Rcherz Hits U.S. Tournament Circuit

Posted by ATA Staff on June 3, 2013 in Archery Growth
Gator Cup Rcherz Rcherz scored three cadet categories at the Gator Cup. It’s the third of USA Archery’s four USAT Qualifier Series events. Photos: Teresa Iaconi
Archers and bowhunters use Rcherz.com and the Rcherz Scoreboard app for everyday tasks like finding competitions, registering for events, and engaging with likeminded archery and bowhunting enthusiasts through the site’s social features.

NEW ULM, Minn. — After successfully scoring major archery tournaments in Europe, Rcherz Scoreboard app made its U.S. debut at the Easton Foundations Gator Cup. The Cup is a United States Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series event and was held at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry, Fla., May 31 to June 2.

Rcherz Scoreboard was used to score three cadet categories on the field. The mobile application is a product of Rcherz, a social network for archers and bowhunters that tracks events and results, while connecting the global archery community.

A record-breaking 310 archers took to the field for a 144-arrow qualification round on Friday. This participation increase rivals what the archery community has enjoyed at other high-profile competitions this year, and it was the catalyst that opened the door for Rcherz.

“Rcherz will score select cadet categories of competition alongside IANSEO, the event’s primary scoring system,” said Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO, prior to the event. “We’ve seen much more interest in archery the past 18 months, and that national buzz is boosting participation numbers across the board. It’s also creating opportunities for new archers and new archery-related platforms like Rcherz and its scoreboard app.”

The scoring system and online platform stands to benefit from the great exposure gained at the Gator Cup. It’s the third of USA Archery’s four USAT Qualifier Series events, where archers competed for a spot on the National Team for archery. In addition to several Olympians and World Champions, the field of competitors included all three 2012 Olympic silver medalists: Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie.

Developed by Bowbook, Rcherz is a Slovakian-based software company that partnered with the Archery Trade Association (ATA) to provide a wireless alternative for scoring archery events. The Rcherz Scoreboard app allows direct entry from competitors and/or judges, while reducing the amount of time and work for tournament organizers. Rcherz also streams live results, making them available at the competition and online for fans.

““The (Easton Foundations) Gator Cup gave us a chance to introduce Rcherz to the U.S. competitive archery community; however Rcherz offers benefits to the casual recreational archer as well,” said Melinda Gable, the ATA’s director of business development. “Rcherz Scoreboard is a simple, helpful tool that archers of all levels can use daily and we’re eager to demonstrate what it can do.”

Archers and bowhunters use Rcherz.com and the Rcherz Scoreboard app for everyday tasks like finding competitions, registering for events, and engaging with likeminded archery and bowhunting enthusiasts through the site’s social features. Rcherz is also a valuable tool for coaches and club leaders, who can easily score competitions online, track their students’ progress, and compare the performance of equipment changes through robust plotting functions.

Rcherz Scoreboard app is free and available through both iTunes and the Google Play store. Interested users can see Rcherz Scoreboard at work here. Later this year, Rcherz will begin releasing archery and bowhunting content including news, tips and how-to’s, feature stories and information for beginners.

For more information about Rcherz, contact Amy Hatfield, ATA communications coordinator, at (803) 275-2257 or by email at amyhatfield@archerytrade.org.