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School of Archery

August 17, 2019


GO FROM FLYING PIGEONS TO FLYING ARROWS. THERE’S AN ARHCERY PROGRAM IN A LOCAL SCHOOL THAT IS PREPARING STUDENTS TO ASCEND TO A HIGHER LEVEL. ARCHERY HAS BEEN USED FOR MAKING WAR, GATHERING FOOD, AND FOCUSING ZEN ENERGY FOR TEN THOUSAND YEARS. THE COMBINATION OF CONCENTRATION, COORDINATION, AND TECHNIQUE IT REQUIRES HAS HOOKED MILLIONS TODAY ON THE BOW AND ARROW. HERE AT HOLLY GROVE SCHOOL IN WESTOVER, MD, THESE STUDENTS ARE TAKING IT A STEP FURTHER BY PRACTICING IT AS A COMPETITIVE SPORT. WE’VE COME A LONG WAYS WE DID THIS THE WHOLE MONTH OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH. TOOK A LITTLE BREAK AND NOW WE’RE GOING TO BE PRACTICING UNTIL MAY 21ST COMPETITION. AND THEY’VE COME A LONG WAY. COME A LONG WAY WITH THE STRING BOWS, COME A LONG WAY WITH THE SHOOTING, AND I THINK WE’RE READY, I THINK WE’RE GOOD TO GO. I HOPE WE DO REALLY GOOD. PRACTICE IS THE WORD HERE AS THE HOLLY GROVE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEAM WORKS ON THEIR ACCURACY, AND ON THE RULES AND RITUALS OF FORMAL COMPETITION IN THE NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM. WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A NASP PROGRAM, NATIONAL ARCHERY IN SCHOOL PROGRAM. AND THE REASON WE DO THAT IS THE FORM, IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOOD FORM TO ACTUALLY BE A GOOD SHOOTER. AND THE FORM THAT WE’RE TEACHING WITH THE STRING BOWS IS ACTUALLY THE SAME AS OLYMPICS. SO WE GO THROUGH ALL THOSE WITH STRING BOWS TO GET US THE GOOD FORM. DRAW, ANCHOR, AIM, FOLLOW ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO YOUR SHOULDER. THERE YOU GO JUST LIKE THAT. THAT’S PERFECT. FORM, ESPECIALLY IN COMPETITION, AIDS IN THE FLOW OF THE EVENT, AND GIVES THE ARCHER A SOLID FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO BUILD ACCURACY. IT’S HELPING US AT PRE-DRAW BECAUSE SOME DRAW LIKE THIS. THAT’S NOT SAFE. SOME ARE DRAWING LIKE THIS. AND NOW YOU ALL HAVE GOT SO YOUR PREDRAW YOU COME BACK LIKE THIS. SO IT’S HELPING US WITH OUR FORM. AND IT’S CALLED THE 11 STEPS TO SUCCESS. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED A BOW TO GET INTO THE FLOW OF PREPARING FOR A SHOT, AND LIKE NEARLY EVERY OTHER ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR THE FOLLOW THROUGH. FOLLOW ALL THE WAY THROUGH. VERY GOOD LOOK AT THAT, SEE YOU FOLLOWED THROUGH AND GOT THE BULLSEYE. ALL MOVEMENTS AT THE RANGE ARE SIGNALED BY WHISTLE COMMANDS. FOR TRAINING, BILLY BENNETT SIGNALS AN EMERGENCY STOP. WHISTLE BLOWING IF YOU NOTICE WHEN WE WERE SHOOTING WE USE THE WHISTLE COMMAND. AND WHEN THEY GO TO COMPETITION THERE WILL BE NO TALKING. ALL THE INSTRUCTORS ACTUALLY USE WHISTLE COMMANDS. SO WE DO IT ALL WITH WHISTLE COMMANDS AND THE KIDS REALLY LEARN THAT. YOU PROBABLY NOTICED THAT THE TEAM IS PRETTY DIVERSE. THE ULTIMATE GOAL HERE IS COMPOSURE AND ACCURACY ON THE RANGE, AND THAT SEEMS TO COME IN ALL KINDS OF PACKAGES, WITH JUST AS MANY REASONS FOR BENDING THE BOW. I DON’T PLAY SPORTS, I DON’T PLAY SOCCER BASEBALL, AND WHEN FINALLY HOLLY GROVE GOT AN ARCHERY TEAM I WAS HAPPY THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING I COULD ENJOY. WELL MY DAD BOUGHT ME A BOW WHEN I WAS AROUND 5 OR 6. AND I STARTED SHOOTING IT AND I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY FUN. AND HE STARTED GETTING ME INTO HUNTING AND STUFF. ONE AT A TIME, PULL THE ARROW OUT ONE AT A TIME STRAIGHT TO THE GROUND. LOOK BACK BEFORE YOU PULL THE ARROW OUT. EVEN THE RETRIEVAL OF THE ARROWS FROM THE TARGET IS CHOREOGRAPHED. SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT, AND NO TIME IS WASTED. LIKE WE HAVE A WAITING LINE LIKE YOU’RE STANDING ON HERE. TOES ARE BEHIND THE WAITING LINE. BECAUSE WE ALWAYS WANT THE KIDS BACK WHERE THEY’RE SAFE. IT’S ALL ABOUT SAFETY. AND THEN ALSO WE HAVE A WAITING LINE WHERE THEY’RE SHOOTING NOW. AND THE REASON WE HAVE THAT IS WE DON’T WANT TO GO AHEAD OF THE WAITING LINE CAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING. AND WE DON’T WANT TO STAND BEHIND BECAUSE IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL YOU’RE TOO FAR BACK BEHIND THE OTHER PEOPLE. SO BASICALLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THEY WON’T LOSE POINTS, UHH WE HAVE SCORECARDS AND THEY GET POINTS FOR HOW THEY SHOOT ON THE TARGET. THE ONLY THING THEY MAY DO IS IF A CHILD DOESN’T LISTEN THEY MAY DISQUALIFY THEM. SO HOPEFULLY WE WON’T HAVE THAT. HAHA. HOLLY GROVE’S ARCHERY PROGRAM IS OPEN TO GRADES 4 THROUGH 12. THERE ARE 44 KIDS IN THE PROGRAM, AND 35 WILL BE COMPETING AT THE 2016 OCEAN CITY NASP OPEN ON MAY 21ST. SO BEST OF LUCK AT THE COMPETITION, AND REMEMBER TO KEEP THOSE ARROWS FLYING. GET OUTDOORS DELMARVA! COMING UP NEXT, LOOKING FOR AN AMAZING PLACE TO VISIT THIS SUMMER? WE’LL TELL YOU A OUT A PLACE THAT SOARS ABOVE THE REST. [.]COMMERCIAL

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