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National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
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The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a joint venture between Departments of Natural Resources and Departments of Education (schools). Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. 

The program promotes student education and participation in the lifelong sport of Archery. The program's focus is to provide International style target archery training in physical education classes, for grades 4-12.

Archery History in Iowa

National Program History: The overall NASP program began in Kentucky in 2002 with the training of 39 educators and 22 middle school pilot projects.  Shortly afterwards many state agencies joined the program and NASP was granted a 501 c(3) non-profit education foundation status.  As the program has progressed, in a single school year, more than 2.34 million students participate nationwide.  Since NASPs initial inception, 47 states, 8 provinces and 11 countries have participated in the program and is continuing to grow.

Department of Natural Resources Objective: Declining participation in the shooting sports threatens financial and public support for wildlife conservation. We expect many of these young people to make Archery a lifelong sport.  Nationally, up to 81% of the participants reported buying their own archery equipment. 

NASP in Iowa: The National Archery in the Schools Program in Iowa is coordinated through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There are nearly 200 Iowa schools participating in the in-school program and growing rapidly.  The Iowa DNR provides NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training throughout the state to teachers and archery program organizers. BAI training is provided at no cost to teachers conducting NASP programs as part of a 2 week in-school course.   Iowa also offers an afterschool league program to schools who are also engaged in the in-school 2 week program.  For more information on the afterschool league program visit our how to get started page.

Department of Education Objective: Engage more students in the educational process to improve classroom performance and reduce dropout rates. The national school dropout rate is 7%. Most students (88%) who drop out of school indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities. Archery taught by the NASP is accessible to all students of nearly all age groups. Educators are reporting that the NASP "engages the unengaged" and inspires students to greater achievement in school.

To see what youth are saying about the National Archery in the Schools Program, view the comprehensive study conducted by Responsive Management, a nationally recognized research firm.

How to Get Started
Iowa After School League
IBO NASP 3D
Hosting League Tournaments
Contact Information

Donise Petersen
Archery Coordinator
Donise.Petersen@dnr.iowa.gov
515-205-8709

What are people saying?

I think archery is a fantastic activities/unit in school. Keep doing it! – 8th Grader at Pella Community School

Our Students really get excited about our archery unit and LOVE IT!!! … This year we even got to teach some of our staff who were interested how to shoot during one of our professional development days. It was a big hit! - Ankeny Community School District

The addition of NASP in High School PE was fantastic. The students loved it and it was very beneficial to our course design. – East Sac Community School District

It is the number one unit we teach. Kids have a blast. I hear all the time students telling me they went out and bought their own bow. - Des Moines Independent Community School District

Tournament Information

League/State/Nationals:
Overall 2017 NASP Rules


2016/2017 Drafts:

2016/17 League Rules
2016/17 State Championship Rules


Volunteer Coaches:
Hour Reporting Document

School Principals:
Iowa NASP Template
IA NASP Participant Waiver

State Championships:
Online Registration

2017 NASP National IBO 3-D Rules Available November 2016

NASP Grants
2017 State Tournament

March 3-4, 2017 

Iowa State Fairgrounds
Jacobsen Building