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October 23, 2019

USA Archery Wraps Inaugural National Symposium

HOUSTON, Texas – The 2019 USA Archery National Symposium, a conference designed for coaches, athletes, parents and club leaders to take their athletes, clubs and abilities to the next level welcomed 145 attendees to Houston last weekend for several days of collaboration, learning, sharing and growing in all areas of archery.

“Each year we try to raise the bar and take this symposium to the next level,” shared USA Archery Education and Training Manager Guy Krueger. “This year’s theme was about being relentlessly intentional about the things we do. I’d like to think we modeled that with our lineup of speakers, the venue setup, and schedule. At the end, coaches and athletes had a new perspective, new skills, new ideas, and contagious energy to keep growing.”

This year’s symposium included world renowned presenters from teaching, coach education, emotional intelligence, resiliency, leadership, character development, adaptive archery, archery performance, barebow archery and sports psychology.

Level 4-NTS Coach, USA Archery Certified Judge and Director of the Albuquerque Youth Archery Club Mandy Griego commented on the Symposium: "What an amazing weekend! The speakers, the topics, the venue, the food, everything was first class. I am FUN-comfortably overwhelmed with new ideas and information to take back to my club. The biggest surprise of the weekend?  I'm also taking home a backpack full of raffle prizes! HUGE thanks to T.R.U. Ball/AXCEL, Easton, Astra Archery, and Lancaster Archery for providing the best gear for me and my archers. Already counting the days until next year!”

Ben Summers, Archery Trade Association Board Chair, the Director of Operations for T.R.U. Ball/AXCEL Archery and the head coach of the Liberty University Archery Team was both a presenter and an attendee of the Symposium. Summers shared “This year’s National Symposium was such an incredible event. As a coach of a collegiate program, I used what I learned the very first practice! I showed a barebow shooter a chart I photographed from Rick Stonebraker’s seminar to let him know his arrows were too stiff. I knew specs on the new Easton RX7s a recurve shooter had just bought from listening to George Tekmitchov’s Easton seminar. I set great expectations for indoor season and made practice exciting with an idea from Keaton Chia. I not only learned a lot of valuable information that will help my program grow but also acquired a ton of new tools to improve my coaching and leadership.”

Krueger added in conclusion: “What an amazing weekend. I cannot thank our participants enough for their willingness to learn and to go all in this weekend. It was amazing to the see the transformation of ability and skills in two and half days, and inspiring to see so many coaches and athletes come together and grow in such a unique environment.”

Special thanks to Hoyt, Easton, T.R.U. Ball/AXCEL, Lancaster Archery Supply, Conquest, Astra Archery, SKB, Vortex, Doinker and Teach Like a Champion for providing raffle prizes.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 National Symposium.

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