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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.  ….”

2016 USA AZ Archery Cleanup

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Thank you USA Archery Arizona Clubbers!

On January 2,  2016. Volunteers and JOAD youth cleaned up and organized our containers at Ben Avery FITA Range.
The team:
• Troy and Cody Johnson, Pineapple JOAD
• Tyler and Rick Bachman, DSA
• Devin and Brian Timsom, DSA
• Jeremy and Charles Corridori, Corner
• Travis and Jackie Laverio, Corner
• Bob Pian, AZJOAD
• Everything was removed from the 3-40’ and 1-20’ containers.
• Target butts, equipment and supplies were sorted and retired equipment discarded.
• All was put away
Container 1, 40’the former DSA container, north most container
• Often used tourney and shoot items.
Container 2, 40’ side door unit
• 54” Target butts.
Container 3, 40’ new unit, in the old trailer location
• 52” Target butts.
• Supplies that are not used often in back.
• More often used items in front.
Container 4, 20’ JOAD Container
• Construction and once a year use items, faces.
BASF operation trailer cleared of USA Archery AZ storage.

The day ended with Spencer, Susan and Steve Yee setting up for a club pin shoot.

A great way to start 2016…(Taken from Bob Pian, AZJOAD)