Youth Archery

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.

Join An Amazing Community

Archery gives you a community, friends to last a life-time and opportunities to travel and compete. Grow as an individual in a community that supports you and also fosters team building. Archery is a sport that is has something to offer for everyone – join other passionate athletes and start aiming for your dreams!

Olympic Archery in the Schools Program

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. 

Track Your Progress

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.

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.


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.

Become a Member

Membership benefits include archery sanctioned tournaments, insurance coverage, and access to the achievement award program, the monthly newsletter and more. Your membership helps support our athletes at all levels from grassroots to developmental programs, and the Olympic, Paralympic and U.S. Archery Teams.

Club Leaders

If you are a club leader, or are looking to start a JOAD Club, find all the resources and support you need!

For more information and inquires, please contact our Membership Services Manager
at or (719) 866-4621.