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July 19, 2019

Regional Elite Development (RED) Program Expands to Include and Rebrand Compound Junior Dream Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – We are pleased to announce that the Regional Elite Development (RED) program will be expanded to include and rebrand the Compound Junior Dream Team (CJDT) in 2020. In 2019 USA Archery implemented the REDProgram,effectively combining, rebranding and expanding the former Recurve Junior Dream Team (JDT) and Regional Dream Team (RDT) programs to create a singular recurve athlete development program. Under this new model, the original concept of JDT and RDT was preserved, but expanded to focus on the development of the total athlete, as well as the athletes’ personal coaches. In 2020, USA Archery will host combined Compound and Recurve RED Program camps in each region.

USA Archery will begin reviewing applications for the 2020 RED Program following the final United States Archery Team (USAT) event of the calendar year. Priority will be given to individuals appointed to the Cadet USAT for the following year. Individuals who do not make Cadet USAT but are committed to a program of preparation to make a future USAT and desire to represent the United States on future international teams are encouraged to apply to the RED Program.

RED Program Overview

The program will consist of six teams throughout the United States, divided into the following regions: East, Southeast, South, North, West, Southwest.

RED Team East – ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA

RED Team Southeast – KY, NC, SC, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL  

RED Team South – TX, OK, AR, LA

RED Team North – ND, SD, MN, NE, IA, WI, IL, KS, MO, IN, MI, OH 

RED Team West MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, ID, WA, OR

RED Team Southwest – NV, CA, AZ, HI, AK

The RED teams will each consist of 12 select promising male and 12 female archers ages 13-17 per region in both the compound and recurve divisions. Each regional team will host 2-4 camps per year to develop high performing athletes for the sport. All camps will be 3-4 days long. The top two male and female archers per division in each region will be selected to attend the National Camp. 

The RED Program Development Guide outlines the framework for how athletes will be developed. RED Program Coaches will coach, teach and lead in accordance with USA Archery’s Code of Conduct, High Performance Ethos and guidelines from the U.S. Center for SafeSport and USADA. RED coaches will teach athletes in a manner consistent with the direction and philosophies set forth in the USA Archery Regional Elite Development Curriculum aimed to develop the USA Archery Competencies.

The RED Program is designed to develop personal coaches as well as athletes. Personal coaches will be encouraged to work as a team with the RED coaches to develop their athlete together.

Interested athletes should review the RED Program Selection Criteria and may apply by completing the online application found here, by October 31, 2019.

Coaches may apply by completing the online application found here by August 17, 2019.

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