While it’s cool watching fictional archers in films like The Hunger Games and the TV show Arrow, it’s even better to see professional archers in action. Unfortunately, outside of the Olympics, we archery fans must get our fix by watching competitions on the Archery TV YouTube channel. Occasionally on Top Shot, the History Channel’s marksmen reality show, you may see archery included in the competition.
Thankfully, this summer the NBC Sports Network has launched a reality show devoted to Archery–Nock Out. The series first episode aired July 26th 2013.
I only discovered the show a few weeks ago due to one of Facebook’s page suggestions. Thank you, Facebook.
Nock Out is a reality show similar to Top Shot with the exception that instead of changing weapons each week, the competitors use their own bows in each competition. All of the archers are using compound bows, sorry recurve lovers. And, so far, the competitions have been field archery challenges.
Like other reality shows, the archers are divided into teams, in this case three teams. The two lowest performing teams of the week’s main competition, have to pick a person to compete in a head-to-head shoot-off to stay in the competition or go home.
As an archery fan, I must admit that the head-to-head shoot-off can be more fun to watch than the team competition. It’s a nail-biter. The stakes are high, the margin of error low and the competition’s tough. You’re wondering who’s going to blink first.
There are few sporting events in which you’ll see men and women competing together. It happens in tennis with mixed doubles but it’s pretty rare. That’s one of the cool things about Nock Out. The men and women compete as teammates and occasionally against one another–one-on-one. It shows that in archery, how well you shoot isn’t always about strength but about technique, experience and how well you compete under pressure.
The contestants are a diverse group, as far as age (18-64) and gender goes, of professional archers. One of my favorites has been 64 year old Connie Calloway. She took up archery in 1977 and turned pro in 1992. She got knocked out in a head-to-head shoot-off last week, but she’s a great example of how this sport is one you can practice for a lifetime. Then there’s the inspirational archer Matt Stutzman, the 2012 Paralympics silver medalist, who is very much giving the other archers a run for their money.
Overall, I think it’s a great show and I hope it does well enough this season to have a season two. Tune in and check it out before the season ends. The show airs Fridays at 1pm on the NBC Sports Network. Go to their site to see what channel it airs on in your area.
Check out the season’s first episode here.
Woodley Park Archers would like to extend an invitation to join us at our Archery Swapmeet at the Woodley Park Archery Range on Saturday May 11, 2013 from 9am.
The swapmeet is free to both Sellers and Buyers and our last event was extremely well attended by about 300 people. The swapmeet will be held on the long range and Woodley Park Archers plans to hold a bar-b-que with the event.
Although the event includes mostly experienced archers, we are especially looking for sellers of youth and beginner equipment as the event is held in conjuction with our weekly Saturday class which is attended by a large number of students who are looking to buy their first bows, armbands and finger tabs.
We hope to include fletching, and bow stringing demos as well as a Japanese archery Kyudo demonstration. We are also actively trying to contact other archery schools, bowyers, arrowsmiths etc. to come join us in a celebration of all things Archery.
If you know of vendors or buyers who would like to attend, or someone who is knowledgeable in archery equipment maintenance and would be willing to share information or even someone who would simply enjoy the festivities, please feel free to invite them.
While many people were out of town this past weekend for the holiday, many archers descended upon the Rancho Park Archery range.
The range put on a Thanksgiving Shoot. It’s first tournament in a while. It was a small low-key event that provided a great opportunity for many to try their hands at competitive archery.
The event had a good turnout. Most were regulars at the range and many, including myself, were tournament newbies. There were definitely some pre-tournament jitters which quickly faded as the event got going.
Alex Kobe, along with several other range volunteers ran the event. The tournament went from 9am-4pm with a break for lunch. It consisted of 20 ends, 3 arrows each.
After check-in time, Alex explained the tournament format and rules. After which we had some warm up time and were given our targets to place on the wall, at which point some chaos ensued with everyone jockeying for space on the target wall. After that, Alex reviewed the score keeping process. We had to do math in addition to shooting? Well technically, not everyone, only a few selected shooters in each lane were designated as scorekeepers.
Once we got started, after the first few rounds, everybody got into a rhythm and things began to move smoothly.
Once the first 10 ends were completed, it was lunch time. We all took a break to enjoy some good conversation and laughs over a great potluck spread and some delicious BBQ–some of which Alex managed to cook in between rounds–so much for burning off those Thanksgiving calories.
Towards the end of lunch some of the Juniors had some additional fun. They got to take a few good whacks at a candy filled Angry Bird. Why didn’t they string up one of the egg stealing pigs?
Actually, what was more amusing than watching the kids, was watching some of the adults rush in for the candy after the Angry Bird’s demise.
With lunch over, we took up our bows again to complete the remaining 10 ends. It goes without saying that some shooters’ performance declined a bit, due to post lunch sluggishness and the occasional excursion to the food table between ends. The victors would be those who not only shot well but who could stay focused and shoot through the post lunch stupor.
Once the last end was completed and the scores were tabulated, we all gathered around for the awards ceremony to bring the event to a close.
Whether you walked away with some shiny hardware or not, I think it’s fair to say everybody had a good experience. It was a great opportunity to try something different and test your archery skills. A fun time was had by all and it was for a good cause. All tournament fees went to the Pink Ribbon charity.
Rumor has it that more tournaments will follow this one at the range. The healthy turn out this past weekend bodes well for similar events. And if the range gets expanded, perhaps the tournaments might get even bigger.
The Holiday Season is revving up with Thanksgiving just around the corner. What better way for archers to enjoy the season than with a Thanksgiving shoot?
The Rancho Park Archery Range is holding a post-Thanksgiving day shoot on Saturday, November, 24. This will be a nice way to have some fun and burn off some of the calories from your Turkey day dinner.
Competitors will be shooting for points, trophies and for a good cause. All funds raised by the tournament will go to the Pink Ribbon charity which supports breast cancer research and awareness.
If you’ve never competed in a tourney before, this is a great event to get your feet wet with. There will be plenty of volunteers around to help you out.
The shoot will take place between 9am to 4pm. Check-in starts at 8am.
Shooting divisions include: Recurve, Barebow, Bowman, Junior and Adult.
The format for the shoot is as follows:
Pre-registration for the tournament is $10. Onsite registration is $15.
To pre-register, download the registration form. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org to register and reserve your spot. Payment will be due at check-in time (8am).
Don’t delay! Space is limited so register early.
For more tournament information, email email@example.com.
You can buy, sell, or trade archery equipment; bows, arrows, quivers, etc. The swap meet will be this Saturday, October 20, between 9:00am to 4:00 pm.
In addition to picking up some new equipment, US Olympic Archery Team member, Khatuna Lorig, will be in attendance talking about her experiences as an Olympian archer and doing a Q&A session. There will also be medieval and Japanese archery demonstrations.
The event is free to all. For further details, head to the Woodley Park Archers site.
In a recent article, Stephen Amell, the lead actor in the Arrow series which premiered last night, talked about the importance of his character’s archery form. He seems to be very aware that not only will comic book fans be picking apart the show’s interpretation of Green Arrow, but archers will also be judging his technique.
Recently Laura Fisk analyzed the form of the most recent super hero archers shown on screen. Most of them didn’t fair very well. And she’s not the only one that noticed that archers on screen can have very sloppy form.
Amell trained for Arrow with archery coach Patricia Gonsalves. Before they began practicing, she had him watch a video of TV shows and movies in which archery had been done very badly. Getting proper form down was a priority for her.
It’s to be expected that some compromises in form will be made while filming and some CGI will be used. So we can’t get too nitpicky about what we’re watching. But, I do think it’s a good sign that Stephen is very conscious of his form and that he knows we archers are watching. He also seems to enjoy archery which may bode well for how it’s portrayed on the show.
What did you think about the pilot? Were you critiquing Oliver Queen’s archery form or just happy to see another show/movie with an archer saving the day – and making archery look really cool?