Key Votes Taken at Board of Directors Meeting
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The USA Archery Board of Directors
met in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 30 and 31. Two new Board members were
welcomed: David Haynes, who replaces Bill Corbin in the Independent Director
seat; and Dee Falks, who succeeds Linda Beck as Coach Director. The first order
of business was to elect a new Chairman of the Board, and Haynes was elected as
the new Chairman for an initial two-year term through 2015.
The meeting kicked off with a discussion of non-profit
governance best practices, led by Kae Rader of Rader Consulting. The Board also
performed their review of the annual audit with outside audit firm Waugh &
Goodwin. USA Archery is in a very strong financial position and the Board voted
to approve the audit and related recommendations.
One of the key votes taken during the meeting was a decision
to approve the establishment of a college archery program within USA Archery. A
task force will be created to advise USA Archery on the development of this new
program. USA Archery feels that a college program within the organization will
support many key initiatives, from grassroots development to elite athlete and
As part of this meeting, USA Archery Board members also
heard updates from staff program leads, in the areas of High Performance,
National Events and Outreach activities. Exciting new programs include Explore
Archery, which offers communities a turnkey option for starting archery
programs. Also in the works for 2014: updated instructor certification
materials, and new resources for archery clubs.
Membership has seen significant growth in the past twelve
months, with over 12,800 individual members as of May 2014. This continues the
trend seen over the past five years, with membership increasing each year since
The Barebow division was also discussed. During the November
Board meeting, it was determined that USA Archery would follow World Archery
guidelines related to what classes were offered at National events. This eliminated
the traditional categories and the Barebow division at all events except the
U.S. National Field Championships. This change has been fully implemented for
the upcoming U.S. National Target Championships.
However, due to a strong increase in Barebow participation
during the U.S. National Indoor Championships, the elimination of this division
within that event has been put under review, and barebow will be a part of the
U.S. National Indoor Championships for 2015. In the meantime, USA Archery staff
will be working on a more comprehensive policy related to when and how
divisions are added and removed from competitions.
A new policy was approved that addressed instances where
athletes were unable to attend a required USAT event due to required military
service, death in the immediate family or serious injury preventing the athlete
from competing. Click here to review this complete policy.
The Board of Directors is slated to meet again in person in
November of 2014 and will perform conference calls between now and then to conduct
additional business between the two meetings.