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September 16, 2010

USA Archery and NFAA Agree to Host Events in Yankton, S.D. in 2011

For the first time, USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association have reached an agreement to host four major archery events in conjunction at the Easton Sports Development Archery Center in Yankton, S.D., scheduled for July 22-31. 

The week-long event will feature the U.S. National Target Championships, Hoyt World Open, USA Archery National Field Championships and the NFAA Outdoor National Field Championships. The preliminary schedule would have the events running on the following dates:

USAA National Field Championships - July 22-24

NFAA National Field Championships - July 25-31

U.S. National Target Championships and Hoyt World Open - July 27-31

The dates and shooting opportunities of the NFAA National Field Championships have been extend to provide archers an opportunity to compete in each of these major events, but already the organizers feel like this will be "an event not to miss".

"This is a huge step forward for the archery industry in being able to create an opportunity for USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association to come together in the area of event management. We both offer different strengths and together I think this will be an event like no other," said Denise Parker, CEO, USA Archery. "The benefit for the archer is incredible. They will be saving on travel costs and the accumulated contingency money and payout will make this event the most lucrative in the U.S. We are also working on a registration discount and other discount for those archers who participate in all four events."

The Hoyt World Open, held in conjunction with and following the U.S. National Target Championships, is designed to attract the world's best archers. USA Archery will pay prize money of $2,000 to the champion, $500 to the runner-up and $200 to the bronze medalist, for all four senior divisions, which includes men's compound, men's recurve, women's compound, and women's recurve. Hoyt will pay a contingency prize of $8,000 (1st), $2,000 (2nd) and $1,000(3rd) for the same premiere senior category archers who complete with a Hoyt bow.  This brings the potential prize money for this event to $54,800.

First-place winners in the four senior divisions have the potential to win up to $10,000 for first place. Second place in each of those categories could win $2,500, while bronze medalists would be eligible to win up to $1,200 each, totaling $13,700 per division.

National Field Archery Association President Bruce Cull said "We are very excited to finally showcase both Organizations premier outdoor tournaments at one location at the same time.  The exposure of two different disciplines to each other can only help grow the sport.  The City of Yankton and the State of South Dakota are very "Archery Friendly" and have an incredible amount of host tourism experience with over 3 million visitors annual for summer leisure activities.  Summer recreation, camping and water sports are huge in Yankton and I would encourage you to come early or stay longer to take advantage of these."  

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