When 2,907 archers from 22 states and 2 Canadian provinces met June 29 for the 2013 NASP® World Championship, it was the third largest archery tournament next to the Kentucky state tournament with 4,250 students and the 2013 NASP® National Tournament with 9,426 students.
The number of archers participating was a whopping 134 percent higher than during the 2012 NASP World Championship.
Student archers who represented 175 schools earned their way into the event by qualifying at their respective national NASP tournaments.
The National Archery in the Schools Program's fifth consecutive world championship event took place this year in the America Center and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The previous four tourneys were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Like all NASP® tournaments, events and instruction, the tournament was highly structured and tightly choreographed to maintain the zero archery-related injury record.
The student archers enjoyed a quality, super safe, on time, fun and memorable event for the last tournament of the 2013 NASP® season.
Co-host of the event was the Missouri Department of Conservation which provided most of the staff and volunteers required for the success of the 2013 NASP® world championship.
The championship concluded a scholastic archery season that began in January with team try-outs and moved through 42 state, several Canadian provincial, and 2 national tournaments.
Prior to the World Championship, 9,426 students competed in the largest archery tournament in the world, the U.S. National NASP Tournament in Louisville, Ky., May 9-11.
The NASP® World Championship consisted of thirteen competitive flights with eight on June 29 and five on June 30.
Each archery team comprised of 12 to 24 students contained, as required, both boys and girls. Of the participants, 44 percent were female. This world championship followed the same format and protocols that more than 2 million NASP® students practiced throughout the 2012-13 school year.
Each student used the same Mathews Genesis bow and Easton aluminum arrows.
The bows were bare because sights, stabilizers and other aids so common in other forms of archery are absent in NASP. Every archer utilizing the exact same equipment places the focus for success on the shot process required for each arrow.
Every student, regardless of grade level or experience, shot 5 practice and 15 scored arrows at an 80 centimeter target from both 10 and 15 meters. A perfect score is 300 (30 bulls-eyes).
Team scores are the top 12 scores among the team's archers, and both genders must be represented in the team score. Most students find archery moderately difficult—not so hard they can't succeed but not so easy that it isn't a challenge.
Before the awards ceremony a record low number of ties were resolved between 4 archers. Previously, there have been ten or more ties to break during a world championship.
Ties are resolved when each archer shoots 5 practice arrows and 5 arrows for score at 15 meters. More than 1,200 relatives, friends and competitors watched the tie-breaking shoot-offs.
The composure archers needed during the tie breaker to determine 5th place in the middle school male division between Blake Botner of Corbin, Ky., and Chase Karzewski of Richmond, Ky., resulted in a second tie and forced a single arrow tie breaker. The archer's arrow closest to the X in the center of the bulls-eye determined the winner. Blake Botner's arrow was closer by less than half the width of the arrow shaft, securing him as the 5th place winner.
A complete list of results is available at www.nasptournaments.org.
Teams and individuals who won first place awards at the 2013 NASP® World Championship include:
1st Place High School: Trigg County HS, Cadiz, Ky. (repeat from 2012); 1st Place Middle School: Caudill MS, Richmond, Ky., (repeat from 2012); 1st Place Elementary School: Woodlawn Elementary, Chatsworth, Ga.
4th Grade Female: Josey Phipps, Morning View, Ky.; 4th Grade Male, Nate Wood, Henderson, Ky.; 5th Grade Female: Elizabeth Vrana, Lancaster, Ohio; 5th Grade Male: Spencer Bartlett, Independence, Ky.;
6th Grade Female: Christa Murphy, Richmond, Ky.; 6th Grade Male, Brandon Aldridge, Lawrenceburg, Ky; Middle School Female: Riley Mabe, Henderson, Ky.; Middle School Male: Jake Bartlett, Henderson, Ky; High School Female: Wendi Thomas, Irvington, Ala., (repeat from 2012); High School Male: Josh Ohlert, Bellevue, Iowa (tied NASP record of 298).
Over-all individual female archer with a score of 297 was Riley Mabe, 8th grade archer from Henderson County South Middle School, Henderson, Ky. Over-all individual male archer with a score of 298 was Josh Ohlert, 12th grade archer from Bellevue Community School in Bellevue, Iowa.
Throughout the competition teams are encouraged to display school spirit and good sportsmanship. Spirit Awards were presented to Hayden Elementary from Seymour, Ind., Caudill Middle School (BMCS) from Richmond, Ky., and H.A. Kostash High School, Alberta, Canada.
Hayden Elementary is a perennial Spirit Champion as well as a medal-level winning team.
NASP® Medal Level Sponsors supporting the National Archery in the Schools Program include: Double Platinum: Mathews, Mission & Genesis Archery; Platinum: Morrell Targets; Gold: Easton Sports Development Foundations; Gold: National Wild Turkey Foundation; Gold: Gordon Composites; Silver: Easton Technical Products; Silver: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Bronze: National Guard; Bronze: Archery Trade Association.
Also supporting the 2013 NASP® World Championship were Field Logic, Rinehart Targets, Bowtree, BCY, & Electronic Awards.
---Contributed by the National Archery in the Schools program