Well stated gt. makes sense to me.Denise's comments in the USAA PR are excellent and get to the point of the debate.
Personally, as someone who has had some small involvement in both the competition side and the presentation side of our sport, I am on record as opposing the elimination of the 90M round. My opinion is that WC's are for the archers, everything else is for spectators.
Changing the team round to set play is a good idea and will do much to increase the spectator interest of the team round. Killing 90 won't make WC ranking rounds any better- they are NOT spectator events no matter what distance is used- and will eliminate an important element of our sport in my view. If I had to make a snap judgement we would have men rank at 90 and women at 70. One of the best ever dramas of our Olympic sport was in 1988 when Jay Barrs became the only man in modern Olympic history to win the Gold Medal at 90M (last pass of the Grand FITA round). THAT was a test. It is a core element of our sport going back to the 1600's when 100 yards was heavily weighted in the York round and its predecessors.
WA is making some very good moves, not only with modernizing the team round but making a real effort to get mixed team into the Rio Games. But I hope the possible move away from 90 repels as many congress delegates as possible.
Rio is right around the corner. It will be good for the teams to gain experience with sets if it passes. I wonder if sets for Compound round is not being offered for the same reason that they shot 50 and recurve 70.World Archery has released motions ahead of September's World Archery Congress. Story: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/...ions-on-Table-for-World-Archery-Congress.aspx
I have not shot a National Outdoor since they have changed from the Double FITA. I used it for vacation and 90% of members of USArchery will never shoot any tournament higher than that. I am glad they think about the Membership once and awhile lol.I personally like the Double Fita and think it should be used for the Nationals.
Remember Olympic fencing scoring was changed from the classic touches against to touches for, because they thought people were too stupid to understand the idea that a lower score is better--must be the reason why nobody plays or watches golfIMHO *******izing the sport in order to engage in the futile hope it becomes as spectator friendly as basketball or beach volleyball in order to get the almighty television dollars is ultimately going to doom the sport
The FITA round will go the way of the 900 or American rounds. They will be shot in the local levels. To determine a national champion with the old round is not fair to those who are training for the Olympics. At the nationals we are wanting to find out who the best is in the nation so we should follow WA rules (it's in the USAA's bylaws by the way). However, it does not mean that archers could not form there own "sub-nationals" to have a double FITA round shot. Sort of like the Senior Games. They use the 900 round and it appears to be very successful.I guess my question is why do the lower levels of shooting need to emulate the Olympics? Less than 1/10 of 1% ever have a chance at shooting at that level. I understand why changes are being made to make the Olympic Archery program more viewer friendly but forcing the other 99.99% to follow suit when they have already expressed displeasure at it makes no sense.
I like to shoot different distances. 90M is difficult even for a compound shooter. But being forced to shoot only 50M (or any other set distance for compounds) because "that is what they want to do in the Olympics" is not that much fun. I enjoy the FITA round. I do not wish to see it eliminated. I believe that is what was stated several times at the meeting at the US Target Nationals last year. This ain't rocket science. Give the masses what they want and let those who are shooting at the Olympic level shoot the Olympic style tournaments.