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County of Worcester Archery Association
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County of Worcester Archery Association

The Worcestershire County Squad shoots several matches against other County Squads during the outdoor season, culminating in the Inter-Counties Match at Lilleshall in October.

Each match will require a different team constitution, depending on the resources aall_invailable to the two Counties involved. In the lead-up to an event the two Team Managers will negotiate the numbers of different types of archers who will make up the final team. The Managers will then invite a Squad that will give them the best chance of putting in a winning performance. Once the results from the match are in, the Team Manager will select the archers with the best scores to form the actual team.

To be eligible for selection to the Squad archers must be affiliated to Worcestershire. Apart from that, the Team Manager is free to choose who ever they feel gives the PICT0025County the best chance of winning the forthcoming match. One of the key tools for guiding the Manager is performance at the County Trials, which are held every April. The 2017 minimum criteria for invitation to the Trials are as follows:

Gents Recurve: 1st class + 40H/C (or better)
Ladies Recurve: 2nd class + 50H/C (or better)
Gents Compound: Bowman + 21H/C (or better)
Ladies Compound: 1st class + 34H/C (or better)
Gents Longbow: Bowman (or better)
Ladies Longbows: all
Juniors: 1st class (or better)

 Because this produces a large number of candidates the Team Manager will also take into consideration scores set at a 12 dozen rounds (of the appropriate distance) the previous season (e.g. York/FITA for Gents, Hereford/FITA for Ladies). The official document is here. Your Club Records Officer will be asked to submit the names of likely candidates well in advance of the Trials, so you need to make sure he is on the ball.

As explained above, when shooting at a match the Squad will be bigger than the final team. Archers who make the actual team (at least once in a season) are awarded a “County Bar”, which is presented at the County AGM in December. Archers who shot as Squad members, but who did not make the team, will have their contribution recognised with a certificate.

The County Team Manager is appointed by ballot at the CWAA AGM in December. Any archer can stand for the post. The current Manager can always be contacted by e-mail here.

Squad Training

The CCO, in conjunction with the Team Manager, arranges a program of Squad training, and eligible archers will be kept informed. Also keep an eye on the Coaching page of this site for relevant events.

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