Lots to cover, so we'll jump right in...
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Indoor JOAD / AAP moves Outdoor
The last two indoor JOAD / AAP classes before Nationals will be:
There will not be any more Saturday morning indoor JOAD / AAP until October when we officially move back indoors. If you're going to Indoor Nationals and would like to practice scoring, we highly recommend coming on Thursday! We will continue to have Thursday evening indoor JOADs throughout the summer.
All indoor / outdoor JOAD / AAP can be seen on our events calendar.
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We are excited at how X10 Archery Academy is growing and becoming a team to be contended with. Archers helping archers, and a great team spirit. Thank you for what *you* bring to the Academy!
~ X10 Team
During JOAD / AAP, Coach John did a Q&A and shared some insights from his time at the Vegas shoot as team coach, instead of being a competitor.
Interviewer: How was Vegas different from any other tournament you have attended?
John: It was much bigger, with over 3,600 archers, their coaches, families and everyone else. It can be overwhelming.
Interviewer: You are normally at a tournament to compete. This time you were there as team coach. Is there anything you observed from this different perspective that you would want to share with other competitiors?
John: Yes!! Line etiquette. The shooting line was very tight at Vegas. You might think the line is tight at X10, but it was much tighter in Vegas. I witnessed several archers being hit by another archer's bow, causing them to either miss or have a bad shot. You have to be very mindful about your surroundings and managing your little bit of space on the line, for your own and other's benefit.
Interviewer: Vegas is not a cheap tournament, with travel, hotels, and entry fees, which applies to all tournaments. For aspiring archer athletes, do you think that it's important to plan ahead and include this budget in the training plan?
John: Yes!! You have to be prepared for what it will cost and plan accordingly. Also, remember to have cash with you at any tournament. There have been times in my younger past where I was at a tournament and had forgotten to being cash with me, and therefore was not able to buy anything to eat. This will really impact your game if you're hungry! But yes, it is important to be aware of the costs involved in tournaments and talk to your coach about including this in your training planning.
Interviewer: "This is a really important question... How was the food?"
John: Well, there is a lot to choose from and most of it was junk. It is really important to eat what you would normally eat when you're at home and going through your training regimen. If you're at a tournament and start eating new or different foods, it will impact your body and, quite possibly, your game. Try not to get too adventurous!
Interviewer: Did you see anyone famous?
John: Yes!! All of the top names were walking around, and it's great that these archers are so friendly and approachable. Brady Ellison was walking around high-fiving people and having a good time talking to everyone.
Thank you to Coach John for sharing his experience with our JOAD / AAP group. It is very insightful.
Did you know that you can submit your achievements and PBs (personal bests) into the X10 Archery Academy repository through our website? While it is not published publicly, the information is used as an historical record of our archer's major achievements. Any podiums wins or PBs achieved at a sanctioned tournament can be recorded. JOAD and AAP scores are kept separately and do not need to be entered.
At last night's Thursday JOAD class, Russel Raff shared with the class his experiences and pictures from the Vegas shoot, as a barebow shooter. Russell explained how the event was overwhelming, yet exciting at the same time, which makes you feel like you need to keep practicing. He explained the importance of having a practice strategy while at Vegas, because there are so many archers (3,000+) clamoring to get into the practice halls. One hall only allowed a practice time of five ends! Before this Vegas shoot, Jennifer Schneider had previously shared her experiences regarding preparation and execution at the venue. Russell said that was very helpful to have that information in advance. We will be sure to do a similiar briefing prior and after next year's Vegas shoot.
In this Saturday's JOAD class (2/18), we will hear from John Williams on his perspective of the Vegas shoot in his role as X10 team coach. There will also be a time of skills development with Coach John and Coach Lynda.
We have debated long and hard about the best way forward to encourage our students to improve their chances of success through accelerated learning. Research shows that many lessons orientated facilities only allow lessons to be booked in blocks and have to be taken on a regular basis. I do not believe that this allows for the best handling of our student's development. With that in mind, we will remain somewhat flexible on the booking of lessons, but will no longer offer discount on single lessons. However, to encourage accelerated learning through lessons attendance, we will be altering our price structure to where a discount ($15) will be given when four lessons are booked. The four lessons must be used within a two-month time frame.
This means that members can now book single lessons online or book packages in-store (will be available online soon). We are told frequently that we do not charge enough for lessons, which is true when you compare other archery lessons in the Greater Houston area that can be between $60-$100 for private lessons.
We are retiring Tuesday Night's Open Class. While some archers have taken advantage of Open Class, it has not been fully utilized. We feel that our instructors time can be utilized more constructively during a JOAD class where we have most of our students. As we will not be shooting for pins every week, there will still be opportunity for skills development at JOAD, in addition to lessons.
Some dislike change, but it keeps things fresh! We are proud of our X10 Academy Archers and their efforts, and we want to position ourselves to grow the Academy and give our very best. Thank you for rolling with the punches as we refine ourselves.
Yours, in archery,
Lynda LeCompte, Owner
Just a quick heads up that there *will* be JOAD / AAP this evening at. We will be going over some details to benefit those going to the State Championship at College Station this weekend, as well as practicing and fine tuning.
Sabrina put together an "Archery Toolkit List", with the help of some other archers, which is useful for anyone going to an away tournament. You can download that list here.
If we don't see you this evening, and you're going to State, best of luck! Remember to warm up, and give yourself time to relax before the first whistle. I'll be there for the TSAA board meeting on Saturday morning, and hope to see many of you there.
X10 Archers for the win! Go x10 Academy!
~ Coach Lynda
It's almost February, with Vegas, Indoor State, and Nationals right around the corner! We recognise that this will be a first for some of our archers, and many of our archers will not be attending any of these shoots. With that said, we want you to know that we are here to answer any questions you may have about what to expect, and how to prepare. We will be addressing these topics in JOAD classes and directly in student lessons. The most important thing to remember is that these events are a great time to make new friends, get a new experience and HAVE FUN!! If there was just one word to keep in mind, I would recommend, "Relax". Taking a deep zen breath, slowly exhaling and relaxing every muscle in your body does wonders for the soul!
X10 Indoor Classic and JOAD Cup - Still time to register!
JOAD / AAP Changes
To further grow the program, we will be making the X10 Archery Academy a full non-profit entity. This means that we will be able to solicit grants and funding to improve how the program looks and operates, benefitting every archer and their goals, from recreational through to the elite level archer.
We will flesh this out some more, with supporting information. In the interim, keep coming to JOAD / AAP! We will be seeking support from parents and friends of JOAD to help the Academy realize its goals.
Compound NTS Clinic - Save the date(s) - Feb 6th / 7th,
That's it! See you at the range
Registration is open for the X10 Indoor Classic and JOAD Cup!
Let's be the first winner of our own sponsored JOAD cup. It's pretty simple... each recurve, barebow and compound top score (for archers aged 20 and younger) will be added together. Each additional archer from a JOAD club earns 10 extra points, to increase the chances of winning.
All archers are welcome - JOAD and AAP. In addition to the JOAD cup, awards will be given for each youth and adult division. Tournament is USA Archery Sanctioned. Star FITA status has been applied for.
~ Coach Lynda
We trust you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here are just a few announcements.
X10 Archery Indoor Classic & JOAD Cup.
X10 Annual Memberships
JOAD / AAP Holiday shoot
That's it! Apart from... we are closing early on New Year's Eve at. Otherwise, it's business as usual.
Happy New Year.
So, I always forget something, but I'm glad it was this thing because it will get the attention it needs.
The 4th Quarter USA Archery Virtual Tournament theme is "Food Drive". We have been collecting canned goods since September, and have room for many, many more! By donating canned goods, we will be eligiable to enter to win the USA Archery Club Spirit award.
We will take a picture on Saturday evening of our archers and the collection of canned goods. With that in mind, please bring your canned goods to X10 this week or on Saturday. We, and the local food bank, will be very grateful. Plus, our JOAD archers will be entered for the Spirit Award.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
~ Coach Lynda