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Rancho Park Archery Range Expansion Update: Target date – Spring 2016

The Rancho Park Archery Range expansion project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2016. Early last month, I moseyed over to the future site. When I arrived, fences we erected around the grounds and a Pétanque game was in full swing. Red steel girders were sticking straight up from the earth. They outlined the new long and short ranges. The first range appeared to be 70 meters long, the length used for Olympic competition. Additionally, there was a 20 meter range and a 10 meter beginner range. Between those rangers were two wooden framed structures cornering one another. Most likely one of these will be the future clubhouse, the other a storage facility for archery equipment.

I contacted the Los Angeles Parks Foundation for an update on the construction and according to the representative I spoke with, Rachel, they are working in collaboration with the Easton Foundation to build the new ranges. She said there will be covered rooftops to protect the ranges, and archers, from the elements, and the infamous golf balls. Additionally, when the range reopens it will be handicap accessible and there will be bathrooms on the site where the porta-potties are currently located.

For further updates, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation welcomes phone calls (310-472-1990) regarding the range construction or you can visit their website. Construction is a bit slow but progressing; construction workers have been spotted regularly working on the site. Please check our blog for future updates regarding the progress of the Rancho Park Archery Range.


Rancho Park Range Upgrade Still In Progress

For those wondering, the Rancho Park archery range is still under construction. I stopped by the construction site today to take some pics. Maybe, if things go smoothly, it may be ready by the end of summer/early fall 2015. But that’s me being optimistic.

Rancho Park Archery Range Closed for Upgrade

The Rancho Park archery range is currently closed. It is currently undergoing construction to expand the number of available ranges. When the construction is done there will be four ranges, at least that’s the plan. There will be a 50, 30, 18, and 10 meter range. The 10 meter will be for classes.

Currently the facility consists of a single 30 meter range which had to accommodate archers of a variety of skill levels, frequently shooting at the same time. With the increased popularity in archery, an expansion for the facility will be welcomed.

Construction began July 28. The estimated construction time is 6 months. Odds are it may take a year. Hopefully not. During this time, the range is closed for all purposes (i.e., classes, open shooting, training, etc.).

Until the range reopens, Rancho Park archers must look elsewhere to continue there practice. The following is a list of ranges to check out. Many of these ranges also offer classes for beginners.

Outdoor Ranges

Woodley Park Archery (Sherman Oaks)

El Dorado Archery (Long Beach)

Pasadena Roving Archers

South Bay Archery (Rancho Palos Verdes)

Mile Square Regional Park Archery Range (Orange County)

Indoor Ranges

Archery Outpost (Los Alamitos)

Hi-Tech Archery (Fullerton)

For the most up to date news on the range’s upgrade progress, check out the Rancho Park Archers Facebook group.

Geena Davis Still Knows an Archery Trick or Two

Who needs Katniss Everdeen when you’ve got Geena Davis? Geena proves she’s still in a league of her own with this Funny Or Die video.


Funny or Die has uploaded a Behind the Scenes video. Check it out.

Nock Out: Archery’s First Reality Show

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.

Nock Out contestant, Rowdy Dowdy

Nock Out contestant, Rowdy Dowdy

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.

Nock Out Contestant, Laurie Leroy

Nock Out Contestant, Laurie Leroy

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.

Khatuna Lorig at the Rancho Park Sept 2nd!


Archery Swapmeet

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.


Rancho Park Archers Store

Rancho Park Archers Store

We now have a store! All proceeds will go toward range facilities, programs, and equipment. We hope you enjoy the selection!

Click on the picture and it will take you there!

Khatuna Lorig coming to Rancho Park March 17th

Khatuna Lorig will be at Rancho Park on March 17th.  She will arrive around 1pm while we will be BBQing and grilling.  This is the time for people who are not taking the private class to meet her, take pics, etc.  The first (mixed level and style) class will start at 2:00 and goes on for 1.5 hours and at the moment, has two spots left open.  The second class (FITA) will start at 3:45 and also goes for 1.5 hours. She is charging $35 for each class.  Please let Joanna Ramos, know if you have reserved a spot but cannot attend.

Thanksgiving Day Shoot A Success


Photo by Rocky Vanoost

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.

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