National Archery in the Schools Program
What is NASP®
NASP® is an activity that doesn’t discriminate based on popularity, athletic skill, gender, size, or academic ability. It’s a different kind of team sport.
It’s open to any student. Its biggest supporters are professional educators. Teams come together around one thing: Archery.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a joint venture between state departments of Education and Wildlife along with several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations.
The program promotes student education, physical education, and participation in the life-long sport of Archery. This two to eight-week archery program focuses on providing International Style Target Archery training in physical education classes for grades 4-12.
The program teaches students to 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).
The aim of the program is to keep kids motivated to stay in school by being involved in a school sponsored activity; the national school dropout rate is 10% and most students (88%) who drop out of schools indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities.
Archery is a great program which is accessible to all students of nearly all ages, gender and physical and mental abilities. Through it, students are learning focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.
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.
NASP® (National Archery in the Schools Program) is first and foremost an in-school program.
The first step to starting a NASP® program in your school is to get the school administration to agree to offer the program in the school during the school day (typically as part of a gym class).
Once the school has agreed to offer NASP® style archery, the next step will be to get the instructor(s) trained. The 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. NASP® Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training courses are offered regularly throughout the year at many locations in each state.
You can find a current list of classes on the NASP website at https://naspbai.org/Classsearch.aspx .
If you do not see a class that meets your needs, you can contact your state coordinator to request training. If you need any more information or have questions, for TN Classes, please contact Don Crawford at (615)781-6542 or Matt Clarey at (931)484-9571.
Once a school decides to teach the program they will need equipment. The total cost for the start-up kit is approximately $3,200.00 depending on the equipment selected.
This will allow up to 10 archers to shoot at one time and includes: 12 Genesis bows (10 RH and 2 LH), 10 dozen (2 boxes) 1820 Easton aluminum arrows, 5 targets, 1 bow rack, 1 Arrow Resistant Net (30’X10’) by BCY Inc., and 1 repair kit.
TWRA offers a $1,000 reimbursable grant to the schools to help with the funding of the archery kit, and other grants from NASP are sometimes available.
We launched NASP in Tennessee in Oct 2004 and now have almost 500 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 4-5 grade, Jr. High 6-8 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.