I was going to post this in the current More Money for US Archery thread, but just before I clicked post I figured I would hijack that thread - so here I am.
If you don't mind my asking (or maybe I should start another thread), but what is wrong with the NFAA?
My daughter and I have been members in both the NFAA and US Archery for almost a year. Daughter is a Cub in NFAA and a Bowman in NAA. I'm just a sherpa.
For my NFAA membership dues I get magazine that has had my daughter's name in it, got to participate in an indoor national event that was basically the same as our local NFAA tournament (scoring with paper and pencil so she was used to it) got a medal, got to participate in a regional event that luckily was a local event (found out she won regionals a week or so later), got to participate in a number of state championships and got to set a number of records kept for our state. And got to meet and make a number of new friends. If I had to sum it up - FUN!
For my US Archery membership dues, she gets to participate in my clubs JOAD program with two very caring coaches and any number of helpers including me (lvl 2), got to sign up for a JOAD camp only to have it cancelled, got to participate in indoor nationals (found out how she did quite sometime later, I think the Friday before NFAA indoor nationals), got to participate in our state's one NAA indoor state and state JOAD championships, travelled to one of her friends clubs for their club indoor tournament, and participated in the 3 FITA style outdoor events in our state. No magazine, but I get an email every so often that makes it through my spam filter with neat articles and always asking for money for the team. Got to meet and make a number of new friends. If I had to sum it up - Kinda Fun (The JOAD camp was a real downer, but it sort of opened my eyes)
Which brings us to the two organizations outdoor nationals this summer, we have never been to either one.
NFAA - Only worry is that they have said they will not let me just walk with her through the woods (just me being a worry-wart I know - but I read on the internets that there are sasquatches in Pennsylvania!!!) but we are sure that she can handle everything else based on past experience at NFAA events.
US Archery - HUGE WORRIES! So much so that I haven't even told her half of it. Electronic scoring? Team round? Olympic round? Ranking round? (OK, told it it was like a FITA, but it was only one distance and always 6 arrow ends) and then I read in that other thread that basically since we don't know what these things are we should not be attending national events.
I don't know, but so far the NFAA has been pretty damed fun at a local, state, and national level. US Archery has been fun at the local and state level (mostly because of the organizers - the crew at the State Games of Michigan know how to throw an event!) but everything above that has been a "meh" at best and a real pain for me trying to learn as fast as I can and introduce her to in a fashion that won;t get her mind off of her form.
So how come you guys don't like the NFAA so much?
(OH CRAP!! Another thing to worry about at NAA nationals http://www.tristatebigfoot.com/ohiobigfoot.htm )