Resolution – MORE ARCHERY!

 

Happy New Year from everyone here at Trojan Archery!

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We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  Our New Year’s Resolution? More archery, of course! Most of us have had archery on the brain all through the academic break (some of us never stopped practicing!), and now we are preparing to enter the thick of Indoor Competition Season. We’re also preparing for round two of recruiting and training new archers.

Beyond our club or personal success, we enjoy all the new faces that pass through each semester, all for different reasons. Even if it is for a single practice, it is our mission to engage an archer and share the experience of the sport. The transformations are amazing to watch. So, as we look forward to the fresh start of competition season, the first experience for many, and to the new archers we’ll meet in the next month, we wonder if archery can be a new (or rekindled) adventure for YOU this year.

 

Set that Resolution!

Have you always wanted to try archery, but were unsure or didn’t have the time? Do you know a friend or family member who has always wanted to try? Do you want to know what its like to be your favorite archer character?

Maybe you’re already in! Do you want to hit gold? Maybe get more consistent? Want to earn your first award? Or are you on to your next achievement pin? Want to try a new bow style?

Or maybe you’re long distance. Want to be part of our Trojan network? Maybe you’re creative and want to create our new cheer? Or maybe you want some long distance archery advice?

Make Trojan Archery a New Year’s Resolution! 

 

Get More Involved with Trojan Archery

Think about how you would like to incorporate more archery into your life. Make it a goal. Write out achievable steps (baby steps!) to reach that goal. Take an action every day or every week to make it happen.

Below are some simple actions to take to meet your goal of getting more involved with Trojan Archery, specially. We would love to see it happen!

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SIGN UP 

Follow our newsletter to watch for practice sign ups. There’s no charge for your first two practices! FREE! Equipment and instruction provided. Experience archer with no further expectations than to try it.

FOLLOW US

Follow our Facebook and Instagram! Send us some love and support through the year as we post cool stuff about our activities and about archery in general.

JOIN US

Check out our Membership pages to open a new chapter in your life by committing to a semester, or a year, of archery! There are a number of benefits that come with membership. You can learn more about Team Membership, too, if you want boost your competitive Trojan spirit! Alumni, Faculty, and Staff are also welcome to join.

LEAD US

Check out our expanded Leadership Opportunities if you are interested in getting more involved in the club. The club exists thanks to our student leaders and instructors, as well as volunteers within the club and community. Become a cornerstone of the club and boost your resume at the same time!

SUPPORT US

Check out our new Support Us pages to find out how to support our club and collegiate team. We get limited funding from the University and depend upon our membership dues and fundraising to maintain the range and equipment, increase development opportunities, and to afford our competitions seasons. We also appreciate donations of targets, cardboard, and equipment. You can also send us some love! Give us a shout out to support our club and team members.

CONNECT WITH US

Are you a USC Alum? Are you a Trojan Archery Alum? We believe in the strength of connections through our Trojan network. Not only will you be able to link back to a passion you had (and still have!), but you will be an immense support network for your fellow archers and USC students. Our archers develop valuable leadership skills, time and stress management, mental and physical discipline. When they’re moving on and searching for their next career step, we want to be there to support them! Whether it’s archery or career advice, you can be there (or maybe we can be there for you!). Contact us to become part of the Trojan Archery Alumni Network – see how we have grown, access some cool SWAG, connect with old friends, support new generations!

 

Best wishes to you for this new year! Have you set any archery resolutions? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us to share your goals or send us a shout out to send us motivational New Year messages.

Hello, My Name is Igor

This past Wednesday Trojan Archery deviated slightly from its longstanding Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving and monster hunting, opting instead for a more nuanced approach of shooting games and a costume contest. Members took aim at ghosts, Cthulhu, a six-legged spider unfortunate enough to find itself on the receiving end of our archers’ arrows for the second year in a row, and the ever-present tic-tac-toe (because at the end of the day, there’s still nothing quite like a good old-fashioned team chant to close out the night).

We also found ourselves a surprise addition to our team that evening: a pumpkin deemed worthy by our good Social Chair to serve as top prize for the winner of the costume contest, affectionately nicknamed “Igor” (or was it “Igourd?”) by the club members and almost universally decreed as the most adorably hideous pumpkin any of them had ever seen.

 

Until next time, shoot on!

The September Social

With the month of September winding down, we are happy to report that the club practices are going strong! We have taught over 150 new archers, many of whom have since joined as official club members.

In light of the new members’ dedication to return to the same place every Friday night and launch projectiles into giant foam Oreos, we at Trojan Archery decided to forgo our traditional practice sessions with one celebrating their arrival in the world of collegiate archery. Pizza was served (seven boxes to be exact, all of which were devoured in less time than it takes to set up an Olympic recurve bow), and conversations of the social kind were held between members across all of USC’s various schools (a computational neuroscientist and a musician walked into a bar…). Games were played, as well: teams of archers strove to outdo their competitors at the all-hallowed tic-tac-toe, while others, taking our unofficial slogan of saving the bees to heart, aimed at honeycombs rather than our pollinary little pals.

The night was closed with a 300 scoring round, because what better way to end the evening with some good old-fashioned bulls-eyes? Several of our new members shot the official USA Archery format, many of whom earned their first pins. We look forward to watching their progress as they further their journey into the arcane study of the bow and arrow.

Until next time, shoot on!

Shoot Your Hearts Out

Hello, fellow Trojans!

First and foremost, let us at TrojanArchery.com apologize for our recent lack of activities and post. It’s not because we did nothing for two weeks–let’s be honest that’s a really long time to be mourning our lack of Valentine’s Day plan. Turns out our webmaster went full nerd mode to prepare for a science conference that he is currently attending. He sends his sincerest apologies.

Secondly, on a happier and less nerdy note, we are proud to announce that the First Annual (Potentially Semesterly?) Trojan Fundraiser 600 Round was a huge success. We had a great turn out that actually overflowed our original number of spots. Thankfully the administrative team of the Pasadena Roving Archery Range was able to help us adapt and accommodate the extra archers. On top of it all, some of our own competitive members placed in the tournament; shout out Laurel Paxton, Alex Aloia, Rob Campbell, and Henry Connor for the outstanding performance in their division. The overall result spread can be found here. All in all this is a great start to a new fundraising tradition for our club. Many thanks to those in the community who participated and all of the volunteers, both from the Trojan family as well as those of the PRA, for contributing their time and effort to our cause.

Finally, we would like to proudly announce a new addition to the Trojan Archery leadership: Rob Campbell has joined the dark cabal we call the Executive Board! He will be taking on the role of team captain for our barebow division. This marks the first time that we have ever had a formal barebow team headed by a captain. We are very excited to have Rob amongst the rank of our leadership and look forward to his fatherly rallying of the barebow team. Tic-tac-toe! Tic-tac-toe!

Until next time fellow Trojans, shoot on!

P.S. We also would like to wish you a belated Valentine’s Day and a Happy Lunar New Year. We’d make a post about it, but it’s not an official University holiday. So in lieu of an actual holiday post, we offer you a small glimpse into the aftermath of Valentine’s Day in a small town called Night Vale.

Recapping Rivalry Week

Following in the wake of the USC-UCLA rivalry week, we here at Trojan Archery thought it would be good to try and build a sense of community and camaraderie with our brothers and sisters in arm guards at UCLA by……

…….having a joint-shoot-turned-tournament. Because sibling-esque rivalry is how we show each other love.

The mini tourney featured individual events at 18 meters with archers shooting in division based on their experience within the different archery disciplines as well as team events. For many of our new members, this was their first official tournament format shoot, and by Jeeves did they blow expectation out of the water!

Major props and congratulations to all our members who went and especially to Alex Aloia, Zaphir Adams, Aiko Jones, Roger Pan, Laurel Paxton, Gözde Sahin, and Max Zade for placing in their respective divisions. A many thanks to the UCLA Archery Club for graciously being the host and organizer of the event. Check below the break for picture from the shoot featuring our beloved members, our captain’s passing flirtation with No-Shave-November, and “Kyle”, who was left off the memo that on Sundays we wear cardinal.

Until next time, shoot on!

PS We here at Trojanarchery.com apologize for the recent lack of activity. Turkey hunting with a bow and arrow was a lot more time consuming than we had anticipated it to be.

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.

 

Welcoming Our New Members

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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.

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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!