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NFAA Easton Yankton
Archery Complex

800 Archery Lane
Yankton, SD 57078


Weekdays: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

Hot Shots Club Supports Rec., Competitive Archers - All Things Archery

Much of the growth that has happened in archery nationwide has been through the grassroots efforts and support of local clubs. That is: a group of parents who see their kids enjoying an activity and want to provide them with avenues through which they can explore the sport and all it has to offer.

In the world of archery in the U.S., these efforts are often channeled through what is referred to as a JOAD, Junior Olympic Archery Development, club. The JOAD program is an initiative of USA Archery to teach archery to young people and provide opportunities for awarding achievement and enjoying the sport recreationally and progress to a competitive level.

In Yankton, this program has taken root in the form of the Yankton Hot Shots JOAD Club, which was established 5 years ago and now serves as a key resource for young archers in the area. The Yankton Hot Shots offer support to archers by organizing tournaments, known as pin shoots, fundraising and fun group activities.

Pin shoots are scoring rounds held under tournament rules where an archer can earn achievement pins based on their personal performance. This provides an environment where archers learn the rules and procedures of a tournament with the focus on personal development rather than ranked competition with other archers. Over the years these pin shoots have grown to draw an average of 60 archers every pin shoot with participation from other clubs in South Dakota as well as adult archers interested in tracking their progress.

Another important feature of the Hot Shots is their fundraising efforts to support archers’ development through training and competition. Members who participate in Hot Shots fundraising events can request support to help fund archery related costs such as archery equipment, archery classes, tournament registration, or tournament travel costs. This initiative has supported the competitive development of many Hot Shots archers competing on national and international stages of competition including a team of six young ladies from Yankton — Gabrielle Keiser, Danielle Herrlein, Kellie Geigle, Hannah Bartos, Josie Jensen, Shelbi Lindner — that represented the U.S. at the Bi National Archery Games in Tijuana, Mexico on November 2015 and brought 1 silver and 3 bronze medals back home to Yankton.

This year alone, the Hot Shots have produced some outstanding young archers who represent South Dakota at state, national and international events. Among them is Hannah Bartos, 14, who, with the help of the Hot Shots fundraising efforts, competed at the NFAA Indoor National Championships in Louisville, earning a fourth-place ranking in the U.S. Her sister and one of the Hot Shots founding club members, Cedar Bartos, 20, competed in the first leg of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in College Station, Texas in September 2015.

This month, the Archery Center was host to South Dakota’s State Indoor Championships and Hot Shots club members competed with excellent results in all youth categories:

• Yankton Hot Shots — South Dakota Indoor State Rankings

• Gabrielle Keiser, 15 — 1st young adult compound freestyle

• Hannah Bartos, 14 — 1st youth compound freestyle

• Trevor Lange, 16 — 1st young adult Olympic recurve

• Michael Strom, 17 — 1st young adult Bowhunter fingers

• Elias Bartos, 10 — 1st cub Olympic recurve

• Kellie Geigle, 15 — 3rd young adult compound freestyle

• Kiera Pederson — 3rd icub bowhunter

• Adelia Parker Brooks, 9 — 3rd cub Barebow

• Brea Smith, 10 — 2nd cub compound freestyle

• Natasha Duke, 10 — 3rd cub compound freestyle

• Keagan Holmstrom 10 — 3rd cub Bowhunter

This year, the Yankton Hot Shots opened up their membership to include colligate and adult members with the intent of continuing support to adults, kids and families with an interest in archery.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Hot Shots club, events and memberships can visit their website

Record participation at State Indoor Championships

From April 2-3 the Easton Archery Center played host to the largest state indoor championship to date. More than 220 archers from across South Dakota met for this two-day event. This reflects a national trend of growth in archery. Pleased with the facility’s capacity for large archery events, the South Dakota State Archers Association awarded the Easton Archery Center the state championships for the next 10 years. Considering the continual growth of the sport, this event will provide additional positive economic impact to the community of Yankton during the late winter months.


Midwest Youth Invitational Attracts Archers from Neighboring States

On April 16, the Easton Archery Center hosted the first annual Midwest Youth Archery Invitational. This event was an initiative to bring youth participating in archery through their local 4H Shooting Sports, Junior Olympic Archery Development Clubs and National Archery In the Schools Programs together to meet other youths in a new environment.

Thirty-eight youth archers from South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota competed in individual scoring rounds and a new mixed team format with head-to-head competitions. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with archers and parents sharing how much fun they had and enthusiastic about coming back next year with more archers from their home clubs.



• Try Archery: If you are interested in learning the basics and having some fun, then this is the class for you. Every Saturday (except during major tournament weekends) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. there is a learning session that will teach you safety, range rules, and the basics of shooting. This class is open to all ages and only $5 per person. No pre-registration is necessary so grab a couple of friends and come experience something new.

• Check out the Yankton Parks & Recreation Summer activities guide for a detailed listing of summer classes for the beginning archer. Intermediate and Competitive class details can be found at our website

• US Collegiate Archery Target Regionals April 23-24.

• JOAD Hot Shots Indoor Pin Shoot April 30, 9 a.m.-noon.



• The Archery Zone at Memorial Park during Ribfest will be open June 4 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. We are working to design some fun targets to provide a safe and unique shooting experience for everyone. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, contact Nancy (info below).

• We will participate in the RTEC Career Expo which reaches more than 800 youth as they learn more about RTEC and career and community opportunities in Yankton.



As you plan for your graduation celebrations or business meetings, we may have the perfect space for you to entertain your guests. Call for rates. If your group would like to hear more about archery and the great things happening at the Archery Center, call to schedule a date. We are excited to do presentations to groups at your meeting location or we could possibly host your group at the Archery Center, providing you a tour of the facility, time in the museum and participating in a shooting activity. For additional information, please contact Nancy Wenande or 260-9282.

Written by Josahan Jaime-Santa Cruz, the coach at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center. Originally published in the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.