Junior Olympic Archery Development Program (JOAD) is for archers ages 8-20.
JOAD meets weekly. JOAD is offered on Mondays at 4:00 or 5:30 throughout the year. JOAD incolves depth exploration of the National Training System (NTS). NTS, the current model for shooting archery, was developed by US Head Coach, Kisik Lee. Goal setting, mental management, and form practice with stretch bands are all part of JOAD. AAA Head Coach and ownder, Coach Kyle, a Level IV USA Archery Coach, runs the JOAD program.
JOAD archers regularly have opportunities to shoot for Stars Pins. Stars Pins are pins that archers earn and affix to a special JOAD Lanyard. Pins are awarded based on an archers ability to achieve a minimum score at a certain distance, on a specific target face size, and under tournament-like conditions. Pins certainly are not the goal – but they sure are nice to remember your achievements!
- AAA wcharges $4.00 per Lanyard and $4.00 per Stars Pin. Lanyards and Pins will not be awarded until payment is made.
- USA Archery requests that all JOAD/AAAP members at AAA also be members of USA Archery; when you register as a USA Archery member, list AAA as your home club. Click here for info about your USA Archery Membership
- We request that JOAD applicants attend at least one, preferably two, of the non-JOAD General Group Sessions through Amherst Archery Academy prior to enrolling in JOAD. Our wish is that students enter JOAD with a foundation of proper archery form and familiarity with range safety. We welcome experienced beginners through advanced archers.
JOAD is a combined program with AAAP (the adult equivalent of JOAD). All students, in both JOAD and AAAP, are in the same class. Therefore, you can expect a multi-generational class (which we love!).