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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.

History of NASP® 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 it's 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 hunting and 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 over 200 Iowa schools participating in the in-school program annually and the program continues to grow.  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.  Volunteers wishing to attend the training can do so for a fee of $80.00.   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 section.

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 a Program Started
Iowa After-School League
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Contact Information

Zach Benttine
Iowa NASP® Coordinator

Iowa Archery in the Schools

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

2019/2020 League and State Rules:
Iowa Bullseye Rules  
Iowa IBO 3D Rules

Volunteer Coaches:
Volunteer Hour Reporting Link

Required School Documents:
Iowa NASP® School Administrator Letter
Iowa NASP® Participant Waiver

2020 State Championships:
Online Registration

2019/2020 National NASP® Rules:
National Bullseye Rules
National IBO NASP 3D Rules

2019/2020 Senior Scholarship Applications:
2020 Chuck Hallier Memorial Scholarship
2020 Haney Family Senior Scholarship



NASP Grants
Bullseye and 3D
State Tournament

State Bullseye Tournament 
March 7-8, 2020
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Jacobson Building

State IBO 3D Tournament
March 7-8, 2020
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Pioneer Livestock Pavilion