The Bay Path Archers in Southbridge, Massachusetts recently hosted joint ASA/S3DA qualifiers for the New England states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Adults and youth archers from the New England area and nearby states came out to participate in these 3-D shoots. Due to the pandemic, many events across the US have been cancelled for the year, but the host club (Bay Path Archers) worked extremely hard to make this event possible, as they knew that everyone was itching to come out and sling some arrows and just experience some normalcy.
“We had a great time at the ASA/S3DA shoot at Bay Path Archer’s. Registration was set-up to be COVID friendly with entrance at one end and exit at the other end. The host club did a great job of cutting new paths and setting up new shots. Everyone in our party had a great time and we are looking forward to next year,” stated parent Tom McGovern.
Michael Lucier, Volunteer/S3DA coach stated, “We found it most rewarding when we could see all of the parents with their kids laughing and enjoying this sport. You could see the passion in some of the youth eyes as they glowed with delight while talking about an awesome shot they had made or how much fun they had.”
S3DA Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator Bob Gattorna said, “I feel the beginning of S3DA in New England is off to a great start. Although no one was prepared for a pandemic, the two shoots we had were nothing short of amazing with 100+ shooters for each event. With COVID guidelines in place, the course was slightly altered along with some additional spacing. Everyone seemed to enjoy the format and we look forward to future S3DA events in New England.”
All youth participants received plaques and a majority of the youth were drawn for door prizes ranging from new bows to targets, releases, arrows, sights, gift certificates and discount coupons. The host club and volunteers would like to thank local archery shops and manufacturers who are sponsors and supporters of shoots in New England.