Tampa Bay Junior Olympic Archery Development Is On Target

Staff Report

Since Adventures Archery opened on U.S. Hwy. 301 in August, Tampa Bay Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) has had a range to call home. With over a dozen archers in the club, there’s usually at least one on the range after school throughout the week and on club meeting nights, the archers all come together for a club practice.

“Adventures Archery has a fantastic indoor range and the staff and owners offer great support to our club” said Tampa Bay JOAD Coach Scott Barrett. “Since the store opened, we have held weekly club practices are our first competition.”

In November 12 members from the Tampa Bay JOAD club represented Team Adventures Archery in the first 25M Classic held at Adventures Archery. These young archers competed with archery greats like Archery Hall of Famer Frank Gandy and USA Archery Coach Rob Turner. With over 30 participants coming from as far as Georgia, Team Adventures Archery took six medals at the tournament.

“They did a great job at the tournament. I’m pleased with the progress these young archers are making. We are excited to have the opportunity to compete in our local community and we’re looking forward to hosting more competitions, both indoor and outdoor, in the coming year,” said Barrett.

USA Archery’s JOAD program teaches archers age 8 through 20 fundamentals such as range safety and form. Archery is a sport of precision and physics and archers shoot from distances of 10 yards to 90M depending on their age, bow type and the match they are participating in.

Archers in JOAD clubs set goals, whether they be recreational or competitive achievements, and work to accomplish them throughout the year.

Follow Tampa Bay JOAD on Facebook or stop by Adventures Archery to see the club in action. Club meetings are open to archers who have taken the Adventures Archery beginner class and who have their own equipment. Meetings are Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m. and cost $10 per week. For more information on Adventures Archery, visit www.adventuresarcheryoutfitters.com.

To become a program development sponsor contact Coach Scott Barrett at scott@barrettzone.com.