Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is for youths and young adults ages 8 – 20.
“JOAD . . . teaches archery to young people, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition! . . . Whether your child’s interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.” USA Archery website.
Seriously, is this about the Olympics? JOAD is whatever you want to make of it. The level of instruction you receive and experiences you have while in the Amherst Archery Academy JOAD prepare you to enjoy archery in your backyard or in a competition. While numerous Olympians did get their start in a JOAD near their hometown, this does not mean you have to pursue competition. However, JOAD is an achievement-based program in so much that members have opportunities to achieve special pins (Stars Pins) from USA Archery upon scoring specific scores on certain size target faces from defined distances.
Eligibility for JOAD: JOAD offers instruction for youths and young adults ages 8 – 20. Para-archers and archers shooting with compound, recurve or traditional bows are welcome. Archery is a wheelchair accessible sport. JOAD applicants should attend at least one, preferabbly 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 beginners through advanced archers and do not require that archers shoot a certain score to enroll.
Are you ready for JOAD? For JOAD: Personal motivation and developmental age may play the largest role in answering this question. In addition, also consider how many of the JOAD classes your child can attend. Amherst Archery Academy wants to keep the JOAD atmosphere one of fun learning in a risk-aware and focused environment with plenty of opportunity for challenge and growth. If your child has attended regular Amherst Archery Academy Sessions, can relax his/her body and mind while at the range, does not distract other archers while shooting and is eager to achieve their very best in target archery — then your son or daughter may be ready!
A step beyond General Group Sessions. JOAD offers a natural progression of instruction and challenge for archers seasoned in our General Group Sessions. While all the programs are fun, JOAD offers:
- Instruction follows the National Training System (NTS) model
- Exposure to and experience with equipment such as sights, stabilizers, cushion plungers, and more
- The achievement-based aspect provides archers with clear goals and national benchmarks relative to age and common shooting distances
- A strong community of archers that are committed to growing together
- Intra and Inter Club competitions
For more information on JOAD/AAAP curriculum, benefits, and tuition, please go to the JOAD/AAAP article in our Resources section.
Enrolling is easy. Go to our Calendar page. Tuition is not due until the beginning of the first class.
Contact us if you have any questions about JOAD/AAAP, we would love to talk with you.
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