Florida's Archery in the Schools Program

Boys admiring their target

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is designed to teach International style target archery in 4th-12th grade physical education classes. NASP is a cooperative effort between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida's Department of Education. Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo an 8-hour National Archery in the Schools Program Basic Archery Instructor Training Program.

Lakeland Christian Elementary and High School teams at the NASP State Tournament
Lakeland Christian Elementary and High School teams at the
NASP State Tournament

In February 2004, Florida became the 24th state to offer the NASP training that was developed in Kentucky by their Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

All different size archers on the tournament shooting line
All different size archers on the tournament shooting line

Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement.  In addition, the curriculum provides interesting and creative possibilities for integration with core content in social studies, mathematics, visual arts, history, and English/language arts.

Happy young archer at the state tournament
Happy young archer at the state tournament

Archery is a nondiscriminating sport.  It helps build muscle endurance and flexibility, develop hand-eye-coordination, and grip and body strength. You don't have to be 6-foot 2 and be able to dunk a basketball to participate. Girls can compete with boys, and youngsters with physical disabilities can also participate.

Action from the 10 meter shooting line
Action from the 10 meter shooting line

Students who do not normally participate and enjoy sports-related or extra-curricular activities seem to excel in this program--something that invariably carries over into their attitude, work habits and other school activity.  NASP often inspires after school activities shared by families and friends.  The program teaches discipline, respect and self-control.

Palatka high school archers at the state tournament
Palatka high school archers at the state tournament

How do we get a program in our school and where do we get more information?

Contact Florida's Regional NASP Coordinators



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