In the world of archery, there is seldom a dull moment. On any given week, competition is taking place at every level, archery related events are being held, and news from within the industry begins to develop. This keeps the true archery enthusiast on their toes and provides further validation that archery itself is a 24/7, 365 day per year activity.
Thus far, the month of October has been no exception to this rule. As concerns over COVID-19 linger, the archery world has been left to make concessions in an attempt to reclaim its grasp on normalcy, though this has come at some expense.
Antalya Competition Proves Successful
In the past couple of months, many archery organizations have returned to competition, with significant precautionary measures in place. To this point, such precautions have proven successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at such events.
However, many have awaited a large scale test of such protocols, in a bid to gauge the viability of these efforts.
In what was possibly the most sizable of all archery competitions to take place since the onset of COVID, Antalya, Turkey, recently hosted a 3-day world-ranking tournament.
This tournament, which took place on October 2-4, hosted a total of 107 archers from 13 individual countries, all of whom hoped to take home winning honors in their individual classes.
Many stringent safety protocols were in place during the event, including a regulated mask mandate, and policies meant to enforce social distancing.
Additionally, each competitor was given their own individual target, as opposed to allowing multi-party usage, as had been the previous standard.
To date, there have been no confirmed COVID cases related to the event.
Indoor Archery World Series To Be Held Virtually
To circumvent COVID-19 related health concerns, it was recently announced that all Indoor Archery World Series competitions will take place virtually, during the 2021 season.
In the past, competitors have gathered at various venues in order to face off against fellow archers. However, these competitions will now take place at local clubs, tournaments, and ranges.
Scores will be kept and entered through the use of the Lanseo Scorekeeper application, where they will then be tabulated to qualify for series’ open rankings.
All qualifying events will be sanctioned by World Archery and noted on the organization’s calendar. Series winners will be determined during a live, remote final, which is to be broadcast across World Archery’s media channels.
“The ongoing travel restrictions make holding on-site mass participation events difficult, but we’ve learned from the countless virtual archery tournaments run throughout 2020”World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen
“Harnessing that ingenuity and everyone’s enthusiasm to return to competition, we aim to bring our worldwide community together this winter in the largest online archery event ever held.” said World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen
USA Archery Awards JOAD Grant To New Club for Adaptive Archery
USA Archery, which governs all Olympic archery in the United States, recently announced the recipient of their JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) Grant. This prestigious award was presented to STRIDE Adaptive Sports, a facility dedicated to the training of young adaptive athletes, located in West Lake, New York.
“When STRIDE Adaptive Sports was looking for safe ways to get Capital Region kids with disabilities out of the house and back to doing physical activities, the nonprofit organization realized archery hits the mark in more ways than one”STRIDE Founder & CEO, Mary Ellen
“Archery is one of the truest forms of an individual lifetime sport that everyone can participate in. It will be easy for everyone to socially distance at the competitive archery range we built on STRIDE’s 85-acre camping retreat in Chatham. We are ready to get our youth athletes with disabilities back to play, and archery is one of the many ways STRIDE can safely make this happen,” Ellen continued.
The club’s archery program will be led by combat-injured war veteran, Tim McDonough, who will also hire five additional instructors with the assistance of the JOAD grant.
The club will utilize a dedicated archery range, with targets positioned at 10, 20, and 30 meters. Specialized equipment will also be purchased for use by seated or visually impaired archers.
New Bowhunters United Organization Launches
In a bid to advocate for the rights of bowhunters across the nation, a new bowhunting organization has sprung into existence. Bowhunters United officially formed on October 1st and is now accepting new members. This organization grew from a common mission to build a strong future for current and potential bowhunters.
Bowhunters United received assistance from the ATA (Archery Trade Association), leading up to their official launch earlier this month.
In fact, Bowhunters United was born out of 2018 talks within the ATA, over the potential value of a consumer-based bowhunting organization. After a feasibility study related to the endeavor was conducted, a plan was put into action.
Interested archers can join Bowhunters United for a $25 per year membership fee. Members will receive a window decal, vinyl sticker, membership gift, and membership card.
Money yielded from membership purchases will be used to advocate for bowhunting, conserve public lands, and provide education/training for upcoming generations of young bowhunters.
2021 ATA Trade Show Canceled
After much deliberation, the decision was made on Wednesday, October 14th, to cancel what would have been the ATA’s (Archery Trade Association) 25th-anniversary trade show.
This decision came on the heels of constant concerns related to COVID-19. The sport show was to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the month of January.
“Despite the combined efforts of the Archery Trade Association Board of Directors, staff, and the city of Indianapolis, your ATA Board of Directors made the tough decision to cancel the in-person 2021 ATA Trade Show, scheduled to take place Jan. 7-9, 2021, in Indianapolis”ATA President and CEO, Matt Kormann
However, it was also announced that the ATA is currently working to put together a virtual show, that is to be held at approximately the same time as was set for the show in its standard format.
While the details of such a virtual event are still unclear, the ATA has stated that information would be released in the coming days, as it becomes available.