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2017 Adult Compound Academy Concludes it's 2nd Year

The National Field Archery Association, NFAA, held it’s second annual High Performance Adult Compound Academy September 15-17 at their headquarters and Archery Center in Yankton, South Dakota. Twenty-seven archers from all over the US, from New York to Hawaii as well as Mexico came to the NFAA headquarters and Easton Archery Center in Yankton, South Dakota. This Academy ran in conjunction with the NFAA Outdoor Target National Championship; over half of the participants of the Academy participated in both events. The coaching staff and guest pro shooters in attendance included Bob Romero of New Mexico, Dave and Paige Gore of California, Lexi Keller Wisconsin, Cassidy Cox of New Mexico and Yankton staff coaches Josahan Jaime-Santacruz, Mackenzie Kieborz and Britta True.

This year’s academy featured two video-analysis systems that allowed archers to get feedback from multiple coaches as well as one-on-one coaching time with guest pro shooters. Archers had the opportunity to listen in on panel discussions where coaches and pros shared their experienced and lessons that have helped them advance in the sport. Topics covered during academy included mental management for competition; which was a big success, goal setting for competitive development, intro to equipment tuning, the importance of a shot sequence and effective shot execution. Dr. Amanda Adamson, professor of physical therapy at the University of South Dakota, led a workshop on injury prevention, injury treatment and strength training specifically for archers.

Asked about what activities or presentations they found most valuable Dave Hebert of Wisconsin commented. “The one-on-one coaching after video analysis. Working on aspect of form that needed work. All the presentations were great; mental management needed to be a higher priority for me. Goal setting is also important too.”  “I enjoyed having two video analysis systems and the workshop on injury treatment and prevention,” said Luis Lopez of Mexico City.

The Easton Archery Center provided several areas for archers to work on their skills including a classroom, blank-bale area for working with pros, adjacent equipment area to make adjustments and repairs to bows, a video feedback station where archers could watch themselves shoot in real-time, two video analysis stations for feedback from two coaches as well as a 20-lane, 60-yard indoor practice range. “These academies just get better every year. Paige, Lexi and Cassidy, our guest pros, are the women’s team representing the US at the World Archery Outdoor Championships in Mexico, talk about the best in the country.” said Bob Romero, guest coach and one of the founders of the NFAA Compound Academy series. “You have everything you could ever need in one location.”


The unanimous response of archers at the academy was overwhelmingly positive.

When asked if they would recommend this academy to other archers, local Yankton archer Tara Fore responded  “Absolutely! I was nervous because I am new to archery and my skill level is low, but the coaches calmed those nerves/fears and really helped. No one gave up trying to help me be the best I could.” 

“Yes I think anyone who wants to improve their shooting could benefit from it. I enjoyed the class very much,” commented Edward Lewis of St. Joseph, MO. Stuart Sveeggen, second time participant to the Adult Academy and silver medalist at that weekend’s Outdoor Target Nationals remarked “Yes, great info for new shooters & good refresher for experienced archers.”  

“Both the Youth and Adult Academies are remarkable for their ability to bring archers in contact with some of the best coaches and professional archers in the country,” said Yankton staff coach Josahan Jaime-Santacruz. “You spend a several days working one-on-one with professional archers that are at the top of their game. You get to ask all the questions you can, getting video feedback from experience coaches that shows you what you can do to be better. Everyone is here to help each other be better at the sport they love. You can’t get this just anywhere and the NFAA works very hard provide all their members this opportunity.”

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