This manual was created through a partnership between Disabled Sports USA and USA Archery to help archery instructors incorporate archers of all abilities into existing archery programs. This partnership is a part of Disabled Sports USA’s Adapt2Achieve program, which aims to strengthen and develop community-based sports programs through adaptive sports training and education initiatives.
USA Archery has a library of helpful video content on topics such as shooting from a wheelchair, using a prosthetic or shoulder release, how to make a mouthtab, and more. These videos were made available with the generous grant funding from Veterans Affairs (VA) Adaptive Sports.
The VA Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events provides a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans training in Paralympic sports, as well as certain disabled Veterans selected for or competing with the national Olympic Team, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and Section 703 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008.
USA Archery follows World Archery event rules and conforms to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) guidelines.
To review the World Archery rule book please visit www.worldarchery.org/rules.
A wide variety of adaptive archery opportunities exist, starting with recreational and developmental programs, to competitive events at the local, state, national and international levels, including the Paralympic Games and World Archery Para Championships. For more information on upcoming event opportunities, visit the USA Archery sanctioned event schedule.
IPC and USOC guidelines require USA Archery Para competitors to be classified by a certified national or international classifier who is trained with a medical background and in aspects of archery skills. It is important to note that these Paralympic classifications do not encompass all archers with disabilities (e.g. those with cognitive disabilities), yet, all archers are permitted to take part in competition alongside their able-bodied peers.
After an archer has been classified, he or she will be put into a shooting category. There are four shooting categories in World Archery. They are usually divided into men and women as follows: