Lancaster Archery Academy January-February Newsletter

It’s here!

The winter indoor archery season is in full swing, and at Lancaster Archery Academy, you can always find some paper punchers hanging around.

In the coming weeks, we’ve got tournaments scheduled and leagues kicking off. If the 20-yard, indoor game is your thing, then your season is here.

Of course, the highlight of the year is the annual Lancaster Archery Classic. It’s the largest indoor archery tournament on the East Coast, and to call it ‘fun’ would be an understatement. It’s a big event for the best pro archers in the world, for sure, but there’s plenty of competition on the range for amateurs as well.

ACADEMY

Check out the list of activities we’ve got on tap for January and February.

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:  Jan. 7 and 30, 5-6 p.m.; Feb. 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Feb. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Jan. 7 and 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m.;  Feb. 25, 5-6 p.m.

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

FITA ARCHERS OF PA INDOOR STATES:  Jan. 12-13; 60-arrow Star FITA competition. Register here.

LANCASTER ARCHERY CLASSIC: Jan. 25-27 at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim, PA; LAS rules apply; 60-arrow qualification, followed by elimination matches and shoot-up finals. Register here.

U.S. INDOOR NATIONALS AND JOAD NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Feb. 22-24 for U.S. Nationals; Feb. 22-23 for JOAD Nationals. Both held on the Academy range. Click here for registration information for both events.

WINTER TARGET LEAGUE: 10-week league starts Jan. 9; FITA 30-arrow round, with Classic scoring; 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday. Register here.

TECHNOHUNT LEAGUE: 10-week league starts Jan. 9; 30-arrow sessions. Register here.

LEVEL 2 COACH CERTIFICATION COURSE: Jan. 4-5. 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 October-November Newsletter

Fall is here, which means it’s time for indoor archery season!

You thought I was going to say it’s hunting season. Well, it is hunting season, but it’s also time to shake the rust off your indoor archery game.

Come on out  and get started! At Lancaster Archery Academy, we look forward to spending time with archers of all ages and skill levels.

ACADEMY

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

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:  Oct. 6 and Nov. 24, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Oct. 31, 5-6 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Sept. 19 and Oct. 8; 5-6 p.m.; Oct. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6 and Nov. 24, 10-11 a.m.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: Nov. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FALL HARVEST ARCHERY TOURNAMENT: Come to our first indoor Star/FITA tournament of the season; 60 arrows; World Archery/USA Archery rules apply. Register here.

DICK TONE AND JAY BARRS RECURVE SEMINAR: Nov. 9-11. Come for three days of advanced instruction from an Olympic gold medalist – Jay Barrs – and his coach – Dick Tone. This is for intermediate and advanced recurve archers, age 11 and up. Register here.

WILDE SHOTS COMPOUND SEMINAR: Dec. 7-9. Brothers Reo and Logan Wilde are two of the best compound archers in the U.S., with many titles and records to their names. Archers age 11 and up can come for three days of advanced instruction from these brothers – and have a good time doing it! 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 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.

ACADEMY

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.

ACADEMY

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 Academy December-January Newsletter

‘Tis the season for archery – especially indoor target archery.

December typically is the month when indoor target season kicks off. So dust off that target bow, fletch up a new set of line-cutter arrows and come on out to the Academy to start getting ready for the competition season.

Or, just swing by, come inside and shoot your bow to kill some time on a cold, short December day. Nothing will brighten your mood like slinging arrows.

ACADEMY

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

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience Archery, and Intermediate 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:  Dec. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Jan. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Dec. 20, 5-6 p.m.; Jan. 8, 5-6 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

WINTER WARM-UP TOURNAMENT: Star FITA indoor 600 round, Dec. 16-17. Register here.

PA S3DA STATES: 30 arrows on NFAA blue and white face, Jan. 6. Register here.

TARGET LEAGUE: Ten-week league, Classic-style scoring for 30-arrow round, starts Jan. 10. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Register here.

TECHNOHUNT LEAGUE: Ten-week league, scores can be shot any time. Starts Jan. 10. 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 October-November Newsletter

Hunting season is in full swing now. We know that’s occupying a lot of time for a lot of archers.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some fun at the Lancaster Archery Academy in between hunts. And hey, registration is now open for the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic, so that means the countdown has officially begun. You can never start preparing too early for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament.

So regardless of whether you want to shoot a bow for the first time, get in some practice for hunting or start preparing for the indoor tournament season, come on out and just us for some fun times at the Lancaster Archery Academy facilities.

ACADEMY

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

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:  Oct. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8 and Nov. 13, 5-6 p.m.; Nov. 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Oct. 2, 5-6 p.m.; Nov. 8 and Nov. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPETITIVE ARCHERY: Nov. 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

FALL HARVEST TOURNAMENT: Star FITA indoor 600 round, Oct. 21-22. 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 September-October Newsletter

Officially, summer doesn’t end until Sept. 22. But unofficially, Sept. 1 feels like the beginning of fall. At least mentally, anyway.

So as we jump into fall, it’s a great time to make sure your hunting bow is rigged properly and to start blowing the dust off your indoor target setup.

Whatever your reason for doing it, fall is the perfect season to spend some time shooting a bow. And we all know there’s no better place to do that than at the Lancaster Archery Academy facilities.

ACADEMY

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 Archery, and Intermediate 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. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 30, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Oct. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Sept. 27, 5-6 p.m.; Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m.; Oct. 2, 5-6 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

LEVEL 2: Sept. 15-16. Register here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FALL TARGET LEAGUE: Runs Sept. 6-Oct. 8; shoot 30 arrows in Classic scoring every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Register here.

FALL HARVEST TOURNAMENT: Star FITA indoor 600 round, Oct. 21-22. 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-September Newsletter

The crazy, hazy days of summer are upon us.

At Lancaster Archery Academy, that just means more daylight hours for shooting bows!

ACADEMY

We’ve got a whole slate of classes coming up in the next two months, which you won’t want to miss out on. And, since we all know it’s never too late to start preparing for the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic, we will kick off our first target league of the new season.

Check out our list of upcoming activities.

ARCHERY CLASSES

We’ve got multiple, 6-week classes starting soon in our Experience Archery, and Intermediate 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. 12 and Sept. 30, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Aug. 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Aug. 14 and 16, 5-6 p.m.; Sept. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHERY: Aug. 12 and Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m.; Aug. 14 and 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 27, 5-6 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSE

LEVEL 2: Sept. 15-16

SPECIAL EVENTS

FALL TARGET LEAGUE: Runs Sept. 6-Oct. 8; shoot 30 arrows in Classic scoring every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Register here.

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

Dick Tone leads elite recurve training camp at Lancaster Archery Academy

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics might be three years away, but the Olympic spirit was alive and strong at Lancaster Archery Academy June 9-11.

About three dozen archers, coaches and parents immersed themselves in all things Olympic recurve archery over those three days under the tutelage of former Olympic coach Dick Tone, Olympic gold medal winners Jay Barrs (1988) and John Williams (1972) and master recurve equipment technician, Tom Stevenson.

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Coach Dick Tone watches Sabrina Sison shoot, and offers comments on her shot, while Lancaster Archery Academy’s Heather Pfeil records the analysis on her phone.

“This was a tremendously successful camp for us and for the archers and coaches who participated,” said Rob Kaufhold, president of Lancaster Archery Supply, which is the parent company of the Academy. “At Lancaster Archery, our goal is to help archers of all disciplines in every way possible, to be the best they can be. This camp exposed archers to shooting and coaching techniques that maybe they never thought of before.”

Archers started the camp by shooting their bows through the Academy’s Vision Quest system. It’s a series of four cameras that captures an archer’s shooting motion from four different angles. They shot through the system again at the end of the weekend, after they had received two full days of instruction from Tone and his team.

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“We were able to show them the differences, so they can see what they’re supposed to do and how they’re supposed to do it,” Tone said.

Each camp participant received copies of their videos for future training.

During the two days of instruction, Tone and Barrs worked with the archers as a group and individually to coach them on stance and form. Stevenson made sure everyone’s equipment was properly tuned, and he showed them how to fix common issues, should they arise.

Stevenson also explained his analytics software, which is used by archers to break down their shooting form, and shared advanced tuning techniques to optimize grouping and tournament performance.

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The coaches also stressed the mental training archery requires. Tone’s shooting method is pretty simple. Get your form right. Perfect it through practice, so the act of shooting becomes a subconscious act during competition.

“Rhythm and timing are critical to the process,” Tone said. “All the top archers in the world have the best rhythm and timing.”

Too often, Tone said, archers get caught up thinking about minute details associated with shooting a bow.

“When a pitcher throws a pitch, he’s not thinking about mechanics,” Tone said. “He’s thinking about throwing a strike and he just acts naturally.”

Tone’s system works, said Barrs, who has been coached by Tone for more than 30 years, and is one of nine Olympians Tone has coached.

“It’s simple, easy to learn, easy to perfect and anybody can do it,” he said.

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From left, Tom Stevenson, Rob Kaufhold, Dick Tone, John Williams and Jay Barrs.

USA Archery enjoyed some success at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, with Brady Ellison taking home the individual bronze, and the men’s team of Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Zach Garrett winning the team silver.

But Tone and Barrs said there is a lot of room for improvement in the weeks, months and years leading up to Tokyo. Especially with mixed team archery being added to the Olympic archery tournament in 2020.

“Thirty years after I won my gold medal, you’d think we would have a deeper team,” Barrs said. “There should be 30 archers fighting for the Olympic spots, but there’s always a couple good ones at the top, and then everyone else behind them.”

This was the second year Lancaster Archery Academy has hosted Tone for an Olympic recurve camp. Kaufhold said he expects to bring Tone and his team back again later this year or in 2018. Keep checking lancasterarcheryacademy.com for information on dates.

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc., offers the world’s largest selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers around the world, and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy – a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.