Archery Tournaments in California

by Thomas Lynn

California has an active archery community and hosts many tournaments throughout the year. Tournaments range from introductory tournaments to U.S. archery Olympic qualifiers. Archery has been a sport, hunting or fighting tactic since prehistoric times. Currently, archery is used in hunting or practiced as a competitive sport using targets. Tournaments, including the Olympics, are based on target shooting.

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World Archery Youth Championships Team Trials

The World Archery Youth Championships Team Trials is a national event held annually in Sacramento, California, where Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) athletes compete against each other. The tournament, using cumulative scoring, complies with International Archery Federation (FITA) rules and is based on a 144-arrow qualification round. The top eight archers from the qualifying round enter a second round, a "round robin" -style final.

California State Outdoor Championship

Southern California Archers and United JOAD host California's annual State Outdoor Championship, held at El Dorado Park Archery Field in Long Beach. The tournament is open to adult, college, masters, and JOAD archers. Archers ranging from children to seniors compete in different age categories. Divisions include recurve, compound, barebow and crossbow archers firing arrows at targets from varying lengths. USA Archery and FITA rules govern the tournament. A dress code is in effect, which prohibits competitors from wearing camouflage or denim.

California Cup

The California Cup is a tournament, hosted at Discovery Park, in Sacramento, designed to allow many contestants the opportunity to shoot "head-to-head" in a competitive setting. A 144-arrow round opens the tournament, a "round robin" round follows, and a top-eight 12-arrow elimination final closes the tournament. The event is open to all ages, but only "senior" distances will be shot. Therefore, archers who cannot reach "senior" distance targets should not register.

Woodley Park Toys for Tots 900

The Woodley Park Toys for Tots 900 is an annual, end-of-year tournament in Van Nuys, California designed to support the Toys for Tots Foundation. Entry fees start at $10, but an unwrapped, unopened child's toy is also accepted. Toys donated are used by the organization to help needy children around the end-of-year holiday season. This USAA-registered tournament is open to both recurve and compound bow archers. Three varying distances are used, with 30 arrows shot at each distance.

About the Author

Thomas Lynn is a writer in New York. His work has appeared in various Web and print publications. He studied English in the New York University system. Lynn has been writing professionally since 2009, covering politics and emerging technologies.

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