S3DA News & Tournament Results
Kentucky S3DA recently hosted their 3D State Championship in London, KY in conjunction with the Archery Shooter’s Association (ASA) Pro/Am. Kentucky S3DA has been blessed to have continued support from ASA President Mike Tyrell and staff, which has really been the foundation for success with Kentucky S3DA 3D State competitions over the past few years. With over 360 student archers in attendance and almost each county in the state of Kentucky being represented, it’s obvious Kentucky S3DA is continuing to grow. Kentucky S3DA would like to extend a special thank you to London and Laurel County Tourism for their hospitality and encouragement throughout the event and Kentucky range officials and all those that volunteered their time to make the event possible.
Kentucky S3DA State Coordinator, Kristi Wilson stated, “Kentucky archers are no stranger to unfavorable weather conditions when competing, but this year as we watched the radar on Wednesday afternoon, we learned a storm would be approaching overnight and into the morning. A decision had to be made that afternoon to delay our first flight which was at 7:30am on Thursday. We announced that all archers were to be on site at 10:00 am the next morning, as it looked like we should have a weather break. This was not a light decision to make as we had two flight times that would now be combined into one. This would mean ranges more crowded than we would prefer. However, archers and parents did not complain but made the best of it. We were able to get all archers on the range at 10AM to complete a successful tournament. I am pleased that this event was still able to happen even with all the restrictions and shutdowns that were taking place and I look forward to returning to a normal archery season.”
S3DA Parent Erica Reed stated, “Kentucky S3DA could have easily made a call to cancel this tournament with the heavy rains and the forecast that was provided for Thursday. However, they saw the opportunity to make the tournament happen with a slight break in the weather. Given the situation with COVID and only getting to compete in a few archery shoots last season, I am glad that our kids were able to compete. We have a great group of kids and all they want to do is shoot their bows and be with their archery friends.”
“The sport of archery is one of the last remaining places where you can still find some humble and friendly people. This tournament was one of those times where we all came together as friends and departed as a family,” stated Green River 3D Archery Coach and Parent, Paul Eastridge.
Kentucky S3DA had numerous businesses that donated items for giveaways. Raffles and drawings were held on-site as well as a conservation booth that featured an assortment of items. Kentucky S3DA is looking to promote more ideas and fun activities with conservation through their NEW State Conservation Coordinator, Kerby Long. At the state level, Kerby will be providing S3DA members that have a desire to learn more about hunting with insight and assistance to bridge the next step in ethically harvesting an animal and keeping waste to a minimum. Kerby stated, “Kentucky has long been a guiding force in S3DA as the state with the largest student member base and a strong focus on target archery, but we also saw the need to push the conservation side just as much. Hunter rolls across the country have been shrinking but here in Kentucky we have many youths who are not only interested in hunting but are eager and excited to join the ranks, they only need a little assistance and that is what we’re here for. The future of conservation and hunting for Kentucky S3DA members looks very robust.” If there are hunting or conservation focused companies who would be interested in partnering with KY S3DA on our initiatives, please get in touch with Kerby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Outagamie Conservation Club located in Hortonville, Wisconsin covers roughly 64 acres of land that provides an amazing opportunity for many outdoor activities such as an archery competition. Wisconsin S3DA Staff in conjunction with the Outagamie Conservation Club hosted the 2021 Wisconsin S3DA 3D and Outdoor Target State Championship with over one hundred archers from nineteen S3DA teams competing. Wisconsin S3DA continues to grow student membership at this event as participation numbers were up roughly 20% compared to last year.
Wisconsin S3DA State Coordinator, Dan Schroeder stated, “The 2021 Wisconsin S3DA State events were a huge success. The folks at the Outagamie Conservation Club went out of their way to keep everyone hydrated in the summer heat. The parents, coaches and archers were amazing, and it was obvious they enjoyed the day and the tense competition.”
“Not only this tournament but the entire program is well-organized and well-ran by so many who are passionate about helping kids learn lifelong skills: archery, communication, good sportsmanship, leadership and so much more! The State Tournament provides the opportunity for participants across the state to come together and compete where some student members do not get to see each other all season until that day. Lifelong memories and friendships are made at this event,” stated parent, Liz Knutson.
Yahara River Archers S3DA Coach, Bill Yerges stated, “Thanks for running a great State shoot! It was amazing to see the number and quality of shooters. Watching teammates and competitors support each other, sharing in the comradery of archery was a powerful testament to the character and bright future of our youth!”
While reflecting on the day, Blazin Arrows S3DA Coach, Craig Horneck said, “I thought everything went smoothly and ran really well. The shoot-offs were exciting, and I really appreciate Dan for reading the room during the Male Open Class when it was down to just Darin and Owen. I have been preaching to the kids at practice the power of a positive attitude and having a mindset that looks for the good in all situations. To sum it up, I would say the Wisconsin S3DA State Tournament was a great day filled with smiles and intense competitive focus from young archers around the state that gave off an infectious positive energy that is the kind of pandemic this world needs.”
Missouri S3DA submitted their first grant application to the Friends of the NRA/NRA Foundation in December of 2019. In March 2020, Missouri S3DA received notification that the request had been approved, but as we all can recall, the country went into lockdown due to the COVID pandemic and Missouri S3DA staff was notified that grant would not be distributed until the NRA office reopened. At the end of August (2020), Missouri S3DA received the grant and started the process of purchasing 20 Indoor Target bales.
The COVID pandemic forced Missouri S3DA to conduct a virtual 2021 Indoor Championship in March of this year. However, Missouri S3DA is well positioned to use these bales for the Indoor State Championship in the first quarter of 2022. Additionally, the targets will enable Missouri S3DA to host a possible fundraiser tournament that will be open to all ages.
Missouri S3DA would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to the Missouri Chapter of Friends of the NRA and the NRA Foundation and Tim Besancenez (FNRA Field Representative). Their investment in Missouri S3DA has positioned the program to put on top-notch Indoor events for the youth and execute opportunities to raise funds that will help grow S3DA across the state of Missouri. As Missouri S3DA President (Faron Teague) always says… “It’s really about the kids.”