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Hugh D.H. Soar (1926–2022)

Hugh D.H. Soar (1926–2022)

I just got notified that Hugh Soar has died, which was not unexpected as he was closer to being 100 than 90, but still sad. While one could declare that Hugh was a big fish in a small pond, he was the pre-eminent archery historian of the Western Tradition in the world, in my opinion.

He wrote a slew of books on archery history, all written  in what I call a charming, somewhat archaic, style. I had the honor of editing his last book, The Young at Archery. Other titles included:

Straight and True: A Select History of the Arrow

The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow

The Romance of Archery: A Social History of the Longbow

Secrets of the English War Bow

How to Shoot the Longbow: A Guide from Historical and Applied Sources

Of Bowmen and Battles

Hugh was sought out for his expertise by television shows and other media, and his collection of more than 240 bows and other artifacts is among the finest in the world.

Hugh was a member of the Mary Rose Trust Committee. The Trust’s primary aims are to preserve, display and spread knowledge about the 16th century warship, Mary Rose, which sank in the Solent on 19 July 1545 and was salvaged by the Trust in October 1982. The sixteenth century in England was right in Hugh’s wheelhouse, and the ship contained many, many bow staves and bows and arrow shafts, broadheads, etc.

He received a number of honors in his life and he was a member of quite a few historical archery companies, such as the British Longbow Society, the Royal Toxophilite Society, of which he was General Secretary for eleven years, and he founded the Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica-Mae, whose writings also graced the pages of Archery Focus magazine, and several children and grandchildren.

I am honored to have gotten to work with him.

Originally from A Blog for Archery Coaches.

Getting a Start on Target Panic

Getting a Start on Target Panic

My colleague and good friend, Markus Wagner of Germany, made a comment that wasn’t exactly a question for me to answer, but does provide a topic to explore.

He said. among other things, regarding target panic: “I contend that knowledge of a neurological context is necessary. How does conditioning work in the brain? What is empathy in detail? How to read body language, facial expressions? So, non-verbal communication. Of course, these issues are best dealt with by a educated mental trainer. But a certain basic knowledge should also part of the technical trainers. Unfortunately, I don’t see any such approaches in any of the training systems there.”

Now Markus is a better educated coach/trainer than am I. He has acquired extensive certifications to become a mental sports coach, among other things, and his students have had more than a little success.

I acknowledge, however, that archery coaches are not looking for a university education in sports psychology, so some targeted trainings seem to be desirable.

I suggest the way to begin formulating those trainings would be to create a list questions that need to be answered. Here are a some to get the ball rolling, as they say, and I hope you can contribute more. Possibly we can then take our list of questions and submit them to our archery organizations who would then solicit answers from universities, etc.

So . . .

  1. What is target panic?
  2. Why are the symptoms so varied, even contradictory, e.g. freezing and not being able to loose vs. uncontrolled loosing?
  3. Is the cause mental, physical, or a combination of the two?
  4. How does one treat it?

What would you add to this list?

Originally from A Blog for Archery Coaches.

Easton Pro Staff FAQ

Easton Pro Staff FAQ

Easton Pro Staff FAQ Q-    How do I become a factory-direct Easton Pro Staff/International Staff/Ambassador Staff member? There are fewer than 10 competitors worldwide who are Easton Pro Staff members.  Typically these are archers who: Work actively to promote the sport of archery through their actions and behavior. Already shoot Easton arrows by their […]

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