S3DA Names Ryan Hudson Colorado State Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Ryan Hudson as the S3DA™ Colorado State Coordinator. Ryan will oversee all aspects of the S3DA™ program in Colorado. Ryan’s goals as the State Coordinator include building a coaching staff of S3DA™ certified instructors across the western region and working with contacts to build a larger foundation of clubs and teams throughout Colorado. Ryan has already started working on these goals by hiring two Regional Coordinators to develop and operate S3DA™ within their assigned regions of Colorado. As a large western state with an ample archery background, Ryan’s main goal is to get more S3DA™ student memberships.

Ryan was born and raised in Fruita, Colorado and has pretty much stayed in the Colorado area. He currently lives on a farm with his family and they raise market hogs and sheep as well as show swine, goats and beef across the western states. Ryan graduated with a degree in Ichthyology and Wildlife Management. He is currently a Rifle High School FFA Advisor and Instructor, Colorado Hunter Education Instructor, USA Archery Level II Instructor, NASP Instructor and Colorado 4-H Archery State Team Instructor. Ryan has been shooting since he was a little kid and it all started when his grandpa gave him a Colt Recurve and a few cedar shaft arrows. Ryan’s family is very involved with archery and they are all hunters. Some animals that they have hunted to date include deer, elk and goose.

When Ryan got older, he began to teach and found showing others the joy and challenge of archery feels as successful as doing it himself. Ryan stated, “Working with all the programs there is a way to get every student successfully shooting if they want. It makes me smile, as I enjoy working with young adults in shooting sports and outdoor adventures.”

Ryan learned about S3DA™ as he was looking for more opportunities for kids to learn to shoot archery. He saw the S3DA™ program at “The Vegas Shoot” in 2017 and became curious about the program. Ryan said S3DA™ was a great program for all ages and he was really excited that the program offered a true potential for shooter success with a bow as well as with education and life-long skills.

Ryan Hudson states, “As a State Coordinator, we are going to see how it goes as we bring more coaches into the mix with the growth. We will work with Chris McDonald, National Outreach Coordinator and others to evaluate what areas we need to work on for the future.”

Tennessee S3DA holds 1st Indoor Regional for the 2020 season

Williamsburg, KY – On Saturday, December 14th, Tennessee S3DA™ kicked off their 2020 season with their 1st Indoor Regional Tournament. FAC Archery club hosted this event at the First Apostolic Church Event Center in Maryville, Tennessee. The NEW Event Center features a full-size gymnasium, which provided ample room for three (3) flights of shooters over a 2-day period. Many archers traveled from as far as 3 hours away to attend the event. Altogether, seventy-four (74) archers from nine (9) clubs competed in seventeen (17) divisions with approximately 200 spectators filling the bleachers. Twenty-three (23) archers were new to S3DA™, competing in their very first S3DA™ event, which reflects the tremendous growth the organization is currently experiencing.

The 1st tournament of the season is always a special time as the archers are so excited to see one another after being apart for the last couple of months. There were a lot of hugs and smiles from kids and adults alike. One notable highlight of the event was the facility being equipped with the ability to livestream events, a first for Tennessee S3DA™ and this was very well received among both attendees and those unable to make it to the event.

East TN Regional Coordinator, Robert Carter, had only positive things to say about the venue and hopes to see FAC Archery host additional events in the future. Robert Carter stated, “Tennessee S3DA™ is fortunate to have access to such a great venue. The coaches of FAC Archery worked very hard to make sure the kids had a great experience here.”

First time competitor, Brysen Cunningham, was nervous as the tournament day approached. His father, Tyler, commented that he really appreciated that everyone was so encouraging and supportive, especially, the coaches who went out of their way to help kids regardless of the team name on the jersey.

When asked about his thoughts on the tournament, FAC Archery Head Coach Randy Cogdill stated, “We at FAC Archery were very pleased with the turnout and I think everyone was happy with our facility. I hope that we can continue to build a great archery program in Tennessee. I am very happy to play a small part in such a big organization. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to host the first event of the TN S3DA 2020 Indoor Season.”

Please be sure to follow the link here to view more photos and the link here to view scores from the TN S3DA™ event.

Alabama S3DA holds 1st Indoor Regional for 2020 season

Williamsburg, KY – On Saturday, December 7th, Alabama S3DA™ held their 1st Indoor 5-spot Regional Tournament for the 2019-20 event season. St. Clair Archery club hosted the event at Hoover Tactical Firearms in Hoover, Alabama.

Spectators gathered to watch 23 archers from 4 clubs participate at this event. “I was impressed with the way this event was conducted. All the archers enjoyed the event and the facilities. It was great to see this S3DA™ event being run so well here in my new state. I did live in Illinois and I had a great working relationship with the S3DA program there. I look forward to continuing my work with S3DA in Alabama and I am excited to see what the future holds,” stated archery coach Josh Wyatt.

“This was an amazing event. From the facilities and the support of the local community to the smiles, joy, and enthusiasm of the shooters. The outcome of events like this are some of the many reasons I became an S3DA™ coach. Our heartfelt thanks to Shelley Skinner, our Alabama S3DA State Coordinator, all the coaches, volunteers, and shooters for making this event one I will always remember,” stated archery coach Chris Vainrib from St. Clair Archery Club S3DA.

Jeff Boland, S3DA St. Clair Archery Head Coach stated, “We at St. Clair Archery Club S3DA were so very thankful to be able to host the first S3DA Alabama Indoor Regional tournament. It was incredible to see the enthusiasm in these shooters as they participated in the tournament. We applaud the Alabama State Coordinator, Shelley Skinner, S3DA coaches and all the volunteers for their support of making this event feasible. I cannot wait to see what the Alabama S3DA season has in store.”

Alabama S3DA would like to extend its thanks to Hoover Tactical Firearms for being an incredible host facility and for being a Corporate Sponsor of St. Clair Archery Club.

Please follow the link here to view more photos and scores from the event.