Competitive Barebow Archery Continues to Expand

A push to promote recurve barebow archery at the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic seems to be spreading across the globe.

World Archery, National Field Archery Association and Archery Shooters Association all recently announced new opportunities for recurve barebow archers at 2018-19 tournaments.

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World Archery on Sept. 15 opened entries for its 2018 Indoor Archery World Series events. This is a series of six indoor, 18-meter tournaments held in different locations around the world in late 2018 and early 2019.

Formerly known as World Cup tournaments, these competitions previously required archers to be part of a national team in order to enter. World Archery has changed that rule this year to allow any archer to enter, and at least one of the competitions will feature recurve barebow classes. None of the events previously had barebow divisions.

The Roma Trophy tournament, scheduled for Dec. 14-16 in Rome, has competition classes for recurve barebow archers. Barebow archers are hoping the same classes will be added to the World Series event attached to The Vegas Shoot, though they had not as of late September.

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Run by NFAA, The Vegas Shoot Feb. 8-10 in Las Vegas will feature for the first time Recurve Barebow Flights. Rules for that division will mirror World Archery’s barebow guidelines.

NFAA has always had Championship Barebow at The Vegas Shoot, but that barebow division differs from World Archery barebow in that the bows that are allowed can be recurve or compound, and the use of stabilizers and draw checks are permitted. A draw check is a device that allows an archer to know exactly how far they have drawn their bow in order to release arrows from a consistent point in the draw cycle.

World Archery barebow is limited to recurve bows that must fit through a narrow ring, which basically eliminates the use of stabilizers, but does allow for additional weights to be added to the riser. Draw checks cannot be used in World Archery barebow competitions.

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Neither organization allows the use of sights in its barebow divisions.

ASA has added two new classes to its slate of competition divisions – Barebow Recurve and Olympic Recurve. Both follow the USA Archery rules for these classes – which mirror World Archery’s – to support the participation of USA Archery college teams in 3-D tournaments. The move also facilitates the International 3-D Championship qualifying event that will be part of the ASA Kentucky Pro/AM scheduled for June 20-23, 2019.

All of these new recurve barebow opportunities follow changes made to the barebow division at the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic. After noticing an exciting growth in interest in recurve barebow archery, Classic organizers increased the prize money and added new trophies awarded to archers competing in the barebow division at the 2018 event. They also changed the equipment rules so that the Classic barebow rules mirror World Archery’s.

With the tournament changes in place, registration among barebow archers doubled from the 2017 Classic to 2018.

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TradTech brings home the Hardware at 2018 World Archery Field Championships

TradTech Archery had a great showing recently at the 2018 World Archery Field Championships in Cortina, Italy, with the Tradtech RC Carbon Wood limbs helping archers bring home two silver medals.

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The World Archery Field Championships is a prestigious tournament that’s only held every two years, and is only open to a limited number of the best field archers in the world.

Competing in her first international field archery tournament, American Fawn Girard won the silver medal in Women’s Barebow, using her RC Carbon Wood limbs.

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Fawn Girard with her silver medal

Girard was the top-ranked American woman heading into the competition. Her qualification score at the championships also was tops among American women, and seeded her sixth overall for the elimination matches.

As the No. 6 seed, Girard automatically advanced to the fourth round, where she won in a shoot off against Italian Eleonore Strobbe – a four-time medalist and 2010 World Field champion. She then beat Stine Asell from Sweden in the quarterfinals, followed by Italian Cinzia Noziglia in the semifinals, which earned Girard a spot in the gold medal match.

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Fawn Girard, left, competes in Cortina, Italy.

In that final match, Girard and Lina Bjorklund – the 2012 and 2014 champion and 2016 bronze medalist – finished in a tie, before Bjorklund won the gold medal in a shoot off, earning Girard the silver medal.

Jenifer Stoner was the second-highest finishing American woman in Cortina, and she also competed with TradTech RC Extreme limbs.

John Demmer III entered the championships as the top-ranked American in Men’s Barebow. After qualifications using his RC Carbon Wood limbs, he was the top-seeded American and was seeded third overall. That seeding earned him an automatic advance to the fourth round of elimination matches, where he defeated fellow American John Dillinger. Demmer then was knocked out of the competition in the quarterfinals by Sweden’s Lundmark Fredrik, who eventually won the bronze medal.

Demmer won a silver medal, however, as a member of the American Men’s Team. The Team round features the top compound, Olympic recurve and barebow archers from each nation. Demmer was the American barebow archer teamed with compound archer Steve Anderson and recurve archer Brady Ellison.

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John Demmer competes in the team round

The American team beat Slovenia in the first round and Italy in the semifinals, before losing to Germany in the gold medal match, which earned the team members silver medals.

A division of Lancaster Archery Supply, TradTech Archery produces a series of traditional archery products for bowhunting, competitive shooting and recreation.

Lancaster Archery Academy September-October Newsletter

The fall bowhunting seasons are upon us.

Many archers have traded field points for broadheads and shooter jerseys for camo.

But not all of us. Some of us never really get out of the target mode, and so we need to find others like us.

At Lancaster Archery Academy, you can always find some paper punchers hanging around.

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Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for September and October.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience ArcheryIntermediate Archery and Introduction to Competitive Archery courses. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES:  Sept. 19 and Oct. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Oct. 31, 5-6 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Sept. 19 and Oct. 8, 5-6 p.m.; Oct. 6, 10-11 a.m.;  Oct. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

FALL INDOOR TARGET LEAGUE: 10-week league begins Sept. 26. LAS-Classic style scoring; 30 arrows per week. Register here.

FALL HARVEST TOURNAMENT:  Oct. 20-21. World Archery/USA Archery rules apply for this 60-arrow Star FITA competition. Register here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

USA ARCHERY JUDGES COURSE: Sept. 29-30. Earn your Certified Judge and National Judge certifications so you can judge USA Archery competitions. Registration and other details can be found here.

LEVEL 2 COACH CERTIFICATION COURSE: Oct. 26-27. Earn your Level 2 certification to work with programs including JOAD, NASP and collegiate and local clubs. Register here.

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

Lancaster Archery Academy August Newsletter

It’s the dog days of summer, and the weather is perfect for slinging arrows.

If you’ve never shot a bow before, come by and see us.

If you’ve been shooting your whole life, come by and see us.

At Lancaster Archery Academy, we look forward to spending time with archers of all ages and skill levels.

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Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for August.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience ArcheryIntermediate Archery and Introduction to Competitive Archery courses. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES:  Aug. 8 and Aug. 20, 5-6 p.m.; Aug. 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Aug. 8 and Aug. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Aug. 25, 10-11 a.m.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: Aug. 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

LEVEL 3 NTS COACH CERTIFICATION: July 27-29. This is for USA Archery-certified coaches looking to advance to Level 3 under the National Training System. Register here.

LEVEL 2 NTS COACH CERTIFICATION:  Aug. 3-4. This is for USA Archery-certified coaches looking to advance to Level 2 under the National Training System. Register here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

BOWHUNTER’S EXTRAVAGANZA: Aug. 17-18. This is our biggest Pro Shop sales event of the year, with deals on just about everything in stock. Don’t miss it! Special store hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Aug. 17, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 18.

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

Lancaster Archery Academy June-July 2018 Newsletter

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson once said, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine.”

We know Wilson probably surfed more than he shot a bow and arrow, but with a sentiment like that, we have to think there’s an archer in him somewhere.

We are definitely headed into the premiere time of year for archery. If it’s nice outside, shoot outside. If it’s raining, shoot inside. The options are endless.

And whether you like to shoot indoors or out, the Lancaster Archery Academy is here to fulfill your archery dreams.

ACADEMY

Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for June and July.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience ArcheryIntermediate Archery and Introduction to Competitive Archery courses. Listed below are the start dates and class times. Unless specified, classes are open to all archers age 6 and older. Call (717) 556-1379 for information on any of the activities listed below.

EXPERIENCE ARCHERY – ALL AGES:  May 21, 5-6 p.m.; June 20 and July 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; July 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; July 7, 10-11 a.m.; July 9, 5-6 p.m.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: Aug. 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOOT-UP: 72-arrow, outdoor FITA round, followed by Lancaster Classic-style shoot-ups to declare champions. Register here.

LEVEL 2 COACHING COURSE: Earn certification as a USA Archery Level 2 instructor, which will qualify you to work with programs such as JOAD, NASP and S3DA. Class is June 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Register here.

EXPLORE ARCHERY SUMMER DAY CAMPS: Beginner level introduction camps that teach how to shoot recurve and compound bows, range safety, etc. Separate camps from June 11-14, June 25-28 and July 16-19. Register here.

DICK TONE AND JAY BARRS SALT LAKE CITY SEMINAR: World-class coach Dick Tone and Olympic gold medalist Jay Barrs will lead an advanced recurve archery clinic at the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center in Salt Lake City, Utah., July 6-8. Register here.

TARGET LEAGUE: Ten-week league, Classic-style scoring for 30-arrow round, starts June 6. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Register here.

COFFEE CLUB: Join us every Friday morning at 9 a.m. to eat donuts, drink coffee and shoot your bow.

Lancaster Archery Supply Giveaway Contest Rules

 LANCASTER ARCHERY SUPPLY GIVEAWAYS – OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

1.   SPONSOR: The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Lancaster Archery Supply (“Sponsor”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at [email protected] during the Promotion Period.

2.  ELIGIBILITY: Open to everyone, except in countries where our shipping is restricted, such as Afghanistan, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Cuba. Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (the \”Promotion Entities\”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. “Household Members” shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. “Immediate Family Members” shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

3. PRIZES: Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. Gift cards and gift certificates are subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor’s good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.

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Automated or robotic Entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. Internet entry must be made by the Entrant. Any attempt by Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, including, but not limited to, commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will void Entrant’s Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor’s database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes.

5. WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted 1 day after the Promotion Period by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email or private social media message after the winner responds to a public notification of the winner of the contest through Sponsor’s social media channels. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email or message as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

7. PRIVACY: Personal data provided to the Sponsor in response to a giveaway will NOT be shared in any way.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Sponsor shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total ARV as set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. Sponsor and Released Parties shall not have any further liability to any participant in connection with the Sweepstakes.

9. SOCIAL NETWORK DISCLAIMER: A Facebook account may be required to enter. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, visit www.facebook.com to create one. It is free to create an account. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook. By participating via the Facebook platform, participants are also subject to Facebook’s data policy and terms of use, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy and https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/update.

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10. WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of the Winner List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Lancaster Archery Supply cc: (Specify Contest Promotion) 21 Graybill Road, Leola PA 17540. Requests for the names of the winners must be received no later than 14 days after the Promotion Period has ended.

Lancaster Archery Supply, 21 Graybill Road, Leola, PA 17540. [email protected]

Lancaster Archery Supply is going global

Lancaster Archery Supply, the worldwide leader in 3D, traditional, bowhunting and target archery gear, is going global.

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For more than two decades, Lancaster Archery Supply has served archers and dealers with archery equipment all over the world through our dealers, catalog, LAS Express trailers and website. But to get professional, hands-on service and coaching from our TechXPerts and instructors, archers have had to come to our one Pro Shop and Academy location in Lancaster, Pa.

Located in southeast Pennsylvania, between Philadelphia and the state capital of Harrisburg, Lancaster is America’s oldest inland city and was the nation’s capital on September 27, 1777 during the Revolutionary War after Philadelphia was taken by the Brits.

Two of the most common products needed by pioneers heading west to settle the frontier were manufactured in Lancaster – the Conestoga Wagon and the Pennsylvania long rifle.

Just as his ancestors provided for westward traveling settlers 300 years ago, Rob Kaufhold, founder and president of Lancaster Archery Supply, feels it’s time for the company to expand its physical presence to outfit archers at locations across the globe.

We are now pleased to announce that we will be bringing our expert customer service and coaching to 28 cities around the world, where we plan to open state-of-the-art Pro Shops and academies.

Because the Lancaster Archery Supply brand and logo are so iconic within the archery community – and to avoid the exorbitant cost and time-consuming effort of changing those company features to match different city names – Kaufhold has decided to direct his expansion efforts to every Lancaster in the world. Besides maintaining our brand integrity, opening facilities in these other Lancasters will give us the chance to educate local citizenry about the correct pronunciation of our shared name.

Far too often, we hear people from outside Lancaster, Pa., pronounce the word as “LAN-kas-ter” or “lang-CASS-ter,” when the one true pronunciation is “LANK-ister.”

By April 1, 2019, LAS plans to open the doors of new facilities in the following U.S. locations:

Lancaster, Arizona

Lancaster, California

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Lancaster, Illinois

Lancaster, Indiana – We will be at both Lancasters in this state – in Huntington County and Jefferson County

Lancaster, Kansas

Lancaster, Kentucky

Lancaster, Massachusetts

Lancaster, Minnesota

Lancaster, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska – It’s currently called Lincoln, but the city was originally named Lancaster when it was picked as the first capitol of Nebraska in 1867.

Lancaster, New Hampshire

Lancaster, New York

Lancaster, Ohio

Lancaster, Oregon

Lancaster, South Carolina

Lancaster, Tennessee

Lancaster, Texas

Lancaster, Virginia

Lancaster, Wisconsin

In Canada, we will have facilities in:

Lancaster, New Brunswick

Lancaster, Newfoundland and Labrador

Lancaster, Ontario

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Lancaster Sound, Nunavut

Global expansion plans include the following locations named Lancaster in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Guyana.

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“It just makes sense to only expand to cities and locations named Lancaster due to the brand strength and recognition of Lancaster Archery Supply in our industry,” Kaufhold said.  “Our companies expansion into these additional Lancaster locations will bring great economic vitality and growth opportunities for the sport of archery worldwide.”

What You Need to Know About the 2018 ASA Tour

With the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro/Am in Foley, Ala., set for Feb. 22-25, the 2018 outdoor 3-D season is official underway.

Funny, it seems like The Vegas Shoot and Lancaster Archery Classic just ended.

But it is time to think about foam. To think about shooting animal targets placed at odd distances in varying light conditions. To think about shooting in nasty weather. To think about strategizing.

Should I go for the 12? Or shoot a safe 10?

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The ASA saw tremendous growth last year, and is poised for even more in 2018, according to association president Mike Tyrell. Across all seven tournaments last year, the ASA events averaged about 1,800 participants, with several tournaments hosting over 2,000.

“It was definitely a big year for us,” Tyrell said of 2017.

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Never heard of the ASA?

It’s an organization based in Georgia that has hosted tens of thousands of professional and amateur archers from all over the U.S., in national and state-level competitions, since 1993.

The ASA has federation chapters in 37 states, with over 9,000 members and 330 clubs. The state-level and national Pro/Am tournaments feature a standardized set of competition rules, professionally set-up ranges, high standards for safety, dress and conduct and some of the largest payouts in competitive 3-D archery.

ASA 3-D archery features competitive rounds shooting at lifelike, three-dimensional, foam animal targets with printed scoring rings. The scoring system consists of 14, 12, 10, 8, 5 or 0 points.

 

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Zero points are awarded for a miss. A hit anywhere on the body, outside all other scoring rings, earns five points. A hit inside the largest scoring vitals ring, but outside smaller ones, equals eight points. A hit inside the 5-inch circle is worth 10 points. A hit inside one of the two smaller, diagonally-placed circles inside the 10-ring is worth 12 points. (The upper ring only scores 12 points if the archer announces he or she intends to shoot at that ring.) The 14-point ring, located in the upper rear area of the 8 ring, is used only as a bonus ring during shoot-offs.

Perhaps the change to the ASA tour this year that could result in the biggest influx of new shooters is the reclassification of Men’s Known 50 and Women’s Known 45 as “semi-pro” classes. (In the “known” classes, the distances from the shooting line to the targets are published by ASA, and archers can use rangefinders to verify those distances. The 50 and 45 designations denote maximum shooting distances of 50 and 45 yards.)

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Rangefinders are legal in ASA’s known-distance divisions.

According to Tyrell, these classes would allow archers who shoot in pro classes at NFAA or World Archery events, or at the Lancaster Archery Classic, to compete in ASA events without having to shoot against the top pros or the bona fide amateurs.

“It gives the spot pros the chance to learn the game – how and where to aim, when to be aggressive, etc. – without being tossed into the deep end of the pool, but also without competing against the pure amateurs, over whom they’d have a decided advantage,” Tyrell said.

Expanding the known-distance classes has been ASA’s key to growth in recent years, according to Tyrell. More archers seem inclined to compete if they don’t have to judge target distance for themselves.

“If you look at our unknown classes, we’d have less than 1,000 archers without the known classes,” he said.

In recent years, ASA has seen many archers, who previously only competed in spot tournaments, turn out at its events to shoot on the known-distance classes. Some of the higher-profile archers to do just that include U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison, two-time Vegas Shoot champ Jesse Broadwater and former World Archery No. 1 compound archer Stephan Hansen of Denmark.

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Tyrell believes the known classes are directly responsible for the participation explosion in ASA’s senior divisions. Those are for archers age 50 and older.

“These are the people who really have the time and the money to travel around to our events, and since we’ve made it so they don’t have to judge distance, they’re coming out to shoot in bigger and bigger numbers,” he said.

Additionally, Tyrell credited S3DA for leading more archers of all ages to ASA. S3DA is a national organization that follows ASA rules, and which helps kids get into 3-D archery competitions.

“So now we have all these kids wanting to come to our events, and their parents are getting into it too, rather than just coming to watch,” he said. “They want to shoot with their kids.”

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Pro archer Christine Harrelson prepares to draw her bow.

Also new for 2018 is the reintroduction of the strutting turkey to the lineup selection, and the return of the Russian boar. Turkeys were historically tricky targets for archers to judge and shoot, and for ASA range officials to maintain. Tyrell said McKenzie has improved the target to include a replacement core, so a single target can be kept in use for a longer period.

The Russian boar was used briefly a few years ago, but was phased out. Now it’s being returned. The standard wild boar, and all other targets used in 2017, will remain in the target lineup.

All of the event sites that hosted ASA tournaments in 2017 will be revisited this year – Foley, Ala., Phenix City, Ala., Paris, Texas, Augusta, Ga., London, Ky., Metropolis, Ill., and Cullman, Ala. Tyrell said significant improvements have been made to the London venue to make it safer and more enjoyable for competitors.

Archers last year complained about the site, after extensive tree cutting and rain-rutted roads made the footing tricky and the courses an eyesore.

“We feel very good we’ve created a more productive environment for everyone to come to,” Tyrell said.

Here’s a link to the 2018 ASA Tour Guide, which has all the locations, rules and information you’ll need to get in on the action this year.

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Lancaster Archery Supply to Carry Obsession Bows

Lancaster Archery Supply is pleased to announce that it is now carrying Obsession Bows, which are starting to show up in the company’s inventory.

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Based in Georgia, Obsession produces a full line of top-quality compound bows for hunting, 3D archery, target competition and recreational shooting. Their bows were named among the best of the best by Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines in 2017, 2016 and 2014. Obsession is a division of Arcus Hunting, which is a major player in the hunting industry, including brands such as Trophy Taker, Ramcat and Tinks.

It’s not often that Lancaster Archery Supply adds a new line of bows to its cache of offerings. But with the quality of Obsession bows and the demand for them from archers across the country, the company was eager to get them in the Pro Shop and on the LAS website, where they will be available for retail sales.

2018 Lancaster Archery Classic sees record turnout; crowns new champions

The 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic Jan. 26-28 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa., was bigger and better than ever. With 1,488 competing archers and tens of thousands of people following the Classic broadcast all over the world, the 15th version of the competition was far reaching.

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The number of registered competitors shattered the 2017 attendance record of 1,093, demonstrating the drawing power of the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast.

“This is the best indoor venue in the world,” said 2018 and 2017 Men’s Recurve champion Brady Ellison. “Between the lighting and the stages and how close the crowd is – it doesn’t get any better.”

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The biggest payout of the event went to Paul Tedford, who took home the top prize of $15,000, plus thousands more in contingency money, in the Men’s Open Pro Division. Other notable winners were Women’s Open Pro Champ Sarah Prieels, Women’s Recurve champ Mackenzie Brown and Masters Open Pro champ Benton Christensen.

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Men’s Open Pro winners, from left, Chance Beaubouef, Paul Tedford and Sam Wolthius.

But there’s no question the two main storylines of this year’s tournament were the participation of 235 young archers, who competed in the first-ever Victory Youth Trophy Tournament, and the growth of the barebow division.

YOUNG ARCHERS COMPETE

The Victory Youth Trophy Tournament was a special “tournament within the tournament,” which allowed young archers under 21 to experience a world-class archery competition for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time commitment.

Competing in the full Classic can be taxing on young people and their parents, since it can require archers to spend two or three days at the event, between registering, practicing, qualifying and competing in eliminations and finals matches. And it can be fairly expensive when you factor in travel, lodging and entry costs.

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The Victory Youth Trophy Tournament featured a lower entry fee, and the competition was limited to one day. That format drew 235 young archers divided among 12 divisions based on age and shooting equipment – compound, recurve and barebow.

Those young archers got to compete on the same range as the top archers in the world, and they got to meet and shoot with those archers as well. The value of that experience cannot be measured if they intend to continue with competitive archery, because there is no way to recreate the pressure and nervousness that naturally comes with shooting in the Classic.

BAREBOW AVALANCHE

The world barebow community took it upon themselves over the past year to make the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic a premier competition for their discipline. In the weeks preceding the tournament, many barebow archers circulated a logo one of them created calling this event the “Lancaster Archery Barebow Classic.”

Last year’s barebow field had 51 archers. This year, that number exploded to 125. And the growth in interest was not only among competing barebow archers. The video of the 2017 Lancaster Archery Classic barebow finals in one year has become Lancaster Archery Supply’s most-watched YouTube video since the company created its channel in 2010.

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Rich Barker takes aim in barebow competition.

Lancaster Archery Supply took notice of the increased interest among the barebow competitors and the viewing public. The company increased its payouts and created special trophies for the top barebow finishers, including awarding a trophy to the top-finishing female barebow archer – Fawn Girard. The company hopes to one day soon have two barebow divisions – one for men and another for women.

With all that support and hype behind it, the 2018 barebow finals did not disappoint. Before a standing-room-only crowd Jan. 27, Rich Barker, who had never before qualified for the Classic finals, entered the finals seeded last among the four qualifiers.

Thanks to the Classic format, Barker had the opportunity to work his way up through the field to compete for the title. Under Classic competition, division finalists are ranked, and then the competition begins with two lowest seeds shooting head to head against one another. The winner of that match advances to shoot against the next ranked archer, and so on until the top seed shoots for the title against whoever is left.

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John Demmer

Barker shot his way from the bottom up. He first defeated veteran competitor Bobby Worthington 100-98, before toppling the equally experienced Dewayne Martin, 106-97. That victory earned Barker the right to shoot for the championship against one of the world’s best barebow archers, John Demmer, who was the 2017 Classic defending champion.

Though he was on his first finals stage, competing against a man he says he has looked up to for years, Barker was fearless. He took an early lead over Demmer and he never gave it up. In the last end, Barker shot an 11, followed by an arrow that glanced off his first and landed in the 8 ring, and then he finished with another 11. That’s incredible shooting for an archer slinging arrows from a recurve bow, at a target 18 meters away, with no aiming sight.

Those three arrows gave Barker the win over Demmer, and the crowd erupted into a standing ovation.

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Rich Barker waves to the crowd after winning barebow.

“I didn’t shoot too well in qualifying, but I guess I got on a hot streak at the right time,” Barker said.

In typical barebow archery fashion, Demmer took the loss in stride.

“Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug,” he said. “Today, I was the bug.”

NEW CHAMPIONS

The rest of the Classic featured some surprises and some expected results. The USA’s two top Olympic recurve archers – Mackenzie Brown and Brady Ellison – each repeated as champions of the Women’s and Men’s Recurve Divisions, respectively.

New champions were crowned in, among others, the Men’s Open Division – Brad Baker Jr. – Youth Male Recurve – Alex Gilliam – Youth Female Open – Gracie Detamore- and Bowhunter – 20-year-old Zach Prugh. Thanks to a generous contingency from Bowhunting.com, plus the $1,250 paid out by Lancaster Archery, Prugh took home $2,000, which is the most a Bowhunting Division champ has ever won at the Classic.

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Zach Prugh

PRO ERROR

The Men’s Open Pro shoot-up featured some tight competition, and included one of the most shocking events of the tournament. Chance Beaubouef, who was seeded second, opened his match against Paul Tedford with two perfect arrows, before his third arrow prematurely flew off his bow as he was drawing it back. The arrow sailed over the target backstop and stuck into the venue wall. A collective gasp of shock rippled through the crowd as Beaubouef stood on his platform and shook his lowered head. Even with flawless shooting from there against Tedford – Beaubouef otherwise never dropped out of the 11 – he couldn’t recover.

“My heart’s in my stomach right now,” said pro archer Nathan Brooks, who was providing commentary on the match alongside Lancaster Archery Supply president Rob Kaufhold.

“Nobody likes to see that happen to any archer in a competition like this,” Kaufhold added.

Here are the top-three finishers in each of the 15 Classic divisions:

Men’s Open Pro – Paul Tedford, Sam Wolthuis, Chance Beaubouef

Women’s Open Pro – Sarah Prieels, Tanja Jensen, Jillian Ballengee

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Sarah Prieels

Masters Open Pro – Benton Christensen, Scott Starnes, Kent Stigall

Men’s Open – Brad Baker Jr., Junior Sizemore

Women’s Open – Katie Roth, Ashley Ensley, Jamilee Moore

Masters Open – Wayne Johnson, Daniel Deterline, Bryan Caton

Senior Open – Dee Wilde, Glenn Talley, Benny Parenteau

Youth Male Open – Derek Ballengee, Ethan Merrill, Tyler Heritage

Youth Female Open – Gracie Detamore, Megan Rivera Ena Walker

Bowhunter – Zachary Prugh, Perry Hapring, Charles Hunnell

Men’s Recurve – Brady Ellison, Crispin Duenas, Richard Butch Johnson

Women’s Recurve – Mackenzie Brown, Casey Kaufhold, Crystal Gauvin

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Mackenzie Brown shoots as Casey Kaufhold loads an arrow.

Youth Male Recurve – Alex Gillam, Dallas Jones, Benjamin Hur

Youth Female Recurve – Alyssa Artz, Katherine Wu, Brianna Laux

Barebow – Rickard Barker, John Demmer III, Dewayne Martin

For a complete listing of winners of the Victory Youth Trophy Tournament, click here.

Lancaster Archery Supply thanks its 2018 Classic sponsors: TRU Ball/Axcel, Hoyt, Dead Center, Carbon Express, Victory Archery, Mathews, Black Eagle, Carter, Bloodsport, Doinker, BCY, Scott, CBE, Easton, Shrewd, SKB, Shibuya, Gold Tip, B-Stinger, Vortex Optics, American Whitetail, Top Hat, Stan, Win&Win, Cartel, Prime, Elite, Leupold, PSE, Gateway, Last Chance, Limbsaver, Neet, Beiter, Big Shot Targets, Speciality Archery, Bowtech, Yeti, Rogue Bowstrings, Gas Bowstrings, No Limit Archery, Competition Archery, Zbros Archery, Brownell and Gillo.