We had our monthly achievement shoot yesterday. Twenty different students shooting at a variety of distances shot two matches to qualify for pins in the USA Archery youth and adult achievement program.
The achievement program provides a great structure in which to keep yourself challenged as you improve your archery skills. Talk to a coach about spending the next month identifying and preparing for your next goal.
On a personal note, I think everyone knows that its quite a bit of work to run the achievement shoots monthly. It has grown to the point that I didn’t even shoot yesterday more than 12 arrows until the tournament was over. I’m ok with that.
I love watching kids take up the sport and grow in their confidence as they get a reward that acknowledges their accomplishment. You can see it in the looks on their faces. Sure, they get a bit of swagger, but they earned it through the hard work of practice. As a parent I understand the incalculable value of getting something that only your own hard work can provide.
One student earned his pin yesterday and I took his photo holding it. His dad was standing beside me. His son had worked really hard to get his pin. After I snapped the photo he said, “Can you take some more photos of me?” I turned to his dad and said, “As a parent, I know your dad will take lots of photos of you with your new award.” His dad was beaming.