for registration for all USA Archery sanctioned events.  ….”