JOAD / AAP Email: 02/21/16

posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:26 AM by Lynda LeCompte

Lots to cover, so we'll jump right in... 

Group Classes and Lessons Subscription
Introducing group classes for beginners and ongoing skills development! We have been asked about small group classes for students to learn in a group setting, outside of JOAD. We have listened and implemented three group classes per week. The general class will be perfect for any archer who is attending JOAD and is keen to further develop their skills. These classes will be taught by Coach Lynda, assisted by our instructor team, when needed.

  • Beginner's class: Saturdays, 3:00 pm
  • General class: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm
  • General class: Saturdays, 5:00 pm

Subscribing to group lessons and booking private lessons can be done online or paid in-store.

Indoor JOAD / AAP moves Outdoor
Starting Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 am, we will be outdoors at Buffalo Field Archery Club.  

The last two indoor JOAD / AAP classes before Nationals will be:

  • Thursday, February 23rd and
  • Thursday, March 2nd.

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.

HOT 'n' Cold - Register Here
Two more dates for HnC:

  • Sunday, February 26th
  • Sunday, March 26th

Please check your USA Archery Membership 
This is being sent to all past and present USA Archery members. Emails usually go to current members only. To receive future emails and participate in JOAD / AAP, please renew your USA Archey membership, if needed. Thank you! (All past and present emails sent via the USA Archery membership portal will be archived on our blog.)

That's it! If you made it to the end, well done! Claim your free prize at your next visit. ;)

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

2/18/17: Coach John brief after Vegas

posted Feb 19, 2017, 3:37 PM by Lynda LeCompte

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.

2/17/17: The X10 Archery Academy Achievement Repository

posted Feb 17, 2017, 8:56 AM by Lynda LeCompte

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.

2/17/17: JOAD / AAP this week.

posted Feb 17, 2017, 8:06 AM by Lynda LeCompte

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. 

Academy email 2/8/17: Changes in Lessons and Classes

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:38 AM by Lynda LeCompte

Lesson Changes

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.

Here is the revised Lessons Policy.

Open Class 

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
USA Archery Level 4 NTS Coach

Academy email 2/2/17: JOAD tonight at 6pm. Not on Saturday

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:36 AM by Lynda LeCompte

Just a quick heads up that there *will* be JOAD / AAP this evening at 6:00pm. 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 

Academy email 1/23/17: JOAD Cup & General Update

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:35 AM by Lynda LeCompte

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!
The cup is HUGE, and we should plan on making a spot for it at X10. :D
Any JOAD club can win the cup if they meet the entry criteria. So far that is X10 Archery Academy and the Woodlands JOAD. This is friendly competition - it really is - but our mantra is "Come and take it!" Haha. Come on archers, there is still time to register.

Indoor Classic and JOAD Cup Information and Reg.

JOAD / AAP Changes 
Our JOAD / AAP program will start to look a little different moving forward. We have already announced that not every shoot wll be a pin shoot. Some archers are not able to attend Open Class on Tuesday nights, and may not have the schedule for lessons. So we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity for skills development.

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, 6:30 - 8pm?
In fact, pencil in a couple of dates. We are looking at either the Monday or Tuesday evening for this clinic. This is very impromptu, but an opportunity not to be missed. Larry Wise, JDT (Junior Dream Team) coach and long time compound bow educator will be at X10 Archery and is happy to put on a Compound NTS clinic. If you shoot compound or teach, you need to be there. It's just that simple.  It will be a small fee of $25. Registration will be open as soon as we can nail the day/time.

That's it! See you at the range
Coach Lynda

Academy email 12/30/16: X10 Indoor Classix & JOAD Cup

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:34 AM by Lynda LeCompte

Registration is open for the X10 Indoor Classic and JOAD Cup!
Friday, January 27th, 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 28th, 9:00 am & 2:00 pm 

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. 

Click here to register.

~ Coach Lynda

Academy email 12/28/16: Indoor Classic & JOAD Cup, Membership, Shirts & More

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:33 AM by Lynda LeCompte

We trust you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here are just a few announcements.

X10 Archery Indoor Classic & JOAD Cup.
January 27th / 28th, 2017 - Save the date!
More information. Registration open soon. This is for everyone, with a special emphasis on JOAD teams for the new perpetual JOAD cup award.

X10 Annual Memberships
Last chance to take advantage of the discounted annual membership. Available online or in-store. In 2017 we are switching to monthly memberships only. Memberships bought before the end of 2016 will carry you through the end of 2017!

JOAD / AAP Holiday shoot
Saturday, December 31st, 10:00 am. Our very own Aaron Christmas has plans for a fun Holiday shoot for everyone. Come one, come all! 

X10 Shirts
We are placing a quick shirt order with quick turnaround. Firm deadline of noon, Friday, December 30th.
Place order here.
There will be another order in early 2017.

That's it! Apart from... we are closing early on New Year's Eve at 2:30 pm. Otherwise, it's business as usual.

Happy New Year.

Academy email 12/13/16: Food drive: Supporting the community & our JOAD club

posted Feb 17, 2017, 7:32 AM by Lynda LeCompte

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

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