Williamsburg, KY - The 2018 Scholastic 3-D Archery season came to an end Tuesday, July 10th in Raleigh, North Carolina with the 2nd annual S3DA Outdoor Target National Championship held in conjunction with USA Archery’s JOAD National Target Championships. More than 130 of S3DA’s brightest rising stars arrived at the WRAL Soccer Complex from 17 states and 51 clubs/teams to compete for not only a national championship but also the title of “Shooter of the Year.”
The Outdoor Target competition consisted of a qualification round of 6 ends of 6 arrows for each division/class. Those qualification scores were then used to seed head to head brackets for elimination rounds. This competition took S3DA members out of their comfort zones with a new venue as well as a new competition format. However, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as well as the competition.
S3DA really appreciates the USA Archery staff who were on-site to assist with tournament set-up especially Sheri Rhodes and Jenni Bailey Edmunds, and the WRAL Soccer Complex staff who were so accommodating. This tournament could not have been possible without the assistance of USA Archery Judges Tom Green, Ashby Spratley, Stephen Scheibler, Jennifer Laux (who is also the S3DA Michigan State Coordinator), Richard Clark, and especially Jake Martin (S3DA Georgia State Coordinator) and Jeff Greer (S3DA Tennessee Regional Coordinator) who worked tirelessly to ensure that the correct competition format was followed in a safe and pleasant manner.
S3DA Executive Director Jennie Richardson had this to say, "The Outdoor Target National Championship culminates another successful S3DA season. The enormous growth in the number of student, club, and coach memberships as well as the explosion in the number of events across the country allows for the continued viability of this program but also for exponential growth in the future. As our archers now prepare for hunting seasons across the nation, we at the national office begin preparations for next steps in our program. The S3DA National Office is already looking forward to what the 2019 archery season will hold.
Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next step program to follow introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving
thousands of young archers, grades 3–12.
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