Youth Archery Programs in Arizona
and parents are always on the look out for interesting activities.
can find target archery programs in the Phoenix and Tucson metro
A: Junior Olympic Archery Development or JOAD is
administered by the National Archery Association, NAA. The NAA
is sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee to oversee US Olympic
Archery. JOAD activities range from beginner instruction and
outreach to world championship competition. JOAD missions range
from character development to international championship
Where can I find classes, camps or programs that teach youth
archery or JOAD?
Tip: Take part in several programs multiple times to help
determine if one program is better suited to you than another.
What happens at a JOAD program?
A: Youths are taught the basic safe steps to use a bow and
arrow for target archery by trained and certified instructors.
Tip: The key to getting the most out of JOAD is for the
child to ask for help from the instructors.
When are the sessions?
A: Most Arizona programs are offered once a week. Contact
the "Club" for the schedule.
How much does it cost?
A: Most formal Arizona JOAD programs charge by the
session. Contact the "Club" for the cost. The cost typically
includes instruction, range fee and equipment use fee.
A: Eight sessions is enough time for the instructors to
determine if a youth has potential as an archer. Some will take
the experience and move on. Others will want to take the next
step further in archery development.
What is the next step?
A: Equipment, Coaching and training.
Tip: Set goals, both short range and long range.
Step 1. Purchasing equipment so that the archer can
practice through out the week is typical.
Tip: Purchase equipment that fits right now. It is the
only way to develop proper form now. Without proper form now,
there will be no later.
Step 2. Coaching is available from the club instructors or
from higher level NAA Level 3 and 4 certified coaches. A list
of coaches is available on the NAA website, www.usarchery.org.
A typical coaching schedule ranges from weekly to monthly.
Step 3. Training: Practice needs to be fun and that often
means social. Intermediate and Advanced JOAD club session
provide the fun and social element. Practice can also take
place at an indoor at outdoor archery range or at home.
Where can I find out more information?
A: USA Archery JOAD
Other Links to other organizations and many other are available on
www.azjoad.com. Some of the
best information is available from fellow JOAD archers and their
parents. Many have been where you are going and are eager to
share their experiences.