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National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in New Jersey


Archery shooting line


The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) brings the sport of archery to millions of students in schools across the United States. Designed to teach international-style target archery in 4th-12th grades, the core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. The 2-week archery curriculum is aligned to National Physical Education Standards and can be run safely in a school gymnasium. No prior archery experience is necessary for teachers or students.


Many of the activities in physical education classes favor the strongest, fastest, and most coordinated students. Archery is a life-long sport that circumvents traditional barriers to engage students of all genders, physical abilities, and backgrounds, even aiding participation in students with disabilities. Archery is a physical activity in which boys and girls can participate together and puts athletes and non-athletes on a level playing field.

The National Archery in the Schools Program routinely transforms previously unreachable "high risk" students by unlocking self-esteem and transforming individual lives forever.



Nearly everyone can succeed at archery. Kids love archery, and archery helps kids excel. Statistics show that school archery programs:

  • Improve school attendance
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Increase physical activity
  • Relate to subject matter
  • Appeal to all students
  • Get kids out-of-doors
  • Can become an after-school activity

Annually, approximately 2.43 million students participate in NASP throughout the country. That involves more children than Little League baseball and is three times larger than lacrosse! NASP has taught target archery to more than 18 million students in 47 states and continues to grow.

In New Jersey, teachers in more than 200 schools have been trained to conduct NASP archery in physical education classes. Additionally, summer camps, recreational programs, and scout organizations are running NASP archery programs throughout the state.

The map shows the extent NASP has spread across New Jersey - there's probably a local school or organization already using the program. See the list of New Jersey schools participating in NASP to locate schools already benefitting from the program.

Participating NASP Schools and Organizations - Updated January, 2019 (pdf, 90kb)

Map of NASP Schools
NASP Locations
Click For Interactive Map of NASP Organizations in NJ
(Zoom in and click on dots for information)
Archer removing arrows from target IS ARCHERY SAFE?

Archery's safety record is better than that of every ball sport taught in schools except table tennis. Equipment used is state-of-the-art and a universal fit so every student can safely use the same bows and arrows.

For further details on target archery's safety records, read Arrow Sport's Safety Report (pdf, 430kb).


If a school is interested in implementing the program into your curriculum, the first step is to submit a commitment letter from the school principal or administrator. This letter should indicate the name of the school, contact information, number of students enrolled at the school, grade levels at the school, what grades NASP will be taught to, and must state that NASP would be taught as a part of the school curriculum. Once this letter is received and confirmed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, an equipment kit is ordered by the school. The equipment kit accommodates 10 students on the shooting line at a time, costs approximately $3,100 and includes:

  • 10 right-handed bows   
  • 2 left-handed bows   
  • 2 boxes of arrows (120 arrows total)   
  • 1 arrow curtain   
  • 1 bow rack   
  • 1 repair kit
Funding may be available at the time an order is placed thanks to grants and donations from the Easton Foundation, which provides $1,000 grants to new schools purchasing a complete equipment kit.

After an equipment order arrives, staff will work with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to schedule a Basic Archery Instructor training, which is free for teachers who will be teaching NASP. The training is a full day (about 7-8 hours) and can be scheduled at a school's convenience. Teachers generally take a professional development day or schedule a substitute in order to attend. Trainings can take place in your school gymnasium or at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Northern Region Office in Hampton.

Contact Katie Paey at to get started!


NASP has created the Academic Archer Program to promote and recognize academic excellence amongst student archers. If a student fits the criteria listed at, a school should consider registering them for this great program! Check the On Target For Life Press Release (pdf, 140kb) detailing the awards and recognition that Academic Archers are eligible to receive.


The 2020 NJ NASP State Bullseye Tournament was conducted as a virtual shoot this year in which schools hosted official tournaments in their own gymnasiums. 263 archers from 15 schools competed in the tournament. NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteer officials attended each tournament to ensure tournament rule compliance and to verify scoring results.

The first-place schools in the Elementary, Middle, and High School divisions usually qualify to attend the NASP National Tournament in Kentucky in May. In addition, the top ten male and female individual archers in each division also qualify for nationals if they do not attend with their school team. This year, however, the National Tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Congratulations to all archers who participated in the 2020 NJ NASP State Tournament!

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is proud to announce the final results:

  • Elementary School: Angelo L Tomaso School, Team Score: 2,653
  • Middle School: Oxford Central School, Team Score: 3,060
  • High School: Warren Hills Regional, Team Score: 3,012
  • First Place Female Archer: Annie Flanagan, John Witherspoon Middle School, Score: 284
  • First Place Male Archer: Jason Merrill, Warren Hills Regional High School, Score: 275

Complete state tournament results are available on the NASP Tournaments page.



For more information on the National Archery in the Schools Program contact us via phone or e-mail:

Katie Paey, 609-947-7386

Also, check out NJEA's Classroom Close-up feature on Oxford Central School's archery team, which has been New Jersey's top-rated archery school team since 2006.

Oxford School Team
Oxford Central School's 2013 NASP Archery Team
Click to enlarge

Curriculum - Elementary School (pdf, 750kb) Student Consent Form Template (pdf, 195kb)
Curriculum - Middle School (pdf, 750kb) Archery Games and Drills (pdf, 850kb)
Curriculum - High School (pdf, 750kb) Genesis Bow Owner's Manual (pdf, 1.5mb)
Equipment Kit Sample Order (pdf, 40kb) How To: Tie on a Nock Locator (pdf, 250kb)
Public School and Government Equipment Order Form (pdf, 50kb) How To: Restuff a Morrell Target (pdf, 115kb)
Private School and Non-Profit Equipment Order Form (pdf, 50kb) How To: Restring the Genesis Bow (pdf, 975kb)
Tax-Exempt Form (Public Schools and Government only) (pdf, 13kb) Floor Quiver Design (jpg, 390kb)
Replacement Parts Order Form (pdf, 70kb) Bow Storage Box Plans (pdf, 100kb)
Student Completion Certificate (pdf, 370kb) NASP Scorecard (pdf, 2.5mb)
NASP Tournament Rules and Format (pdf, 75kb) 11 Steps to Archery Success (pdf, 35kb)
SpeedFletch Information Sheet (pdf, 85kb)  

NJ NASP Receives National Awards - DEP News Release, 8/4/14
State NASP Participants Excel At National Tournament, 5/13/14

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