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First International Spanish Language Camp Wraps Up

Eight archers and three coaches from throughout Mexico made the trip to Yankton to participate in a four-day archery camp with high performance coaches at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center in South Dakota. This unique camp offered archers and coaches the opportunity to train at the largest high performance archery-training center in the world, work with coaches, and participate in seminars all of which were presented in Spanish.

Coaches Bob Romero of New Mexico and Coach Josahan “Jos” Jaime-Santacruz, staff coach at the Center. Led the camp that let archers explore every shooting format the 100-acre facility had to offer. With it’s football-sized indoor range, two Olympic target ranges, three 28-target field course and roving 3D and platform 3D ranges, this center offered everything they could need to train.

Archers began with a tour of the facility followed by initial video analysis to determine areas of their equipment, form and shot cycle that could be addressed during the camp. “The first day was mainly a chance for archers and coaches to get acclimated with each other, the facilities and to address any major equipment fitting issues” Coach Jos commented.  “Luckily several of the archers came with their coaches which made equipment changes very easy since we could talk to coaches about them and we had all the tools necessary to make the changes.”

On the second day archers had the chance to participate in some competitive games on the Olympic target fields of the facility. These games challenged their ability to focus on form while aiming off to simulate windy situations. Afterwards archers were bracketed for head-to-head matches as well as team rounds of men versus women. “That was a lot of fun” remarked Chantal Estrada-Snowden of Baja California, Mexico. “it was really challenging to have to aim off but it helped once we did the matches because we could work with the wind to get the arrow in the center. Plus the team rounds were very fun.”

On day three archers tested their skills in field archery formats. Archers shot through two of the Archery Center’s three full field courses to learn about the NFAA field, hunter and animal rounds. “It was challenging to learn all the rules of field archery but it made it very fun to learn a new game, and there were some cool targets where we got to shoot from an elevated platform to practice angled shots for field archery” commented Hugo Garcia of Mexico City.

The final day of camp was reserved for 3D archery, often a favorite shooting format for many archers, both experienced and new to the format. “This was my favorite activity. It’s challenging because you don’t get to aim at a circle; you have to know where the high scoring area is and from a distance you can’t see the lines so you have to use your best guess to shoot well” Joselyn Castro of Baja California, Mexico said. Archers had the change to shoot on the Center’s “herd style 3D range” with 45 targets set up between 10-70 yards shot from an elevated platform. That was followed by a chance to shoot a 3D tournament format through one of the Center’s roving wooded archer courses. “This was great, we do mostly 3D tournaments back home in Querataro (Mexico), this place is a really nice place to train” remarked Luis Vives of his experience.

“It was very useful. I learned a lot and I got to meet other archers from Mexico” said Kenobi Tarin, an archer from Holdrege, NE who traveled to participate in this Spanish-camp.

Each day archers sat in on a seminar relating to topics pertinent to their competitive performance including the importance of a sequenced shot cycle, finding and staying in the zone for optimal performance in competition and the importance of setting goals and how to achieve them. Additionally archers had the opportunity to have Coach Mark “Rozy” Roozen of Avera Health, speak to them about functional training for mobility and stability as it relates to their sport. “Our archers already do cardio and strength training but Coach Rozy really challenged them with his exercises. It really drove the point home that you have to be specific about your training to it applies to your sport” said Coach David Marin of Baja California.

 “This is an awesome facility. It has everything you could ever want to train for all the major tournaments” said Coach Hafid Jaime of Baja California; this sentiment was echoed by all the participants including guest coach Bob Romero. “I think this really taps into an unmet need in Latin America. There are a lot of talented archers out there that are looking for quality coaching and a place to train. There’s really nothing like this in most of Latin America. If more people know what a great place this is and that we can cater to their need in their language then we will be seeing more of these shooters coming to Yankton to train and in turn we can help raise the level of skill across the Americas.”