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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.

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NASP Teachers at Onondaga High School

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

The eighth annual state tournament was a great success with 20,520 arrows shot in one day, in one building by 513 students from 23 school districts participating in this competition on March 4th. This was the second 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 276; she attends Hinsdale High School in Cattaraugus County. The top male archer in the tournament was Jonathon Pecora with a score of 274; he attends St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Richmond County. Each received a trophy, a Genesis bow and bow case, a Morrell target and a dozen arrows. Awards were also given out in each of the three divisions for first through fifth places.

Top archers of the 2016 NY NASP State Tournament
Overall top archers at the 2016 NY NASP State Tournament

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 Canaseraga Middle School in Allegany 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 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

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, 77 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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