Golden Gate JOAD’s July 21st session saw a record turnout as 16 new students, taking their first time archery lessons, joined 22 returning archers at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Archery Range. Gorgeous clear blue skies and great warm weather set the stage for our returning archers, kids and adults, to shoot for USA Archery JOAD and Adult Achievement awards.
Golden Gate JOAD’s optional monthly achievement shoots give archers benchmarks for achievement set by USA Archery. The rounds are shoot under tournament like conditions, including double scoring–where two separate score cards are used for each archer’s scores–but without the competition against other archers. Instead, archers work to achieve their own goals, and receive awards pins in recognition of their accomplishments.
The kids and adults awards pin programs are similar, each having 8 pins to earn. Pins must be earned in sequence–no “testing through”, so even experienced archers have to earn their pins one at a time. Many of our awards winners earned scores far in excess of their current pin requirement, but are getting great, low-pressure practice shooting under tournament like conditions. In addition to learning shooting skills they also learn to quickly and accurately keep score and earn the satisfaction of achieving realistic goals.
Youth and adult awards have separate requirements, including distances, target sizes and required scores. Most of our current archers are just starting their road to achievement in archery and were shooting for their first pin, the green pin. Separate green pins may be earned for each bow division and for outdoor and indoor distances. Our awards winners were awarded pins in the following categories:
Youth Indoor Distance (30 arrows, 9-18 meters)
Green Pin, Barebow (“any recurve, longbow, or compound with no sight, stabilizer, peep or kisser button, and shot only with fingers”), 50 points, 60cm target, 9 meters.
Winners: Zachery E, Eunice G, Molly B
Green Pin, Compound, 50 points, 40cm target, 9 meters.
Winners: Patrick P and Katherine P
Purple Pin, Barebow,100 points, 60cm target, 9 meters or 30 points, 60cm target, 18 meters.
Winner: Miranda L
Adult Indoor (30 arrows, 18 meters)
Green Pin, Traditional, 70 points, 40cm target, 18 meters.
Winners: Cathy Stierhoff, TJ, Mike Valdez, Rachel Hoke McNamara
Golden Gate JOAD is more than just achievement shoots. In during our regular sessions we provide ongoing individualized instruction for archers 8 and up. Our team of certified coaches, lead by USA Archery Level 4 Coach David Chan, give as much or as little feed back as archers desire, in a supportive program designed to make archery fun and rewarding.