Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mongolian Bow Maker

Archery Clup İn France

Archery Clup İn France :

Monday, June 25, 2007


2008 Beijing Olympic Game


Valid as of 1 August 2008

Olympic Competition Format
There are 4 events in the Archery competition in the Olympic Games:

Ø Men’s and Women’s Individual events with the Recurve Bow
Ø Men’s and Women’s Team event with the Recurve Bow

There are separate team and individual competitions. The archery competition is organised in the following rounds: FITA 70m Round and the Olympic Round consisting of the Team Elimination Round, Team Finals Round, the Individual Elimination Round and Individual Finals Round for Women and for Men.

The FITA 70m Round is used to rank the individual archers and to qualify the teams (max 16 qualify). The Olympic Round allows 64 participants for the women’s competition and 64 participants for the men’s competition (qualified at FITA World Championships and other Qualifying Tournaments).

There will be a minimum of 9 teams for the men and the women (8 that qualified at the World Championships, the home country), plus any country that qualifies 3 archers of the same gender for the Olympic Games.

Each elimination and final round consists of a head-to-head match from which the winner advances to the next round. The matches for individual and team elimination rounds are drawn by a match-play table, which is based on the ranking of the FITA 70m Round.

The individual competition consists of elimination rounds (1/32nd, 1/16th, 1/8th) and finals round (quarterfinals, semifinals, finals for bronze medal and gold medal).

The team competition consists of elimination rounds (1/8th, 1/4th) and finals round (semifinals, finals for bronze medal and gold medal). Teams consist of 3 athletes of the same gender and country.

Differences between the FITA World Championships and Olympic Games
The main difference is that the number of participants in FITA World Championships is higher. Therefore a qualifying round is shot in order to determine who enters the elimination round. During FITA World Championships archers shoot the FITA Round which is shot at 4 distances (90m, 70m, 50m and 30m for Men and 70m, 60m, 50m and 30m for Women). During the Olympic Games the only shooting distance is 70m.

There are World Championships in many Archery disciplines which are as follows: Outdoor Target Archery, Indoor Target Archery, Field Archery and Ski-Archery.

Changes since the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
The format and scheduling of the competition in Beijing is slightly changed from Athens. During the 1/32nd and 1/16th elimination rounds the archers that win the 1/32nd will shoot subsequently the 1/16th elimination. They will shoot in groups based on the place obtained in the ranking round. Two separate fields of plays will be used in order to allow for better TV coverage of both parallel matches.

The number of arrows has been changed from 18 to 12 throughout the individual elimination rounds and the number of arrows for teams has been changed from 27 to 24 in 4 ends of 6 arrows.

Sport Rules and Procedures
In individual competition, archers shoot 4 ends of 3 arrows in the elimination and final rounds, in alternate shooting with 30 seconds per arrow.

In the team event, the team shoots 4 ends of 6 arrows (2 arrows per team member) in all rounds. The time-limit is 2 minutes per team per end.

The target face is divided into 10 concentric rings each awarded a score between one and ten, with the innermost ring worth 10 points. The highest score wins the match.

After every end, the trailing archer or team shoots first.

Tie-Break Rules
Tie-break for individuals:
A single arrow will be shot by each archer and the archer with the highest scoring arrow will win. If tied after one arrow, a second tie-breaking arrow will be shot for score. If tied after 2 arrows are shot, a third tie breaking arrow will be shot and the archer with the third arrow closest to the centre will win.

Tie-break for teams:
A single arrow will be shot by each team member. After the first 3 tie breaking arrows are shot, the team with the highest score will win. If still tied, another 3-arrow end will be shot for score. If still tied, a 3rd end of 3 arrows will be shot for score. If tied, the team with the single closest-to-the-centre arrow will win. If tied, the second (or 3rd) arrow closest-to-the-centre will determine the winner. If tied, subsequent 3 arrow ends will be shot until the tie is broken.

The process for ranking the losers with the same score (in the same round) is as follows: the archers are co-ranked at the same position and the subsequent place will take into consideration the number of tied archers.

Penalties / Disqualification Rules
There is set of penalties for infractions; the most common ones are:
Ø loss of the value of any arrow shot after the allocated time
Ø return behind the waiting line in case of incorrect relay in the team event

Protests / Appeals
With the exception of the value of a judged arrow, a participant can appeal against any unfair issue.

FITA Communication
January 2007

- Original Source : http://www.archery.org/

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Final Day of the Meteksan Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Antalya, Turkey .

The new star from Russia, Erdyniyeva!
Antalya – 2 June 2007

The final day of the Meteksan Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Antalya, Turkey, gave many exciting final matches. The new Russian star Erdyniyeva won Recurve Women and clinched a place in the World Cup Final later this year. The experienced Kazantseva (RUS) did exactly the same in Compound Women. Brasseur (FRA) and the new comer Kim Yeon Chul (KOR) are the other winners. All matches were broadcast LIVE on TRT and the Polish national channel!

- Anna Kazantseva (RUS) and her coach

Compound Women – Bronze

The first match of the afternoon was between Anastasia Anastasio (ITA) and Gladys Willems (BEL). The latter opened the match with 8-10-9, while Anastasio started with a triple 9. The match was tied at 27. Willems continued with a perfect 10-10-10 end to take a big advantage over her opponent who shot a 6 (57-49). It was a tough experience for the young Italian archer to play at such a level. She held it well, though, with a triple 9 in the third end. However, Willems showed why she holds the World Record (1411) for the FITA Round: another 10-9-9 end for her and a lead of 8 points (84-76). No problem for Willems then to clinch the match and win bronze with a comfortable margin: 112-102.

Compound Men – Bronze

Thomas Hasenfuss (GER) and Roberval Dos Santos (BRA) were then facing each other for the Compound Men bronze medal. This was the first appearance of Hasenfuss in a World Cup final. The score of this match was tied after the first end, both archers shooting two 9s and a 10 for a temporary total of 28. The level raised high in the second end with a perfect three arrow series and a two point lead for the Brazilian (58-56). What a match and come-back by Hasenfuss with a perfect end to tie the match at 86! The two archers were tied with one arrow to go (105-105). Both archers shot a 9 at this moment, which led them to a shoot-off! Roberval, with a low arrow, scored only 8 and left the door open to Hasenfuss who took victory with a 10!
- Sebastien Brasseur (FRA)
Recurve Women – Bronze

Lee Sung Jin (KOR) versus Natalia Valeeva (ITA) for the bronze medal in Recurve Women. The Italian took the line first and opened the match with 29 out of a possible 30. It was Lee’s turn to shoot first for the second end, since she was trailing behind by one point at that time. She scored a triple 9, while Valeeva scored a 7 with her fourth arrow but went on with two perfect shots to keep her lead (56-55). The Italian even doubled her advantage in the third end: 84-82. The two archers proved very close to one another, as they were ranked 4th and 6th in the qualifications. However, with a low 8-10-8 series, Valeeva let Lee come back and tie the match after the twelve regular arrows of the match. Shoot-off again… Valeeva with another poor 8 and Lee took victory with a 10.

Recurve Men – Bronze

The last bronze medal match saw Xue Hai Feng (CHN) face Juan Rene Serrano (MEX). The Mexican was shooting first on target 2 and opened with 28 points. Xue immediately put pressure on him by scoring a perfect 30 with his first three arrows. Serrano went on with a triple 9 and a total of 55. At that moment Xue seemed to lose a bit of concentration: after four consecutive 10s, he shot 8 and 7. The score was then tied! Serrano could keep consistency with a 28-point end, while Xue scored 8-9-10, leaving the lead to his opponent by one point (83-82). The Chinese archer totally got out of his depth with another 7 at his eleventh arrow… Serrano finished his match with a perfect 10 and took the Recurve Men bronze (110-107).

- Natalya Erdyniyeva (RUS)

Compound Women – Gold

The gold medal matches started with Anna Kazantseva (RUS) and Jahna Davis (USA) in Compound Women. The American archer, shooting on target no. 2, started with a low end of 25, possibly due to the wind, as it seemed to be a bit tricky today! Kazantseva took advantage of Davis’ bad start to take the lead immediately with 27. She even increased her advantage to three points at the halfway stage (54-51). Davis went on with a 10-10-8 series, while Kazantseva shot the same end but the other way around (8-10-10). At a result, the American kept trailing behind by three. With a perfect last end, the Russian clinched the match to win another World Cup stage (112-108), and has earned herself a place in the World Cup Final!

Compound Men – Gold

Another American was in the compound finals today: Braden Gellenthien (USA) who had to deal with the French Sebastien Brasseur for the gold in the men’s category. This match began with the American, as well, but at target 1 this time. He started weel with a double 10 and a 9. Brasseur tied this 29 score after the first end with (10-9-10). Same second series for the two archers with 29 additional points each (58-58). It was then Gellenthien who broke the tie first, shooting one point higher than his opponent with three arrows to go (87-86). However, the French showed great tenacity and managed a perfect score of 30 in the last end. This allowed him to clinch the match by one point (116-115) after the American shot 9-9-10.

- From the left: Kim Yeon Chul (KOR) and Im Ji Wan (KOR)

Recurve Women – Gold

After the great Compound Men final, it was no. 1 seed Choi Eun Young (KOR) who faced Natalya Erdyniyeva (RUS) in the Recurve Women category. The Korean started with 7-9-9 for 25 points, while her opponent from Eastern Europe scored 28 with her first three arrows. Choi was trailing by two (54-52) in the middle of the match. Choi seemed she could recover, when she started the second half with a double 10. Unfortunately, she went on with an 8 and Erdyniyeva could keep her advantage (82-80). Both archers finished with a triple 9 and the new rising star of the Russian Federation won the gold (109-107)! She clinched a definitive spot in the World Cup Final!

Recurve Men – Gold

A 100% Korean match and new faces for the last final of the World Cup Stage 3 in Antalya between team-mates Im Ji Wan and Kim Yeon Chul (KOR)! This was the first significant international appearance for both archers. The two archers were tied after the first end at 28 points. Kim took the lead half-way on the score of 56-55. He then doubled his advantage with three arrows to go, leading 85-83. Im closed the session with a good 9-10-9 end, but this was not enough to come back. Victory went to Kim on the final score of 113-111. In this category, Tsyrempilov (RUS) qualified for the World Cup Final when he reached the quarter-final here on Thursday.Stage 3 of the Meteksan Archery World Cup 2007 is now over! The final stage will be held in Dover from 31 July to 5 August, and many places still remain undecided for the World Cup Final in Dubai on 24 November (maximum four spots per category). This bodes well for another exciting archery competition!

Ludivine Maitre Wicki , FITA Communication

- Original Source : http://www.archery.org

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions on "Olympic Games"

Frequently Asked Questions on "Olympic Games"

Olympic Games FAQ

1) How do I qualify for the Olympics?
Ø Being a good archer would be an excellent start.
Ø Then to be member of a Member Association of FITA of which you have the Nationality. (the case of nationality changes is addressed in another question)
Ø Your Member Association has to send you or some of your team mates to one of the qualification tournaments (World Championships 2007, Continental Qualifying Tournaments 2007 2008 or the Final Qualification tournament) to obtain a Quota place for your NOC.
Ø You have to shoot the minimum qualification standard in the qualification period which is for:
o Men: FITA round 1200 or 70m round 600
o Women: FITA round 1180 or 70m round 590
Ø Based on the national selection system agreed by your Member Association and your National Olympic Committee to be proposed to be part of your National Olympic Team.

……… and lots of practice at the Archery Range
2) I have shot 1300 points and the minimum qualification standard is 1200. Can I compete at the Olympics?
It is not only a question of shooting a certain score. To participate in the Olympics your country must win a spot for the Olympic Archery event in your gender and you have to be selected by your country for using this spot. Shooting a high score or even winning the World Cup Final is not enough. There is a limitation of 3 archers per countries as is the case at the World Championships.

3) Who decides who can compete at the Olympics?
First of all there is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deciding on which sports, disciplines and the number of athletes that can compete at the Olympics. The IOC on proposal of FITA decided on the Quota Allocation system. Archers can win quota places for their NOC in the following 5 ways:

Ø 2007 World Target Championship
o The 8 highest ranked NOCs in team competition qualify 3 individual places each (8 NOCs x 3 athletes = 24)
o The 16 top ranked individuals from other NOCs than mentioned above qualify 1 place (16 athletes)

Ø Continental Qualification Tournaments
o The first 3 athletes of Continental Qualification Tournaments in Europe, Asia and Americas qualify 1 place (with a maximum of 2 places per NOC).
o The first 2 athletes of the Continental Qualification Tournament in Africa and Oceania qualify 1 place (with a maximum of 2 places per NOC).

Ø Host nation
o The host nation automatically qualifies 3 places per gender for the individual and team competitions, provided it enters at least 3 athletes per gender at the 2007 World Target Championship
Ø Final World Qualification tournament
o A special qualification tournament will be held at the end of the qualification process. It will be open to all countries that do not have any quota places through the other qualifying tournaments (2007 WOTC and/or CQT). The first 5 athletes will be qualified within the maximum limit of 1 place per NOC and per gender.

Ø Tripartite Commission Invitations
o 3 Invitation places per gender will be allocated by the Tripartite Commission among the NOCs of the athletes who have achieved the Minimum Qualification Standard

ALL THESE PLACES ARE AWARDED TO THE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, NOT TO THE MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS OR THE ARCHERS. It is the National Olympic Committee upon proposal by the FITA Member Association who decides who can take these places or the NOC can refuse the places.

FITA also has a Minimum Qualification Standard. All Archers competing at the Olympic Games should have reached this level by the end of the qualification period at tournaments that are registered with FITA (list is on the website – all grades accepted).

4) Why are there only 64 archers competing in each category at the Olympics?
Concerning the Olympic Games the deciding body is not FITA but the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC has specified the number of athletes Archery may have at the Games and this in the perspective of the total number of athletes in the Games.

5) Why is there no Compound at the Olympics?
Concerning the Olympic Games the deciding body is not FITA but the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC has specified the number of athletes that archery may have at the Games and this in the perspective of the total number of athletes in the Games.

Furthermore there is a limitation on the number of events in the Olympic Games. FITA has asked several times for the Compound category to be included but with no success so far. Since only one type of competition is permitted per sport a Compound competition would not only have to be different from the Recurve competition but also have to compete with other sports such as rugby, karate, roller-skating as a new Olympic sport.

6) I have changed nationality or I am thinking of changing nationality. Can I compete at the Olympics?
Please note that all issues related to the changing of sporting nationality of competitors in the Olympic Games are governed by the Olympic Charter and in particular by Rule 42 thereof and its Bye-law, as reproduced below for reference.

NB: Also, for reference purposes, here is the link to the e-version of the Olympic Charter (full text) available on the IOC official website:


Rule 42 of the Olympic Charter:

“1. Any competitor in the Olympic Games must be a national of the country of the NOC which is entering such competitor.

2. All disputes relating to the determination of the country which a competitor may represent in the Olympic Games shall be resolved by the IOC Executive Board.”

Bye-law to Rule 42 of the Olympic Charter:

“1. A competitor who is a national of two or more countries at the same time may represent either one of them, as he may elect. However, after having represented one country in the Olympic Games, in continental or regional games or in world or regional championships recognised by the relevant IF, he may not represent another country unless he meets the conditions set forth in paragraph 2 below that apply to persons who have changed their nationality or acquired a new nationality.

2. A competitor who has represented one country in the Olympic Games, in continental or regional games or in world or regional championships recognised by the relevant IF, and who has changed his nationality or acquired a new nationality, may participate in the Olympic Games to represent his new country provided that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented his former country. This period may be reduced or even cancelled, with the agreement of the NOCs and IF concerned, by the IOC Executive Board, which takes into account the circumstances of each case.

3. If an associated State, province or overseas department, a country or colony acquires independence, if a country becomes incorporated within another country by reason of a change of border, if a country merges with another country, or if a new NOC is recognised by the IOC, a competitor may continue to represent the country to which he belongs or belonged. However, he may, if he prefers, elect to represent his country or be entered in the Olympic Games by his new NOC if one exists. This particular choice may be made only once.

4. Furthermore, in all cases in which a competitor would be eligible to participate in the Olympic Games, either by representing another country than his or by having the choice as to the country which such competitor intends to represent, the IOC Executive Board may take all decisions of a general or individual nature with regard to issues resulting from nationality, citizenship, domicile or residence of any competitor, including the duration of any waiting period.”

In addition, insofar the changing of sporting nationality provided in paragraph 2 of the Bye-law to Rule 42 is concerned (i.e. in the case where less than three years have passed since the competitor last represented his/her former country), this case must imperatively be submitted to the IOC Executive Board; in this respect, we ask the interested NOC to send us an official request for a change of sporting nationality, accompanied by the following documents:

- A photocopy of the competitor’s new passport;
- The date on which the competitor last competed for his/her former country;
- The agreement of the NOC for which the competitor last competed;
- The agreement of the International Federation concerned;
- The date on which the competitor began living in his/her new country on a permanent basis; and
- The fundamental reason(s) for which the competitor is requesting a change of sporting nationality.

These documents should be sent by the requesting NOC to the IOC NOC Relations Department, in charge of analyzing the file and submitting the case to the IOC Executive Board.


3D World Championships 2007 in Sorpon

Opening Ceremony and Qualification Rounds
Sopron – 7 June 2007

The Opening Ceremony of the 3D World Championships took place yesterday in the downtown of Sopron village. On Wednesday 6 June the teams paraded in front of the City Hall where they were introduced to the audience and authorities. The competition has started today 7 June with the qualification rounds for all categories.

The Deputy Mayor of Sopron welcomed the archers and wished them the best luck for the competition. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee (OC) and President of the Hungarian Archery Association, Mr. Sebastian Vanky, also directed some words to the participants expressing his happiness to have 19 countries participating in Sopron and being very proud to show a high level 3D event to all the Archery World. FITA Technical Delegate (TD) Juan Carlos Holgado officially opened the World Championships on behalf of the FITA President.

The competition started today with an excellent hot and sunny weather. All teams were ready to start at 8:00 in the morning. Two courses were to be used, with all archers doing both. Course A was a hard one, with many slopes, hills and up-down shots. Archers enjoyed it a lot, as the difficulty was high and many shots were just amazing.

Course B was more comfortable in walking, but not easier in shooting. Many tricky situations forced the archers to stay focussed on each shot. An archer mentioned at the end of the course that “I was missing an easy target; at least one to recover of some mistakes and at least feel that you are doing fine. All targets were very hard and high in difficulty”. Other positive comments were: “This is the best course I have ever done… excellent for a World Championship” and “the course designer did an excellent job”. Some others were quite funny: “In Hungary the –animals- in the course need to eat more… as they are small and far away”.

Time to completing the courses was terrific. While the OC had foreseen 4 to 4.5 hours for each course, archers just shot and enjoyed it so much that they completed the morning courses in 3.5 hours.

The afternoon session was planned to start at 3:00 pm, but a 20-min delay was caused by some archers who needed more time to arrive to their respective positions. Again the archers finalized the afternoon course in less than four hours, faster than expected.

Fair play and sportsmanship were showed today, when an Austrian archer faced an equipment failure in the middle of the competition and did not have a second bow with him. When he realized this, Lazos Spergel from Hungary lent his additional bow so that the Austrian could go on competing. This is one more proof of the excellent atmosphere that exists among competitors and organizers.

The competition session finished at 7:30 pm with the results posted on the boards. The team captains then provided the OC with the names for the team competition that will be held tomorrow morning (8 June). The afternoon session will be devoted to individual eliminations.
- Original Source : http://www.archery.org

FITA Annual Report 2006

The FITA Office has produced, for the second time, an annual report—the feedback received on the first report was excellent. We hope that our Member Associations and other readers will find this document useful and we have taken some comments on board to make it even more useful.

This report permits FITA’s administration to give feedback on the most important activities from the last year. Upon reviewing 2006, it is clear that it has been a year of many new activities for FITA, as we have implemented a substantial part of the presidential program as presented to the Madrid Congress.

= FITA annual report 2006 :

- Original Source : http://www.archery.org

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Secrets of Shooting in Archery

Top 10 Secrets of Shooting Better in Archery by Colin Wee :

Number Ten : Good archers know when to coach, know when to train, and know when to shoot.We had an Olympic coach come give us a conference on archery coaching, and one of the things brought up was 'when you shoot, you shouldn't coach'. It's easy to coach and instruct, many of us do it unconsciously. However, when you're trying to do something well, especially at a high sporting level, you should really just focus on the doing. All you should be focusing on is on your form and your archery. Someone not doing something right? You shouldn't care about that. In other sports like martial arts, if you start having stray ideas, you run the risk of injury and pain. Just because this doesn't happen in archery doesn't mean you should be nonchalent about it. I think 'know when to ~' is a great piece of advice, especially in our relaxed culture. Ever seen how the Koreans march to their practice grounds? Ever seen how they don't talk when they practice? That's because they know when some things are appropriate. When you engage in archery, all you should do is shoot your arrows into the goal. Number Nine: Archery can be fun!!!Getting uptight? Want to do better? Sighing a lot? Did you just shoot a lousy shot? If you can't get over mistakes, the next arrow is going to be another one. If you can't adopt the right attitude when you're doing archery, how do you think you can be shooting at top form? Everyone else around you is totally positive. You think you can do it being negative? This is major advice to all Singaporeans doing archery: ease up and have a good time! Relaxing and 'getting over it' will help you prepare yourself for the next shot. Everyone does mistakes, professionals however, learn from them and try not to do it again. They do this by: regrouping, relaxing, NOT TRYING TOO HARD, and returning to their form. Number Eight: Achieve balance for proper follow through.My dad would always say to push using your bow arm. Push it directly towards the target. Push that shoulder down! What he means is that people usually forget that the bow arm needs to counter the pulling arm. Everyone is focusing on pulling the string back and forgetting that you need to have a similar tension on the other arm or the forces on your skeletal structure will not equate. Without the proper balance, when you release that shot, you jerk and you flinch. What you need to do is achieve balance by working both your pulling and pushing arms. Understand the forces at work on the fulcrum (your shoulders). Understand that without balance, additional forces will show themselves when you release that string. If you're doing it right, the bow falls toward the target and the drawing fingers slide across your neck EFFORTLESSLY. Don't hurry or hasten this process. Don't linger to achieve it either. It comes when everything falls in place and follows a natural rythm. Number Seven: Work on strong mental visualization.Bill Wee is big on this. And so you should too. All high level national athletes engage in mental visualization. No one who doesn't do it will be able to achieve that similar standard. I've written a one pager regarding visualization in respect to self defence, and the link is available off our links page. The summary of that is that visualization starts with the decision to do whatever it takes to reach your outcome. You then use tools to recreate a mental space for top performance. This helps to ground your performance to the form you have set out for yourself. Number Six: Know when to call it a day.Your bow is a high performance machine. You are not. It's better to know how to call it a day when you've had enough. When your muscles flag, when you're distractable, when you're grumpy or hungry. Stop shooting! Practice is only good if you're practicing with good form, and able to replicate the exact form again and again. Japanese Kyuodo practitioners sometimes only shoot a maximum of 2 arrows in a day. Why? I'll let you think about that. Number Five: Shoot and die. Don't shoot ... also die. :-)This is a martial arts philosophy, and is similar to the idea of 'burning your bridges'. When you're shooting, you should perform as though you were in a life and death situation. Not so much to increase your anxiety level but to engage yourself by fully committing the shot to the target. If you're really serious about archery, why shouldn't that seriousness translate to full dedication to each shot? 'Shoot and die' means to focus yourself at that moment at the exclusion of everything else. 'Don't shoot ... also die' means that if you don't do to your full ability, you might as well just give up now. Number Four: Focus on your own archery. Archery is about preparation. It is about helping you acheive what you need for best performance. Getting distracted will not help you. Caring for others will not help anyone. Is your equipment in order? Have you checked the straightness of all your arrows? Do you know exactly what is in your case? Any spares? Rain gear? Hat? Sunblock? You basically owe it to yourself to manage everything pertinent to YOUR archery. Not to do so is to be irresponsible. Number Three: Bring your archery training to your competition and your competition into your training.Your training should be set up so that you can perform well at competitions. Prepare for all competitive environments. Use visualization to help prepare you for the competitive arena. Use all your archery gear (even your spares). When you get to your competition, you should compete with the mindset you have trained for. I believe this 'normalizes' a person emotionally so that you can replicate technique under adverse situations. This is what a martial artist attempts to do: to use technique and knowledge to counter any adrenaline dump or pre-fight jitters. Archers should be aware of such anxiety and compartmentalize themselves to help ensure proper form and mindset are achieved. Number Two: Decide to win.That should be the only thing driving you. I read somewhere about how the shot is influenced by the stakes. Shoot for nothing, and you shoot properly. Introduce money into the game, and you're shooting for small change. Put a million dollars and then you're clamping your mind around that dollar figure. No. When you shoot, you should just shoot to win. You should decide that you can win! It doesn't matter if you have just been placed last and have lost. Your attitude must be a winning attitude. Like I mentioned before, all the other archers are dying to win. They want to be number one. If you don't have that hunger, what chance do you have? Don't aim for second place. Go for the top spot. Believe in yourself! Number One: There is no big secret to archery. There is no killer app.Don't obsess about any one thing. There is no one secret to a great archery: it is a combination of everything. Good equipment. Good training. Good coaching. Good mindset. Good conditions. Talk to good archers. You'll find they'll tell you different things. Why? Because what works for someone will not work for you. You need to figure out how best to put it together. That's part of the fun. Need any help? Talk with Bill Wee. He's got 40 years of experience dealing with every sort of archer. He's a great resource you can't afford to ignore.

Bartow's Gandy Shoots To 2nd Archery Record

Published Monday, June 11, 2007

Bartow's Gandy Shoots To 2nd Archery Record

LISA COFFEY/The LedgerDiane Watson, left, and Frank Gandy write down scores as Francis Watson, right, calls them out on Sunday. The three were competing in the 28th Annual Sunshine State Games at Mulberry Park.

Even at age 71, Frank Gandy of Bartow still has gold in his eyes. Gandy set his second archery record of the 28th Annual Sunshine State Games on Sunday when he won the Master Senior Male Freestyle division (age 65+) with a total score of 870 for a 900 round. It was the best score for that division in the history of the games. Gandy also set a record Saturday with a score of 868 in the Executive Senior Male Freestyle category (age 70 plus). His scores were the fourth and fifth highest in a 900 round of the weekend.His totals won both divisions and earned him an ice cream from fellow archer and student Diane Watson of Hudson, who shot 865 on Sunday.Watson, 43, is the only professional female archer in the state of Florida and was the 2006 Florida Archery Association's Shooter of the Year.Watson is still impressed by Gandy, who taught her for a while."He's such a gentleman,'' she said of her mentor and friend. "Frank's just awesome. He's one of the best shooters in the state still at 71. He still shoots extremely well. Everyone is always trying to pick his brain and get coaching from him.''Gandy was unaware of the Sunshine State Game records.He has competed in the Sunshine State Games for dozens of years. Lately he's cut his shooting down because of his age, traveling to events closer to his Bartow home.With the hot weekend and temperatures in the low 90s at Mulberry Park, Gandy felt his age."I got tired,'' he said. "I'm wore out. At 71 the heat makes a difference. I had a good time and I'm still on the top side of the green grass.''Over his 50 years shooting, many with his wife Margaret by his side on the shooting line, he has won three Pro Archers Association national championships and two more from the now defunct NFA organization.He practices about four to five hours a week, which he claims is not early enough anymore."I just like to compete,'' he said. "It's such a personal challenge. The physical energy you have to have, but more importantly is the mental part - to focus and control your emotions. "I've enjoyed success and support from my wife and family. It's been a fun 50 years.''

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

1412 Points

1412 points for Norwegian Morten Boe
Lausanne - 4 June 2007

The compound archer Morten Boe shot 1412 points on a FITA Round at the Akkerhaugen Star Tournament in Norway on Sunday 3 June. This his only two points lower than the World Record held since 2001 by Roger Hoyle (USA).

Morten Boe's scores at the four distances (90m, 70m, 50m and 30m) were as follows: 344-356-352-360. His 356 points at 70 metres ties the current World Record held by another American Dave Cousins since May 2005.

We congratulate Morten for his great shooting!

*Original Source : FITA

Monday, June 4, 2007

Türkiye'de Makaralı Yay Okçuluğunun Yükselişi

Son yıllarda gittikçe artan makaralı yay sporcuları , kendilerini gün geçtikçe geliştiriyor.Makaralı(compound) yay sporcuları malzemelerini kendileri almaya başladı,devlet desteğinin yeterli olmaması çoğu sporcunun kendi yaylarını almalarına sebep oldu.Her yaşta sporcunun yapabildiği okçuluğun bu dalında son yıllarda milli takım seviyesinde puanlar dünya standardına yükseldi.Dünya şampiyonalarında boy gösteren makaralı yay okçularının yaş ortalaması 40 civarında iken makaralı yay milli takımında bulunan sporcuların yaş ortalaması 24 bile değil,bu da gösteriyor ki; bu gençler bir kaç yıl içinde Dünya'da ses getirmeye başlayacaklar.Sporcularımız desteklendiği takdirde hem bayanlarda hem erkeklerde Dünya çapındaki başarıları çok yakındır.
Son yapılan Antalya'daki uluslararası okçuluk turnuvasında üç yeni Türkiye rekoru kıran ve 1360 puanı geçen erkek makaralı yay milli takım sporcuları Dünya standardını yakaladı, bayanlarda 1330 puanın üstüne çıkıldı. Makaralı yay erkekler milli takım antrenörü Ayhan Uzuntaş ; genç ,dinamik,tecrübeli ve bilgili bir hoca , sporcularını iyi tanıyor ve onları gayet güzel çalıştırıp, iyi motive edebiliyor.
- Turkish Compound Man FITA record : 1375 points in the 144 arrow.