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2003 National target Sidelines


July 27 – Aug. 1, 2003

Reading, Pennsylvania


There were some interesting items that took place or were announced from the 2003 Target Nationals in Reading PA.


1.       Allen Rasor of Tucson was elected to the NAA Western Regional 2003 Board of Governors (BOG).  It should be interesting to have an Arizona resident as a BOG member,


2.       Cadet Female distances will be reduced to 60, 50, 40, and 30 meters in 2004.  (Pending final verification).  This was a FITA decision due to their findings that girls were shooting too heavy of bows to reach 70m.


3.       A Judges’ seminar was conducted for the 2003 Target Nationals Tournament judges.  Here were some of the highlights:

·         As a judge, help the archers whenever you can so long as it does not give the archer a “real” unfair advantage.  The intent is to run a smooth tournament.  Give them time to go to the restroom. Let them know when shooting will resume.  Repeat instructions for those that may not have heard them the first time.  Help like this is not unfair as the archer still must shoot the arrow on his own.

·         The judge should give the benefit of the doubt to the archer in most things except score.

·         An archer can never be allowed to “re-shoot” an arrow.  This is a rule that FITA does not want to ever make an exception for.


4.       A raffle was held to support the World University Team (team members are unfunded).  Mike Koistinen saw the need and found Debbie Krienke of Bow Tech to make the first raffle prize donation.  Not to be out done, other companies followed suit including Easton arrows, Hoyt, Martin, Lancaster, Brownell, BCY and others.  Nancy Myrick was tireless in the promotion of the raffle as DOS.  The team members did most of the ticket selling and eventually raised about $4000.  The raffle drawing took place between the morning and afternoon Olympic rounds.  It was a great example of the community making sure our own were taken care of.  Special thanks should go out to the Archery manufactures and retailers.  The raffle could not have happened without their support.


5.       Here are some non-archery points of interest:

·         Lancaster Archery hosted a Pork BBQ at their store in Lancaster, PA.  It was free and reports are that folks had a goodtime.

·         Reading is home to several outlet malls. Leave room in your luggage for purchases.

·         The Hershey chocolate factory and amusement park is only an hour drive away from Reading.  Many families took a half-day to tour the factory and play.

·         Gettysburg is a little over two hours drive away.  A great place to visit if you have time before or after the tourney.

·         Reading is in the heart of Amish country.  A drive in the country can be quite interesting.  Note also that the road system is very “organic” and road signage has a lot to be desired.  Arm yourself with good maps and a little extra time.


6.       Local residents reported that we had unusually nice weather for late July with lower than normal temps and humidity with less rain.  Next year we should expect hot and humid with rain.


For many JOADs the tournament and past tournament generates many friendships.  The JOADs hang out and socialize together at the tourney, at the hotel and at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This doesn’t leave much time to tour.  Don’t plan on taking on too much.




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