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September 12, 2013

Camp Opportunities Deliver Fun for Archers and Coaches

Another successful season of Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Camps has come and gone. This year's JOAD Camps offered a positive learning experience that focused on improving skill sets in a fun-focused team environment.

In its inaugural year, the High Performance Camp program offered more advanced athletes opportunities that bridged the gap between regional JOAD Camps and Junior Dream Team (JDT) Camps.

Where did JOAD archers enjoy camps this year? At Paseo Vista Archery in Arizona; Lancaster JOAD in Pennsylvania; Ace Archers Club in Ohio; Next Step Archery in Washington; Bull Run Spider Shooters in Virginia; Ace Archers JOAD in Massachusetts, and at the MSU Demmer Center in Michigan.

Archers attending the High Performance Camps traveled to the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, in Colorado Springs, Colorado - or Chula Vista, California.

A total of 145 campers attended in 2013, with 19 certified USA Archery coaches leading the camps. USA Archery would like to thank the following coaches:

       Arizona: Sandra Reynolds, Ed Votruba, Gary Yamaguchi, Mel Nichols 

       Chula Vista: Steve Cornell 

       Pennsylvania: Cindy Bevilacqua, Larry Wise, Peter Schudner

       Colorado Springs: Dee Falks, Derek Davis, Sharon Chia, Mike Perrego

       Ohio: Steve Cornell, Chris Worthen

       Washington: Terry Laney, Rob Cook

       Virginia: Jim White, Ruth Rowe

       Massachusetts: Tom Herrington, Derek Davis, Larry Sullivan

       Michigan: Steve Cornell, Glenn Bennet

Coach Steve Cornell commented: "I had the privilege to coach at two (JOAD) camps. I got to meet a great group of young archers and coaches. These archers really wanted to learn about how to train to become better archers. It was a great feeling as a coach to have such great students!"

One young archer at the Michigan camp noted: "I liked getting the opportunity to learn new shot techniques. I also enjoyed practicing with our stretch bands and learning new stretches that I will benefit from. It was really fun and a good learning experience!"

Archers participating in camps learned lots of new skills, including an introduction to the National Training System, goal setting exercises, tournament preparation, and advanced training and practice techniques that can be used at home, year-round.

Many thanks to all who participated, as USA Archery works on plans for an even better 2014 Camp season! 

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