March 25, 2014
WAUSAU, Wis. - More than 1,250 students from 55 different schools will converge on Wausau April 4-5 for the eighth annual National Archery in the Schools Program Wisconsin state tournament. The tournament will be held at the Wausau West High School, with the number of registrants up 400 students and 10 schools from the 2013 tournament.
"The National Archery in the Schools Program teaches the lifetime skill of target archery to students from fourth grade through High School," says Dan Schroeder, who coordinates the program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Currently the archery program is taught in more than 500 Wisconsin schools and in 48 other states and eight countries outside the United States. The program offers an eight-hour training course to certify teachers as basic archery instructors so they can safely teach students how to shoot archery.
Schroeder says NASP is typically taught during a physical education class, but some schools are offering the curriculum as part of a lifetime skills, math or even a science class. Every student uses the, same type of equipment, including bow, arrow, and target, and each shoots from the same distance.
"While the National Archery in the Schools Program focuses on the process of shooting and shooting safely rather than the outcome or score of the arrow, the NASP tournaments offer participants in the program an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the sport," Schroeder said.
The NASP state tournament is open to any student or school that has offered the NASP curriculum during the current school year. Students compete for individual and team awards and to qualify for NASP national and world tournaments. The NASP national tournament is being held in Louisville Kentucky where they are planning for more 10,800 kids this year. The NASP world tournament is being held at the Alliant Energy center in Madison on July 11-13. Students from Wisconsin must have participated in the Wisconsin NASP state tournament to qualify.
Slideshow from 2013 Wisconsin NASP tournament
Students start arriving around 7:30 each morning with the first flight of shooting scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on the April 4 and a new flight every one-and-a-half hours after that until the tournament winds down around 5 p.m. on Friday. Flights begin at 7:45 April 5 again running every one-and-a-half hours with shooting ending around 4 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony.
"There are 100 archers on the line and shooting for most of the flights," Schroeder said. "New this year students will also have a chance to try their luck at shooting 3-D targets and aerial discs, which are scheduled on a first come first serve basis during the duration of the tournament."
The public is welcome as spectators for a fee of $5 per adult, which includes access to several shooting venues including the tournament and 3-D and an aerial disc shooting area, along with several vendors.
Schroeder says studies have shown that well over 50 percent of the students introduced to archery through NASP are interested in other shooting sports, archery programs and bow hunting.
For more information, search the DNR website for keyword "NASP."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Schroeder, 920-740-7528