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National Archery in the Schools Program

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The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a cooperative effort between state conservation departments, school systems and private organizations to help engage young citizens in outdoor activities and participate in the enduring sport of archery. The program promotes student education, physical education, and lifelong participation in archery. Since its inception in March 2002, more than 4 million students at over 8,500 schools located in 47 states and 5 countries have participated in NASP. New York was the 44th state to implement the program and school participation continues to grow each year.

New York NASP is dedicated to providing quality instruction, information, and support for implementation of archery in physical education curriculums for grades 4-12. Safety and a positive atmosphere for students are emphasized. The program helps build muscle, endurance, and flexibility, and helps develop hand-eye-coordination, grip, and body strength. Archery is a non-discriminatory sport and can be taught through this program to almost any student of nearly any age or skill level. Educators report that NASP "engages the unengaged" and inspires students to greater achievement in school.

State and National Tournaments

Students lined up to shoot at the 2015 NY NASP State Tournament
2015 NY NASP State Tournament

The seventh annual state tournament was a great success with 332 students from 15 school districts participating in this competition on March 7th. This was the first NY NASP state tournament where all the archers were together shooting on the same day. Each competitor could achieve a maximum score of 300 points. There are three divisions: High School, grades 9-12; Middle School, grades 6-8; and Elementary School, grades 4-5.

The overall top female archer in the tournament was Jordan Sands with a score of 268; she attends Hinsdale Middle School in Cattaraugus County. The top male archer in the tournament was Eric Vandergroef with a score of 285; he attends Mohawk Valley Christian Academy in Herkimer County. Each received a trophy, a Genesis bow, a Morrell target and a dozen arrows. Awards were also given out in each of the three divisions for first through fifth places.

The first place team in the high school division was St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Richmond County. The first place team in the middle school division was Norwich Middle School in Chenango County. The first place team in the elementary division was Hinsdale Elementary School in Cattaraugus County. Trophies were also given out in each of the three divisions for 2nd and 3rd places.

Students at the 2015 NY NASP State Tournament
2015 NY NASP State Tournament

Individuals that placed in the top ten and teams that placed 1st in each of the three divisions qualify to compete and represent New York at the national NASP tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7th-9th. Last year, 30 students from New York State participated in the national NASP tournament in Kentucky.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or knows of a school that would like to join the program, please contact Melissa Bailey, the state program coordinator for NASP-NY at 315-793-2515 or via email at mrb323@cornell.edu.

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