By: Carl Greene
This years Gator Cup was a tremendous success with 354 archers competing from all over the US as well as from 5 other countries.
As the school year came to a close along with classes, the Easton-Newberry Archery Center opted to offer summer camps in three-day increments. With four basic and four intermediate/competitive camps running during June and July, families will have better flexibility to plan summer vacations, etc. while continuing to keep their archer training. They also offer weekly adult classes. Even with the short notice and restructuring they had about 35-40 registrations in the first week of posting. The first week of camp was a huge success using US Archery’s Explore Archery program for the basic level camp and did a lot of core and balance training along with NTS exercises for the intermediate level camp
In August the Archery Center will start back with a regular weekly class schedule for basic through competitive classes and programs. The top two classes will be constructed as a more complete program rather than just a weekly class. These two classes will require athletes to fill out and commit to goals worksheets, training logs, and physical strengthening and training programs on a day-to-day basis. This will be monitored as a higher level of commitment from both the archer and the center to produce a more complete and competitive athlete. The intermediate level class will provide instruction and knowledge without all of the extra demands of a regular training program.
The indoor range received a new coat of paint and freshening up as they move toward a more inspiring décor to promote the interest in archery. The surroundings, both facility and faculty, are a large part in the motivation of an athlete. The aim is to make that motivation be the most positive and informative as possible.
On June 14th, the Florida state JOAD championships were held at the facility with 54 archers competing. This was a record turnout for the state JOAD. After meeting with the Florida Archery Association they have committed to bring back at least four of their state events to the center for 2015. Building the trust and bond between these organizations is crucial to the future of any facility. As they reach out to other groups and organizations they hope to expand their reach and use of the great facility at the Easton-Newberry Archery Center.