Clemins Named S3DA WV Regional Coordinator

Jonathan Clemins has been named as an S3DA West Virginia Regional Coordinator. As a Regional Coordinator, Jonathan will oversee the development and operation of S3DA within a specifically assigned region, including educating and recruiting parties interested in forming new S3DA clubs and teams, working with the State Coordinator, and when possible, attending and assisting with National S3DA events. Jonathan Clemins is an S3DA Advanced Instructor, NASP Coach and USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach. He is the Head Archery Coach at Marshall University and Cabell Midland High School.

For Clemins, hunting is a cherished family tradition. He developed a love for hunting as a child through his father and grandfather. Jonathan said that it was never really about competitive archery as a child because it was all about bowhunting. As his passion for bowhunting grew, he developed an interest in archery. Jonathan has not only become an accomplished archer, but a champion pistol shooter. He has coached hundreds of students in pistol shooting and defensive tactics.

“The trophies I’ve won, they collect dust and tarnish, but when I was with Kaylee, one of my high school archers, when she shot her first perfect end and earned her first 50-pin, knowing how hard she worked for it, and being there to celebrate that with her, that means more to me than anything. Everything I have done, the sacrifices I have made, all that gets washed away when you get to experience those types of moments. And for me, that is really what it is all about,” stated Jonathan Clemins.

One of the things Jonathan recognized as both a NASP and collegiate coach was the learning gap that exists between the two competitive styles. He had to find a way to bridge that gap to prepare athletes who are interested in competing at the collegiate level. He found S3DA filled the void perfectly, and he wanted to be involved in the program. Jonathan will focus on recruiting coaches, providing training(s), and being a resource for coaches to develop their S3DA clubs or teams.

Wisconsin S3DA Hosts 3-D Regional Tournament

Blazin Arrows recently hosted an S3DA 3-D Regional shoot in Hortonville, Wisconsin. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Wisconsin S3DA staff as well as parents, coaches and participants all followed CDC guidelines. Wisconsin S3DA State Coordinator, Dan Schroeder stated, “It was really important to have this event to keep archery in the forefront of everyone’s mind, while also social distancing. Archery is a solitary sport and what better way is there to exercise outdoors and engage in non-contact activities. Yes, the kids can’t give each other high-fives, fist bumps, or hugs, but they can enjoy shooting their bow and competing.”

Archers from several clubs gathered to participate in the event despite the forecast. Many of the archers had to finish their rounds in the rain and it was really impressive to see them sharing umbrellas and bags to help cover their equipment. It rained before, between, and after the two shooting line times.

Blazin Arrows Scholastic 3-D Archery club, Vice President Zach Kelly, stated, “We did not know if we would be able to move forward with any archery shoots this season. Safety is always of paramount importance with youth archery, but the pandemic presented several new challenges with organizing an event. With a lot of planning, we were able to put on a scaled down, socially distanced, and safe shoot. It was great to see the kids back shooting and seeing the smiles and enjoyment this sport gives to so many. We often forget to take that in when these events are happening, so it was great to witness the sportsmanship and comradery in these kids.”

To see scores from this shoot, click on the link here. For more information on Wisconsin S3DA, be sure to check out the Wisconsin S3DA Facebook page.

Georgia S3DA hosts 4th annual 3-D State Championship

On June 20th, 2020, Georgia S3DA hosted the 3-D State Championship in Dewy Rose, Georgia. Due to the pandemic, this is the first-time archers from across the state of Georgia have been able to compete since the beginning of March. The kids were anxious to get back out on the range and Georgia S3DA staff did an amazing job of creating guidelines to ensure all archers and spectators safety.

One of the spectators at the event commented, “Despite all of the issues this year has brought, all of the staff that had a hand in putting this event together for our children should be so proud of the job they have done. I feel blessed to be able to see a quality bunch of people taking their time to help all these children succeed. What an awesome sport!”

GA State Coordinator, Jake Martin stated, “We felt very fortunate to be able to host this 3-D State Championship. We knew all the S3DA members were ready to hit the competition trail again, so it was important to Georgia S3DA Board and I to hold this event as close to normal as possible while still maintaining the proper social distancing guidelines. Overall, the event was a huge success.”

GA S3DA State Conservation Coordinator, Trip Penn, has been hosting a conservation quiz at each Georgia S3DA event this year. Trip secured over $500 worth of conservation related prizes and prize packs were put together for the three students with the highest number of correct answers. The remainder of the prizes were given away at random drawing based on participation in the quiz and survey. Georgia S3DA also held a campaign this season to award scholarship money to several Georgia archers that submitted an essay with the topic How to Better Grow Conservation Participation Within Georgia S3DA. Overall, a total of $1,000 in scholarship money was awarded.

Georgia S3DA would like to thank the local sponsors of the program, including Genesis L.A.W, JSD Trophies, Surface Archery Journals and Culpepper Outdoors. Without their partnership and support, Georgia S3DA would not be able to fund a scholarship program or conservation activities. Georgia Archery did an amazing job of interviewing the kids on their podcast and providing photography for the event. To view photos from the event or to learn more about the program, please visit the Georgia S3DA Facebook page.