The Adult Archery Program is a program of USA Archery that allows adults to learn proper shooting technique, achieve awards based on score, and pursue competition if they wish, during a series of classes taught by a certified coach or instructor.
Similar in scope to USA Archery’s Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program, the Adult Archery Program is a logical “next step” for adult archers pursuing this lifetime sport.
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What does the Adult Archery Program offer the archer? In addition to receiving clear instruction and coaching via our National Training System, membership in an archery program provides unique benefits to adults, including the opportunity to make new friends, a great upper-body workout, the chance to build self-confidence, and learn team-building skills. Through our system of rewarding excellence, students have the opportunity to earn awards for their scores, which become progressively more challenging to achieve as the archer’s skill level increases.
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Archery ranges, pro shops and other groups also receive significant benefits when hosting an official USA Archery Adult Archery Program, including valuable insurance coverage, which is typically required by any venue which will host an archery program or tournament.
USA Archery has consistently found that archery ranges and pro shops that host a JOAD or Adult Archery Program enjoy increased customer satisfaction and referrals, as well as growth in equipment sales and practice range revenue.
Archers using recurve, compound and traditional bows, as well as Para-archers, are welcome to join the Adult Archery Program, and competitive divisions are offered for each. Archers of any age are also encouraged to participate in tournaments; archers are welcome to compete in the Senior division at any age (usually ages 20 and older); beginning at age 50, archers can also choose to compete in the Masters age group.
Archers and Para-archers who use a recurve or compound bow can pursue competition in local, regional and USA Archery national events, and can also participate in the organization’s USAT Qualifier Series in hopes of earning a spot on the United States Archery Team (USAT) or Para-USAT. Compound and recurve shooters can also work toward qualifying for a World Cup, Pan Am Games or World Championship team; recurve archers have the added benefit of using their bow to participate in the Olympic Team Trials, which is also facilitated by USA Archery.
Whether your interest in archery is purely recreational, or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s Adult Archery Program is designed to help you pursue all that archery has to offer. Click here to start your Adult Archery Program today. Click here to order your Adult bronze, silver, and gold pins.