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Local Archery Team Heads to Nationals

May 8th, 2008

Meigs Local School District must have a great archery coach!  The elementary school, the middle school, and the high school all three made it to the national competition that will be held this Saturday in Louisville, KY.  There will be 3000 students who will meet to compete.

According to one of the students on the team, they practice 2 hours per day, 3 days per week.  I suppose that is why they are so good!  I would have loved to have had an archery team when I was in high school.  I am so glad that there are programs like this where kids can learn the skills that are taught by archery.  An article from the local news station had this to say:

The good thing about archery is you don’t have to be an outstanding athlete, super strong or the perfect weight and size—it’s all about the mental.

“It levels the playing field. You can be a computer geek or a star athlete and still have to follow the same rules and use the same equipment,” said Coach Jones.

And the lessons beyond the target are what keep these kids right on target.

“There’s a lot of concentration and focus that they can also use in the classroom when they’re taking a test or when the teacher is talking to them,” said Coach Jones.

Archery is such a great sport for all the reasons that are mentioned in the quote above.  It is a sport that teaches good characteristics like focus, and concentration (perhaps more than any other sport).  It is also a sport that nearly every person can do.  Even those that are handicapped in some way can participate in archery.  So, kids that may not be capable of participating in other sports, or maybe are just not good at those sports, or don’t like them, can join in with archery.

Good luck to the Meigs Local schools at the national competition on Saturday.  I hope they do well.  Just making it to that level is a great accomplishment.  But, if they are anything like me, that won’t be good enough!  They will do their very best, and try to take it all!

6 Responses to “Local Archery Team Heads to Nationals”

  1. What a great program. Hopefully my kids will have an opportunity to participate in something like this.

  2. What a great accomplishment! We have a good friend whose son has been part of his high schools Skeet shooting team – of course it is a rural school!

  3. Good luck to all the teams. I think this is an awesome program.

  4. Blessed, I wish my school had a skeet shooting team! I’d have been all over that!

    I am glad that many schools are expanding into the shooting sports, as it is a great opportunity for young kids. I did all of these things at home, and even in community competitions, but to be able to do them as a school extracurricular event would have been great!

    Thanks for the comments guys!

  5. Oh, man, they have archery teams in schools now?! Man, is it too late for me to go back to school? What a blast that would have been! I wouldn’t have been real good at it, but I woulda had a lot of fun!

  6. The comic above.. classic. Think “meddle” and “medal”. (I guess if you have to explain it, it loses something. But if you loved Scooby doo….)


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