July 2021 ALGONQUIN ARCHERS
July is the start of our fiscal year. Membership renewals are due at this time. On May14th Secretary Donna Rhoads sent out membership renewals via email. Members` responses will return to her in a program that allows for easy filing. Membership payments will be made by check via mail to Treasurer Dave Wilkinson or via PayPal. This information is on the electronic form.
NOTE: If you have not received the electronic form in your e-mail please check your SPAM folder
Donna & Dave will coordinate the renewals and payments.
Members who wish to pay at a monthly meeting, rather than through the mail, may do so, however mailing in your renewal is preferred.
The few members that do not have computers will receive the form and instructions via USPS
Contact: Dave Wilkinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTHLY MEETING- The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 7 pm. A cash prize drawing is taken at each monthly meeting. If a members name is drawn and is not present at the meeting, that member will not receive the prize. You must be at the meeting to win. Dennis & Sue Healy, were drawn at the June meeting but was not present to collect the winnings. Next month the prize will be $120
NFAA/CAA Field State Championship
This shoot will be held on 8/1/21 with registration starting at 8AM
A work party of approx.. 4-6 members are needed on 7/18 at 12noon to replace bricks for shooting locations. Jason Syman will check prior to see what bricks need to be replaced Might have a small group meet to paint and mark bricks before 7/18.
CONTACT Jason Syman; email@example.com;
Welcome New Members- Mike Dannenhoffer Douglas Rose Jr . Thanks for joining and enjoy all the club has to offer.
NUTMEG GAMES: Many thanks to the volunteers that worked at these games and helped Algonquin receive $1426 for your efforts
3-D CourseA thorough assessment and inventory of 3-D targets has been taken and additional targets forthcoming for the everyday course
**Tree removal around the clubhouse is still pending
ARROW FOC: Article from” Archery 360”
An arrow’s length and weight, and the energy stored in bow limbs when fully drawn, help determine an arrow’s flight path.
Every archer requires a different arrow setup to maximize their performance. Arrows also perform differently based on how they’re set up for various tournaments and weather conditions. As archers explore what works best, many look carefully at how much of their arrow’s weight is located in its front half. That front-of-center weight, or FOC, is calculated as the percentage of the arrow’s total weight.
“It’s heavier in the front because you have a field point or broadhead that’s heavier than the nock and vanes,” said Matt Haas, FeraDyne Outdoors’ new-product design manager. “An arrow’s center of mass is not typically in the center. It’s scooted forward a little bit, and that’s where you get the FOC.”
Here’s how to calculate your arrow’s FOC, according to Easton Archery:
To explain FOC, Haas notes that if you dropped a stick from an airplane, it would tumble uncontrollably toward the ground. But if you drop that same stick with a 10-pound ball tied to one end, that end will fall faster and the stick will drag straight behind it. That’s FOC.
“Most of the world’s best shooters are using a 9 to 12% front-of-center (arrow) for target archery, where accuracy is an absolute premium,” said Steve Anderson, the 2016 World Field champion and winner of several other major tournaments.
Steve Anderson explains FOC. Anderson is also Easton Archery’s pro-staff manager. Even though he’s an FOC expert, he doesn’t dwell on FOC values. “I don’t worry about having a certain percentage,” he said. “I like to experiment with different point weights, and see what groups the best.”
Moderate FOC ensures good arrow flight at any distance. At 3D and field events, field points weighing 100 to 120 grains are common. Anderson said most top archers use arrows with a moderate FOC. “If a lower front-of-center shoots and groups better for me, that’s what I’m going to go with,” he said.
When archers shoot farther distances outdoors, minor flaws in form or flight can cause accuracy problems. But the same flaws might go unnoticed at an indoor events’ shorter distances. John Demmer III, the USA’s top barebow archer, said FOC affects shots enough that he uses different arrows for different styles of tournaments.
“My advice is to play around with a little bit more FOC at indoor tournaments and less FOC for shooting unknown distances,” Demmer said. “For known-distance shooting, keep FOC somewhere in the middle.”
John Demmer III explains the difference in FOC for field and indoor arrows.
For 3D unmarked tournaments, Demmer’s arrows are 9% FOC, and his field arrows are 11 to 12%. Demmer said if the FOC is too high at an unmarked field tournament, the reduced speed and increased flex from added weight can hurt scores if you struggle judging distances.
But Demmer said a high FOC helps at indoor events, so those arrows usually have an FOC of 12 to 18%. Tournament rules also affect his FOC choices. When competing in USA Archery tournaments, which don’t allow string walking, Demmer uses an extreme FOC of 26 to 28%. “If I run a high FOC, the arrow points in the right direction quicker,” Demmer said. “I may get less-than-desirable arrow flight, but my arrows impact really well.”
The easiest way to determine which FOC works best is to experiment with different field points. Try shooting groups of arrows with field points weighing 100 to 300 grains. Lighter, lower-profile vanes/fletchings can also add FOC, while a wrap on the arrow’s rear can decrease FOC. “We just have to try to optimize the tools for the game that we’re playing,”
Demmer said.Archers might disagree about whether there’s an ideal FOC percentage, and how much FOC should factor into arrow setups, but everyone agrees archers must consider other factors, too.
“Learn how to properly execute a release, and you’ll get a lot more out of that than changing your point weight,” Anderson said. “Most people aren’t good enough to really tell the difference in FOC.”
Haas agrees. “FOC’s best application is fine-tuning the spine of your arrow,” he said. “People are starting to use it less as an in-flight tool and more to fine-tune the spine.”
Members seeking to sell their unneeded equipment should post their information on the BULLETIN BOARD near the club house entry door. Once the equipment is sold the poster should remove the announcement from the board.
The Newsletter is not used for this type of posting. Thank You
There is always a great need for volunteers to handle the large variety of work activities that are necessary to keep the club, it`s property, and it`s activities in operation.
The club has a program where members can receive a $10/hr credit, for a maximum of 5 hrs, $50, This will apply towards their next dues payment in the following Fiscal year, which is in the month of June.
Donna Rhoads, firstname.lastname@example.org; must be contacted in order to, record any work hours that a member has performed, to keep a total of a members work hours, and to assure the proper credit is applied.
*BE ALERT----SAFETY FIRST
As an archery club, we are very fortunate to have an Indoor Range and 2 outdoor courses on our property: 3-D & Field, . All members need to remember that multiple archers, can be on any of the courses, at any given time.
** SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST
Also, for your awareness, you may see hunters on the property. Do not be alarmed, as these are club members that have permission to bow hunt deer and turkey.
Have fun, Stay Alert, and be aware of other shooters at all times.
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