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Archery is where your child participates in a sport, develops strong problem solving skills, increases their focus and determination, learns goal setting, builds confidence and creates friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery's Youth programs are tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.

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Explore Archery

Explore Archery is an innovative education program focused on introducing beginners of all ages and abilities to the lifelong sport of archery. In Explore Archery, students earn achievement awards through active participation in individual and team-building activities. The focus is on building fundamental skills, a competitive edge and a bit of creativity – not on athletic ability or perfect scores.

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Let us introduce you to our Junior Olympic Archery Development Program - We call it "JOAD". JOAD is a nationwide program where certified coaches provide instruction for youth archers to help them progress in the sport at their own pace. If you are new to archery and are looking for an introductory program, like Explore Archery, JOAD has what you need to get started! You'll learn important skills, play exciting games and earn awards for developing fundamental skills and scoring achievements. JOAD clubs offer training and event preparation for all archery disciplines and many clubs have rental equipment available, so that you can try archery first before investing in equipment.




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Through our system of rewarding excellence, archers have the opportunity to earn awards for their scores, which become progressively more challenging as the archer’s skill level increases. This program helps archers set goals and measure progress to achieve their personal best.

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Adaptive Archery

Archery is a sport that has no limits: age, gender or ability. USA Archery coaches have access to adaptive coaching resources and can help archers overcome any challenge to entering the sport. Many adaptive archers have found therapeutic benefits, independence and self-confidence through pursuing the sport at either a recreational or competitive level.

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If you choose to pursue competitive archery, USA Archery sanctions many local, state and regional tournaments and hosts a series of national events each year. Many archers are drawn to competition for opportunities to travel, make and see friends from around the nation, and challenge themselves to aim higher. Learn the fundamental rules of archery competition without leaving your home range via USA Archery’s quarterly Virtual Tournament.

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Event Reference Guidebook

New to competitions? Our USA Archery Event Reference Guidebook has everything you need to know for your first USA Archery event, and is a great quick refresher if you've competed before.

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