2013 Ohio Atlatl Association Events Schedule

April 27 Leo Petroglyph
Ray, OH 45672
(US Rt. 35 to County Rd. 28, left in Leo on Township Rd. 224)
Rendezvous at the Rock – Exhibits and entertainment. OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

June 1 Athens Public Library
Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701 OAA will host atlatl accuracy contests – Ohio locals, ISAC, IASAC, World Atlatl Day team contests. 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

June 7-9 Fort Firelands RV Park
5850 E. Harbor Rd.
Marblehead, OH 43440 OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals, Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

June 22 Athens Public Library
Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701 Atlatl Educational Day Camp. OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

July 13-14 Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351.

August 9 Steve Barnett’s House near Albany, Ohio

That Dam ISAC – IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.
5:00 pm – dark (or thereabouts). Contact Ray Strischek (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351 or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553 more information.

August 10-11 Albany Riding Club
Albany, OH 45710 OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

Aug 30-Sep 1 Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH Flint Ridge Lithic Society Knap-In. – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, flintknapping, crafts, etc. Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351 or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

Sept. 13-15 Lake Snowden
Rt. 32
Albany, OH Fifteenth Annual Ohio PawPaw Festival – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, through Sunday afternoon. Admission fee per car.Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

October 4, 5 and 6 – Mound Festival
Connett Road, cross from the high school
The Plains, Ohio
Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351

October 25-26 Zaleski State Forest, Lake Hope State Park, Zaleski, Ohio Ohio ROAR Days

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, all day Saturday. Camping available.

Contact Ray Strischek for more information, (ohioatlatl@hotmail.com) 740-331-4351or Steve Barnett (barnz@juno.com) 740-698-6553.

2013 Ohio Atlatl Association Events
Events to be added when scheduled.
Please check the WAA Events Calendar for Current Information. www.atlatl.bravesites.com

 

Flint Ridge 2012 – Atlatl and Flint Knapping Event at Flint Ridge State Park in Ohio

WHAT: Flint Ridge 2012 is an extravaganza of Flint Knapping, primitive arts and crafts, and atlatl competitions. There are usually about 200 vendors selling flint, flint knapping kits, copper, gems, primitive bows, atlatls and darts, and all sorts of leather goods completed or in kits along with all sorts of arts and crafts supplies. Vendors start showing up as early as Tuesday to get a good spot and to do some early flint purchases and swaps. Some people bring trailers full of flint from as far away as Texas and New Hampshire. The cost to visitors is $5.00 per car per day.

WHEN: Memorial Day Weekend: Friday August 31, Saturday September 1, and Sunday September 2.

WHAT: Flint Ridge 2012 is an extravaganza of Flint Knapping, primitive arts and crafts, and atlatl competitions.  There are usually about 200 vendors selling flint, flint knapping kits, copper, gems, primitive bows, atlatls and darts, and all sorts of leather goods completed or in kits along with all sorts of arts and crafts supplies.  Vendors start showing up as early as Tuesday to get a good spot and to do some early flint purchases and swaps.  Some people bring trailers full of flint from as far away as Texas and New Hampshire.  The cost to visitors is $5.00 per car per day.

WHERE: Flint Ridge State Park Hopewell Township, Ohio


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WHAT ELSE: There is a mineral shop 1/4 east of the park where people can rent a bucket and shovel and go dig up Flint Ridge flint in the area adjacent to the park.  The park itself has a museum featuring flint and artifacts associated with the park and walking trails through the wooded areas where all the ancient flint mine pits and where Native Americans from 15000 BC to historical times excavated flint for spear and arrow points for personal use and trade.  Flint Ridge flint points spanning Clovis to Archaic times have been found as far west as Oregon, south to Florida, and east to New York.

WHO: If you want to learn to knapp flint, there will be hundreds of people there to learn from.  You just have to ask nicely. Remember, nobody is paid to be there or paid to teach anyone anything.  However, these folks really love what they do and love to share what they know to anyone who seems really interested in learning.

THE AUCTION: Saturday evening, there is a huge auction where vendors provide items to be auctioned in order for the organizing host, The Flint Ridge Runners, to raise money to pay expenses associated with putting on the event.

ATLATLS: The Ohio Atlatl Association sets up an atlatl range on the east side of the activities.  We have a place for beginners to learn and a range for competitions.  We supply atlatls and darts for the beginner.  Competitions consist of the Ohio Accuracy Competition which folks can do three times in a day, and the World Atlatl Association ISAC competition which in limited to once a day.  There are no set times for the competition  as it is much like golf … get at least 3 people, pick up a score sheet, and go for it whenever you are good and ready. The atlatl event is free of charge.

Doug Bassett, current WAA ISAC leader, will be there as will a couple of other former WAA champions.  The highest possible score for the ISAC is 100 with the ability to score 10 Xs.  The X is a small ring inside the bullseye.  Doug Bassett has scored above 90 in the ISAC an astounding 222 times. Doug Bassett has consistently taken home the OAA championship award every year for several years in the Masters event, as has is son Marlin in the Youth Championship.

So, if you never have operated the atlatl and dart and would like to learn, or have your own gear and want to get in on the competitions, or want to learn how to make arrow heads come to Flint Ridge State Park on Memorial Day.

DIRECTIONS TO FLINT RIDGE STATE PARK IN OHIO:

Flint Ridge Park is about 25 miles east of Columbus Ohio, north of I-70.  If you are coming from the direction of Columbus, get off at the Brownsville exit, drive into Brownsville and follow the Flint Ridge signs.  You will basically turn left at the main drag  (SR 40) in Brownsville, then hang and immediate right, drive 3 miles north on Brownsville Rd , and there you are.

If you are coming from the east, get off I-70 at the Gratiot exit before Brownsville, turn left on to SR 40, drive into Brownsville and hang a right on Brownsville Rd, drive north for 3 miles and there you are.

SR-40 is also known as the National Road which used to run between Washington and Columbus but there are only parts of it remaining.

Hope to see you there!

Doug Bassett’s 98XXXX ISAC

Recently, Doug Bassett of New York State, scored a 98XXXX in an ISAC contest (International Standard Accuracy Competition) which is a World Atlatl Association contest in which each atlatlist throws a dart 5 times from 15 meters and 5 times from 20 meters at a target about 4 feet in diameter, numbered 6 to 10X from the outside in. This is done in round robin fashion in which he/she who throws first next throws last, rotating back to first after each thrower has a chance of throwing first. Basically, every throw is a cold throw, just as it would be in a hunting situation. The maximum possible score is 100 with 10 x’s. Since this contest started in 1996, no one has ever scored higher than 98. No one has ever thrown a perfect 100, x’s or no x’s.

The X ring is inside the 10 ring and is about 3 inches in diameter. At 15 or 20 meters it presents an extremely small target. The X ring is suppose to provide for tie breaking, but mostly, it serves as bragging rights, and anyone who gets more than 3 X’s in a contest, regardless of total score, has a lot to brag about.

In the download below, Doug tells his own story about what it was like, dart by dart, stepping up to the throwing line, trying to rid the mind of all the distractions and cobwebs, and gather the concentration needed to put all the many technical steps of the throwing motion together to get that dart to the center of the target. This good atlatl and dart education. Enjoy.

Download Doug’s Story Here

Ohio Atlatl Association Events Schedule for 2011

Posting a tentative 2011 Ohio Atlatl Association list of events (dates and places) from Debbie Andrews, Ray Strischek, Mamerto Tindongan, and Steve Barnett…
  • 4/17 (Sunday)  Wooster
  • 4/30 Leo Petroglyph
  • 5/13  Lake Hope
  • 6/4  Athens Library
  • 6/10-13  Fort Firelands
  • 6/24-25  Athens Library
  • 7/15-17  Flint Ridge
  • 8/12  That Dam ISAC
  • 8/13-14 Albany Riding Club
  • 9/2-4  Flint Ridge
  • 9/16-18  PawPaw Festival
  • 10/7-9 Hocking Hills PowWow
  • 10/15 Hopewell Discovery Days (not yet confirmed)
  • 10/28-29  ROAR
Contact us if you have questions!

Hopewell Discovery Day

This weekend Ray Strischek had a good time demonstrating the atlatl to kids.  It was Hopewell Discovery Day — Chillicothe, Ohio.

This year’s Hopewell Discovery Day had ranger-led earthwork tours, meet-and-greets with archaeologists, kids’ activities, flint knapping and atlatl — or spear-throwing — demonstrations.

More at The Chillicothe Gazette

Ray Strischek and Flint Ridge Atlatling in The Columbus Dispatch

What did you do this Labor Day weekend?  If you were my dad, Ray Strischek, “former world champion” atlatlist, you made your annual pilgrimage to the Flint Ridge Knap-In and had a ton of fun atlatling, teaching kids to throw with the atlatl, and probably geting really sun-burnt.  (Redheads.  We never learn.)

Many thanks to my buddy, Chris, for sending along a link to some nice atlatl reporting The Columbus Dispatch posted yesterday about the Knap-In and my dad’s 15-year love of the game.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

The demonstrations certainly were a hit with the McMurphy boys; Austin, 13; Trenten, 11; and 9-year-old Ethan were quickly practicing their throwing technique at the large square targets.

Trenten said he could understand why prehistoric people used the weapons for hunting, as even his light throws were burying the spears deep into the thick, fiberboard targets. He soon had developed his own throwing style, and practicing even through a brief downpour.

“You have to keep your arm pointed at the target and move your arm forward like you’re swatting a fly,” he said, demonstrating his style. “It’s pretty easy, and very fun.”

I like that fly-swatting analogy!  I often find it difficult to describe the technique.

If you live in the area and missed the event this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2011.

2010 Ohio Atlatl Association Events

Thanks to Debbie Andrews for this list of 2010 Ohio Atlatl Association Events…  Want to print this out?  Download the PDF here.

(Events to be added when scheduled.  If you have questions, please contact Ray.)

April 24

College of Wooster
Behind Lowry Student Center
Beall Ave/University St.
Wooster, OH

In conjunction with College of Wooster’s Archeology Day, OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Event has moved sites on campus to behind Lowry Student Center. Campus map shows parking off of University Street east of Beall Ave.
May 1-2

Hocking College
Nelsonville, OH

First Hocking College Atlatl Competition, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, 11:am –4:00 pm Sunday. ISAC, IASAC, and Ohio contests both days. Free Camping available.  Contact Corey Merritt (Hocking College Atlatl Club) or Mamerto Tindongan (Ohio Altatl Association).

May 14-16

8th Annual Kentucky Knap-In
Jacobson Park (Shelter 7)
4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd.
Lexington KY

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

June 12-13

Fort Firelands RV Park
5850 E. Harbor Rd.
Marblehead, OH 43440

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

June 25-26

Athens Public Library
Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. 9:00 – 5:00 each day, Friday and Saturday.

July 2-4

Hueston Woods State Park
(Old Softball Field near the riding stables)
College Corner, Ohio

OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

July 17-19

Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH
OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

August 13

Steve Barnett’s House near Albany, Ohio
That Dam ISAC – IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals.

5:00 pm – dark (or thereabouts).

August 14-15

Albany Riding Club, Albany, OH

Eleventh Annual Albany OH Atlatl Contests – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Camping available at nearby Lake Snowden, Albany.
September 3-5

Flint Ridge State Park
Brownsville, OH

Flint Ridge Lithic Society Knap-In. – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, flintknapping, crafts, etc. Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

September 17-19

Lake Snowden
Rt. 32
Albany, OH

Twelfth Annual Ohio PawPaw Festival – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl,  through Sunday afternoon. Admission fee per car.

October 29-30

Zaleski State Forest, Lake Hope State Park, Zaleski, Ohio

Ohio ROAR Days – OAA will provide instruction and conduct atlatl accuracy contests. IASAC, ISAC, and Ohio locals. Lots of booths, crafts, pawpaw food and information. Friday evening (4:00) for atlatl, all day Saturday. Camping available.