One of the new changes for Ryli is that yes, we have a new coach. Shawn Riggs. He is a recurve specialist who competes himself. Ryli has only had one session with him, and yesterday was the second time she had met with him. He observed her for a bit, talked to her during break, and asked her some questions. He watched her shoot a couple more ends, and figured out the issue. Fixed it and she was back in the game.
Shawn had given Ryli four things to work on since their first session. Grip, foot position, body position towards the target, and left shoulder positioning. Plus, he has her moving her arrow count up gradually during practices. So far, so good. Ryli is a great listener and is eager to learn and improve.
What Shawn noticed yesterday, was that Ryli was forcing her elbow down before her release. This can cause injury in the future as we learned from Shawn and another coach. As well, it changes her anchor point each time she forces it down. If it's natural for her elbow to be a bit higher, than we let it be. We are all built differently and what comes natural to us, may not seem so perfect to some others. We would only be forcing her joints to move where they don't belong and cause injury and put strain on her body. Shawn will be working on this with Ryli further at their next session. He simply told her for now, "just shoot how it feels natural". She did, and her shots were all consistent, grouped and mostly in the yellow and red :)
Ryli's next session with Shawn is in April as he is leaving for a competition in Arizona. Plus, he is in Kitchener and we are in London. So, only once a month will she have a one on one coaching session in Kitchener at Colby and continue to shoot 3 times a week here in London at the Archer's Nook.
There will also be some equipment changes for Ryli as she will be starting to shoot with shorter limbs till she's fully grown, then she will change back to mediums. She will also see a clicker in her near future :)
Ryli after her talk with Shawn. She felt so much better mentally and physically.
Ryli happy with her shooting. She shot her personal best by beating last years score by 150 points!!
Scoring the last end of the indoor season.