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The National Archery Association Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the National Archery Association, known today as USA Archery was formed in 1879 to foster and promote the sport of archery.  USA Archery is the organization recognized by the U. S. Olympic Committee for the purpose of selecting and training men’s and women’s teams to represent the United States in Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Pan American Games. USA Archery also selects teams for World Championships and other international competitions annually.  Membership in USA Archery is open to everyone involved in all disciplines of archery.  USA archery sanctions more than 300 events annually and conducts indoor, outdoor and Youth National Championships as well as the United States Archery Team Qualifier Series. The mission of USA Archery is to provide the necessary resources to foster strong athletic participation, competition and training in the sport of archery.
Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that is designed to teach archery to young people over a series of classes taught by a certified archery instructor or coach. JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and teambuilding skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they will learn more advanced techniques. Both recurve and compound bows are used in club activities and in tournaments. JOAD archers who use a compound bow can train to compete in other countries representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. Recurve archers can compete likewise, with the added benefit of being able to use their recurve bow to try out for a spot on the US Olympic Archery team which is selected and managed by USA Archery. Whether your child’s interest is purely recreational or and Olympic, Paralympic, or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s Joad program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.
About OAS Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS) has created a unique archery league for middle schools and high schools.  Students at participating schools have the chance to join their archery team and compete with other teams in the area.  League games will have you on the edge of your seat as archers go head to head in individual and team match play.  Similar to high school tennis teams with singles and doubles matches, the result of each match will determine the outcome of the overall game. Created by the Easton Sports Development Foundation, the program seeks to give youth the opportunity to participate and excel in Olympic-style archery, and thus open opportunities for them in the sport as well as increase our pool of future Olympic team members and gold medal hopefuls.   Although Olympic-level archers will be a small percentage of those who participate, everyone can enjoy the sport of archery.  Not only is archery safe and fun, but it is also a great way to develop focus, self-discipline, build self-esteem, improve hand-eye coordination, and much more. In addition to coach training, participating schools also receive an equipment kit loan from the Foundation so that they can field a full, 10 archer team in the league.  Additional coach training, curriculum, insurance coverage and more are also included.  During the off-season in the fall, the equipment can also be used in PE and after-school programs so that more students have the opportunity to try the sport.  After your first year competing, an additional kit may be requested to start a ‘jv’ team.