Northridge, CA – September 1, 2018- Cal State University, Northridge is accepting applications for the position of Archery Coach.
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Northridge, CA – September 1, 2018- Cal State University, Northridge is accepting applications for the position of Archery Coach.
For more information, download the PDF from CSUN here:
Yankton, S.D. – June 5, 2018- The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Programs Director.
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Congratulations to the archers who trained at one of our Easton Archery Centers or participated in the Olympic Archery in Schools program and have made the 2018 USA Archery Dream Team. We are very proud of their accomplishments. Read more…..
Easton Salt Lake Archery Center
Easton-Newberry Archery Center
Easton Van Nuys Archery Center
Ara Hekimian Brogan
Easton Archery Center of Excellence
Olympic Archery in Schools
The Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, presented six awards to recognize Florida communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in sports tourism in the State of Florida. The events were awarded or held between April 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017.
Mid-Market Event of the Year: Easton Gator Cup, Newberry, Gainesville Sports Commission.
While this is an annual local created event, what made the 2016 event special was winning the bid to host the USA Olympic Team Trials as the last chance for men and women to qualify in the US to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. During the Olympic Trials the top 8 men and women were eliminated down to the top 4, a 3 person team with one alternate archer. This was not only great marketing for the local community but also for the State of Florida to host an Olympic Qualifier before Rio. Over 600 people attended the five-day Gator Cup Tournament and Olympic Team Trial. Over 80% of participants were from out-of-state and over 95% of participants were from out-of county with 38 states represented and archers from Canada, Trinidad and Bermuda. 1,138 room nights were produced with over $175,000 direct hotel impact and a direct Economic impact of $452,067.
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Story and Photography by Ray Carson
Sometimes it takes a partnership to create a project. In 2008, the City of Newberry Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with a plan to create a sports park that would not only benefit local residents, but would also use sports tourism as an economic engine for the city.
As is often the case with small town government budgets, funding was limited. The solution was to form a partnership with other entities that could share resources and funds to create the park. Florida Fish and Wildlife donated land and the Easton Foundations provided additional funds and an archery facility. Read more….
Event: Easton Foundations Gator Cup and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot
Where: Easton Newberry Sports Complex – 24880 NW 16 Ave, Newberry, FL 32669
When: The Easton Foundations Gator Cup will take place May 26-28, immediately followed by the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot May 29-30.
What: The Easton Foundations Gator Cup is the second of four U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series Events of the 2016 season where archers earn valuable points towards a spot on the national team. The event will consist of official practice, a 72-arrow ranking round, and head-to-head elimination matches. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot is the last of a three-part trials process. The U.S. has qualified a full men’s team of three archers, and has earned one spot for our women. They will have one more chance to qualify a full team, and this Trials process will determine which archers are nominated to those slots to go to the Games in Rio.
Who: Top archers to watch include 2012 London Olympic Silver Medalists Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie and five-time Olympian and Olympic Bronze Medalist Khatuna Lorig, who also taught Jennifer Lawrence archery for her role as Katniss in the Hunger Games movies. Zach Garrett and Collin Klimitchek are the two youngest archers in the running for the men’s top 8, and both have a good shot with multiple recent international medals under their belts. Garrett invents his own archery equipment that he competes with, and Klimitchek is an avid adventure seeker and nature lover, which is how he found the sport of archery.
Mackenzie Brown leads the women’s field with a wide margin. Nicknamed the Girl on Fire, Brown narrowly missed the 2015 World Championship team, but then came back to suddenly win a spot on almost every major international podium for the remainder of the season. Currently ranked fourth in the world, Brown also won bronze at the Rio Test Event and is a strong contender for a medal this summer.
The top eight men stand as follows:
1. Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona)
2. Zach Garrett (Wellington, Missouri)
3. Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida)
4. Collin Klimitchek (Victoria, Texas)
5. Jacob Wukie (Fremont, Ohio)
6. Thomas Stanwood (Raynham, Massachusetts)
7. Daniel McLaughlin (West Chester, Ohio)
8. Sean McLaughlin (West Chester, Ohio)
The top eight women stand as follows:
1. Mackenzie Brown (Flint, Texas)
2. Hye Youn Park (Cupertino, California)
3. LaNola Pritchard (Lehi, Utah)
4. Ariel Gibilaro (North Branford, Connecticut)
5. Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California)
6. Erin Mickelberry (Bothell, Washington)
7. Lauren Clamon (Chula Vista, California)
8. Heather Koehl (Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin)
Live updates as the Trials continue are available here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For any media questions or credential requests, please contact email@example.com.
About USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.usarchery.org.
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By Don Rabska
You guessed it, this article is not about world time zones, it is about shooting archery. The “time” you are “in” is one of the most important, but least talked about aspects of shooting. What this article might help you discover is the time you are most often shooting in. Are you shooting in the past, the present (now), or the future?
Now is Now
If your answer to the above question is now, you are absolutely right and give yourself a pat on the back. When shooting, the time you are in should be the present or now, not in the past, thinking about the good or rough arrows you have shot, or in the future anticipating an outcome. Your mind should be only in the present time. If you are thinking about the last arrow you shot, you are not working on the arrow in your bow. The same is true when anticipating future events. If you are thinking that you have five 10s in the target and you only need one more to have a 60, and that is your thought while you are trying to shoot that last arrow for a perfect end, the likelihood of you actually shooting a 60 is pretty slim. The reason is, your mind is not in the same place that it was for the first five shots. You are now playing in the future and that is a dangerous place to be.
Let’s examine why we want to shoot in present time. When speaking with any experienced sports psychologist, they will tell you that all top performance is achieved subconsciously. This is also the state of being “in the Zone” as most of us fondly call it. If you have ever experienced the Zone, then you also know that is was close to impossible to miss the center of the target. Your shooting was the best it ever was and shooting seemed effortless. So, if you have been fortunate enough to experience the Zone, how do you get back there? That is certainly a big question on the minds of many and of course the harder you try to get in the elusive “Zone,” the farther you are from it.
The Zone is not really a conscious state, but more of a subconscious take over where the conscious mind moves over and gets out of the way. It is a mental condition where there is very little thinking, but where total body awareness is the driving force behind performance. If you are consciously thinking, then you are probably thinking in the past or future, not in the present.
Here is a little experiment to try (full participation, please). Pinch the skin under one arm at the triceps. Pinch hard enough that you feel a little discomfort (Okay, pain, but the doctor always says “discomfort,”—like it makes it hurt less?). While you are continuing to pinch yourself, ask yourself the following question, is this past, . . . present, . . . or future? I believe the unanimous answer is going to be “present.” You are experiencing this sensation in present time. Sensation is also known as “feeling” and therefore feeling has to be in present time. We do not experience physical feeling or sensation of things in the past or future, but only now, or “real time.”
The “Now” or “Zone” goes by many names, “flow”, “in the moment”, “in the present” or even comments like, “that guy is shooting unconscious” or “out of his mind”! Which of course is a pretty accurate statement for someone performing at a subconscious level. The importance of being in the present is that your focus is on what you are doing at the moment you are doing it. You can’t be thinking about the cold beer or soda you are going to have after the competition or the big juicy steak you are going to eat. Well, your mind can be thinking about those things, but don’t expect to shoot well. The mind must be on what you are doing, or better, on what you are feeling at the very moment you are in the process of “doing.” You should have total awareness of your feeling. If you can do that and start to block out everything else, then you are “in the now” and one short mental buss stop away from the Zone!
One of the most important lessons I have ever received took about 10 seconds and was from Dr. Dan Landers, world-renowned sports psychologist. One day after conducting a seminar for the U.S. Archery Team many years ago, he said to me, “Don, I am going to give you the most important secret in achieving top sports performance! As I eagerly anticipated the next words out of his mouth he said, “That secret is . . . stay in the present when you are shooting.” And as he turned to walk away he looked back and added, “By the way, I didn’t say it was easy.” He was so right! It is not easy; it takes lots of practice to learn to stay in present time when doing anything. The problem is, we are all trained throughout life to be a type of anticipation machine. We are constantly thinking of the future. We often dwell in the past too, but rarely are we totally involved in the now.
As I have noted in past articles, your focus needs be on two things, while turning those two things into one thing. Since the conscious mind cannot think of two things at the same time, you need to meld those two things into one experience. That is, look at what you want to hit and, with your kinesthetic sense, feel your way through the shot, paying close attention to the motion of the set-up, draw, loading, anchor, transfer and “holding” or control phase (B.E.S.T. system). Once the body is fully set and ready for the shot, you need only concentrate on clearly feeling a focus point until the shot goes off. That focus point may be a small area in the draw scapula to maintain good back tension or in relaxing the draw arm forearm or other point of focus to keep your conscious concentration focused on a fine degree of feeling. There is still the need to keep the connection with the target, but without really aiming as that is a subconscious activity. The feeling and awareness needs to be with you on the shooting line and not at the sight or at the target. Those other activities are for the subconscious to tackle, as it is your multi-tasking mechanism. You need only concentrate on the clear feeling of some aspect of your technique to give your conscious mind something positive to do and to keep it out of trouble.
It is also important to remember that the shot does not stop the moment the clicker snaps; it is just the middle of the shot at that point. One of the problems I see in many shooters is they seem to stop the shot at the clicker. It is like a door closes on the shot at that moment. The door to the target must remain open until the arrow hits the target. Another hindrance to good shooting is by trying to “help” the bow shoot the arrow. When anticipating the shot (playing in the future) and waiting for the clicker to snap, at the very moment it does click, the archer tries to help the bow get the arrow to the target. That instant reaction to the anticipation of the shot will rarely get the arrow in the center of the target. If you are working only in present time, then there is no reaction other than letting the bow shoot the arrow. There is stillness except for the natural reaction of the body when the draw fingers relax to let the bowstring push them out of the way while the bow hand falls forward toward the target. No “extra” effort, only a natural reaction created by the event.
In the Korean system of shooting, much of the teaching is on feeling the “center of the body,” feeling the scapula positions, feeling the head over the center of the body and feeling the overall awareness of the body to perform the shot. They will also speak about the feeling of “expansion.” Therefore, if your focus is totally absorbed in the feeling and awareness of the shot, then how can you be in any time but the present? There is no room for thinking of the past or future because you are totally involved in the now.
Eye focus plays a big part here, too. If you are intently focusing on the target, then you are not focusing on your feeling or awareness. The same is true for focusing on your sight. If you are “aiming” hard, you are hard at work on the wrong focus. The sight and target will suck your mind away from you as well as your body awareness. That, my friends, is a major trap to be avoided at all costs. The mind, the subconscious mind that is, has to be in control of aiming. It should be anyway, it is the professional at that game. The conscious mind is a complete rookie at the aiming process. Try the following exercise the next time you are practicing (and in competition). Rather than looking intently at the target or sight, relax your face and your eyes, almost like you are letting your eyelids droop just a bit. Totally relax your focus so that you are looking about half way between you and the target. If you do this and practice it, the target will appear to come closer to you . . . yep, it looks bigger! While relaxing in this way, focus only on what you are feeling through the shot, no “thinking” allowed, just quiet the mind and concentrate on the actual sensation of shooting, not thinking about it.
Focus on what feels “right.” You know when it doesn’t feel right and those are the times you should let down and start again so it does feel right. If you are in the process of shooting an arrow and your mind says, “Hey, my bow hand feels off” or your fingers creep on the string or any other part of your shot does not feel right, then don’t shoot. If you do, you are gambling! If you ever wondered how the gaming industry could afford to keep building big hotels and casinos in Las Vegas; it’s because they can afford it. Why? Because gamblers rarely win!
Getting Your Feeling Back
Often when we go to tournaments our feeling changes from how it felt in practice. This is because in practice we do not often have a big dose of adrenaline to deal with. One of the physical affects of an adrenaline boost is to heighten our awareness. However, which way do we handle this acute awareness? If we let it “out” then we notice many more things than we are usually aware of. We notice the birds singing, a baby crying, people talking behind us, people laughing, cars on the road, the sound of bow strings and just about any other stimulus that is around to perceive. If we are dealing with all these stimuli at once, then there is no room left in our head to focus on our shot. This is one of the reasons that many archers score less well in tournaments than they do in practice. There are other reasons as well, but this is certainly one of major causes. Now, when we are in this situation, it is very hard to focus on our shooting due to our minds jumping from one thing to another. This is where people laughing behind you might be a bother, or traffic on the street, or any other excuse the mind might look for as a reason for poor shooting.
The next time you are in this situation, try getting in touch with your feelings, and I don’t mean your emotions. Focus on your body and bring that heightened awareness to bear on you. Turn it into the inside so you are fully and totally aware of you. Bring your mind back inside you and not out in the trees with the birds. Here is the “how to” part. First, focus on your feet . . . how do they feel? Next, progress to your legs and then very importantly, the stomach. Does it feel tense, raised a little rather than more relaxed? How do your shoulders feel? What about your hands and fingers? Start concentrating on you and how you feel and you will begin to be aware of you again and what you should feel like. It should only take a minute or two to bring your mind back to recapture your physical awareness. Now work on focused breathing (diaphragmatic breathing). Doing this helps relax your mind and body while you are bringing your awareness back where it belongs. Focus your concentration on a point behind your navel. Feel the pressure build slightly at the top of the stomach on the intake and then feel the stomach pressure fall and relax on the slow out breath. When you are in the Zone, you will notice that your self-awareness is very acute and nothing outside that world exists except you and the thing you are focusing on. You need only maintain enough conscious awareness to pick up personal environmental clues like a shift in wind direction, a torn fletch or other necessary information that might hinder performance if left neglected.
Along this same line of thought concerning feeling, have you ever wondered why people who are sick often shoot really well? One reason is, they don’t care! They just want to lie down, get pampered by Mom or their spouse and go to sleep. The other reason, and what I believe is the biggest reason, is they have complete and full awareness of how they feel. They are not focused on anything but how they are feeling at that very moment. Nothing else matters, they are simply thinking about themselves and the unpleasant feeling they are experiencing. Of course, not from an ego standpoint either, just perfectly clear awareness of the body with little thinking involved. Besides, it is too difficult to think when we are sick, but we are most certainly aware of how we feel.
Until next time—Good Shooting!
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By Perry Smith
For Jake and Amanda Kaminski, archery is more than just a hobby. It’s part of their lifelong love and commitment. Jake, an Olympic silver medalist who’s about to turn 26, and his wife, Amanda, 24, are both top level archers who use their passion for the sport to spur their respective careers. Jake frequently travels internationally for competitive shooting, product development and coaching; Amanda set her sights on a coaching focus, and developing the business, Kaminksi Archery, that the pair established at their Florida home.
The couple, who were brought together through competitive archery, literally, seem to live the sport as part of their daily routine. “We both actually made the Junior World Team for Mexico in 2006,” Amanda said. “We met at the airport.” The two married in 2011, and now they help train archers at all levels at their Florida home — that is, when Jake isn’t competing internationally or working on cutting edge product development that could help shape the future of the sport. Amanda helps prepare archers at all levels on the training grounds the pair have developed for archers on their property. “We have our own building that we built in our backyard,” Amanda said. “We have up to 70 meters at our house.”
The success of both archery careers remains impressive, but becomes easier to understand, once one learns how long and hard the two have worked at competitive archery. Both became involved in the sport at relatively young ages, Jake as a six-year-old in Elma, New York, near Buffalo; and Amanda as a ten-year-old in Kennewick, Washington. Long before Amanda was a coach at the Easton Newberry Archery Center in Newberry, Florida, and at their home base, in Bronson, Florida, which is near Gainesville, she was a teen phenom. “I was about to turn ten before I went to my first tournament in Las Vegas and I won it,” Amanda said. “So I said, ‘Wow, I’m going to stay with it.’” She earned a spot on the Junior U.S. World Team and competed at the Junior World Archery Championships in Merida, Mexico at age 16. She garnered an invitation to the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California only two years later.
Jake’s father, who was a volunteer fireman, won a bow at a gun raffle when the future Olympian was only six. “I found a local JOAD club down the road called Leo’s JOAD,” Jake said. “I was just doing it for fun until I was around twelve years old,” adding that he was also receiving attention for his baseball skills. But he must have recognized his potential with a bow and arrow from a young age. “When (baseball and archery) started competing for each other’s time, I decided to go with archery on the national scale (for competition),” he said. The rest is history, including the silver medal he earned alongside U.S. Olympic teammates Brady Ellison and Jacob Wukie in London.
Nowadays, the targets for Jake’s attention are split. He’s touring the globe, most recently taking part in the Arizona Cup, and a competition in Guadalajara Mexico, taking part in an annual shoot used traditionally by top quality archers to kick off the season. Amanda likes to travel with Jake when possible, and when she’s not doing that, she’s coaching and managing operations at Kaminski Archery. After any conversation with her, you can tell which part she enjoys the most.
“I love working with kids,” Amanda said, noting that Jake often coaches the more advanced-level archers who come to Kaminski Archery. “I’m the one that does most of the coaching,” she said, adding that their archery center will work with everyone from children “old enough to hold a bow and arrow in their hands” to those who are “really, really dedicated,” she said. Her experience at Easton’s Newberry facility also gives her a chance to work with top-notch facilities. “What they have there is amazing,” she said, comparing it to some of the best facilities in the country. “(At the Newberry facility) we have groups coming in from other countries because the weather’s so great and they have the technology to do videoing.”
Jake coaches and competes, but he also speaks with a passion about product development, which seems to be a job and something he truly enjoys. “I’m more than just a shooter, I do a whole lot of work with my sponsors to develop new equipment,” Jake said, adding that he’s using his competitive experience to further his career. He’s currently developing a recurve bow as part of a new product line with one of his sponsors. He’s also working on the Appitune, a mobile app to help archers calibrate their gear. “We basically redid the archery ‘holy grail’ of tuning manuals,” he said, describing the inspiration for his new app. “Archery is our passion,” Amanda said, so I’m really happy now that we have this company, and I can travel with him.”