They compete country wide, in South Africa and the USA.
NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
There are three legs comprising NASP®’s design:
1. Units of Study were written by Education, Conservation, and Target archery experts to meet state and national
educational standards. This enabled NASP® to speak the language of educators who are intent on teaching core
content throughout the school day. These units were designed for inclusion in a school’s Physical Education
curriculum but in a few NASP® schools these archery lessons are presented by history, language, art, and even
2. Teacher Training was developed so teachers in every participating school could be certified to present NASP®
lessons that are safe for students, instructors, bystanders, and the facility. Teachers have a choice of being certified
as NASP® Basic Archery Instructors (BAI – 8 hours) or Basic Archery Instructor Trainers (BAIT--24 hours). To date
more than 22,000 people have been certified by NASP®. During the training teachers learn how to set up and operate
a safe archery range in their gymnasium or on a sport field. They are taught whistle signals which are used to move
students to various taped lines on the range floor or ground to “get bows”, “shoot”, and “go get arrows”. They learn
how to determine a student’s “Dominant Eye” and make a “String Bow®” training aid to teach the “Eleven Steps to
Archery Success” – archer form, shot execution, and follow through. Teachers are provided extensive advice on how
to provide positive coaching. Finally, sessions are conducted to explain inspection, maintenance and operation of the
bows and arrows.
3. Archery Equipment used in NASP® is highly standardized to be safe, durable, economical, and most importantly,
universal fit for almost every student. In NASP® learning the “process” of shooting is stressed far more than arrow
scores. The only bow used in NASP® is a “Genesis®” compound which has no let-off and is adjustable from 10-20
pounds in draw weight at any draw length. Only full-length aluminium arrows are used in NASP® to fit every student
and to preserve
NASP®’s perfect safety record. Sights, release aids, and stabilizers are kept out of NASP® to facilitate equipment
sharing among students in archery class. Finally, NASP® students are taught to shoot at an international, 80
centimeter target face. While students start learning at an “always hit” distance of 5-7 yards or meters, competitive
distances in NASP® are 10 and 15 meters. A TIME”
HOW CAN YOU HELP NASP® REACH MORE STUDENTS?
If you would like to help a school or schools bring archery lessons to their students
Because NASP® is a non-profit initiative we are dependent upon the generosity of individuals who agree that young
people benefit more from NASP® than archery does. Please join us to “Change lives one arrow at a time”!
NASP® promotes international-style target archery as part of the in school curriculum, to improve educational
performance and participation in the shooting sports among students in grades 4-12.
WHAT IS NASP® ?
Educators are looking for ways to improve student motivation, attention, behaviour, attendance, and focus. Teachers
strive to achieve state and national educational standards regarding development of micro and macro motor ability
and listening and observation skills. They hope to engage each student in the educational process and develop
relationships to promote graduation instead of drop-out. Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many
young are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places.
Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance
development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) was developed to serve these specific educational and
conservation purposes. NASP® was co-created by the Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources and
Department of Education and Mathews Archery in the late summer and fall of 2001. The program was launched in 21
Kentucky middle schools on March 3, 2002. Originally called the “Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program”, the
effort’s goal was to enrol 120 schools and teach target archery skills to 24,000 students each year. Kentucky gave
itself three years to achieve this goal. Within the program’s first year the 120-school goal was achieved and because of neighbour-state interest, “National” replaced “Kentucky” in the program’s name. NASP® also expanded its participation standards to include students in 4th -12th grade. Shortly afterwards NASP® was granted 501 c (3) non-profit educational foundation status. NASP® is overseen by an all-volunteer board of directors. Every state, province and country enrolled in NASP® has a “Coordinator” in charge of leading the program in their jurisdiction. NASP expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Botswana is to join. South Africa has 30 schools with 5000 learners and in Namibia at the moment 8 schools are participating.
Nearly everyone can enjoy success in archery whether or not they are the tallest, fastest, or strongest person around. The sport or discipline of archery is highly inclusive and is for many enthusiasts, a lifelong activity. Archery is a diverse and super-safe shooting activity with a wide variety of formats and styles. An archer may shoot local, national, and world tournament formats. Many different kinds of bows, arrows, and accessories and countless types of targets placed at various marked or unmarked distances may be encountered. In NASP®-style archery students of all genders, abilities and backgrounds flourish.
HOW CAN YOUR SCHOOL JOIN NASP® ?
“Our kids are excited and enthusiastic . . . they are learning a life-long skill, they are being taught discipline and self-control, and they are having fun.”
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED?
Bows (original Genesis) 12 - (10 right / 2 left)
Bow rack/box 1-2
Arrows 5 dozen
Backstop net 1(for indoor)
Equipment repair kit 1
Safety rules and posters
Arrow quivers 12 (made by the school)
A whistle can be obtained from any sports shop
Painter’s tape (purchased by the school)
Clearly defined shooting range (in the school gym)
How to order equipment:
Servicing and maintaining equipment:
Maintenance of the equipment can be done by instructors and/or local sponsors or partners of the program. Schools often create partnerships with local archery shops.
WHAT DO STUDENTS THINK?
80% like NASP
77% new to archery
70% like the teacher better
65% continue shooting
53% like themselves better
37% start an archery club
WHAT DO TEACHERS SAY?
Students are enthusiastic about learning archery
Student behaviour and attendance is improved on archery days
Students who historically resisted PE class are eager to participate in archery
Students of all genders, sizes, and abilities are enjoying success
Namibian Schools / Organisations registered with NASP NAM
Deutsche Privatschule Otavi
Home School Carpe Diem
Koës Private School
Privaatskool Excelsior Aroab
St George's Prep School
St. Paul's College
Walvis Bay Private High School
Wdh International School
Community Hope School