With tournament season on the horizon for fall, the Wilson College Archery Club ends the year low on funds to prepare for next year’s busy competition season. The club currently receives no support from the college, in part because they have not registered with WCGA as a club.
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As a result, the few students involved in the sport and the professor who advises it, both must pay out of their own pockets in order to participate. Archery currently has six students on its team.
Odrun Stevens, Prof. of Mathematics, is the club’s advisor. Stevens is a NADA (National Alliance for the Development of Archery) certified Level 2 archery instructor, and offers practice for members once a week, on Sunday evening. However, according to Stevens, the Club “did not practice enough to be prepared” for the current tournament season. He says he hopes to offer Archery for two nights beginning in fall 2010 in order to adequately prepare for the 2010-2011 academic year.
The price to pay
The team has been competitive in the past, winning and setting a “state record which still stands,” says Stevens.
During this time, the Club was also registered with WCGA to receive apportionments and also conducted fundraising to pay for the remaining costs of competing.
The cost for each student to participate in a state or national tournament can cost from $30.00 to $150.00, which is the fee to shoot. Each archer must also be a member of a state or national organization for an annual fee of between $30.00 and $50.00 dollars. However, this does not cover the costs for hotels, food, and travel to tournaments. While the cost to participate may seem relatively low, according to Stevens there are several competitions taking place during the upcoming year: the National Archery Association competition at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. in the fall and the Pennsylvania State Archery Association Championships (PSAA) in Harrisburg, Pa. in spring.
Without WCGA apportionment, Stevens has personally provided funding for students memberships in PSAA, saying, “I pay all shooting fees for individuals and the team. I also paid the fee to make Wilson College Archery Team a member of the PSAA. Total cost of shooting fees for the Wilson College Archery team at the last tournament was $300.00.”
One Archery Club student member believes that responsibility for funding should ideally rely on contributions from its members. Club member Elizabeth Musgreave, ’11, believes that given the minimum level of current student involvement, funding from students members alone is fair. But if the Club acquired more members says Musgreave, the Club’s situation may need to change. “There needs to be more student involvement. We’re considered a club, but if only one student is involved, is it a club? If a club can’t pull people in, why be a club? We’re a club because we sustain our own club, not the school. Without participation, the money has to come from us.”
Without more student participation to qualify as an official student club, Archery will continue to exist outside of WCGA apportionment funding. According to Stevens, “The year’s interested students have all the records and necessary papers to renew official club status…If I could do it on my own, I would.” For those interested in joining the Archery club, more information about archery and collegiate level participation can be found at USA Archery.