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Starting a NASP Program in Iowa Schools

Getting a program started in your school is easy! Below are the program requirements:

  • School administrator, athletic director and/or physical education teacher interested in running the program as part of a 2 week (minimum) in-school course.
  • NASP archery equipment. The cost of the basic startup kit is currently ~$2500 and the cost may be covered by local donors or through an Iowa Archery in the Schools Foundation equipment grant (see grant information below). Equipment may also be checked out from the Iowa DNR (see checkout information below).  The basic kit contains 11 Genesis compound bows, 5 dozen arrows, 5 targets, 1 backstop net and one repair kit. For more information on the equipment used in NASP go to
  • Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training for NASP program leaders. This program is conducted through the DNR and provides training to the teachers who will teach the kids. This training is offered at no cost to school teachers leading 2 week in-school NASP programs. The cost is currently $40 for all others wishing to attend. Training takes one full day and is typically conducted in a school gymnasium.
  • Certified Basic Archery Instructors lead the in-school course for a minimum of two weeks. The program is typically conducted in a gymnasium as part of a physical education class.
  • Once certified, BAI instructors have the option of starting after-school clubs for students interested in shooting year round. Many schools recruit parent/volunteers in addition to school-staff help to run a competitive NASP program from December through the end of February.

NASP Informational Brochure

For more information, please contact Donise Petersen, Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa DNR at 515-205-8709 or at

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NASP Archery Instructor Training:

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instructor training is offered through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The NASP course content is designed to teach archery instruction techniques to both archery novices as well as experienced archers. Course content includes range set up and safety, use of the string bow, eleven steps to archery success, coaching techniques, equipment nomenclature, inspection, operation, maintenance and repair.

Because NASP archery classes are conducted in school gymnasiums, teachers may volunteer their school to host a NASP archery instructor training course. Many of these courses are conducted during district in-service sessions.

Basic Archery Instructor (BAI)
The Basic Archery Instructor is an instructor certified to teach NASP-style archery to any beginning archer


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Attend the full day BAI course scheduled through the Iowa DNR
  • Pass a written exam administered at the end of the training with a score of 80% or above
  • Training material cost is $40. Cost is paid by the DNR for Iowa School teachers conducting in-school NASP programs

In addition to the training criteria above, all participants must pass a criminal background check conducted through the DNR. All personal information will remain confidential.

NASP Certification and Workshop Dates
Current training schedule and registration materials are available through NASP National . Any applicable program fees should be paid via check or money order made out to " IBA" and brought to the class. Pre-registration through is required. Follow the link above and do a view class schedule and search for "Iowa" to find scheduled classes throught Iowa.

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NASP Equipment Grants and Equipment Checkout for Schools:

The Iowa Archery in the Schools Foundation equipment grant program was established to promote youth archery by providing the equipment needed to conduct National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), international-style target archery programs.  The equipment is usually provided as part of a `package' that includes all of the equipment needed to start a NASP program. 
The Equipment
Each equipment package consists of the following equipment:

  • 11 Genesis Bows  (typically 9 right-handed and 1 left handed bows)
  • 5, 80cm FITA-style targets
  • 5 dozen full length aluminum Easton 1820 arrows
  • 1 safety backstop net
  • 1 equipment repair kit
  • Shipping

You can see the equipment packages online at
Who Will Receive Grants?
Iowa based schools who are using the equipment in NASP-based archery programs as part of normal physical education curriculum (2 week programs) and field competitive NASP programs running from December through February will be considered.  Organizations getting maximum utilization from the equipment (resulting in maximum youth exposure to archery beyond NASP) will be most strongly considered as grant recipients.  The grant is a 5 year contract and schools will be held accountable for criteria below for a period of 5 years.  After 5 years, the equipment will become property of the applicant school.  The following criteria are evaluated by the review committee:

  1. The equipment's primary use will be for NASP-based archery as part of a 2-week program in the school's physical education curriculum.
  2. The school will form a competitive NASP team lead by school employees and/or volunteers and participate in NASP events as follows:
    1. Year 1: Attend at least one NASP league event with at least 5 archers
    2. Years 2-5: Attend at least one league event with 16-24 archers
    3. Years 2-5: Host at least one NASP league event
    4. Years 1-5: Complete an annual survey of NASP activities

All persons using the equipment to conduct archery programs must be NASP-BAI certified.  At least one person must complete the Competitive NASP Archery in Iowa workshop.  Certification will be conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and will be given at no cost to school teachers. Search for Upcoming classes in Iowa.

Grant Issuance
Grants will be issued on a  50% cost-share basis.  The applicant organization must raise one-half of the kit cost (currently$1267) prior to disbursement of funds from the Iowa Archery in the Schools Foundation.  Grant applicants will have 60 days from the time of notification to raise the match funding and accept the grant.  
Grants will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in the months of January, April, July and October.  The grant review committee will consist of representatives from the Iowa Archery in the Schools Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Grant applicants will be contacted via email once their applications have been reviewed and funding decisions have been made. 
Failure to Perform
Schools failing to meet the obligations listed above agree to repay the Iowa Archery in the Schools Foundation on the following schedule:

  • Year 1: 100% of the equipment cost
  • Year 2: 80% of the equipment cost
  • Year 3: 60% of the equipment cost
  • Year 4: 40% of the equipment cost
  • Year 5: 20% of the equipment cost

School administrators must acknowledge this commitment in their letter of support accompanying the grant application.  Submission of this grant application implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Download complete grant information and application form

NASP Equipment Checkout Program
If your school does not meet all criteria to apply for a grant but would still like equipment for use in your  NASP archery unit, you may checkout equipment through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  There are several equipment kits available for checkout (up to 4 weeks/semester) by schools and other groups with NASP BAI certified instructors.  Checkout will be on a first-come, first-served basis and it is recommended to reserve equipment at least 6 weeks in advance of the start of your archery unit.  The checkout program works as follows:

  • Schools/groups checking out the equipment must do so in the name of a NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certified instructor and have BAI instructors leading the course
  • Equipment is available on a first-come, first served basis
  • Checkout timeframe will be a maximum of 4 consecutive weeks
  • Equipment kit will contain the following items:
    • 11 Genesis bows (9 right-hand, 2 left-hand)
    • 5 dozen Easton 1820 aluminum arrows
    • 5 targets
    • 1 10’x30’ backstop net
    • 12 floor quivers
    • Bow rack
  • Cost schedule is as follows:
    • Schools using the equipment as part of the in-school curriculum
      • First time is free
      • Second and all subsequent times is $250
    • Non-school or after school groups checkout fee is $500
      (Many local civic and/or conservation organizations may be willing to help with these costs)
  • You provide DNR with delivery date, pickup date and pysical shipping address and the equipment will come to, and be picked up at your school/facility
  • A post-checkout survey of participation is required to be completed within two weeks of completion of the archery unit

Schools wishing to chekcout equipment from the Iowa DNR must contact Donise Petersen at or 515-205-8709 to make arrangements. 

Equipment Checkout Form
Equipment Checkout Form

Post checkout survey for schools loaning equipment

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