Maybe you discovered bows and arrows at summer camp, a birthday party or rec program this summer. Or you might be a fan of the sport, watching World Cups every chance you get. Whatever your reasons for loving archery, there are plenty of ways you can try archery at school this fall.
National Archery in the Schools Program
This nationwide program, called “NASP,” reaches millions of students each year through archery classes integrated into physical education programs. NASP offers state, national and even international tournaments, but you must qualify as part of your school team. Find out if your school offers NASP.
This new program from USA Archery is specifically geared toward schools, park and recreation departments and other community organizations. Explore Archery is the perfect introduction to the sport. You’ll learn about safety and how to shoot a bow, and earn awards for your successes. Locate a program near you.
Olympic Archery in Schools
According to their website, Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS) has created a unique archery league for middle schools and high schools. Students at participating schools can join their archery team and compete with other teams in the area. Find out whether one of five OAS conferences is near you.
Scholastic 3D Archery
This organization is designed to drive interest in “youth and high school 3D archery competition as an after school program.” Scholastic 3D Archery’s website offers more information about membership and tournaments.
Junior Olympic Archery Development
Don’t let the name fool you – JOAD clubs welcome newcomers and advanced archers alike. Pronounced “joe-add,” this club program offers ongoing archery lessons, achievement awards AND the chance to compete. This program may be found in schools, but is also hosted by clubs nationwide. Locate a club now.
For College Students
Whether you’ve tried archery before or are new to the sport, there are lots of opportunities to check out archery in college. Many colleges have existing clubs, and it’s simple to start a club of your own, too. There are plenty of chances to succeed, including collegiate competitions and All-American honors. Learn more about USA Archery’s Collegiate Archery Program, or check out US Collegiate Archery.
Remember, if you can’t find archery at school, you still can learn more about the sport and continue with archery. You can find a local retailer, get lessons from a certified archery instructor or coach, or work with others to start an archery program in your community.