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NFAA High Performance Junior Academy Wraps Up 6th Year

August 14-17, 2018- The National Field Archery Association held it’s sixth annual High Performance Junior Academy August 14-17, 2018 at their headquarters and Archery Center in Yankton, South Dakota. This year, by popular request, the Academy was open for both compound and recurve archers. The diverse group, ages 12-18, included 24 young archers from all over the United States, from Georgia to California, New York to Alaska, Canada and Mexico. The coaching staff in attendance included Archery Center staff coach Josahan Jaime-Santacruz, Jeff Sanchez of Illinois, Michael Price of New York, Hafid Jaime and David Marin of Mexico. A feature of the High Performance Academies is the opportunity for archers to get coaching and help from professional archers. This year’s guest pros were Lexi Keller of Wisconsin, Steve Anderson of Utah and Rod White of Iowa. Keller is a world-ranked archer with 11-world championship and world cup podium finishes. Anderson is a professional archer with 16-world cup and world championship podium finishes and was the 2017 world field champion. White is a two-time Olympic medalist and professional bowhunter. 


This year archers had the benefit of elite coaching staff as well as a 5-camera angle video analysis system that allowed for review of each archer during the camp. “The video system is a key feature we are incorporating into our academy series,” remarked Josahan “Jos” Jaime-Santacruz, Academy coach and coordinator. “We use it as a tool to help illustrate to archers and future participants of the significant improvements that can be achieved at our academy.”


In addition to video analysis, academy participants had an intensive four days of equipment fitting and tuning, shot execution workshops, mental management skills for competition, strength training and stability for archery and goal setting. Archers also had the opportunity to work on the NFAA 600 and 900 rounds used at Outdoor Target Nationals and the First Dakota Classic, the capstone event of the NFAA 3-Star Tour. 


This year’s camp was packed with activities for archers. Activities included head-to-head match play and team rounds to get archers interacting with each other. Open shooting time with one-on-one coaching was a big part of the academy to help archers with their individual equipment and shot execution needs. Archers also had an opportunity to practice various drills to help with shot execution. Discussion topics for the Academy included talks by pros Anderson and Keller on their trajectory as an internationally competitive archer. Archers from both disciplines were mixed for most of the Academy with the exception of equipment set up and tuning where recurve archers attended a session with White while compound archers sat-in on a discussion with Keller and Anderson. Guest trainer and assistant baseball coach for Mount Marty College Jason Nelson did a presentation on injury prevention and functional strength training for mobility and flexibility that will help archers in their training. Dr. Amanda Adamson, professor of physical therapy at the University of South Dakota, led archers in a workshop on injury prevention and treatment to reinforce principles of athletic care for young archers seeking to stay competitive long-term.

“I had a great time at this year’s Academy,” remarked Brady Klassen from Manitoba, Canada. “I learned lots from the amazing and very knowledgeable coaches and pros. I got to shoot with many high performance archers and made many new friends throughout our activities, competitions, and meals. I even got to shoot beside the big-cat himself Steve Anderson!” 

"Thank you for the opportunity to attend the High Performance Junior Academy. I have learned a lot. Working with the coaches and the pros was a great experience. They have helped me with my equipment, form and mental management. The lessons I've learned are very useful. I definitely would recommend this to my fellow archers,” commented Nashruddin Macaladong of Remeoville, IL, recurve archer and 2018 NFAA Outdoor Target National champion. 

Asked if he would recommend this Academy to other young archers, Brady Klassen remarked: “To all archers I definitely recommend attending this camp next year if you want to reach that next level of archery, these coaches know what they’re talking about. I’d love to come back again sometime soon. Thank you to all the coaches, organizers, and volunteers for running such an awesome elite camp.”

For more information on upcoming high performance programs and events visit the website. For photos, updates, and additional event details at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center’ visit and follow the Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@YanktonArchery).