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Archery in the Schools Program

“Not everyone can dunk the ball, tackle, or run fast. However, as a young lady from Hubbertville School said, “I can do this!”

A physical education curriculum entitled, Archery: “On Target for Life” was started by the Kentucky Department’s of Education and Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Resources in the spring of 2002.  A similar program was implemented in 16 of Alabama's middle schools in 2003.

Approximately 75 Alabama middle schools applied for inclusion in the pilot program conducted during the spring of 2003.  A committee comprised of State Department of Education and Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries employees picked two schools from each of the eight state school districts for inclusion in the program.  The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries provided the equipment to each of the 16 pilot schools.   

Designed to teach Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) style archery programs to 4th-12th grades as part of an in school curriculum to improve educational performance and participation.  Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo a 8-hour National Archery in the Schools Program archery-training program.

Students shoot at bullseye targets placed before an arrow resistant net in their gymnasium. Equipment used is state-of-the art and designed to fit every student. Thanks to support from the archery industry, the $5,000 equipment “kits” can be purchased by schools for $2,953.  The goal of this program is to provide middle school children with the ingredients to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers.  Unlike many school activities, students of all sizes can easily be involved in archery. 

Teachers from approximately 500 schools have completed the training workshop.  Approximately 320 schools have purchased the standard school kit and have implemented the NASP as part of the physical education curriculum. 


Archery in the Schools

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Click here to download an Archery Trade Association (ATA) pdf brochure on school archery programs

Teachers Report:
  • Students are enthusiastic about learning archery
  • Student behavior and attendance is improved on archery days
  • Students that historically resisted PE class are eager to participate in archery
  • Students who excel in archery class are not only the stereotypical athletes


“Floyd Middle Magnet School pursued implementation of the National Archery in Schools Program to introduce students to one of many outdoor recreational activities.  It is beneficial to introduce students to life skills such as archery, hiking, boating, camping, fishing, and rock climbing.   These activities can be pursued throughout a lifetime by people of all physical stature and abilities.  In a time when obesity is at an all time high among our young people, we welcome another venue of healthy physical activity for our students.”  Ron Ashley, Physical Education Teacher, Floyd Middle Magnet School - Montgomery, AL

“The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division is extremely pleased teachers and students have enthusiastically embraced Alabama's National Archery in Schools Program.  Archery is a lifetime skill suitable for everyone.  We welcome the opportunity to assist in implementing this program throughout Alabama."  Corky Pugh, Director - Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries


Coach Ron Ashley of Floyd Middle Magnet
School and a student learning the basics
of olympic style archery.

Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries employees will conduct a National Archery in The Schools Program Basic Archery Instructor Training Workshop at the following locations:

 If you do not see a workshop that meets your needs, we can schedule one at your school.   We will need to use your school's gymnasium from 8-5.  Call us and we will schedule a training date: 334-242-3620.

August 5, 2014 Curry Middle School
Jasper, AL (Walker County)


Click here to download a pdf document regarding Alabama's Archery in the Schools Program



To learn more about the program and to make this physical education curriculum available to your student body contact Marisa Futral, Hunter Education Coordinator of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at 1-800-245-2740 or e-mail Marisa.Futral@dcnr.alabama.gov

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