Texas S3DA Holds Indoor State Championship

Leading Edge Archery hosted the 2020 Texas Indoor State Championship in Boerne, Texas, with roughly, 54 archers participating from 6 different S3DA clubs. Texas S3DA showed tremendous growth, as numbers more than tripled from the Indoor event held last year. S3DA Texas State Coordinator, Roger Koss, believes the partnerships Texas S3DA has created has a direct impact on the growth of the program. The Safari Club International (SCI), Texas Wildlife Association and Whitetails Unlimited are instrumental in providing conservation education to archers.

The Alamo Chapter of Safari Club International provided archers a free youth membership to SCI. The Texas Wildlife Association provided a free Texas Youth Hunt to the first-place winners of each division. Shelby Green, a high school student who represented the Texas Buckskin Brigades, was present to talk about “The Brigades”. The Brigades is a collection of wildlife and natural resource focused youth leadership development programs. Texas S3DA held a drawing prior to the awards ceremony for Outdoor Edge “S3DA” engraved knives.

The Texas S3DA Indoor State Championship conducted a live virtual signing day ceremony with Liberty University Head Coach Ben Summers and future Liberty University student Natasha Leininger. A Texas A&M San Antonio representative spoke about their university and demonstrated the fact that it is not a requirement that a university have a club or varsity archery team to participate in Collegiate Archery. Southern Careers Institute attended the event and spoke to archers about alternatives to traditional secondary school options and let them know that careers in the trades are valuable. Union College, Southeastern Illinois College and Lindsey Wilson College provided scholarship certificates to all high school podium place finishers.

Roger Koss, TX S3DA State Coordinator stated, “Our growth is also a representation of how partnering with local archery shops like Leading Edge Archery and Archery Outfitters International can help both archery shops and S3DA as a whole.”

Oklahoma S3DA Host Inaugural State Championship

Oklahoma S3DA held its first Indoor State Championship at The Arrow Shop in Dewey, Oklahoma in conjunction with the National Field Archery Association’s (NFAA) state organization the Oklahoma State Archery Association (OSAA). Both championships were held on the same day which allowed S3DA archers to compete in both events, if they so desired. Archers gathered from across the state of Oklahoma to compete in this event, with some archers living more than two hours away.

“I think being able to combine the S3DA tournament with the OSAA event was a good opportunity to get some kids to participate that otherwise would not have been able to travel. Archery is becoming more popular and by combining events it allows parents to not be forced to choose one event over the other,” stated Kelli Blair, Owner of the Archery Shop and S3DA coach.

“In Oklahoma we have a lot of archery events held by various organizations. The suggestion of working together with the Oklahoma State Archery Association (OSAA) to combine both state championships was a great idea. The host range seamlessly integrated both organizations and warmly welcomed the S3DA archers. I appreciate the colleges who support our high school archers by providing scholarship opportunities and I am excited to see what the future holds for Oklahoma S3DA,” stated Oklahoma S3DA State Coordinator, Brent Simmons.

Rusty Peterson, S3DA coach and volunteer stated, “The archers attending the State S3DA Indoor event stood out on the competition line wearing their S3DA shooting shirts. It was apparent they brough their “A” game with high scores posted and numerous scholarships being awarded. The host facility fostered a safe, fun and quality environment for the youth and spectators.”

Bethel University, Union College, Southeastern Illinois College, Lindsey Wilson College, Kentucky Christian University, University of the Cumberland’s and Connors State College presented college scholarship certificates to the High School podium finishers.

Recap of Indiana S3DA Indoor Season

Indiana S3DA held nine regional indoor qualifiers leading up to the 2020 Indiana S3DA Indoor State Championship. Iroquois Archery Club, Jay County Conservation Club, Blackhawk Bowhunters, Fountain Central High School, Cutting Edge Archery Shop and Attica High School were all hosting facilities for the regional indoor qualifiers.

Pine Hill Prodigies hosted the Indiana S3DA Indoor State Championship at the Armory in Lebanon, Indiana. The facility provided an immense amount of space which allowed eighty archers to shoot at one time. The state event featured a Friday night flight and three flights on Saturday with nearly every line time being completely full. With over seven hundred spectators on hand, 269 archers competed in the Indoor State Championship.

Indiana S3DA State Coordinator, Greg Ashley stated, “A lot of the people throughout the state liked having regionals closer to where they live so there is less travel time and more flexibility. Being able to offer multiple regionals across the state on the same day makes it easier to accommodate venue space and provides a better infrastructure leading up to the state championship.”

Indiana S3DA would like to thank Wabash Valley College and Union College for the scholarship certificates for the event.