I don’t know yet how many will read this, but the tech will give me stats eventually. I initially wrote most of this 6 months ago, but afterwards realized I needed to leave it to age, so that it does not reflect my full range of emotions.
I have migrated the majority of content of this BLOG from the Texas Archery Association’s website to one of my many URLs.
“Coaching Corner” on the TSAA site is long dead, and this is likely the last post, ever. It was never a plural of coaches – not once did another TSAA coach respond to my requests and provide a single sentence for the blog. So it was all on me, my observations, my thoughts, my experience, and yes, my wisdom, to consider. Some thought, not much of the latter.
Frankly, for years I had planned and hoped for a smoother transition out of the organization, but a dustup with a remarkably adversarial individual has resulted in me being demoted in the organization regarding in my role as president. I find myself a bit of a powerless pariah.
In addition: I have deleted from the web the entire 70 gigabytes’ content of the archives of the NAA – USAARCHERY.ORG – records they’ve decremented, scrap books, and history books, authored by Arlyne and Bob Rhodes and posted with her permission. This site is now vaporware, residing only on my laptop and backup drives, and the wayback machine.
I did send a copy to Arlyne, of course.
Out of copyright concerns I have also removed from the TSAA site more than 50,000 photo images I had accrued over a decade+ of involvement as a coach and parent of an archer, and posted as albums on the TSAA website. The goal was always to provide a tool for archers and parents and coaches to use to enhance performance.
Since I have been informed that several TSAA members wish to create a new and much better website I have been preparing for that day by streamlining the existing website. I have also turned over more to those worthies a full copy of the entire TSAA website – than 70 gigabytes’ worth of website coding to the successors, and I eagerly await the day when they tell me and show me that TSAA Website 2.0 is ready for prime time.
I have relinquished the DNS values, re-pointed the world to the new site – but am astonished that even now, a month later, they have kept “the bad old website” active. I do hope they remove my name from the many pages soon, and thanks to the very few people who have written to me to note my passing.
This transition should leave me with essentially nothing to worry about.
The online registration I pioneered, designed and conducted for all state events for more than a decade have been migrated to a for-profit site and appear to work ok. NOT the company I would have chosen – it made more sense to use the same optimized software the parent organization and other state associations use, but that obviously was not my call.
The results of events will be maintained by the new site, it is out of my control. The state records, likewise.
The massive library of target archery items, from the JOAD AGE calculator I designed to the summary of writeups, to the many advisory documents from some of Texas’ best archers and JOAD coaches on their trips, should be easily transferred to the 2.0 site since I have given them all the html5 code.
99% of the photos on the old site will no longer be on the new 2.0 site, relieving more than 50 gigabytes and 25,000 files’ worth of space – these are my copyright and based on my recent experiences I frankly don’t want them in the control of my successors. Likewise for thousands of high-speed, slow-motion video clips of archers at arrow release. These served as learning aids for coaches, archers, and parents, but probably no longer needed. So I formally retain copyright for all photos I have taken of archers – I would estimate more than 100,000 photos all told. Up till now, I have *never* sold nor charged for a single photo reproduction – images which have graced magazine covers and numerous publications – I asked only that the TSAA and myself get photo credit, pointing to texasarchery.org, always.
At first transition, I simply deleted this blog. A week or two later I had fielded a number of queries and complaints, and decided then to restore a backup to my own personal website.
I actually have something like 6 different websites. If you are reading this then I have successfully restored and re-established the wordpress blog, aka Coaching Corner, and you have found it, yourself.
Since this is my own site now, I will admit to a huge frustration that I could not, in the many years I ran this blog, persuade even a single other coach in Texas to join me in mentoring archers in this media. Not once. None. NADA. NUNCA NADIE. zilch. Likewise, I wrote the TSAA newsletter from the moment we/I transitioned from a printed & US post office mailed paper newsletter to an electronic newsletter, around 1999, through the end of January, 2016. I simply could not persuade a single other person on the board nor in the association to write articles voluntarily on a continuing basis. I have gotten some writeups from Tom Barker and John Magera regarding events they conducted, especially the TOTS from John, to include in the newsletter. But I’d bet more than 95% of all letters, words, sentences, and paragraphs of the TSAA newsletters for more than 15 years were composed by me. Recently, I’ve received very harsh criticisms for my choice of articles and stories from board members.
So I agreed to send them copies of the newsletter for their approval prior to me sending it out, but I found that the most vociferous critics did not bother to respond to my request for approval of most newsletters. This is not a blanket indictment of the board – just an observation that no one has ever really stepped up to help me with the newsletters in a solid way, in 17 years.
I have NO idea what will replace me now that the general meeting has showed me the door into “retired”. I am hopeful someone will step into this breech.
I was driving the social media on Facebook last year, right up until I posted a note about how POORLY women were treated relative to men at the Las Vegas event.
Several board members and TSAA members opened up a warfare of “you are politicizing the facebook page”, denying that I had a legitimate right to post my observation regarding women in sports. I immediately stopped posting to the TSAA facebook page. The FB analysis tools showed that the FB page for TSAA took a significant hit in participation and posts, and the last time I looked it remained less than it was. I know, because I saved the stats from the month I was persecuted off, and the month of July, the month wherein I deleted myself from the FB TSAA page. When women in archery, sport, and society receive EQUALITY on all points, then this topic is no longer of concern on social media. Until then I am a silenced voice by a few male “supremacists” who remain at the TSAA’s helm.
I cannot fathom how any person who fathers a daughter can take umbrage at my citing of accurate statistics regarding of the disparity in respect in ALL ways that women athletes receive relative to their male counter-parts.
So essentially, this blog is, and has always been, all my thoughts, and no contributions from anyone else. AS WITH THE NEWSLETTER, this is a failing I admit to.
I’ve tried for, asked for, begged for, participation in TSAA functions from the membership over and over. Whether to write a newsletter or to simply share a thought on archery, I’ve asked with very little response. It’s not been a total zero. But the component result has bordered on zero. The state field event for the last two years has not been a “group effort” – not because I did not ask for help, but a “single effort” because unless I did it all on my own, it would not have happened. I acknowledge Gina Carmichael, who saved me from coronary failure. John Magera, Dan Zinn, and a couple of other Austin Archery Club members who helped at points to both set up and to take down. Thanks, John, you literally saved my life! In 2015 I dropped 16 pounds in 5 days, working to set up. 2016 I was much better prepared and got things done over a greater span of time, and did not come close to death. And thanks to Rick Stonebraker as well as John Magera for sharing wisdom in field archery course design.
I left the TSAA in the general meeting of 2017, when my tenure as the president expired. I had hoped to have several concrete and lasting goals accomplished, and I while I had made progress I did not get the important things done. I realized at one point that the rest of the board simply stopped supporting any initiative I might put forward.
I am tagging this one blog post as a “life lesson” because I have learned a very cynical lesson in recent times from the other board members. I’ve learned, but not a positive lesson.
I was allowed by USAA to certify Lynda LeCompte and Holly Avendano as “Level IV-NTS TRAINER” coaches to replace yours truly. The only other Level IV-NTS coach authorized as a trainer has not bothered to do any courses on his own, so it falls to these ladies to carry on. This means they are qualified to hold Level III-NTS certification courses on their own and continue to grow Texas Coaching.
As the Rio Olympics drew to a close, I felt a certain closing so I started this blog article, and I feel my own archery life likewise now waning to a close.
My biggest problem right now is that I have an entire room of archery gear and coaching equipment that I do not know exactly what to do with.
It’s been an excellent time and I do wish I could have done more. Tennis, anyone?