USA Archery Rocks Out With
New Outreach Programs and
Event News USA Archery Rocks Out With New Outreach Programs and Event News

It’s been a busy year for USA Archery… and it’s only February. First, the organization announced at the ATA Trade Show that it’s debuting a program called Explore Archery, designed as a first-step option for communities wishing to introduce archery programs. Explore Archery, funded by the Archery Trade Association and developed cooperatively, is expected to formally launch this spring.

The organization, which is the national governing body for U.S. Olympic archery programs, also announced that it’s making valuable marketing materials available to its clubs. All registered Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and Adult Archery Program (AAP) clubs will be able to purchase these snazzy banners, which can be used to inspire archers or market the club at events. Fun fact: The banners feature the uber-cool USA Archery – U.S. Olympic Committee – U.S. Paralympics combined logo, with the Olympic Rings and the Paralympic Agitos next to USA Archery’s bow-and-arrow artwork.

USA Archery is famous for training Olympic teams, but they're also focused on bringing archery to kids nationwide.

USA Archery is famous for training Olympic teams, but they’re also focused on bringing archery to kids nationwide.

What’s a Mail-In Tournament? It’s a competition archers enter by shooting a score at their archery club, and have the club’s leader submit it via email to USA Archery. Archers’ scores are then compiled to determine national results in team and individual categories. In keeping with the rising popularity of archery since “The Hunger Games,” the 4th Quarter Mail-In Tournament enjoyed its own participation surge with record-setting registrations.

If archery tournaments are your thing, USA Archery has a lot going on there, too. The organization’s U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships – commonly called the “Indoor Nationals” – are filling quickly, but there’s still time to register at one of the event’s 11 locations. Meanwhile, the AAE Arizona Cup is nearing record registrations. This tournament is a World Ranking Event, the first of four U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series Events, and traditionally the outdoor “season opener” for target archery.

Finally, USA Archery has announced a format and tentative schedule for the U.S. National Target Championships and Easton JOAD Nationals – known as the “Outdoor Nationals.” This major event, held in July, is switching from the traditional four-distance “FITA Round” to a single-distance format to conform with recent World Archery format changes.

If one thing is certain, it’s that 2014 will be anything but quiet for USA Archery as the organization responds to the soaring popularity of bow-and-arrow sport.

Find a store near you.