We just began the year with an Indoor World Cup – which was, by all accounts, a smashing success – so let’s look ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2014. With Indoor World Cups, World Archery Indoor Championships and exciting domestic events on tap, there’s no shortage of indoor archery to follow. Here are four must-watch events:
1. The Vegas Shoot and Indoor World Cup Final
All eyes were on Sin City as the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) hosted another successful Vegas Shoot. This is historically one of the largest indoor archery tournaments held in one place, and we saw a record-setting 2,200 archers competing this past weekend. The game: three rounds of 30 arrows each. The Vegas Shoot was also home to the Indoor World Cup Final, a head-to-head elimination round featuring the top archers from the Indoor World Cup series. Check out World Archery’s website for coverage of the World Cup Final, and then watch the world-famous Vegas Shootdown, in which archers competed for a $25,000 check.
2. U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships
With 11 locations nationwide and four weekends to choose from, nearly everyone can join in the fun of this two-event USA Archery tournament. Youth and adult archers compete for national titles at the U.S. National Indoor Championships. The JOAD National Indoor Championships is a youth-only event for beginning archers as well as the nation’s rising stars. The fun begins Feb. 21. Follow USA Archery on Facebook and Twitter for updates from this event, and register by clicking here.
3. World Archery Indoor Championships
Nimes, France, is the setting for what promises to be an indoor archery showdown. This biannual event draws many of the world’s strongest archery teams for a World Championships that’s shot at 18 meters. In this aiming game, archers shoot a 120-arrow qualification round, and then advance to Olympic-style head-to-head elimination bracket. Look for defending champion Team USA to field strong lineups in the compound men’s and women’s categories, as well as a recurve men’s team featuring two Olympic medalists – Brady Ellison and Vic Wunderle – and Rio 2016 Olympic hopeful Jeremiah Cusick. Follow this event – which is expected to be broadcast live – beginning Feb. 25.
4. NFAA Indoor Nationals
The NFAA hosts an annual 3-Star Tour, which boasts massive tournament participation and big paychecks. The national organization expects about 1,400 archers to compete at its Indoor Nationals in Louisville, where competitors will shoot 30 arrows on the challenging blue and white 5-spot target. As the second stop on the 3-Star Tour, this event follows the Vegas Shoot and precedes the First Dakota Classic. Click here to register for the NFAA Indoor Nationals, and be sure to follow coverage from BowJunky.