24th Annual Junior National Championship
23 - 26, 2005
Pre-Tournament NAA Press Release
Disney World Sports Complex Event Page
Post Tournament NAA Press Release
JOAD Nationals Championship Results
Jr US Open Results
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Twelve Arizona JOADs competed in the 24th annual National JOAD
Championships held at the Disneyworld Sports Complex in Orlando
This tournament determined the 2005 National Champion and is a required
tournament to be on the Junior USAT team. Junior, Cadet, Cub and
Bowman divisions were contested.
The Junior US Open (which is open to foreign guests) was shot on
Our JOADs should be proud of their performances and represented Arizona
From the Tucson area:
Corinna Ramirez, Female Bowman Recurve, Marana, 3rd Place
Annette Gorelik, Female Cadet Recurve, Tucson, 6th place
Maggie Huff, Female Junior Recurve, Tucson, 11th place
Mack Huff, Male Cub Compound, Tucson, 8th place, 4th place
in Jr US Open
Michael Poindexter, Male Cub Recurve, Tucson, 8th place
Maku Wood, Female Cadet Recurve, Tucson, 12th place
Ryan Davis, Male Cadet Recurve, Tucson, 10th place
From the Phoenix area:
Mollie Moore, Female Junior Recurve, Phoenix, 6th place
Aprilyn Witt, Female Junior Compound, Waddell, 6th place
Brandon Hunt, Male Junior Compound, Glendale, 7th place
Brady Ellison, Male Junior Compound, Glendale, 1st Place
and Jr US Open Gold Medal
Lindsay Pian, Female Junior Recurve, Scottsdale, 1st Place
and Jr US Open Gold Medal
A Summary Report from the Chairman of Judges, Bob
The tournament was held
at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Complex is an
extensive collection of sports fields including baseball, softball, track,
football, soccer. There is also an indoor gymnasium and MLB spring
224 JOADs took
part, which is about 75 fewer competitors than the average attendance for
the last couple of years. Many reasons have been given as to the cause:
Archers entry fee
Spectator fee (Length
of event pass was $16/Adult and $12/Child)
humid weather (90 and 90)
gas prices (although
cheap by Arizona standards)
airline and lodging
Let’s hope it’s not due
to a decline in youth FITA archery.
Tournament set up:
83 bales were set up
for three archer 2.5 meter shooting lanes.
There were practice
bales on each end of the field.
The single three archer
lanes were part of the planning in order to speed up the tournament in
hopes of avoiding the typical afternoon showers.
Disney provided timing
lights and digital timer, PA system, speakers directly behind the DOS,
DOS stand, archer’s canopy with chairs, spectator bleachers with
canopies, presentation stage, podium and platform, decorative flags,
trash bag on stands, iced water in cooler with cups.
Disney staff included a
liaison and assistant liaison, physical therapist, PA technician as well
as community volunteers on the scoring days.
The spectator bleachers
with cover canopies helped to congregate the archer’s families together.
The JOADs and their
family arrived at the Sports complex early on practice day.
Once the Disney staff
arrived, the JOADs and family’s negotiated the tournament check in table,
the Sports complex credential/waiver table, the spectator ticket booth
and then the turnstiles before making the walk thru the plaza, down some
steps or ramps, past the play fields and over to the tournament field set up on a
softball baseball complex.
At times a shuttle
helped move equipment and people.
Actual practice began
slowly as Disney began processing and admitting the long line of archers
and their families15 minutes before the start of official practice.
Practice began 30
minutes behind schedule with many archers arriving after practice had
Morning practice ran
smoothly with the area in front of the canopies turning muddy from the
heavy foot traffic over rain saturated turf.
Parents and coaches
were allowed to be in the archer’s area to help their JOADs during
Thunderstorms in the
area around 1:30 PM, by 2:00 PM, Disney staff had the field cleared for 2
½ hours due to lightning.
Shooting resumed around
The east ½ of the field
was closed at 5:45PM, the west ½ closed as scheduled at 6:00 PM.
Fred Demuth and Florida archery community volunteers reset the field for
the next day.
Then it was time to dry
long distance FITA day, Friday:
Archers, parents, and
staff were all nervous as the Championship was about to begin.
A Disney performer sang
an upbeat version of the national anthem.
The tournament scoring
began at 9:00 AM and then ran relatively smoothly though somewhat behind
the optimistic schedule.
judges, tournament field staff, press and target assistant volunteers
were allowed beyond the back of the archer's canopies.
It was windy day in
addition to being warm and humid.
The portable toilets on
the ladies side of the field were located down range and were unusable
As a result DOS Neil
Foster provided a 15 minute break at the mid point of each distance.
The tournament had a
minimum of bounce outs, some missed arrows and many arrows into the wood
There were a light
sprinkles that grew a little heavier during the 2nd distance.
The archers were
directed to bring their score cards back to the canopies between ends to
distributed gallon size zip lock bags to slide the scorecard clipboards
A leader board never
materialized on day one.
No lunch break besides
three 15 minute breaks.
The FITA portion
finished around 1:00 PM.
rounds, Friday afternoon:
On Thursday and Friday
morning the 10 mixed gender teams signed up for the team competition.
Fred did his best to let everyone play including some last minute
Judges ran several
practices as the ranking and flow charts were organized.
The team rounds began
ahead of schedule at 3:00 PM
They were over around
5:00 PM and then it was time to take a much needed break.
We were all amazed that
the heavy rain had stayed away for the first scoring day because the
skies were dark most of the day.
short distance FITA day, Saturday:
It was great weather
for shooting and several JOAD National tournament records were broken.
It was still very warm
and very humid.
A leader board
materialized thanks to the efforts of many.
The tournament had
first published that all competitors would be shooting individual 80 cm
6 ring targets at the last distance.
Committee revised the criteria and Junior, Cadets and Cub shot the
individual 80 cm 6 ring targets and the Bowman division shot 80 cm 10
The Bowman parents
indicated that the Bowmans as a whole sighed in relief at the
The FITA was over
around 2:00 PM.
The tournament took the
time to check the top scores and presented the very nice FITA award
plaques on the field at 4:00 PM.
The Tournament Staff returned to the Milk House (Disney's Gymnasium)
office and began score input, OR layout and OR target assignments.
Staff worked to about midnight.
Junior US Open, Olympic Round, Sunday:
Juniors, Cadets and
Cubs competed in 12 categories.
The weather turned
sunny, hot and humid on elimination day.
Diligent OR planning
made for a minimum of target moving and speedy match play.
The bronze medal then
gold medal matches to place 11 matches at a time thanks to the
availability of 11 judges.
The results were
quickly compiled and Jr US Open award plaques presented around 2:30 PM.
By that time most had
departed and it was time for the Florida archer volunteers to break down
the field and pack up.
Fred Demuth oversaw and directed the whole process with the Disney
His archery staff also
included a hand full for Florida State Archery Association volunteers.
Staff had experience
with the US World Team Trials in May.
DOS: Neil Foster took
time to explain tournament process details and history for the novice
Chairman of Judges: Bob
Judges: Jake Veit, Ken
Walther, Reina Lukas, Debbie Hermerding, Bob Siteman, Jane Johnson,
Carylon Knosp, Sara Stoltman
Additional Judges for
ORs: Karl Nelson and MJ Rogers.
Jury of Appeals:
Janice Price, Alan Huff, Karl Nelson
Florida State Archery Association members
The JOAD Nationals was
a much larger tournament with many more categories, archers and
spectators than the US World Team Trials conducted on the same field in
The 16 JOAD category
FITA and 12 category OR, and greater number of spectators, make the JOAD
Nationals perhaps the most complex tournament logistics of any FITA
tournament in the USA.
tournament is managed by a whole new staff every year on a four year
regional rotation cycle.
Fred was happy to have
the NAA assigned DOS and Judging staff come in and help.
Typical weather for
late June in Orlando is hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.
It rained heavily most
of all three days before the tournament; as a result it took three days
just to strip the field. Some parts of the field and spectator area
The tournament was
lucky to avoid real rain on each of the three scoring days.
Some commented that it
was approaching the conditions of last years JOAD Championship in
A few shorts were found
to be the wrong color. The archer was asked if they had other compliant
clothing that they could wear or borrow. All were able to comply by
There was at least one
“bare midriff” condition. Safety pins were provided and the issue was
A competitor wore a
shirt with large embroidered oversized archery advertising on the front
and back of their shirt. The archer was directed to wear a compliant
shirt at the earliest opportunity.
The lesson here is to
be sure you are wearing NAA compliant dress to avoid being asked to
change, which could affect one mentally.
It is unsafe to draw a
bow with the arrow pointed up, above the target height.
Judges warned unsafe
The lesson here is to
always draw the bow safely so that you do not change your routine at a
provide an Archers bag with a program, coupons or something to remember
the tournament goodies giving the sense of a "National" tournament.
Event Tee Shirts: Quantities were drastically underestimated and
were mysteriously sold at a remote location. By the time anyone
knew anything, they were already sold out. Some lucky few were
Music needs to be
planned for appropriate topics and language for the young audience.
There should be enough
music to fill the four days of tournament without the sense of
The JOAD Nationals is
the most complicated distance vs. category OR organization as 12
categories must be orchestrated and planned for.
This effort need to be
undertaken weeks in advance of tournament day with the help of
experienced tournament hosts.
Food and snack
concessions should be available all day and clearly communicated as to
where food can be found. If no food will be available, clearly
communicate in advance so families can plan accordingly.
If food is provided
specifically for the archery event, healthy foods and snacks should be
Well fed archers, parents and judges and staff tend to be happier.
Create credentials for
media, photographers and target assistants.
Target Assistants help
the Bowman and Cub with scoring, help to pull arrows, help remove
arrows, help find arrows, help move targets and help with target faces.
Team rounds and team
round award can take place while work is going on behind the scene.
Perhaps the team rounds
could have taken place as the FITA results were being compiled.
Perhaps the Team round
awards could have been distributed while the FITA results were being
The Team round again
was poorly attended. What if the Team round participation was required
for Jr USAT consideration?
The 2005 National
Target Championship is in Colorado Springs. The deadline was extended
and Colorado Springs is a long day drive from Arizona.
The 2006 JOAD National
Championship is expected to be in Cincinnati, Ohio area at the end of
2006 is a US Junior
World Team Trials year, dates and location to be announced.
Some have mentioned
that the Jr World Championship will be in Mexico next year and in India
in the near future.
adaptability, resourcefulness and imagination to insure that the
competitors, spectators and media were well accommodated. Especially
Fred, who remained gracious thru it all.
Their service, dedication and sacrifice deserve a sincere Thank You.
Submitted by Bob Pian,
Arizona Junior and Collegiate Archery