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Daniel Roney: Resilient, Patient, Determined

Indoor Nationals, 2017. Amherst Archery Academy Compound Archer Athlete in focus: Daniel Roney. Qualities highlighted: resilience, trust, team work, sportsmanship, process-based thinking, maintenance of self-image. Daniel recently joined AAA. In fact, this was the first tournament I have been able to see him shoot in. While there were very specific quantitative goals we were hoping…

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Sam Kleinman-Eddy Goes to Nationals, Finds His Center, Solid Mental & Physical Game

Another story from Nationals from a very, very proud Coach. This story is about Sam (not the Sammy the other story is about from a post from earlier today). However, like Sammy, Sam has been with AAA since the beginning. He remembers when all the bows were stored in the trunk of my Subaru Impreza…

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Sammy Conrad-Rooney Goes to Indoor Nationals 2017, Gets Yellow Pin, Ranks High

I’ll be writing a full report on how Nationals went. Until then, I don’t want another day to go by without acknowledging Sammy and his accomplishments during Nationals this year. Here is the story: Sammy has been with Amherst Archery Academy from just about day one of AAA (Six years). I have photos of him…

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Chula Vista Olympic Training Center: Day 5

If victory is your destination, make excellence your governing value and perform the work necessary to become great. There are no shortcuts along that journey. I looked back over my shoulder as I walked away from the Easton Archery Center of Excellence tonight. The sun had set and, in front of the building, I noticed…

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center: Day 4

Today I got to attend a lecture from Dr. Lee, a sports scientist. Luckily, we ended up eating lunch together after the lecture and I was able to extend my barrage of questions. I was fascinated by research conducted by Lee on brain wave patterns measured in elite, struggling elite, novice and beginner archers. Two…

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center: Day 3

I was lucky today In a few ways. One: We had a clinic with (I think) the head of high performance coaching within the US Olympic Committee….I need to double check his title. His job: make sure the athletes, teams, coaches are performing at the best possible levels. He had just returned from Great Britain…

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Chula Vista Olympic Training Center: Day 2

(Originally posted on facebook) Day two summary (Tuesday). Today Coach Lee finished overviewing the mental and physical aspects that make up the National Training System (NTS) as well as explaining how biomechanics and sport science interface with NTS. I always encourage my students to ask “why” when I teach them a new movement and understanding…

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Chula Vista Olympic Training Center: Day 1

We are about to start day two of coaching clinics on the National Training System (NTS) at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center! Monday was fantastic and even Sunday night was full of lecture! I learned rationale and mechanics for set, set-up, draw, and load (steps of NTS process) that I have been eager to…

Archer Accolades

We love celebrating the determination, dedication, and resilience of our archers. Archery is not easy. You practice an athletic art that relies on your breath, stillness, and focus, but then you suddenly insert a whole bunch of unknowns…. Who am I standing next to? The lighting is weird in here. Did I remember the right…

Indoor National Archery Championships

Indoor Nationals is an inspiring event and perfect for bringing the family.  Members of the Amherst Archery Junior Olympic Development (JOAD) program and Adult Archery Achievement Program (AAAP) shoot at this event!  Archery tournaments are unique and seeing hundreds of archers from all around New England converge for this event is inspiring.  No reservations needed…