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Re-Opening Pushed to 2017

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, again, but for all those wondering, it appears the re-opening of the Rancho Park archery range has been delayed until early 2017. The following pic, posted to the Rancho Park Facebook group, was recently taken at the range. For further questions, contact the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

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Range Park Archery Range Opening Delayed

A frequent question for many Los Angeles archers and Rancho Park archery range regulars is, “Is it ready yet?”

The wait for the range to re-open is like being on a long road trip. Initially you’re excited when the trip starts but after a while you just want to know how much longer. And many LA archers want to know are we there yet, and for good reason. Construction began July 2014, so we’re going on two years without one of LA’s favorite archery ranges.

As of now, the answer to the “is it ready yet?” question is still no. That said the re-opening may be close.

The last projected opening time was Spring 2016. But, according to a Project Manager at the LA Parks Foundation, who have been getting many inquiries about the re-opening of the range, the estimated completion time has been pushed back to late Summer 2016.

So hopefully it will definitely be re-opened by Fall 2016. Until then here are some of the latest pics from the constructions site. And you can read an earlier post of ours for details on the range’s upgrades.

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)
http://www.woodleyparkarchers.com

El Dorado Archery (Long Beach)
http://www.eldoradoarchers.com

Pasadena Roving Archers
http://www.rovingarchers.com

South Bay Archery (Rancho Palos Verdes)
http://www.southbayarchery.net

Mile Square Regional Park Archery Range (Orange County)
http://ocparks.com/parks/mile/archery_range

Indoor Ranges

Archery Outpost (Los Alamitos)
http://www.archeryoutpost.net

Hi-Tech Archery (Fullerton)
http://www.htarchery.com

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.

Update:

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.

Thanksgiving Day Shoot A Success

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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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Rancho Park Archery Range Thanksgiving Shoot

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.

Tournament Details

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:

  • 600 round, 20 ends of 3 arrows
  • Distance 18m using standard 40cm targets.

Fees and Registration

Pre-registration for the tournament is $10. Onsite registration is $15.

To pre-register, download the registration form. Email the completed form to targetbutt@yahoo.com 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 targetbutt@yahoo.com.

Woodley Park Archery Swap Meet This Weekend

If you’re in the market for some new, or used, archery equipment, or looking to sell some equipment, head to the Woodley Park Archery range this coming weekend.

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.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell Talks Archery Form

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

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.

Stephen Amell’s archery coach Patricia Gonsalves

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?

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