"There are two ways to do these qualifying tournaments," she explained. "One is to hold head-to-head competitions with nearby schools. Students who participate in those tournaments will get to feel what it's like to compete against shooters from other schools.
"The other way to qualify is to conduct an in-school competition. As many kids who wanted to would be able to participate, and the school's principal would be required to verify the scores.
"For either the head-to-head or the in-school qualifiers, the scores would have to be posted to the National Archery in the Schools Program website by Feb. 22. We'll look at those scores, and will take teams from the top eight schools in each of the three divisions - elementary, middle and high school - as well as the top 10 individual males and top 10 individual females in each division."
In the past, teams had been limited to 12 members. Snodgrass said teams that qualify for this year's tournament would be able to bring up to 16 shooters.
Privately schooled and home-schooled students can also qualify for the tournament, but Snodgrass said their qualifying scores must be approved by a certified Archery in the Schools instructor. The bottom line, she said, is qualifying should make the state tourney a stronger event overall.
"This way, we'll have the best teams and the best shooters in the state competing against one another. We might have a smaller field, but it will definitely be a deeper one."
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