National Archery in the Schools Program
The National Archery in the Schools Program (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, physical education and participation in the life long sport of Archery. The program’s focus is to provide International Style Target Archery training in physical education classes grades 4-12.
This is a physical education curriculum entitled, Archery: "On Target for Life" co-created by the Kentucky Departments of Education and Fish & Wildlife Resources. It can also be taught in math, history, science, health or wellness classes.
This is a two to eight week archery course designed to teach International Style target archery in 4th–12th grades. The students shoot at bulls-eye targets placed in front of an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. The core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening, physical fitness and self improvement which is necessary in order to participate in and enjoy the sport of archery as a lifetime activity. The safety and instructional guidelines were adopted from the National Archery Association (NAA) and the National Field Archery Association (NFAA).
Before presenting the program, schools must send at least one teacher to an 8 hour training course to become a certified archery instructor. This training is conducted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
In this curriculum are reading and writing assignments, physics and science projects, history lessons and other essential scholastic achievements that turn a simple recreational activity into a fun and powerful learning experience.
The total cost for the equipment is approximately $3,000.00. This includes: 12 Genesis bows (10 RH and 2 LH), 5 dozen 1820 Easton aluminum arrows, 5 targets (Rinehart, Morrell or Block), 1 bow rack, 1 Arrow Resistant Net (8’X30’) by BCY Inc., and 1 repair kit from Pape’s. We offer a $1,000 reimbursable grant to the schools to help with the funding of the archery kit.
We launched NASP in Tennessee in Oct 2004 and now have 265 schools from across the state participating. We were the 17th state to join this new and exciting program. At this time there are 48 U.S. states, Australia, Mexico and Nova Scotia/Canada participating in the program with other states and countries (Japan, parts of Europe) coming on board each month.
The TWRA conducts a Tennessee State NASP tournament each year and the winners of each of the three divisions (elementary 4-6 grade, Jr. High 7-8 grade, High School 9-12 grade) and top males and females get an automatic bid to compete at the National Tournament, which is held in Louisville, KY.
The national school dropout rate is 10%. Most students (88%) who drop out of schools indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities. Archery taught by NASP is accessible to all students of nearly all ages, gender and physical and mental abilities.
Educators are reporting that NASP "engages the unengaged" and inspires students to greater achievement in school. As far as safety is concerned, archery is safer than all ball sports except table tennis and extra insurance is not required by the schools to teach archery.
More specific and detailed information is available at www.archeryintheschools.org.