The sport of archery joins the 2011 schedule of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics April 16 when the Red River Bowmen Archery Club hosts Senior Olympics contestants at their range at 4099 Ratcliff Road in Shreveport.
Emma Gene Brown, who is arranging the event for the club, said a 900 American Round will be shot in five classes: a–Recurve with sights; b–Barebow Recurve, no sights; c–Compound Finger with sights; d–Barebow Compound, no sights, and e–Compound Release.
“We are grateful for Emma Gene and the Red River Bowmen Archery Club taking over the conduct of this sport,” said Doyle Blasingame, coordinator of the NW La. District Senior Olympics. “This is a major sport in south Louisiana and at the National Senior Olympics. We will investigate the possibility of Shreveport-Bossier and the club becoming a qualifying site for the national Senior Olympics competition in the future. We are confident with Emma Gene the archery club’s help we will have a high quality event.”
“We are excited about the potential of being a qualifying site,” Brown echoed.
Brown said National Archery Association Target rules will apply and each shooter must provide own bow and at least six arrows that fit National Archery Association and National Field Archery Association specifications. No broadheads will be permitted.
Contestants will shoot five ends of six arrows at a circular target from three distances outdoors: 30 at 60 yards, 30 at 50 yards and 30 at 40 yards. A time limit of five minutes will be allowed for each end shot. Two practice ends for sighting in begin at listed times, followed immediately by offical ends for score. A regulation 122cm (48″) color taret face will be used throughout the competition.
Competitors must complete the full NW La. District entry form,preferably prior to the date of the shoot. A registration period the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. and shooting will begin at 10 a.m.