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

USA Archery SafeSport Training Update.

On January 16, 2018 USA Archery sent out notice that the New SafeSport training is up an running.  There are new requirements regarding the Safesport training renewals.  Please make sure to log on to your USA Archery account and review.  Below is the Notice sent out by USA Archery.

“……..The previously announced online SafeSport training courses are now available directly through your USA Archery account. Moving forward, SafeSport certifications must be renewed every two years, and the training will no longer be one course, but will include three separate online courses:

  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education

When you have successfully completed all three courses, the SafeSport certification will automatically be added to your account.

How to access and complete the new SafeSport training courses:

  • Log in to your USA Archery member account: https://usarchery.sport80.com/login
  • Select SafeSport in the menu under your name
  • Click on “Add SafeSport”
  • Click on the course you want to take
  • Click on the button “Start/Resume Course” to begin the course

Each course will be added to your account as soon as you start the training. If you wish to complete the courses in different sessions, you will be able to log in and click on “Pending Approval” next to the course you wish to complete, and then follow the link to continue training.

Once you have successfully completed all three training courses, a certificate of completion will automatically be emailed to you.

Important Notes: Anyone who has taken the previous SafeSport Training will have until June 30th, 2018 to complete the 3 new courses. Your certification will be valid for two years, and other courses will become available periodically.

Who needs to take the training? SafeSport is a required course for any club employee, volunteer, instructor, coach, judge, administrator or member who is formally appointed to a position of authority over, or will have direct contact with athletes within a USA Archery Club event or activity. For more information on USA Archery’s SafeSport policies, including the Code and reporting procedures, click here.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, works collaboratively with sport organizations to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, centralizing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse. The Center encompasses two offices – one for education and outreach, and one for response and resolution. Learn more: https://www.safesport.org.

Please contact certifications@usarchery.org for more information…..”

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 Iron Archer Results

Congratulations to our 2017 Iron Archers (Right to Left)
• Wade Flake – Gold
• Eric Bennett – Silver
• Kevin Hensberry – Bronze
• Ken Brunko – Copper
• Ashlyn Merritt – Yellow
• Kim Hicks – Red
• Kiel Amundsen – Blue
• Jacob Hindman – Black

Many of the Arizona JOAD archers came out to show the adults how to shoot.   Below is a link to the Ranking for the qualifications and Results of the Round Round Brackets.

 

2017 Iron Archer Qualification

2017 Iron Archer Round Robin Final Results

 

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

Xcellence in Archery