We are very thankful this season because of you! OAS would not be a reality if not for the vision of our founder, Jim Easton and all of you. You continue to make this program great. The end of the 2015-2016 season provided an opportunity for us to make OAS a better experience. We listened to your suggestions and we know OAS is reaching a point where it needs to provide the next level of competition while continuing to foster the first archery experience.
Moving forward for the 2016-2017 season, high school archers will now use a 60cm target face. This is important as it allows the easy transition into a 40cm target face. We saw this easy transition when we moved from a 122cm face to an 80cm face. We plan to implement the 40cm target face in the 2017-2018 season by opening a different level of competition at our events where OAS archers can use their own equipment. Our focus will always be improving the archery experience.
OAS START-UP PROGRAM:
The OAS start-up program is for schools that want bring OAS to their school, but are not able to immediately join a conference. This year we welcome schools in Seattle, Washington and Utah.
USAA made significant changes to their Level 1 training. Prior to these enhancements, USAA Level 1 was very basic, so basic that we had to always combine Level 1 and Level 2 trainings in order to meet OAS needs. The current USAA Level 1 material has the teachings we need for OAS.
We had 15 New Schools apply for the program this year. The schools are screened to make sure they are a good fit for OAS. We welcome the following schools:
- James Workman Middle School – CA
- Dehessa MS – CA
- Rancho Mirage High School – CA
- Warner Middle School – CA
- Francis de Sales – CO
- The Rock High School- FL
- Wedgefield K8 – FL
- Wasatch High School- UT
- Judge Memorial Catholic – UT
- Jane Addams Middle School – WA
Total OAS Schools as of today: 97
NEW OAS AGREEMENTS:
We’ve updated our agreements to better meet the needs of our schools. Our goal is to provide transparency and clarity. We will be sending out the agreements via Adobe Sign by the end of November. This eliminates the hassle from printing the hard copies/signing/faxing/scanning/or mailing them.
- You will receive an Email from: OAS Program <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject Line: Please sign OAS agreements
The OAS Handbook has been updated to reflect the new rules for the 2016-2017 season. Please go to www.olympicarcheryinschools.org to access the updates.
- Lowering the maximum limb poundage for Middle Schools from 28# to 24#
- Decreasing the target face size for High Schools from 80cm to 60cm
- Relaxed rules on rests to allow for the use of any recurve archery rest
- Created a Pin Shoot Chapter
- Added a Safety Chapter
- Improved our Mail-in Tournament Forms
Olympicarcheryinschools.org has been updated to be in line with the look of modern websites. In addition, the website was also updated to be more mobile friendly.
The Quiver (Oasquiver.com) is continually being improved to better meet the needs of the OAS coaches and the OAS Admin Team.
Some of the improvements we’ve made over the summer:
- Added the ability for coaches to register for Instructor Certification Courses.
- Improved usability of the website from user feedback.
Improvements we plan to add in the near future:
- Streamline the process for when schools and coaches register for events/courses.
- Continue to make the website as easy to use as possible.
- Set up an OAS storefront
We are not able to continue accepting onsite registration fees. All event registrations will be processed through www.Oasquiver.com or via a check to the Easton Foundations accounting department. Event registration fees are going from $20 per archer to $25 per archer. We have been able to keep our registration fees low for many years and we are proud to say that our registration fee remains the lowest among archery competitions. There will be a late fee on registrations received after the deadline. No registrations will be taken onsite at the check-in table.
OAS TRAINING VIDEOS:
Small portions of the OAS Online Training Course have become outdated over the years. We are in the process of updating each module with up-to-date information. In addition, we are also shifting the course hosting services from Adobe Connect to YouTube.
OAS IMPORTANT DATES
- September 30th: New School Application Deadline
- July – November: Coach Training
- September 1st – December 1st: Mail-in-Tournament
- November: Pre-Season Workshop (How to run league games)
- February 1st – May 1st: Spring Mail-in-Tournament
- January – Early March: League Games
- March: City Championships
- April: State Championships
- Last week of April: OAS National Event
*The timeline for league games, conference championship, and state championship varies by state.
2017 OAS Championship Events:
- Saturday, March 18th, 2017 – LA Championships @ Sequoia Middle School – Fontana, CA
- Saturday, April 1st, 2017 – OAS CA State Championships – Chula Vista, CA
- Saturday, April 29th, 2017 – OAS Nationals LIVE Streaming – Chula Vista/Florida/Utah