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NASP® - National Archery in the Schools Program

What is NASP®?

NASP® is an in-school archery program for students in grades 4-12. The archery curriculum was written by education, conservation, and target archery experts to meet state and national educational standards.

Archery instruction

What do the students and instructors have to say about NASP®?

NASP® improves student motivation, attention, behavior, attendance, and focus! Students are engaged in the educational process while improving micro and macro motor skills, listening skills, and observation skills, while simultaneously building character and self-reliance.

How does a school get started in NASP®?

  1. Send proof of permission to begin NASP® from the school’s Principal and/or Athletic Director to ODFW’s Assistant Hunter Ed coordinator.
  2. Attend a hybrid 4 hour field day with online class, or a 1-day, 8-hour class to obtain your Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification. All NASP® instructors must have a BAI certification.
    1. Certifications are provided by ODFW at no cost to teachers employed by the school. Parent volunteers or non-profit organization volunteers need to pay the $40 for class materials.
    2. Visit to find upcoming BAI classes, make sure to sign up for class notifications. As of February 2024 ODFW will be offering a limited number of NASP certification classes each year throughout the state. Contact the Assistant Hunter Ed coordinator for upcoming classes or go to to find a current list of classes, you can request there to be notified when new classes are posted.
  3. Get equipment! At this time ODFW is offering archery kit grants to schools (private and public) at a 50% match grant. This means once we receive approval from your school district and you take a certification class, you will be eligible for the following grant. The grant will be structured as such: ODFW will order half of the kit, shipped to your school, and provide NASP with approval for your school to order the remaining items.
    1. Equipment kits are regularly priced around $3,500. Kits include:
      1. 10 right-handed Genesis bows
      2. 2 left-handed Genesis bows
      3. 5 dozen arrows
      4. 5 targets
      5. 1 arrow curtain
      6. 1 bow rack
      7. 1 equipment repair kit
  4. Start shooting!
    1. NASP® must take place for 10+ hours per year during the regularly scheduled school day.
    2. Schools can also build a NASP® After-School Club.
    3. Students are encouraged to compete within the state and nationally, where they can win scholarships for any post-secondary education.

Do you have to use the equipment in the kit?

Yes! The equipment provided in the kit is the only type of equipment allowed in the program. That is because NASP® strives to provide a universal fit:

“Archery Equipment used in NASP® is highly standardized to be safe, durable, economical, and most importantly, universal fit for almost every student. In NASP® learning the “process” of shooting is stressed far more than arrow scores. The only bow used in NASP® is a “Genesis®” compound which has no let-off and is adjustable from 10-20 pounds in draw weight at any draw length. Only full-length aluminum arrows are used in NASP® to fit every student and to preserve NASP®’s perfect safety record. Sights, release aids, and stabilizers are kept out of NASP® to facilitate equipment sharing among students in archery class. Finally, NASP® students are taught to shoot at an international, 80 centimeter target face. While students start learning at an “always hit” distance of 5-7 yards or meters, competitive distances in NASP® are 10 and 15 meters.” (

How safe is archery?

“People of all ages participate in archery, and it’s being taught in safe environments from gyms to fields because sound training protocols were developed, instituted, and followed. As a result, educators are introducing archery to youths to develop a deep appreciation for the sport while boosting their self-esteem, self-discipline and life-long skills.”

– Todd Roggenkamp, Deputy Director of Education – Safari Club International   Foundation

Archery is very safe! There have been no reported incidents in the NASP® program to date. Data shows that archery is much safer than popular school sports like basketball, football, soccer, and softball:  More info.

To learn more about NASP®, visit
Current rules and regulations (pdf)

NASP® Academic Archer

Academic Archer is an optional program created in 2015 to give recognition to in-school NASP® archers who have achieved academic excellence. Criteria for Academic Archer is determined locally, between the NASP® Instructor and the school’s Principal and/or Athletic Director. “All students that fully participate in an in-school NASP® archery class or participate on the school archery team at a recognized NASP® school and meet local academic criteria for recognition, are eligible to be entered for Academic Archer status” (Academic Archer Criteria). Instructors are able to enter Academic Archers into, and the Academic Archers will automatically be entered to win 1 of 10 free Genesis bows and specially marked Easton arrows, which will be given away each year by NASP® prior to the national NASP® tournament. For more information, see the Academic Archer Criteria.

Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA)

Program Overview

Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) began in Kentucky in 2012 and was introduced to Oregon in December of 2016. S3DA is a community-based, next-step archery program tailored for students in grades 3-12. Essentially all types of archery equipment set-ups are allowed, and there are three main competition formats: indoor target, outdoor 3D, and outdoor target. 

What does an S3DA club do?

S3DA clubs provide a place and time on a regular basis for archers to come practice, improve their technique, and have fun. Clubs use an S3DA kit (TBD) to introduce newcomers to the sport of archery, and also to introduce existing archers to other types of equipment and competition formats. Certified coaches use archery games and other techniques to improve archers’ shooting form and help the archers set and achieve goals. S3DA is a very flexible program and able to accommodate most any situation.

S3DA Competition Structure

Each of the three competition formats in S3DA have their own season:

  • Indoor Target: December – February
  • Outdoor 3D: March 18th – end of May
  • Outdoor Target: June 19th – 2nd week in July

Within these seasons, S3DA archers are invited to compete amongst themselves (league format), locally with other clubs, and eventually, the state of Oregon will host a series of regional competitions and a state competition for each tournament type. After participating in the State tournament, archers are encouraged to compete at Nationals, where high school archers compete for scholarships. Tournament dates will be announced on this site.

Who can start an S3DA club?

Anyone from archery shop owners to archery enthusiasts can start their own club! Schools cannot start an S3DA club unless the club will be open to all members of the community and not restricted to only the students that attend the school.

S3DA Triple Crown
View photos of the
2017 S3DA Triple Crown
- ODFW Photos -

How does an S3DA club get started?

Contact Oregon’s S3DA coordinator Craig Delarm
Phone: 541-539-9873

Or visit the S3DA website:

We also offer Bow Hunter Ed with the option to receive your blue card to hunt out of state see: for class dates or contact the Assistant Hunter Ed coordinator for the potential to schedule a class.

Also, on MyODFW you can find our other intro to archery classes for adults and youth.

Calendar of Events

For NASP: please visit the NASP web site to view and register for certification classes.
For S3DA, please contact for class information.

For additional archery events, please view “Shoot Card” and other resources, below.


Oregon Bow Hunters
Oregon Hunters Association
National Field Archery Association (NFAA)
USA Archery
Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD)
Archery 360
Current NASP® Schools and Organizations
S3DA Clubs


Monthly Volunteer Time Log (pdf)
National Archery in the Schools Program Flyer (pdf)
Scholastic 3D Archery Flyer (pdf)
Volunteer Opportunities


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