All 2020 Ontario Provincial Championships CANCELLED

Friday, July 24th, 2020
The Archery Ontario Board of Directors (BOD), has been working with partners at local, regional, provincial and national levels to determine the best course of action for the 2020 scheduled provincial events. Early in this process, steps were taken to reschedule provincial events to a much later date than usual, with the hope that conditions surrounding Covid19 would allow for the safe and successful return to play and the hosting of these larger scale, provincially sanctioned archery events.

The BOD met on July 22nd and was unanimous in the passing of a motion to defer until 2021 the hosting of the 4 major provincial events (3D, Field, Target and Junior Challenge). Therefore, none of the events will take place this year. This is in keeping with our value of safety: the safety of organizers, officials, participants and spectators alike – ALL of our archery family!

What does this means for host clubs? They have the first opportunity to host next year and we ask that they please confirm via email to Kevin, if they choose to do so. We would be going back the usual calendar dates. If they choose not to do so, then the host club intended for 2021 will be the next in line to be eligible to host, it not, then the hosting of the event would be open to bidding at the Fall AGM.

Contributing factors that do not allow for us to move forward in this season: For example, the regions of the province are in various stages of re-opening; the public health officials of different regions have different guidelines to follow; the liability insurance is limited in the way it offers protection for host clubs in terms of liability (if someone were become ill from COVID while attending a provincial event, the host club could be held liable, even if a waiver were signed and there is a campaign underway so as to make this change in legislation, for the future); time constraints, additional equipment requirements and availability of large outdoor spaces that allow for proper social distancing, disinfecting practices and costs associated with cleanliness, PPE, etc.

* A reminder to clubs that Under the emergency order (still in place at the time of this message) and available here https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20223 the only persons permitted to use the facility are members of an organization, league or club. described in paragraph 34.4 of Schedule 2.
**For those who are looking to host their own local event, Clubs are required to comply with conditions in their applicable region/Public Health Unit, such as wearing a mask, limits on gathering size, physical distancing, stringent disinfecting and cleaning and having a contingency plan in place in the event that a participant is unwell and/ or displays symptoms while on the premises, etc. Keeping a list of the participants to do contact-tracing and being able to reach everyone to advise them, should a participant later develop the illness. These conditions will vary based on whether the region is in Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the Provincial re-opening framework.
***More information available here https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages

We thank you (the membership) for your ongoing support and we look forward to a time when we can come together to participate safely in Archery – our sport for life! Respectfully,
Archery Ontario Board of Directors

Serving Our Customers during COVID News Update

We continue to offer a safe environment for our retail customers and continue normal business hours.

Private lessons continue throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and recovery.  Please book a time with us during normal business hours.

Retail customers are advised to call for an appointment also.  In this way, we can control the number of people in the showroom at any given time.  If there are too many customers in the shop, then we ask you to wait in your vehicle and we will wave to you for your turn to enter.

The indoor lanes are closed for general target practice.  They are for use by our beginner students and retail customer bow set-up appointments only.  Outdoor lanes are available by appointment only.

USA-based archery manufacturers have closed down operations including PSE.  Asian manufactured products are subject to quarantine and are being delayed at the border.  Please be patient if you have special orders on-hold.  We will get the product to you as soon as we have it.

Group Session #4:  Kathy Millar has been in touch with pre-paid students who pre-registered.  Group class sizes have been reduced now to 4 persons, or 5 if there are families in the group.  If there is room in Session 4 classes for those who pre-registered but who did NOT pre-pay, then Kathy will be in touch with you directly to see if you are still interested in group lessons in September.

IMPORTANT:  Please use the hand-wipes and/or hand sanitizer spray bottle at the front door when you enter.  Continue to practice physical distancing.  Thank you and stay safe.

All 2020 Outdoor SNAC Sanctioned Tournaments Cancelled

Due to Archery’s Canada policy statement issued on April 9th, 2020, SNAC must cancel its planned summer tournaments:

“The Board has suspended the Federation’s recognition of tournaments in its calendar for the purposes of Canadian records, and Canadian Ranking lists until July 31. Currently registered events will be cancelled on the Archery Canada calendar and no further registrations will be approved until further notice and public health restrictions are lifted.”

Therefore, our nationally-sanctioned CDN900 set for June 24th is cancelled until further notice, as well as our annual 4 x 720 weekend of July 11-12,

We regret this decision, and will keep our members informed if and when we will be able to re-schedule these events.  Keep tuned for further updates.

To read Archery Canada’s entire statement, please use:

Archery Canada officially cancels the Canada Cup and the Canadian Outdoor Archery Championships; registration and recognition of tournaments suspended until July 31.

SNAS Limiting the Spread of COVID-19

South Nation Archery continues to offer a clean environment for its customers and students.

We wanted ensure our guests that we take the coronavirus outbreak seriously, but we continue offering our services, products and programmes as usual.

Here’s what we are doing (for what you can do, please read further):

  1. Doorknobs, Point-of-Sales Machine

These are washed down regularly with vinegar and/or soapy water.

  1. Instructional Equipment

Bow grips – wiped down with vinegar after use

Tabs & Armguards – sprayed with Lysol

Strings – wiped with isopropyl alcohol

Stretch tubing – wiped with vinegar

  1. NEW – Pencils  If you borrow one, please keep it.
  1. NEW – Hand sanitizers at the front door

 

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Wash your hands before you take class.
  2. If you use the washroom during class, wash your hands thoroughly.
  3. If you have a runny nose or other symptoms, please stay home.

2020 SNAC Indoor National Champs Results

Congratulations to all our competitors.  We had some great representation from western Quebec, Ontario and northern New York State.

In particular, we enjoyed the successes of our archers including Quintin Fawcett, Mike Greenough and Pam LeClair who all shot PBs during the event.

Our club results can be found at: https://can.service.ianseo.net/General/CompetitionDetail.php?Competition=2020009

And on our website at:

For full national results, please consult Archery Canada’s website late tonight, March 08th, or first thing tomorrow morning.

Daylight Savings Starts on Regional Indoor Championships Sunday

A friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, March 08, which just happens to be the day that we are holding 2 of the 3 lines for the national indoor regional target championships.

If you have signed up for the morning or afternoon lines, please remember that we move forward one hour.  Don’t forget to adjust your clocks before you go to bed or you’ll be 1 hour late for your shooting time 😉

2020 February WA18M Tournament Results

Thanks to all those archers who participated in our annual February get-ready-for-the-provincial-champs tournament.

We had some good shoot and CanBow badges were earned by Serenity Last and Bryanna Larocque, both recurve archers with a passion for shooting.  Well done both of you!  🙂

Here are the full results from our tournament.

Next tournament is Archery ON 10-ring championship week from February 17-23.  There will be no classes that week.