Well, folks, as you know we will have to wait until next year for the archery range to re-open. I know, let out that big disappointing sigh. However, in the meantime, I’ve talked Don Rabska, Vice President – Easton Foundations and he told me some interesting range facts and figures. Easton Foundations built the old archery range in 1983. Now, they are fully funding the construction of the new range. We owe a lot of thanks to the Easton Foundations who have supported archery in Los Angeles for the past 33 years.
The old range was only 30 meters long and 30’ wide. The LA Parks have expanded the number of ranges to 4 in all. The distances of the ranges are 10-meters, 18-meters, 30-meters and 50-meters long. All but the 10-meter range are all 38’ wide. The 10-meter range is 50’ wide creating a bigger space for beginner classes and warming up.
The LA Parks and Recreation (not to be confused with the TV show), sent me photos to share with you on the progress of the range. Hopefully, this eases some of the pain.
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.
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.
I don’t know about you, but I cringe whenever I see an archer with bad form. This is mostly because I’m an archery instructor. As an instructor, I’m trained to stress form a lot when I teach beginner archers. It is an integral part of learning the craft. Lately, archery has become very popular in movies and TV. So, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Superheroes match up to the 2012 Olympian Archers in a head-to-head competition of form.
Yes, I know the Olympian’s are FITA shooters and not traditional shooters but there are some fundamentals that apply across all archery styles. With that said, let’s get to the fun stuff and see how the Super archers compare with the Olympians.
First, let’s compare Hawkeye of The Avengers with Brady Ellison, who won silver on the men’s archery Olympic team this year. Hawkeye’s form is all off. His right elbow is rotated inward and his shoulder is pushed up. Not to mention that he is wearing two arm guards. Did this guy even get a lesson in archery? Brady’s left arm, his bow arm, is straight. The left elbow is not rotated and his shoulder is down, relaxed. His right arm and elbow are straight back and in line with his bow arm, unlike Hawkeye’s chicken wing which is pointing upward. Ellison’s grip is precise, while Hawkeye’s grip is too tight. Not sure if you can compare the grip of a FITA archer with a bare bow archer. FITA archers don’t, to my knowledge, grip the bow as much as they let it rest there. The finger sling catches the bow when they release. Bare bow shooters have a firmer grip.
For our next round, we have Oh Jin Hyek, Korean’s gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics going against Green Arrow from the CW’s upcoming Arrow TV series. Hyek’s anchor, the point at which the fingers of the draw hand touches the face, is solid, right under his chin. Green Arrow’s anchor is non-existent. Now, I’m a traditional shooter and my anchor point is the corner of my mouth. I don’t see him anchoring anywhere. No anchor point equals no consistency and a really bad aim.
The Green Arrow’s bow arm is bent in comparison to Hyek’s fully extended arm. When the bow arm is bent like that, you can’t get the push-pull effect that is needed to steady the bow arm. When the arm is fully extended, your skeleton supports the weight of the bow resulting in less strain and a stable form. When the arm is collapsed the form becomes less stable because you’re using more muscle to keep a steady aim and push against the weight of the bow. Hyek’s right elbow goes straight back and is horizontally in line with his bow arm. This is perfect form. The Green Arrow has collapsed his form making it very difficult to shoot consistently.
In this round, it’s teacher vs. pupil. It has been reported that Khatuna Lorig, USA’s 1992 Bronze medalist and fourth place finisher in the 2012 Olympics coached Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games. I’ve seen the movie and Katniss is pretty good compared to the other Superheroes, however in the picture in this analysis not so much. Katniss has her right elbow sticking way out. It should be behind her, as shown in her mentor’s picture. Unlike Khatuna, Katiness does not even anchor her draw hand, leaving her unsteady and ultimately unable to shoot that bullseye she shot in the movie. Between you and me, I think Khatuna made that shot for her. What do you think?
All in all, I think our Superheroes have their work cut out for them. I mean if you are going to portray an archer at least do it accurately.
According to Calorie Count’s website if you are 150 pounds you can burn 238 calories per hour doing non-hunting archery. To put that into perspective for all those coffee lovers out there; a Grande Starbucks Caffe Latte – Made with whole milk is 272 calories.
Here is a Calorie Burn Calculator for you to calculate your own:
Hey Archery lovers! I just found out that NBC will be streaming the Olympic Archers online starting July 28th – August 3rd. Here is the link:
Held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Archery competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games will call for pinpoint precision and nerves of steel.
128: 64 men and 64 women
Each country is limited to six athletes (three men and three women), which equates to three athletes in each individual event and one team of three athletes in each team event.
Athletes shoot from the shooting line to the target, 70m away. For the elimination rounds, there are two targets, with each archer or team assigned to one target.
Archery made its Olympic debut at Paris 1900, was dropped from the program after the London 1908 Games, and then returned for a single appearance in 1920. After a 52-year gap, the sport was reintroduced at Munich 1972 and has remained on the Olympic program ever since.
Find out more about Archery at the Olympic Games on the International Olympic Committee website.
The object of the sport is simple: to shoot arrows as close to the center of a target as possible. Olympic Archery targets are 122cm in diameter, with the gold ring at the center (worth a maximum 10 points) measuring just 12.2cm. Athletes shoot at the target from a distance of 70m. Athletes compete with recurve bows, distinctive as the limbs curve outwards at the top. Men and women compete separately, both as individuals and in teams of three.