March 29, 2011
MADISON - A record 722 archers from 37 schools are registered to compete in the 2011 National Archery in the Schools (exit DNR) (NASP) state tournament April 1-2 at East Jr. High School, Wisconsin Rapids. This surpasses the 2010 tournament which saw 635 archers from 18 schools participate. The tournament is open to spectators.
"The National Archery in the Schools program continues to grow in Wisconsin," said Dan Schroeder, a natural resources educator with the state Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin state coordinator for NASP. "We more than doubled the number of participating schools over last year and many more schools are working to find funding to start programs."
"Target archery is a great way to get kids who don't play soccer, basketball or football into an organized sport that teaches discipline, responsibility and focus," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "It's not about hunting but if hunting is part of family traditions, it can be a first step toward becoming the conservation stewards of tomorrow."
Students compete by grade level and every student uses identical equipment. Students shoot bows with their fingers - no trigger releases are allowed - and without any kind of sighting device or marks. This year's registrants include 305 girls and 417 boys. Winning archers are eligible to compete at regional and national competitions.
The NASP program is usually offered through school phys-ed departments and coach training is available. There is plenty of opportunity for parent involvement as coaches, organizers, fund raisers and chaperones. For more information about NASP contact Dan Schroeder (608) 235-4619. For information about the tournament, contact tournament organizer, Renee Powell (608) 343-6171