Victoria Bowmen Newsletter May 2014

Hello Everyone,

Here is the latest news including our last Board Meeting (May 26th):

Newsletter Format
Trying a new method this month, with a link here from the mailing you receive, this is much easier to administer and hopefully will work better for you too! If not, let us know.

Indoor Mailmatch Champions!
We have just received medals for our members, Diana Kaun, Jarrod Ball, Brad Barclay and Greg Fong all won Gold and Barry Denluck received a Silver – congratulations to all!! Complete results can be found on the Archery Canada website.

Summer Mailmatches
Summer mailmatches will start again in June through September with shooting on Saturday mornings at 10, they are all listed on our tournaments page on the website. Note that if you miss a Saturday, you can still shoot anytime during the week as long as there are 3 participants. There is a one time fee of $10 for the entire program.

Judge Training
We need new judges, if you are interested in Judge training, please contact Al and we will set up an introductory meeting. The process is very simple, you can do the first training online, then assist in some tournaments and if you like it, you can move onto more training and certification. Please give this some consideration, we need you!

Coach Training
If there is sufficient interest we will look at another Instructor Beginner course in the fall (this is training for supervision and teaching of basic archery). We are also considering offering a Instructor Intermediate course (normally for those that have successfully completed Instructor Beginner) in the fall. Again, please contact Al if you are interested.

JOP Nockstars Website
The Nockstars now have their own website, to supplement the Victoria Bowmen site. It is still under development, so please be patient! All relevant club information will still be on our site.

Field Shoot Introduction
Field is a fascinating discipline of archery that is enjoyed by many, but due to our limited range space, we only have the limited use of our Bag course. We are considering having a ‘field trip’ up to the Cowichan Bowmen to host a Field Round, if you are interested, please contact Rick Ellis and if there is sufficient interest, we will set up a shoot!

We are keeping one of the toilets unlocked all the time, one will be locked so we always have a clean spare, we hope this will work out better for everyone. If you find the toilets need cleaning, contact any member of the Board.

Shooting During Work Parties
Members are reminded that there is NO shooting during work parties, that means no shooting until ALL the work is done and the last of the workers have left. The President or a member of the Victoria Bowmen Board will open the field for shooting.

Ladies Shooting
The ladies shooting is still taking place at Saanich Commonwealth Place on Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30, if you are interested, please join in (Ladies only), we have times booked through to the end of June, a decision will be made on where to go from there, please provide your feed back to Diana.

Forrest Gump Club
The gang that cuts the grass is euphemistically called the Forrest Gump Club, we need some more volunteers to run the mower and trimmer to keep the range working well, please contact Al if you can enter the rotation. We will arrange some training on the mower and how to work the trimmer.

Tuesday Night Shooting

  • Our lessons will be conducted on Tuesday evenings again this year, so the lessons have priority, you are welcome to shoot on butts they are not using, but please follow their whistles and safety protocols.
  • This also applies to our JOP sessions on Sunday afternoons

2014 Outdoor Tournament Schedule
We have just updated our listing of outdoor tournaments for 2014

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 and gate). Best to go ahead and lock it if you’re not sure.

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

1. Whistle rules (always ensure someone is designated to the whistle):

  1. 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 6 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. When pulling arrows be careful of those behind you.
    7. Check your equipment before shooting.
    8. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    9. 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 long if EVERYONE pitches in! Come a bit early and stay until the end.
    10. Ensure container and gate is locked if you are last to leave.
    11. There is NO shooting during work parties, when a work party is called there is no shooting until all the work is complete and the last of the workers has left – The President will open the range when it is appropriate.

Keep an eye on the website, and our facebook page, our tournament schedule is there are as are results, pictures and information on all facets of archery!