Scholastic 3-D Archery hosted its 4th annual S3DA Outdoor Target National Championship on July 16th-18th, 2021 in Fairfield, OH. The event was held at Joyce Park, a 300+ acre spread of green space offering multiple playgrounds, picnic shelters, sports facilities, bike paths, hiking trails, and restrooms. Over 250+ student archers from 68 various teams and 13 states met to compete for their chance to earn the title of “2021 S3DA Outdoor Target National Champion”. Students and their families were excited to just be able to compete in this event again, as last year the event was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.
The Outdoor Target competition consisted of archers shooting two rounds of 6 ends of 6 arrows at the designated distance for their division and class over a two-day span for a total 72-arrow target round. After all archers completed their qualification rounds, they were seeded into a bracket based on their qualification scores to compete in head-to-head elimination matches derived from the top 4 archers in the Eagle division, top 8 archers in the Youth division, and the top 16 archers in the Young Adult division. Olympic Recurve and Barebow archers competed on the 122 cm target face, while Bowhunter Compound and Open archers competed on the 80 cm 6-ring target face.
As competition began on Friday morning the sun was shining bright and the Jr. Eagle and Eagle archers gathered to take the field to shoot their first scoring round. As their line concluded, the Youth archers were up next and storm clouds in the distance could be seen rolling in. The Tournament Staff did an excellent job of watching the radar and keeping everyone safe. All the Youth archers were able to get their first scoring round in and then everyone took immediate shelter, as there was a short weather delay with heavy rain and lightning. With scattered storms across the region, everyone was thankful to experience only the one weather delay for the entire weekend.
This event would not have been made possible without the help of Ohio S3DA State Coordinator, Billy Lawson, Jim & Liz Coombe, Director of Shooting, Darrell Pace and a remarkable team of tireless USA Archery Judges, dedicated parents, Coaches, State & Regional Coordinators, and many volunteers, who selflessly pledge their time to make sure these student archers are focused and safe, but most of all, having fun while competing.
The S3DA National Staff is already hard at work planning future events and looking forward to the 2022 S3DA season that will include more tournament, conservation activities, and events than ever before!