What's JOAD?

JOAD athletes competing at the 2017 JOAD State Indoor Championship

JOAD athletes competing at the 2017 JOAD State Indoor Championship

JOAD stands for Junior Olympic Archery Development. It's a program of USA Archery which is the governing body for Olympic archery in the U.S. There are hundreds of JOAD clubs across the country and seven right here in Minnesota.

The emphasis in JOAD is developing good archery form while making friends and having fun. We teach the National Training System (NTS), a series of 12 steps that are based on sound biomechanics and designed to produce repeatable shots.

Our archers earn achievement pins at official "pin shoots" throughout the year. Archers earn additional pins as their skills improve and their scores increase. There are many other optional competitions throughout the year.

While there's no official minimum age for JOAD, we find that 7 years old is about the earliest that youngsters can focus enough to master the basic steps and be safe with their equipment. Archers can compete in youth JOAD until the end of the year in which they turn 20 years old.

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