2015 Copper Classic Story – Results

5th Annual Copper Classic, November 2015.

This tournament was originally designed to teach young archers the ropes of head to head competition. It since has evolved into a tournament that not only introduces new archers to this type of competition, it also brings together archers from all different archery disciplines, USA, ASA and NFAA. Many archers, who usually focus on shooting 3D, crossed over to enjoy this head to head shoot out.  All competitors were eager to see how they stacked up against others they might face in Vegas.

On Saturday youth archers competed in USA divisions Bowman to Cadet, with Sunday reserved for Junior’s to Masters. On Saturday I witnessed a few new archers starting to understand the idea of “The only arrow that matters is the one on your bow right now!”  Even though you are down 4 set points to 0, you still have a chance to win, if you focus on just that ONE arrow. The nice thing about set points vs. cumulative points is one bad arrow won’t ruin the entire match.

The First part of each day consisted of a 300 ranking round. The archers were then divided into flights of 8 to compete in head to head matches.  The flights were determined by ranking round scores, regardless of age, bow, or gender.  This was an excellent opportunity to truly see archers compete based only on ability.

With the new “Inner Ten” for Compound rule change, competition was evened out. On both days recurve archers made it into the Top Copper Flight.   Saturday’s overall 2015 Copper Classic Champion was Jeremy Corridori.  Sunday’s overall 2015 Copper Classic Champion was Nathan Yamaguchi, one of Arizona’s Resident Athletes from the Chula Vista Olympic training center. The clubs own Chris Escarsega was top qualifying archer for Sunday, and Jeremy Corridori was top qualifying archer for Saturday.

2015 Copper Classic Results

2015 Papago Artic Challenge, Dec 12

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Registration Link

The 900 round tournaments hosted by Papago Archery Association (PAA) are the perfect “first time” outdoor tournament for archers of all ages, especially the youth, and fun shoots for any archer that enjoys a little friendly competition.


December 12th, 2015 (Saturday)
Check in: 8:30 am  
(Onsite registration will NOT be accepted)
Official Practice (minimum 2 ends): 9:00 am
First Round will begin after official practice.

Papago Park Archery Range
6201 E Oak Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

$30 for Senior & Master Divisions
$25 for all Youth Divisions (Bowman through Junior)
$50 Late registration fee for all divisions (After December 5th, 2015)

900 Round on 122cm target faces* – Archers will shoot three (3) rounds at three (3) different distances. Each round will be 30 arrows (5 ends of 6 arrows).  There will be a break between the middle and short distances.

*Bales with only compound archers (Division Cub-Master) will use (2) 122 cm five ring center spot target faces. Lanes will be identified when tentative lane assignments are posted.

Divisions & Distances:
Barebow or Genesis, Recurve Bow, Compound Bow
Master, Senior & Junior 60/50/40M
Cadet 50/40/30M
Cub 40/30/20M
Bowman 30/25/20M
Yeoman 20/15/10M

*All archers are allowed to shoot up in a higher division if desired.

USAA rules apply. Equipment and Arrow size limitations per USAA Rules and Regulations. Please see link below for more details.

USA Archery Arizona: http://www.azjoad.com/main/forms/USAA-AZ_Tournament_Rules_and_Procedures_Summary-March-04-2013.pdf


2015 AZ State FITA Field Story – Results


Over thirty archers from ages 9 to 80+ came to Usery Mountain Regional Park to contest the 2015 FITA Field State Championships.  The archers had to contend with the elements for two days.  The first day they were greeted with strong breezes that did not taper off until noon.  The temperature rose to 80 degrees and the breezes were welcomed as there was hardly a cloud in the sky.  The rugged hills of Usery Mountains’ Five Star field range provided the archers with many challenging and fun shots from towers, and rocks, uphill and downhill, across deep cervices that have been carved into the rocks,  from distances as close as five meters to as long as 60 meters.

The second day was cooler as the clouds rolled in and provided pleasant shade and breezes were just enough to cool everyone.  The archers shoot from known distances, and the distances are longer.  Any archer who exceeds or matches their first day score is having a tremendous tournament. Most archers will have a  lower second day score due to the longer distances.

Special thanks to the following volunteers, whose help made this tournament possible: Brad Cress, Charles Winder, Tom Huteson, Dennis Mowery, Jackie Levario, Tony Certo, and Sam Lopez.

Director of Shooting:  Richard Doria.

The 2015 results are the following:

Male Cub Bare Bow Day 1 Day 2 Total
1 Blake Ashby 204 174 378
Male Senior Bare Bow      
1 Jay Lujan 204 175 379
Male Master 50+ Bare Bow
1 Mark Brestel 235 194 429
2 Rick McCollum 182 161 343
Male Master 70+  Bare Bow      
1 Joe Lujan 174 138 312
2 Robert Deerwester 149 88 237
Male Master 60+ Long Bow      
1 Tad Earl 235 181 416
2 Richard Doria 193 169 362
Male Bowman Olympic Recurve      
1 Nathanael Nam 236 0 236
Male Cadet Olympic Recurve      
1 Samuel Nam 255 0 255
Female Cadet Olympic Recurve      
1 Fara Shippe 153 178 331
Male Senior Olympic Recurve      
1 Gary Yamaguchi 285 313 598
Male Master 50+ Olympic Recurve      
1 John McCurry 252 240 492
Female Bowman Compound      
1 Amanda Branch 324 336 654
Male Bowman Compound ( 9 Yrs )      
1 Patrick Nielsen 315 318 633
Male Bowman Compound      
1 Zachery Neilson 271 294 565
2 Jordan Sapp 264 205 469
Male Cub Compound      
1 Spencer Yee 349 368 717
2 Travis Levario 349 354 703
Male Cadet Compound      
1 Vance LeSatz 375 369 744
2 Zack Ulmer 351 364 715
3 Samuel Lopez 301 290 591
Male Senior Compound      
1 Paxton LeSatz 368 363 731
2 Ryan Neilsen 320 320 640
Male Master 50+ Compound      
1 Don Mugavero 323 320 643
2 Brad Cress 316 301 617
Male Master 60+ Compound      
1 Mark Hanson 379 381 760
2 Thomas Huteson 354 346 700
3 Richard Greiger 332 332 664
Male Master 70+ Compound      
1 Charles Winder 283 0 283
Male Master 60+ Bare Bow
Guest from California
1 Steve Russell 247 203 450

USA Archery announces new JOAD pin scoring

USA Archery has announced a revised JOAD achievement scoring pin matrix.  The new Pin Scoring Matrix was announced in October 2015.  The new scoring is in effect, and should be used to determine if a pin was earned at a JOAD’s next scoring event.  

Here is the link to the 2015 revision of Pin Scoring Matrix – 
JOAD Scoring Matrix 
Adult JOAD Scoring Matrix

Here is a link to the FAQ, and explanation for Changes made. 
Scoring Matrix FAQ, and changes Explanation

2015 Copper Classic, Nov 7-8 (Event Changed)

Big Changes made to the Event. 

  • Copper Classic is now Inner 10 for compound, Outer 10 for recurve.
  • There is NO Cut, all competitor who compete in the ranking rounds will be allowed to stay and shoot in the head to head competition.

On November 7 & 8 Arizona Archery Club is hosting the Copper Classic.  November 7th is for Youth, November 8th is for Adults.
Here is a link of the event flyer – 2015 Copper Classic Flyer
Online Registration can found here – Online Registration Link

USA Archery announces rules changes for 2016

1 – National events WILL now be using Inner Ten scoring in the Compound Bowman and Cub classes.  Here is the actual text from the press release.  “……USA Archery, with the consideration and approval of the JOAD Committee, is making changes for the JOAD National Indoor Championships format. Compound Cub and Bowman will now score using the inner 10-ring.  This change will make the scoring for these two age classes the same as what they shoot in  the National Indoor Championships……”

2 – Also, Barebow has been added as a seperate class at the National events. Here is the text from the press release. “…. Additionally, Barebow has been added to the National Indoor program as a developmental division……”

3 – USA Archery has released their ruling on the new World Archery total ban on Camo.  Here is the text from the press release.  “……USA Archery is also releasing an update on Camo. Early in 2015, World Archery published an updated by-law to the rules governing Camo clothing and equipment. Camo colors are those traditionally found in nature: blacks, greys, greens, sand, beige, and whites (forest or desert situations). These new by-laws, which apply to World Archery events from World Ranking tournaments to multi-sport games, Continental Championships, World Championships and Olympic/Paralympic Games, state the following:

  • Book 3 Target – Chapter 11 – Article 11.3.3: Athlete equipment shall not include camouflage colors of any kind.
  • Book 3 Target – Chapter 20 – Article 20.1.1: No demin, jeans or camouflage clothes and equipment may be worn, no any oversize or baggy type pants or shorts.
  • Book 4 Field and 3D – Chapter 33 – Article 33.3: Clothing and equipment shall not be camouflage. 

USA Archery has determined that we will allow camo colored equipment at all sanctioned events. Camo clothing is still not allowed. This new by-law will impact any archer who plans on attending the 2016 Arizona Cup because it is World Ranking Event for both able-body and Para athletes.  

For questions related to the indoor events schedule and registration, please contact National Events Manager Sheri Rhodes at events@usarchery.org. For a complete list of USA Archery sanctioned tournaments, including state championship events, click here……….”

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