Victoria Bowmen Newsletter January 2014

Hello Everyone,

Here is the latest news including our last Board Meeting (January 19)

The Combinations have been changed:
We’ve changed the combinations on all the locks at the outdoor range, if you’ve paid your dues, you will have received notification of the new combination, if not, please contact our membership secretary, Larry Gagnon.

Field and 3D Archery Introductions:
We are considering providing club members with an introduction to two additional “archery games”.

Field archery

If there is interest in learning about and shooting field archery, we will set up a “field course” on the VB outdoor target range. This would consist of 12 target butts at different (known) distances with the target size determined by the distance. Timing would be later in the spring.

3D archery

If there is interest in learning about and shooting 3D archery, we will set up an introduction. 3D is shooting at foam animals in a forest setting at unknown distances (although when learning we will use known distances). We would arrange for Victoria Fish and Game Association to host club members for an afternoon introduction to 3D at their range (near the top of the Malahat). Timing would likely be the afternoon of May 3 and cost would likely be $10 per person – depending on the number of people interested.

Please let Rick Ellis know, by Feb 9th, if you are interested in participating in either of these opportunities.

Indoor Shooting Procedures:

In order to facilitate the wishes, practice schedules and mailmatch competitions of all our members, we need everyone’s cooperation and adherence to certain procedures (in addition to those below):

  • Thursday shooting starts at 7:40, we can enter at 7:30, everyone is needed to assist in putting up the butts, while you’re down range put up your target before you set up your equipment, –If you don’t get it put up before shooting starts, put it up between ends.
  • Sunday shooting starts at 1:40 – same procedures apply, if the curtain that splits the gyms is still up, go to the desk and ask them to page the custodian to put it up.
  • Please stay until the end of shooting and help put the butts and targets away, put your equipment away afterwards.

Lock the Gate:
We have had quite a few instances lately of the gate not being closed and locked, if you are the last one at the range, please take the responsibility of checking to make sure everything is locked (container compound, toilets and gate).

Indoor Tournaments 2014
Again for 2014, we have partnered with the Cowichan Bowmen in Duncan to host the 2 main tournaments, they will host the Canadian Regional Indoor Championships March 1st (details to follow on their website) This is a Regional event shot at different locations across Canada. On 23 March ’14 we will host the Indoor 18M (Multi-Site Indoor Championships of the Americas) 1:30PM. If there is space available those not shooting the tournament will be able to shoot, but will have to shoot according to the timing control for this event. More details to follow – watch our website.

Outdoor Tournaments 2014
We are planning an ambitious schedule of tournaments for 2014, more details will come as we get closer, but here are the tentative dates: – Some of these events will be registered with Archery Canada and/or World Archery for records, but the intent of our tournaments is to get members out and to have fun!

    2014 Canadian 900 Rounds:
  • Apr 13, May 3, May 25, June 29, July 13, Aug 3, 24, Sept 7, 28, Oct 19, Nov 9
  • World Archery 1440s – June 8, September 21
  • World Archery 720s (Outdoor Mailmatches) June 7,14,21,28; July 5,12,19,26; Aug 2,9,16,23,30; Sept 6,13,20,27
  • Junior Olympic Program
    Have you seen the new JOP ‘Nock Stars’ shooting shirts (check out the JOP Facebook page)?? We’ll have a great looking representatives at future tournaments.

    Indoor Shooting:
    A few reminders of etiquette and procedures for indoor shooting: – Always be sure your membership card is visible!

    1. Whistle rules (always ensure someone is designated to the whistle):
    a) 2 short whistles – Archers to the line
    b) 1 short whistle – Begin Shooting
    c) 3 short whistles – Retrieve arrows
    d) 4 or more whistles – EMERGENCY – All stop shooting.
    2. Do not nock arrow until everyone is on or behind the shooting line and whistle is blown.
    3. Shoot 3 arrows, more allowed if you don’t hold up others
    4. Step back from the shooting line when finished shooting
    5. Never draw above top of butt. Ensure your arrow will hit the butt, if not, move a butt closer
    6. Shoot only from distances where you are likely to hit the butt move a bitt closer if not.
    7. When pulling arrows be careful of those behind you.
    8. Check your equipment before shooting.
    9. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    10. Please help set up, take down and cleanup. Don’t leave this to others, someone has to set up and take down, it doesn’t take look if EVERYONE pitches in! Come a bit early and stay until the end.
    11. Ensure container is locked if you are last to leave.
    The outdoor range is still there for your use – members are welcome during any daylight hours!
    Keep an eye on the website, we’ve posted lots of new photos, news and minutes for your information! ‘like’ us on Facebook for current information