19, Dec, 2013

JAMA News - March 2014

Hi Everyone

Below is the latest update from JAMA, happy reading:  
JAMA Postal League
Only limited data this time but we are continuing to see an increased level of participation in the JAMA postal league, together with the number of pin score claims. Once again thanks to all of you that encourage and support, below is a comparison of the number of scores submitted this year with the same period last year:

 2012 (pin scores)2013 (pin scores)
October75 (9)91 (19)
NovemberN/A144 (31)



For those of you that weren’t able to attend and haven’t managed to catch up, the ‘most improved JAMA archers’ for 2013 were announced at the AGM and are recorded in the minutes now on the website.
Pins and Badges
Things appear to have quietened down overall but we did have a flurry of perfect pin claims over the last period, keep them coming but please remind the youngsters that any claims from a competition are required to be validated by a judge or the DOS. A breakdown of the claims over the months Oct to Dec, is below:

Outdoor Perfect Pins7
JAMA Overall Score Badges7
Postal Pin-score Badges1



2014 JAMA Outdoor Championships

The North Island Championships, held in Rotorua, attracted a total of 50 junior archers. This was another well run and successful tournament. Congratulations to all that competed, there were some significant scores recorded, and with seven youngsters in the open division it looks like this competition is well poised to continue to grow. The South Island Championships were held last weekend and we excitedly await the full results.   
Archery In Schools Programme
Term four saw 126 individual scores submitted with archers representing 58 schools (which I believe is a record on the schools front) from across the country participating. This time a total of 15 teams competed for the titles in their respective categories. We also had a total of 7 Archery Clubs and coaching bodies take up the challenge and provide access to our sport in support of this competition.
Winners of the Term 4 team competition were:

  SchoolCoaching Body 
IntermediateLimited RecurveGisborne Intermediate SchoolGisborne Archery Club1
  Gisborne Intermediate SchoolGisborne Archery Club2
IntermediateOpen CompoundGisborne Intermediate SchoolGisborne Archery Club1
IntermediateOpen RecurveSt Peter's CollegeMountain Green Archery Club1
  St Peter's CollegeMountain Green Archery Club2
  St Peter's CollegeMountain Green Archery Club3
SecondaryLimited RecurveGisborne Girls High SchoolGisborne Archery Club1
  Logan Park HighDunedin Archery Club2
  Trident High SchoolWhakatane Archery Club3
SecondaryOpen CompoundLytton High SchoolGisborne Archery Club1
SecondaryOpen RecurvePalmerston North Boys HighManawatu Archery Club1
  Bayfield High SchoolDunedin Archery Club2
  Te Aroha CollegeRiver Glade Achers3

Once again please see the AGM minutes for the top schools for 2013 and those other schools with a ‘special mention’. Let’s keep them keen!
Enhanced Archery in Schools Proposal
Due to a negative response from some districts following the advertisement for District Archery in Schools Coordinators, this initiative has been put on hold pending districts nominating their representative coordinators. The recruitment at the AGM of a JAMA postal league coordinator and an Archery In Schools league coordinator have in some way helped to resolve the situation (thanks Phil and Maria, I already appreciate your help).
The NZQA initiative to include archery for the Level 3 Physical Education standard (AS91501), leveraging off the Archery In Schools programme, is still progressing although nothing further to report that this time.
2014 Trans-Tasman Challenge
Reminder that the dates for the Trans Tasman have been confirmed as 29th September – 3rd October 2014. You will have hopefully seen a recent call for officials for this tournament from the selection panel. Once confirmed, these individuals will help to set up a training camp for the selected athletes. I am now in contact with my ‘new contact’ at Archery Australia and  am trying to resolve issues around the rules (there doesn’t appear to be a defined set!). The Australians appear to believe that we are restricted to two individuals per division, our set of rules indicates up to 4 with a maximum for the overall team. Our selection panel had indicated that they would like to work with these rules as this should provide the maximum opportunity for individuals with qualifying scores (we don’t currently have a full complement for all divisions) without the need to go through a round of selection. The Australians have, in principal, agreed. Watch this space.
Inter-school medals
Well I had no entries for the medal design competition and, with time pressing as inter-school competitions are coming up, have worked with our trophy suppliers to come up with a design. There is a recurve and compound category in gold, silver and bronze available to all sanctioned inter-school competitions at the usual price of $10 each. I weill have limited stocks so please let me know early if you will be needing some.
I’m sure that I must have forgotten something, feel free to remind me, otherwise that is all for now.