Dec. 6, 2009
Round Robin Finals
The 2009 Iron Archer Round Robin Championships
was another exciting event. This year there were three
flights, Gold, Silver and Bronze, of eight archers each. The
Round Robins were conducting using the anticipated 2010 FITA
set system modified for the Iron Archer Indoor event.
Three arrow sets (3 arrow end)
Two points for a set win, one point for a set
tie and zero points for a set loss.
First archer to get 6 set points wins the
If the match is tied after the fifth set, a
one arrow closest to the middle shoot off decides the match
Each Iron Archer Round Robin Flight contestant
shot seven matches. Every round had matches that went to the
maximum of 5 sets. Each round had matches decided by closest
to the middle single tie breaker arrow. You can tell that the
matches are a dog fight when the round robin arrow calls are
much more frequent than the ranking round. A short break was
taken after the fourth match. The seventh matched finished
with two ties to determine the Gold and Silver winners.
It took just one round for all of the archers
to understand the new set system and the associated new score
card with arrow points per set and set points.
The venue continues to be a highlight with
archers eager to take part in the 2010 ASAA Indoor
Championship, January 23-24, 2010 at the BASF Indoor Range.
The archers also expressed interest in a Vegas style shoot.
Steven Yee won the Iron Archer Bronze
Flight starting from the 5th seed position.
Clinton Costello won the Iron Archer Silver Flight, barely
beating out his dad, Wayne who started the day as the 5th
seed. The feature Gold Flight was won by Eric Bennett,
seed #2. It was fitting that seed #1 David Miller and
seed #2, Bennett faced off in the last match that was decided
with two shoot off arrows when the first tie breaker was too
close to call by measurement.
Each flight winner received an Iron Archer
medallion presented with a novelty fully functional “cowbell”,
a cash prize and a complimentary ASAA Indoor Championship
registration, a $45 value.
Congratulations to all the competitors!
Two ends of practice to get a jump on what was
sure to be a long day.
Each match averaged 30 to 35 minutes
Each match went to 5 sets plus one closest to
the middle shoot off tie breaker.
½ hour for lunch break.
Suggestions for next time:
Try to seed a recurve flight to help equalize
the tie break process.
Provide food concessions for the archers and
Start a little earlier in the day. (Check in
8 AM, Practice 9:00 AM, shooting for score 9:30 AM.
December 5, 2009
Third Qualification Day
6 youths and 16 adults took part in the third
and final Iron Archer 600 ranking round opportunity. The
archers lane assignments were based on the archers best 600
round to date so that the competitors could size up their
round robin flight competition. The AZ Game and Fish
Department Commissioners toured the Air Gun/ Indoor Archery
range and thoroughly enjoyed watching the tournament target
archers in action.
During the break, Arizona 2008 Beijing
Olympian, Brady Ellison visited the range and many took the
opportunity to get have their picture taken with both Brady
and fellow Arizonan and Iron Archer competitor, 2008 Beijing
Para Olympian Eric Bennett.
November 22, 2009
Twenty five archers took part in the second day of the 2009
Iron Archer and broke the record of the BASF Indoor Archery
Range attendance record set the day before. The archers
targets assignment were based on ranking so that archers could
“keep an eye” on their close competitors. On the line were Jr
USAT member Mackenzie Kieborz, USAA Dream Team member Yashio
Kaku, 08 Beijing Paralympian Erik Bennett as well as many
Arizona Duel in the Desert Team members. The event went very
smoothly shooting one line with the first half of the 600 shot
from 10:45 to 11:45 AM and the second half of the 600 shot
from 12 noon to 1:00. All the score cards were turned in by
1:30. Thanks to the archers that came out to help make the
inaugural tournament weekend a good one. Thank you Andrew
Kaku, the Van Patters, and BASF intern Clinton Costello for
helping to take down and load the Mel Nichols provided
Space is available for the December 5th, 600
round. The archer’s best two 600 rounds determines seeding
for the December 6th Iron Archer round robin
matches. Archers are welcome to take part in just the World
Archery (FITA Style) 600 round. The Iron Archer 600 round is
a great way to test out the new indoor range which is
scheduled to be the site of the 2010 ASAA Indoor Championship.
November 21, 2009
Inaugural BASF Indoor Archery Range Event –
Iron Archer 2009
The inaugural indoor archery event took place
at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility Indoor Archery Range on
Saturday November 21, 2009. The range will be the Friday
evening home of Desert Sky Archer’s, JOAD/Adult beginning
classes in January 2010. The range has a 13 target matt
capacity which will allow up to 52 archers shooting in two
Eighteen archers took part in the first
USAA/FITA style 600 round at 18 meters as part of the 2009
Iron Archer Tournament series qualification/ranking round
hosted by AZJOAD. Archers will compete on November 22,
December 5 with round robin matches on December 6. The Iron
Archer Tournament Series
http://www.azjoad.com/2009/2009_iron_archer.htm began in
2002 and has been hosted in four different Phoenix metro area
archery shop ranges.
The BASF indoor archery facility is the largest
venue to date. World Archery (FITA) style targets were spaced
for 32” (+80cm) per archer backed up by a full width arrow
curtain and plywood reinforced wall (which no one “tested”
during the inaugural event). LED digital timers were set up
on each side of the range. Other amenities including
computerized scoring and PA/sound system. The range is fully
air conditioned with a line of lights to illuminate the
targets and another line of lights along the shooting line in
addition to general lighting. BASF provided chair seating for
50. The 80x120 feet building can easily accommodate a 25
meter indoor event with ample seating space. The building is
multi use and doubles as an air gun range. The air gun table
make great bow case tables.
“We are delighted to give the range a test run
and everything went perfectly” reported Bob Pian, the
tournament director and judge for the event. “Having a
dedicated space that can host a variety of archery event means
that there will be many more opportunities for archers to take
part in tournament and training events year around. The range
will be a great place to introduce and teach archery. We
thank the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and the Arizona Game and
Fish Department for the opportunity to use the range.”
Space is available at the November 22 and
December 5 qualification/ranking rounds that lead up to the
Iron Archer Round Robins.