Two Newberry Archers Selected to USAA Junior Dream Team

Newberry Archers 2Two students of the Easton Newberry Archery Center have been selected to the 2013 USA Archery Junior Dream Team (JDT), which consists of 24 of the most promising junior and cadet Olympic style archers in the country.

Cub recurve archer, Ryan Oliver, and cadet recurve archer, Chris Francis, were chosen to the Junior Dream Team. The team was developed to bridge the gap between Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and the Resident Athlete Program in an effort to fast track those archers who show early potential. The program’s former students include Olympians, several World Archery Youth Championships Team Members, and USA Archery Resident Athletes. 

“It is such an honor,” said Oliver. “It has always been my goal to make the JDT and it feels great to have finally accomplished that goal.”

Oliver’s 2012 competition resumé was one reason he was selected. He collected 22 gold medals in 26 events at the club, state and national level. The highlight of his season came in June, when he defended his 2011 title by winning the gold medal in the Olympic MALE Cub Recurve       division at the Easton JOAD Nationals in Hamilton, Ohio.

Oliver, 13, has been taking classes at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex since it opened in 2009.

“The center is less than a mile from my house, so I can ride my bike there,” said Oliver. “Having a facility so close makes it very easy to train. I started taking weekly classes with Coach Bob Romero at the center once it opened. That is where I first started learning about the NTS (National Training System).

“I started competing at the end of the JOAD tournaments. My first FITA (Federation of International Target Archery) was in June 2010 at the Sunshine State Games where I shot 144 arrows in temperatures over 100 degrees. That was the first state level gold medal I earned. Since that time, I have shot tens of thousands of arrows, and I now I take classes with Coach Robert Turner.”

Under his current training regimen, Oliver shoots 600-700 arrows a week, along with Special Physical Training (SPT) and cardio training. Now that he is a member of the Junior Dream Team, he expects his physical training to intensify. And his mental approach to the sport of archery is pretty simple:

“You have to forget about the bad shots and focus on making the next one better,” said Oliver. “When you make a good shot, you try to make your next one the same.”

Oliver was not the only Newberry Archery Center athlete to make the Junior Dream Team. Chris Francis, 17, was also selected to the team.

“Since I haven’t been competing very long, I didn’t really expect to get on the Junior Dream Team,” said Francis. “I think it’s great to be in that company. I’m excited about getting to work with the coaches and being part of a great team.”

Francis only recently became interested in the sport of archery and began training at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex.

“I started taking archery classes about two years ago,” said Francis. “I became interested because my brothers and sisters were taking archery classes, and I’ve always enjoyed shooting sports.” 

In the 2012 season, which was Francis’s first year in which he competed on the state, regional and national level, he ended up placing in the middle of the Cadet Male Recurve division in national and regional tournaments.

“I was pleased with my finishes,” said Francis. “Although naturally, I want to do better. My division is one of the largest divisions at the national level, so I thought that placing in the middle was pretty good for my first time competing. However, my scores have gotten better over the past several months and I hope to place much higher next year.”

After placing first in all of the state tournaments that Francis competed in, as well as currently holding six state records, he is working hard to improve on the regional and national level. He believes the Junior Dream Team will help him accomplish that.

“I currently practice about four days a week and take two classes a week,” said Francis. “I also do exercises and strength training. As a member of the team, I will have to keep a training log and meet with a coach once a month using Skype, so I think that will help me to be consistent in my training.

“Taking classes at the Newberry Archery Center has helped me learn how to shoot and also helped me to improve my skills. The coaches at the center, other experienced archers I have met, and my mom have all helped me to improve my shooting skills. Additionally, all of the tournaments that the Center hosts have helped me to gain experience in competitive target archery.”

Fall Coach & Student Workshops

We have several workshops lined up for the Fall Semester.  Available sessions are listed below.  To sign-up please use the contact information listed for each workshop.  Be sure to tell them your school and how many want to participate.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please email Keaton Chia (kchia@esdf.org).


Fall Semester Workshops:



Workshop at Simi-Valley Adventist School

Date & Time:   Sunday, October 30th, 1-4pm

Address:  1636 Sinaloa Rd, Simi Valley, CA

School Contact:  Timothy Kripps ()

Sign-up:  Email Keaton Chia (kchia@esdf.org), phone (510) 303-6402


Workshop at Sequoia Middle School

Date & Time:   Friday, November 4th.  4-7pm

Address:  9452 Hemlock Ave, Fontana, 92335

School Contact:  Brad Freeman ()

Sign-up:  Email Keaton Chia (kchia@esdf.org), phone (510) 303-6402


Workshop at North Hollywood High

Date & Time:   Friday, December 2nd.  4-7pm

Address:  5231 Colfax Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601

School Contact:  Ester Delafuente ()

Sign-up:  Email Keaton Chia (kchia@esdf.org), phone (510) 303-6402

Coach & Student Workshops

Coach & Student Workshops
This year we want to bring more OAS events to YOU at the schools.  One of our goals is to provide more opportunities for coach and student development.  To do this we are planning workshops so students and coaches can come together to learn and practice.

These workshops will be hosted at schools and will be available to all OAS coaches/students in the area.  Coaches will have an opportunity to bring their students to the workshop so that they can learn more coaching techniques and then work with their students.  Students are encouraged to come with their coaches, but are welcome to attend on their own as well to develop their shooting technique.

If your school is interested in hosting a workshop, please email Keaton Chia (kchia@esdf.org).

To host a workshop, a school needs to set a date and time (weekend or after-school hours).  They should also have their range space and equipment available for the workshop.  Workshops will typically run about 2-4 hours depending on the number of participants and topics covered.   If possible, the workshop will be open to all OAS schools in the area, however if space is limited then the host school will get priority.  An OAS Representative will run the workshop so that the school’s coach and students can participate.

Each workshop can be tailored to the participants’ needs, however here is a typical schedule:

1)  Welcome and discuss goals (what do you want to accomplish in this workshop?)

2)  Warm-up and open practice (coaches observe form and develop questions)

3)  Demonstration and practice of key concepts from observations

4)  Group work (coaches are put with groups of students to practice key ideas)

5)  Practice

6)  Fun competition (ie. team rounds or matches)

2011 OAS Mail-in Tournament!!!

Get ready for our second OAS Mail-in tournament!

ONLINE REGISTRATION for 2011 OAS Mail-in Tournament

Last year we held our very first Mail-in Tournament and saw some great competition from all of you.  This year we have even more schools in the OAS program which should make this Mail-in even more exciting.

This year the tournament will run for the entire Fall Semester (August 1st to December 1st) so that more students can participate.  This is also to make it easier for teachers so that they can hold their archery classes anytime throughout the semester or even hold multiple sessions.  Our new OAS Curriculum has also been launched this year and the Mail-in Tournament is a fun way to finish that class.

Here are the 1st place winners from last year’s tournament.  Let’s see if these scores can be beaten!

High School:  

BOYS — Devon Domenech with a 286 from Newberry High

GIRLS — Arley Daughetry with a 273 from Newberry High

Middle School:

BOYS –Isaiah Dupont with a 345 from Westside Waldorf School

GIRLS — Leigh Ann Luong with a 343 from Simi Valley Adventist School

Elementary School:

BOYS — Xavier Moore with a  94 from Hale Academy


Complete scores from last year’s Mail-in Tournament can be found HERE.


2011 OAS Mail-in Tournament

How to Particpate:

Step 1 — Register Online

Step 2 — Have official scoring days for your students.  These can be held anytime between August 1st and December 1st.  Each student is only allowed to submit one score.

Step 3 — Submit your scores : Download the Scores Excel Sheet and fill it in with all of your students’ scores.  Then email this to Keaton Chia (kchia@esdf.org).

Step 4 — All students may earn OAS Achievement Pins.  Please check the Qualifying Score Sheet to see if students earned a pin.  To order pins, please complete the Request Form.

Step 5 — Look out for results and announcements.  After all of the scores are compiled, medals will be sent out to the overall top 10 finishes in each division (boys/girls & Elementary/Middle/High).

Step 6 — We would love pictures from your school!  If you do send pictures to us, please make sure all students/parents have signed the Photo Release Form.

Competition Format:

  • 36 Arrows — either 6 ends of 6 arrows or 12 ends of 3 arrows
  • 122cm Target Face
  • 9 meters for Middle School & Elementary (Elementary is Florida ONLY); 18 Meters for High School
  • 2 minutes for 3 arrows ends or 4 minutes for 6 arrow ends


Helpful documents:

*to save the file, click FILE in the top-left and download original*

Scores Excel (Email this back to Keaton Chia to submit your school’s scores)

Score Card (3×12)

Score Card (6×6)

OAS Achievement Pins_Qualifying Scores

OAS Achievement Pins_Request Form

Photo Release Form


Thank you all for your continued support and participation in OAS!  We’re excited for this new school year!

~ the OAS Staff

For questions please feel free to contact us.


Florida OAS archer takes GOLD in Newberry Tournament.

OAS student, Devon Domenech (Newberry high,FL) took the gold medal at Easton Newberry Sports Complex first ever outdoor JOAD event. In a tough field, of over 30 of Newberry’s JOAD archers and in his first ever tournament, Devon won the mens recurve division with an impressive score of 612. The tournament, a modified JOAD event, pitted all male recurves against each other regardless of age, ability and distance shot. Devon showed great skill to finish first out of the 12 males entered.

While the OAS program only began in Florida last year, it is clearly showing strong talent and results from its students. Head Coach of the Easton Newberry facility and the tournament director was excited for the programs future. “I am so excited to see one of our local OAS students in his first ever event and winning the gold medal. The field is strong with Newberry JOAD archers and to take first place in such a field, is a credit to his school, Coach and the OAS program”

The Florida OAS program consists of some 60 local schools in the area surrounding the Easton Newberry complex and is looking to continue its success and develop the program.

Robert Turner

ENSC Head Archery Coach

2011 OAS State Championships

2011 California State Championships & Education Fundraiser!!!

We will be holding our first OAS State Championships in California this year.  This event will serve as a test run for next year when we roll out competitions in all of our other OAS Regions.

In addition to providing an opportunity for youth to compete in archery, we hope that students will be able to raise funds for their school through this event.  We realize that schools are facing more budget cuts and other challenges, so through archery we hope students can make a difference for their school.

The ranking round is our fundraising opportunity.  Students may find people to sponsor them and donate a set amount for every gold a student shoots.  The ranking round is 36 arrows, so there are a possible 36 gold hits (a score of 9 or 10).  A form is provided in the registration packet, but fundraising must follow your school’s procedures and all funds go directly to the school (coaches, please check with your school about fundraising procedures).


Who: All California OAS Schools are encouraged to compete.  Schools (Middle and High Schools) may bring as many students as interested.

When: Saturday, May 28th, 2011.  8am to 4:30pm

Where: Woodley Park Archery Range in Van Nuys, CA.

Entry Fee: $10 per student.  Please make the check out to “Easton Sports Development Foundation”

Registration:  Print out REGISTRATION PACKET

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, May 6th, 2011


To Do:

  • Open the REGISTRATION PACKET  (link above)
  • Print out Fundraising Flyer for students
  • Complete “School Info Form”
  • Fill-out “Athlete Registration” (one for BOYS and one for GIRLS)
  • Each Athlete must have completed “Photo, Video, and News Interview Release Form”
  • Check for entry Fee
  • Mail registration packet to ESDF
    • School Info Form
    • Athlete Registration (boys & girls)
    • Photo, Video, and News Interview Release Form (one for each athlete)
    • Check for entry fee
  • Organize transportation to event
  • Students are responsible for their own equipment.  Make sure each athlete is properly prepared for the competition. (bow, arrows, arm guard, finger tab, etc.)
  • Mail Registration Packet To:
Olympic Archery in the Schools
c/o Idida Briones
7855 Haskell Avenue, Suite 360
Van Nuys, CA 91406 U.S.A.


  • 9 meters for Middle School on 122cm face
  • 18 meters for High School on 122 cm face
  • Ranking Round:  36 arrows, 6 ends of 6 arrows
    • ABC line (3 archers per bale, running one line)
    • 4 minutes per end
  • Team Rounds:  3 archers (can be mixed gender), 2 arrows each, 2 minutes per end
  • Olympic Rounds:  12 arrows, single elimination matches

Tournament Schedule:

  • 8 am Check-in: School coaches are responsible for checking in their school
    • Range open for un-official practice (the 18 meter area)
  • 8:45 am Welcome
  • 9 am Ranking Round
    • 2 ends of official practice and then directly into scoring
    • 36 arrows, 6 ends of 6
    • Score cards turned in and verified.  School coaches also turn in scores for team round (scores of just their 3 archers).
    • Announce school placements thus far
  • 11:00 pm Team Rounds
    • 2 ends of official practice
    • start matches
    • rankings for teams determined by Ranking Round
    • schools may submit one team each (3 archers make up a team, can be mixed gender this year)
    • Finals matches will all be held at the same time
  • 12:30 pm Awards and Lunch
    • Awards for Ranking Round and Team Round.  Announcement of school placement so far
    • Lunch
    • Range open for practice (the 18 meter area)
    • All brackets and target assignments will be prepared during lunch and distributed to the coaches.
  • 2:00 pm OR’s
    • 2 ends of official practice
    • start matches
    • 2 ends of 6 arrows up to semi’s; then 4 ends of 3 arrows for finals
    • Rankings from ranking round
    • Final matches to be held at same time
  • 4:30 pm Closing
    • Final Awards and presentation of Cash prize to winning schools


  • Ranking Round: top 5 in each division (Middle/High School & Boys/Girls)
  • OAS Achievement pins will also be given for ranking round
  • Team Round: top 4 teams in each division (Middle/High School)
  • Olympic Round: top 4 finalists in each division (Middle/High School & Boys/Girls)
  • Overall School Finishes: Top 3 schools (schools earn points from each round;  for example a first place finish in the ranking round will give their school 5 points)

2011 LA Sectionals Archery Competition!!!

2011 LA Sectional Archery Competition!!!

Almeria and Sequoia Middle Schools will be co-hosting our first OAS Sectional Tournament.  This competition is open to all California Middle Schools in the LA, Long Beach, and Riverside areas.

Each school may send 6 archers (3 or 6 archers preferred as we are doing team rounds)  and there is a maximum of 42 athletes so register soon to reserve your spots!


Registration Deadline is Friday, April 22nd.


Where:  Almeria Middle School, 7725 Almeria Ave., Fontana, CA 92336

When:  Friday, May 6th

Entry Fee:  FREE!


  • 2:30pm — Check-in and Welcome
  • 3:00 pm — Ranking Round (3 ends of official practice)
  • 4:30 pm — Team Round (1 practice end)
  • 5:30 pm — Awards


  • Middle Schools, 9 meters, 122cm target face
  • Ranking Round — 30 arrows, 10 ends of 3 arrows, 2 minutes per end (4 archers per bale, running a double line.  AB line and CD line.  Each end the order switches)
  • Team Round — teams consist of 3 archers, 2 arrows per archer, and 2 minutes.  Teams will be ranked according to their ranking round score, and then teams will go head to head in elimination matches.  A match consists of 4 ends and the team with the highest total score moves on.  How team rounds work:  the first archer goes up to the shooting line and shoots their 2 arrows.  Then they must come back behind the waiting line before the second archer can go up and shoot their 2 arrows and the same happens for the third archer.
  • Awards — top 3 boys and top 3 girls in the ranking round receive medals.  OAS Achievement pins will also be given out.  For the team round, the top 4 teams will receive medals.

Online Office Hours

Have a question?  Or an itching desire to talk about archery?  Come check out our Online Office Hours then!

It’s easy…all that you need is a computer and internet connection (webcam/mic is also good) then just check our calendar for available dates and times and then just click the link for our Online Office Hours.  You are welcome to stay for as long or short as you would like.

For more details go to our Online Office Hours PAGE.

See you there!

~ OAS Staff