Welcome Back!

Our archers were hard at work all Sunday training to become certified instructors. They are the bread and butter of the club, responsible for running the range safely, teaching beginners, and developing our archers’ techniques. Thank you and welcome Instructors!

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Get Involved!

It’s a new semester and we are getting ready to host First Timer Classes for anyone interested in learning archery for the first time. Your first two lessons are free!

If you’d like to meet us in person and learn more, come find us at the Involvement Fair this Wednesday, 11 am – 2 pm, on Trousdale! We’ll have some small giveaways and cool equipment to show off. We will post our location on Facebook and Instagram.

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Follow Us!

Are you reading this blog right now? Do you follow it? Did you know you can follow it? Click on the Follow button in the sidebar! Get your friends and family to follow it! It’s a great way to support your Trojan Archers. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for cool photos, facts, and updates!

We’ll be posting regular updates on our spring competition season, training efforts and social events.

 

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Send a Shout Out! 

Motivate your fellow trojans by sending good wishes, cheers, chants, poetry, art, memes, whatever creative endeavor you want to contribute to build our club and team pride! We would love to see your contributions!

 

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.

Finals Season, Final Qualifier

It’s final examination season here at USC, with classes winding down and students hitting the libraries. Here at Trojan Archery, however, we decided to celebrate the last days of class by participating in the final qualifier for the SoCal Indoor Archery Collegiate Championship (SIACC) down at Cal State Long Beach, because, after all, archery is life.

For several of our members, it was their first competition, and what a day it was for first experiences. Despite the downpour of a few days ago, the weather was incredibly pleasant, with bright blue skies and a brisk wind (that may or may not have had an adverse effect on the Webmaster’s arrow flights). Old friendships on the shooting line quickly resurfaced, and new ones forged themselves solidly as the day went on. Laughs were in no abundance in between ends, either, with a heated debate over the right way to eat string cheese taking place (for those of us that eat it like a candy bar instead of peeling it, you know the flak you get for that) and the image of our beloved coach Jim eating one of our mochi cats imprinting itself firmly into our minds. It was a wonderful end for the fall semester, and bears good tidings as we move into the spring season.

As a last announcement, we are thrilled to announce a new addition to the Trojan Archery E-board: Henry Connor, our resident “barebow big boy,” who has accepted the role of barebow team captain. We are very excited to have Henry among our team leaders, if a bit wary of him playing “All Star” on a recorder at team events.

Until next time, best of luck with final exams, and shoot on!

The Magic Number Is 4

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This past weekend, our esteemed President Daniel Kwasniewski attained a USA Archery Level 4 coaching status, propelling him into the upper echelons of the archery world.

“It was one of the best experiences I have had during my short time in the archery community,” Dan said of his experience. “It [the class] really helped me understand the finer details of the shot process and what it takes to become an elite archer.”

Over the course of a week, Dan and 24 other Level 3 certified archers studied at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in San Diego, where several of the nation’s top archers reside and train. The course was taught by National Head Coach Kisik Lee, as well as Level 5 certified coaches Guy Krueger and Linda Beck, and Level 4 certified coach Eric Tollefson.

Of the thousands of certified NTS coaches in the United States, only one hundred and sixty nationwide are qualified with a Level 4 designation. Currently, there are only twenty three in the state of California, one of which is our esteemed coach Terri MacQuarrie.

We at Trojan Archery would like to congratulate Dan for this monumental achievement, and look forward to further watching his progression through the world of archery. Shoot on!

SIACC Qualifier Emergency Announcement

Due to the spread of the recent fires in California, the SIACC Qualifier at Rancho Park Archery Range has been cancelled.
Full refunds will be given to participants, or can be transferred for registration for a following qualifier if ours was the only one you signed up for.
Our thoughts are with the thousands affected by these fires, and we hope that you stay safe.

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!

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!

Beginner’s Luck!

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Welcome back archers! We hope your semester had a great start. The first Trojan Archery Beginners Practice was a success! Thanks to the hard work of our instructors, we were able to host nearly 40 beginner archers in one session.

If you were not able to attend Wednesday’s practice, then you’re in luck! In response to the overwhelming interest in our club, we are hosting an additional Beginners Practice session this Friday. That makes TWO Beginners Practice sessions back to back. Our instructors will be working with 80 new archers!

We will be hosting Beginners Practice sessions next week as well, so remember to subscribe to the newsletter and sign up for the practices. We can only take so many archers for one practice, so don’t wait too long or you may lose your spot!

REMINDER: everyone MUST complete the IMLeagues form on the Practice Sessions page BEFORE attending your first practice. If you have not yet completed this form, please remember that it is a requirement of USC and we will not be able to welcome you into the club without it!

Trojan Archery Fall Events

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The fall semester is upon us! Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates for fall events and practices!

Visit our table at Rec Fest this Thursday, August 17th, from 4-6PM on Brittingham Field. Ask us about the club and team, and check out some of our gear. For every Facebook like and email we receive, we will give away free archery buttons! 

Practices begin the second week of the semester. Sign ups will be sent through our newsletter. Before attending your first practice of the year, you must fill out the IMLeagues Participation Form and Waivers (see Practice Sessions).

Practice Schedule: 
Beginners Practice

  • Aug 30 – 5:30-7:30PM
  • Sept 1 – 5:30-7:30PM
  • Sept 6 – 5:30-7:30PM
  • Sept 8 – 5:30-7:30PM

Returners Practice

  • Sept 1 – 7:30-8:30PM
  • Sept 8 – 7:30-8:30PM