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What is JOAD?. J unior O lympic A rchery D evelopment JOAD is the youth program of USA Archery. What does JOAD Offer?. Youth member clubs Year around programs Personal development including: Goal Setting Dedication Discipline and Focus Fair Play Training and Nutrition

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what is joad

What is JOAD?





JOAD is the youth program

of USA Archery


what does joad offer
What does JOAD Offer?
  • Youth member clubs
  • Year around programs
  • Personal development including:
    • Goal Setting
    • Dedication
    • Discipline and Focus
    • Fair Play
    • Training and Nutrition
  • Championship and International Competition opportunities


who joins joad
Who joins JOAD?
  • All levels of experience are welcome.
    • Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced
  • JOAD typically supports boys and girls ages 8 to 18.
  • Recurve and Compound bows
  • There are four Divisions:
    • Bowman ( 8 – 12 yrs)
    • Cub (13 – 14 yrs)
    • Cadet (15 – 16 yrs)
    • Junior (17 – 18 yrs)


who runs joad
Who runs JOAD?
  • JOAD Club Leaders are the foundation of the JOAD program.
  • Club Leaders are typically certified archery instructors or coaches.
  • Clubs may be affiliated with Private or Public organizations.
  • JOAD Clubs operate under a structured outlined in the JOAD Handbook.
    • Handbook (pdf format) is available online at www.usaarcheryjoad.com


what is taught
What is Taught?
  • Most JOAD club certified instructors and coaches teach archery techniques in conjunction with established USA Archery and NFAA guidelines.
  • The technique is in keeping with BEST form. (Biomechanical Efficient Shooting Technique)


achievement program
Achievement Program
  • JOADs quickly begin to take part in the STARS pin program after basic instruction.
  • JOAD STARS pins are offered in four categories:
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Compound bow
    • Recurve bow
  • High performing youths achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold JOAD Olympian awards


  • USA Archery sanctions local, state and regional tournaments.
  • USA Archery conducts a variety of National Championships including:
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Field
  • Youth World USA Teams are selected in trials tournaments.
  • Youth may attend Open International tournaments.


high performance program
High Performance Program
  • Junior USA Archery Team (USAT)
    • Selected by a series of qualifying tournaments and achievement criteria.
  • Junior Dream Team
    • Training program with periodic trips to the Olympic Training Center for high performance coaching.
  • Resident Athlete Program
    • Full time residence and training at the USOC OTC focused on Olympic caliber skills development.


usa archery membership
USA Archery Membership
  • Youth are welcome to take part in JOAD without becoming USA Archery members.
  • Membership is required once significant progress is made in the STARS pin program.
  • Required for JOAD Olympian awards and for national and international competition.
  • Required for Junior USAT points.


club liability insurance
Club Liability Insurance
  • JOAD Clubs membership includes $1,000,000 of liability insurance coverage.
  • Individual instructor / coaches are encouraged to consider joining NADA and receive personal liability insurance.


what is after joad
What is after JOAD?
  • USA Collegiate Archery Program (CAP)
    • Conducts indoor and outdoor championships including the US Intercollegiate Archery Championship (USIAC)
    • Club or Varsity Programs
    • All American and All Academic Teams
  • Graduation to the Adult Ranks.


how to start a joad club
How to Start a JOAD Club?
  • JOAD Club information and listings can be found on www.USAArcheryJOAD.com
  • Become a USA Archery member
  • Contact NADA for instructor / coaching materials
  • Utilizing school and ASAP space and equipment is a great way to start a JOAD Club.


contact information
Contact Information

USA Archery

1 Olympic Plaza

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

719-866-4576 (phone)

719-632-4733 (fax)

Email: [email protected]

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