It’s the Great Pumpkin, Captain Max!

So evidently “next time” came a lot sooner than we had planned. But it’s okay, because there are awesome Halloween photos to share with you all!

This past Friday, Trojan Archery continued a long running tradition of the club and hosted our annual pumpkin carving and monster shoot.  Our members took off the kid gloves and took down some monsters. They then threw down even more gloves (finger tabs?) to take a whack at carving pumpkins, the result of which is disturbingly spectacular. If you don’t trust our judgement, check them out for yourself below the break.

Even our dearest beginner-teaching webmaster got into the spirit of the holiday by attempt to jump-scare his way into a photo. It would have probably worked better if he hadn’t looked like a grape though…

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Until next time, fellow Trojan, shoot on!

P.S. Here is another video to get you into the Halloween mood. We present to you, the Sanderson Sisters (aka Bette Midler, Peggy Hill, and Carrie Bradshaw).

Meeting the Sun Gods

Last Sunday, Trojan Archery made the trek down to San Diego to meet with the Sun God of USCD; joint practice ensued and everyone had a good time (and tan; because what even is cloud coverage) . Many thanks to the members who traveled with us to represent the club, our dedicated driving members, and especially our Head Coach, Terri!

If you could not join us last Sunday, have no fear: there will be other joint practice opportunities on the horizon. For a sure fire way of getting information on these excursion, join our mailing list.

Until next time, fellow Trojans.

This is Halloween

Do you want to prove yourself to be the Pumpkin-g of Trojan Archery? Then come join Trojan Archery for some pumpkin carving this upcoming Friday, October 27th and the subsequent shooting of the carved pumpkin on Sunday, October 29th at the Pasadena Roving Archer range! You bring the artistic finesse, and we’ll bring everything else.

Even if you’re not feeling the pumpkin hype, come join us this Friday anyway as we will be hosting our Halloween Monsters and Creatures shoot. Channel your inner Helsing, Katniss, Winchesters, or even Elizabeth Bennett (from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that is) and try to take down our Social Committee’s collection of monstrosities (I really hope a particular tentacled Old One will be in the mix, but let us not tempt fate)!

Hope to see you there, and until next time: shoot on!

P.S. Here is something to forcibly help put you into the Halloween mood.


Calling All Achievement Hunters!

We here at Trojan Archery are excited to announce that our club will be participating in the USA Archery Adult Achievement Program!

In order to for the developing archer to track—and, honestly, flaunt–their progress in the sport, we will begin offering mini tournament style 300 Rounds (ten ends of three arrows for a maximum of 300 points). By tracking the score with USAA’s scoring matrix, archers may earn different achievement pins that show they have reached a particular milestone in their shooting. The different achieve pins/award levels are given out based on score performance at a particular distance and target face size and varies from between the three archery disciplines. The USAA scoring matrix for indoor achievement pins is shown below as an example. For more information please check out this link for the USAA Adult Achievement Program or talk to a Trojan Archery officer.


So whether you are shooting for recreation, to train for competition, or just to figure out what exactly is transfer-to-holding, keep an eye out for information on upcoming 300 Rounds and come join us for some friendly competition and achievement pin earning.

Until next time, shoot on!

So You Want to be an Archer: Physical Considerations

So you have decided to become an archer; where does one actually begin? For many of our dedicated readers and club members, the answer to that question is a simple one: go to a beginner class. For most other archers, however, the process starts by considering a few of their physical attributes that plays important role in the shooting process.

Hand and eye dominance
Save for those few truly ambidextrous individuals, we all have a strong preference for either our left or right hand in performing daily activities. Due to physical strength and dexterity considerations, it is highly recommended that you draw your bow with your dominant hand. This recommendation does, however, come with a caveat that you should give some thought to eye (or if you are fancy, “ocular”) dominance.

Ocular dominance describes our brain’s tendency to prefer input from one eye over the other. Due to the nature of how visual information is process, many do not realize they have such a preference. To that end, many archers, before ever touching a bow, takes an eye dominance test to figure out their dominant eye. There are various forms of tests for eye dominance; most of our members were subjected to the so-called aperture test at their first practice.

The majority of people will express a preference for hand and eye on the same side of their body; the choice of archery “handedness” is simple in this case. The remaining minority will express either cross-dominance, where the dominant eye and hand are on opposite sides of the body, or co-dominance, where there is no strong ocular dominance. For the cross- and co-dominant archers, the choice of handedness is usually made by their hand dominance.

Draw length
Due to the mechanical principles that govern how a bow builds and stores potential energy, the length to which the archer is able to draw back the bow is an important factor in getting the most out of every shot (more on this in a later post). This also goes to determine the overall length of bow an archer should use.

If you happen to have access to a shop, club, or organization that have bows they can lend you, the draw length can be measured and the equipment selected to accommodate your draw length. However, since most beginners suffer from the debilitating conditions of not owning a bow, we can instead–through consultation with an archery Oracle–make estimates base on their wingspan. Dividing the wingspan, the tip-to-tip distance spanned by your arms when both ares are extended, by 2.5 yields an approximation of the your draw length, the correspondence between draw length and recommended bow length can be made by consulting the following table, provided by Lancaster Archery Supply.


14-16 inches……………….48 inches
17-20 inches……………….54 inches
20-22 inches……………….58 inches
22-24 inches……………….62 inches
24-26 inches……………….64-66 inches
26-28 inches……………….66-68 inches
28-30 inches……………….68-70 inches
31 inches and longer…………70-72 inches

Welcoming Our New Members


Now that we are winding down the “test drive” period for the club, we will start handing out membership packages. Your package includes a club T-shirt, a stretch band, some adorable pins, and an awesomely pristine curriculum card. You can pick up your membership package from an officer during any of our on campus practice.

We are also going to start skill development in full force. This will take the form of mini seminars led by our captain, Max Zade, or one of our other certified instructors. Topics range from more in-depth discussion of things you already know (hook, grip, and anchor) to more advance topics (NTS shot cycle, posture, mental games). These sessions will be offered and repeated several time throughout the semester at our on campus practices.


Finally, join us on Friday, October 6th, 6:30-8:30PM for the New Member Social!
There will  be pizza, beverages, conversations of the social variety, and some casually competitive archery. We’ll shoot at a variety of mystery objects (balloons? stuffed animals? that stupidly cute arrow puller shaped like a cat?), and there may even be some pins up for grabs. Keep in mind that you must be officially registered with the club on IMLeague, have all your forms completed, and be up to date on your dues to be considered an official member.

See you at practice, and until then, shoot on!

On an Upward Trajectory


With the month of September winding down, we are happy to report that the club practices are going strong! We have taught over 200 new archers and many of them are coming back for more as official club members.

Now that our member roster is filling up, we will begin to shift focus towards providing our members with the training and skill development that will take them beyond the basics and potentially into the competitive season in the spring.

For those who have not taken the beginner class yet:
We are reducing the number of beginner classes offered, but they will still be on-going for the next few weeks. For more information and to receive sign-up e-mails for the beginner class, subscribe to our mailing list.

For those who have taken a beginner class and would like to join the club:
To become an official member, you will need to join the Archery club on IMLeague and fill out all forms and waivers (a link can be found on the Practice Sessions page). You WILL NOT be allowed to attend practice without these forms completed starting the week of October 2nd. We also expect for you to submit your club dues when attending your 3rd practice. Dues can be submitted to Dan or Anthony during any of our on campus practice.