National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)


What Is NASP®?

NASP Logo

Since 2003, the National Archery in the Schools Program has been an approved physical education program in Georgia. Since its beginning in Kentucky in 2002, NASP® is now taught in 14,000 schools, with more than 18 million students having gone through the program.

Educators report that NASP® engages the unengaged; as students who drop out of school have indicated that they were not involved in extracurricular activities. This program is unique in that it crosses gender and strength lines, putting middle school children on an even playing field within their physical education class. In doing this, many children are able to succeed in a sport for the first time.

NASP® Notes

  • First and foremost, safety is a priority.
  • NASP® is oriented to ‘target archery.'
  • Archery is a lifetime skill and is safe, wholesome, and non-controversial.
  • NASP® is suited for the typical 4th–12th grade physical education class.
  • NASP® courses are presented as a part of the in-school curriculum.
  • The course is designed to be at or above national curriculum standards and must be taught in school during the day as a part of the school curriculum. This assures that archery is offered to all students.
  • NASP® is the fastest growing shooting sport in history. It has a spotless safety record and surveys indicate wide spread support from teachers, parents, administrators, and students. We do what we do best-teach the lifetime skill of archery to every child in the school.

Why During School Hours?

From educator surveys, we have learned that teaching NASP® improves student concentration, motivation, engagement, and behavior. Some parents tell us that their child always wants to attend when archery is on the calendar. Of the students who take NASP® in school, 77% say that they had never touched a bow before. If NASP® were only an after-school or club program, certain students might never be able to have that opportunity to discover archery. Transportation issues alone could be a real barrier for some disadvantaged students.

We are glad that many NASP® schools ALSO have an after-school club. These clubs are often lead by parents with a faculty sponsor. However, an after-school only archery program (Scouts, 4-H, JOAD, etc.) cannot be called a NASP® participant and allowed to take part in NASP® tournaments. There have been many instances over the years, where this requirement has led to the adoption of NASP® for all the students in a particular school, which goes back to our guiding principles.

NASP®: Partners, Focus, Content

NASP® is a joint venture between state departments of Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education and participation in the life long sport of archery. The program's focus is to provide Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD)-style target archery training in K–12 physical education classes. The core content of the program covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo a certification process through NASP®.

Safety

The programs safety record has been perfect. There has not been a single accident in any of the schools while participating in the archery program. According to the National Safety Councils Injury Facts 2002 Edition, archery is more accident free than most common sports such as baseball/softball, basketball, football, golf, and tennis.

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2020–2021 NASP® Training Workshops

Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Workshops/NASP® Teacher Workshops

Workshops are open to interested teachers or others volunteering at existing NASP® certified schools or schools interested in becoming NASP certified. NASP® may be taught in both physical education and agriculture classes. Schools do not need to be NASP® certified in order for you to attend. This workshop will provide teachers and others certification as NASP® instructors. Most workshops are 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Upcoming BAI Workshops:

Date
Location
City
10/23/20
Richmond Hill Middle School*
Richmond Hill
10/29/20
Fort Valley
11/5/20
Social Circle
11/13/20
Hahira Middle School
Hahira
4/22/21
Fort Valley
5/6/21
Dearing
6/16/21
Wilbanks Middle School
Demorest

*These BAIs will be conducted outside. Please:

  • Bring plenty of water.
  • If a school’s NASP bow and arrows are available, please bring them.
  • Bring a mask.
  • Bring lunch as we will not leave the site until the conclusion of the workshop.

Register for a workshop.

Advanced Archery Coaches Workshop

Upcoming dates TBA.

District Tournament Host Training Clinic

Upcoming dates TBA.


NASP® Tournament Information

Regional Qualifiers & State Tournaments

Regional NASP® Qualifiers

Important Reminders about Registration for Regional Qualifiers:

  • Registration for all 3 Regional Qualifiers opens Jan. 13 and closes Jan. 17 (late registration, with penalties, available through Jan. 21).
  • Registration is first come, first served.
  • A school can attend any Regional Qualifier where space is available (not restricted to geographic region).
  • Each regional event will accommodate 500 archers. Flights will not be added to any event.
  • T-shirt sizes are collected during regional registration. This information will also be used to order t-shirts for teams that advance to State Championship Tournament. Due to the tight turn-around between Regionals and State, there will not be an opportunity to place an order for a school that fails to provide this information.
  • NASP instructor time sheets must be up-to-date before registering a team for a Regional Qualifier.
Regional NASP Tournament Hosting Documents

2020 State NASP® Championship: March 6, 2020

The following schools have qualified for the Georgia 2020 State Championship:

High School Division
School
Score
Tier
Eagles Nest Christain Home Educators Association
3321
1
Coahulla Creek High School
3282
2
Loganville High School
3282
2
Calvary Christian
3265
2
Central Georgia Arts & Athletics
3259
2
Dodge County
3251
2
Veritas Academy
3238
2
Walnut Grove High School
3237
2
Greater Valdosta Home School Association
3233
2
Wynnbrook Christian School
3230
2
Murray County High School
3195
3
Middle School Division
School
Score
Tier
Loganville Middle School
3258
1
North Whitfield Middle School
3246
1
Hahira Middle
3231
1
New Hope Middle School
3176
2
Dodge County Middle School
3150
2
Lee County: West
3145
2
Vidalia Heritage Academy
3127
2
Eagles Nest Christian Home Ed.
3119
2
Sacred Heart Catholic School
3094
3
Youth Middle School
3074
3
Thompson McDuffie Middle School
3023
3
Elementary School Division
School
Score
Tier
Bay Creek Elementary School
3044
1
Twin Oaks Elementary
2969
2
Sharon Elementary School
2965
2
Loganville Elementary School
2936
2
Woodlawn Elementary
2907
2
Bethlehem Elementary School
2894
3
Walnut Grove Elementary School
2872
3
Lee County Elementary School
2828
3
Hazel Grove Elementary School
2732
3
Youth Elementary School
2708
3
Eastside Elementary School
2700
3

 

Archers Qualified to Shoot as Individuals at the Georgia 2020 NASP State Championship:

High School Division
Name
School
Score
Nathan Dearth
Walnut Grove High School
295
Noah Coleman
Dodge County High School
294
Matthew Russell
Loganville High School
291
Middle School Division
Name
School
Score
Pete Langdale
Hahira Middle School
291
Blakley Martin
Hahira Middle School
291
Josey Harrell
Vidalia Heritage Academy
290
Nate Wilburn
Loganville Middle School
290
Deanna Yancy
Dodge County Middle School
289
Rachel Sapp
Bulloch Academy
288
Kaden Sifford
Lee County Middle School: East
287
Troy Tennell
Dodge County Middle School
287
Abigail Duplantis
Hahira Middle School
286
Analyse Pedraza
Loganville Middle School
285
Elementary School Division

No archers qualified as individuals in the elementary division.

View photos from the 2020 NASP Championship.

National & World Tournaments


Academic Archer Program

NASP Academic Archer Program Logo, bow pointing at target.

What is the Academic Archer Program?

  • Designed to promote and recognize academic excellence among Georgia’s NASP® student archers.
  • A motivational tool available to any school that offers in-school NASP® archery instruction.
  • Designed to motivate NASP® student archers academically.
  • An optional program, available only to participating NASP® schools. Participation is a local decision and in accordance with existing local school policies. 

How is the program implemented?

  • All students that fully participate in an in-school NASP® archery class, and meet local academic criteria for recognition, are eligible to be entered for Academic Archer status.
  • NASP® BAI certified teachers/coaches can enter eligible students for Academic Archer status.
  • The Academic Archer program is independent from any/all forms of tournament participation
  • The designated Academic Archer should maintain a grade point average that establishes them well within existing school GPA criteria for high academic scholarship.
  • NASP® teachers/coaches should monitor archer’s academic progress at each grading period to ensure that the archer remains eligible according to existing school GPA criteria for high academic scholarship. 

How are Academic Archers Recognized?

  • A certificate, suitable for framing, and an Academic Archer shoulder patch will be provided for each student archer designated as a NASP® Academic Archer.
  • Certificates and patches provided to each participating NASP® school by the Georgia DNR. 

Important Dates: Academic Archer Program

  • August–September: Georgia NASP® schools receive information and instructions for participating in the Georgia NASP Academic Archer program.
  • September–April 15: Certified NASP® BAI teachers/coaches register student archers for Academic Archer status and monitors students’ academic progress.
  • April 15: Academic Archer Registration closes for Georgia NASP® schools.
  • April 16–30: Georgia DNR Hunter Development Program Staff prepares and delivers award packets to participating NASP® schools.
  • May–June: Participating schools include recognition of Georgia’s NASP® Academic Archers as a part of their annual awards/honors ceremony.

More Academic Archer Information & News

Academic Archery Program Questions?


More NASP® Information & Teacher Resources

Archery Equipment Information

The basic archery kit contains the following:

  • 10 right-handed Genesis bows
  • 2 left-handed Genesis bows
  • 5 targets
  • 5-dozen aluminum arrows
  • 1 backstop safety net
  • 1 equipment repair kit
  • 1 bow rack

This equipment is available to participating schools at a discounted rate. You may use the NASP website to find order forms.

Equipment News and Available Resources from NASP®:

Possible sources for financial assistance:

  • School Districts general fund: When the administrators are introduced to this program and  see how this is program has positively influenced students across the state in the following areas: attendance, behavior, self-esteem, confidence, on-task behavior, they have been finding the money.
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: http://public.doe.k12.ga.us
  • 21st Century Grants: www.ed.gov
  • Gear-Up Grants: www.ed.gov
  • GON Network
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Ducks Unlimited 
  • Local Merchants sponsoring equipment with their logos on the equipment
  • After-School Alliances grants
  • Rotary Clubs: Their International Program has adopted NASP® as a great program to support: www.rotary.org
  • Sportsmans Clubs
  • BASS Clubs
  • Parents/Citizens involved in fund raising activities
  • Selling Candy, car washes, donations on quilts, donations on a bow
  • Local archery shop or Sportsmans Club hosting a 3-D or indoor tournament all proceeds going  to local school for purchasing archery equipment
  • School hosting an archery tournament for community
  • Grants that target disadvantages students
  • Special needs student funds from local district
  • Currently there is 67+ million dollars of grants that is available through various physical  education grants that directly fit this program & all school systems have grant writers that can assist with this. The disadvantage the grants may take 6 months to a year to be awarded.

Teacher Accolades

In a questionnaire from Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division to teachers, the following comments were made about the physical education course:

  • The kids loved it. There was an increase in student participation during the archery unit.
  • They (the students) loved it!
  • They (the students) were very excited about the program!   

Teachers Report

  • Educators enjoy NASP® as it adds diversity and interest to the classroom. 
  • Archery teaches a life skill to PE students, and the program complies with state and national PE standards.  
  • Teachers remark that the program within their school has improved school attendance, that student behavior is improved, that kids of all genders, sizes and abilities are having success, and that after-school archery clubs are forming. 
  • NASP® helps address the problem that educators need new, effective ways to engage and teach their students. Educators enjoy the NASP® program as it adds diversity and interest to the classroom. 

NASP® within Georgia is a wonderful program that introduces middle school kids to the sport of archery. This sport crosses gender and strength lines, putting middle school children on an even playing field within their PE class.