Ohio's National Archery in the Schools Program
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LOGAN HOCKING ELEMENTARY
MAYSVILLE LOCAL SCHOOLS
FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
GRANVILLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
MAYSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
LOGANHOCKING HIGH SCHOOL
PHILO HIGH SCHOOL
FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
TROY HIGH SCHOOL
ATHENS MIDDLE SCHOOL
FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
MEIGS HIGH SCHOOL
WEST MUSKINGUM HIGH SCHOOL
HICKSVILLE EXEMPTED VILLAGE SCHOOLS
TRI VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
MORGAN HIGH SCHOOL
COSHOCTON COUNTY CAREER CENTER
LOGAN HOCKING MIDDLE SCHOOL
PHILO JR. HIGH SCHOOL
MAYSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
MEIGS MIDDLE SCHOOL
ATHENS MIDDLE SCHOOL
ST. PETER IN CHAINS
FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
WEST MUSKINGUM MIDDLE SCHOOL
TROY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
FAIRVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL
TRI VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Overview of Ohio NASP
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Ohio’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a school curriculum taught during physical education classes for a two-week period. The program is designed to teach International target archery skills to elementary, middle, and high school students. The program curriculum is already written and meets or exceeds national physical education standards. The core content covers archery safety, equipment, technique, mental concentration, and self improvement. The program positively influences student attendance, behavior, self-esteem, confidence, and on task behavior. Teachers attend a one-day Basic Archery Instructor training class to become certified before presenting the archery course to their students. Training is conducted by Division staff and volunteers who are certified Basic Archery Instructor Trainers and is provided at no cost to the teachers.
The National Archery in the Schools Program was co-created in Kentucky by the Departments of Education and Fish and Wildlife Resources. It was implemented in approximately 100 Kentucky middle schools in 2002. Four years later, Kentucky has the program in 450 schools with another 250 signed up to be trained. Ohio’s pilot program started in April of 2004 with 12 school districts participating. The program opened to statewide expansion January of 2005 and as of January 2006 there were 95 Ohio schools participating and the number continues to grow. There are 36 states now participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program.
The program, training, records, and information are all coordinated and maintained by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Thanks to support from the archery industry, equipment kits valued at over $5,000.00 may be purchased by the schools for approximately $2,600.00. Sponsorship or grant money to purchase equipment kits can often be obtained from various sources, such as archery organizations, area conservation organizations, archery retailers, civic organizations, businesses, parent organizations, and/or student group fundraisers. NASP is an eligible program for many physical education grants. Schools may organize other fund raising events or use general fund money to purchase the kits.
The program also encourages cooperative involvement in the local community, between schools, local vendors, archery retailers, conservation clubs, and archery organizations.
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- How does a school get started with NASP?
- Who should I contact for more information?
- What equipment is needed for the program?
- How do we order equipment for our school?
- How do we maintain the equipment once it arrives?
- Are you interested in purchasing NASP equipment for your son/daughter to use in NASP events and competitions?
- How do students get involved with the program?
- What are students saying about the program?
- What are teachers saying about students who are involved in NASP?
How does a school get started with NASP?
Implementation of the program requires a cooperative agreement between the superintendent, principal and physical education teachers. If all have interest in implementing the program, someone from the school should call the Division of Wildlife Outdoor Skills officer in their area and let them know that they would like to be a part of the program. Teachers from the school would then be scheduled for training. After the teachers complete the required training and become certified Basic Archery Instructors, the school can then order the equipment kit. Once the equipment arrives the program can begin.
Who should I contact for more information?
District One – Central Ohio – (614) 644-3925
District Two – Northwest Ohio – (419) 424-5000
District Three – Northeast Ohio – (330) 644-2293
District Four – Southeast Ohio – (740) 589-9930
District Five – Southwest Ohio – (937) 372-9261
State coordinator, Matt Neumeier, Division of Wildlife Central Office - (614) 265-6334
What equipment is needed for the program?
An average kit includes:
-Bows x11 (10 right hand / 1 left hand)
-Bow Rack x1 (optional)
-Arrows x5 dozen
-Target stands x5
-Arrow resistant net x1
-Approx. cost of the kit with bow rack = 2,700.00
-Floor quivers for arrows x5
-Whistle for the teacher
-Safety rules and posters
-Student archery journals
-Bow box x1
-Bow box option - The schools can build a box which serves as a storage rack for the bows during class and can be used to store all of the bows, floor quivers, arrows, and net when they are not in use. Materials list and plans for this box is provided free to teachers that attend the trainings and the materials required to build the box cost approximately $100.00. The cost of the bow rack that can be ordered with the kit is $200.00.
How do we order equipment for our school?
After teachers attend the required training and become certified instructors, and the school is ready to order the equipment. The school orders the equipment through an organization that has made the process easy by arranging for all of the items to be sold as a kit from a single source. Additional ordering information is provided as a portion of the required teacher training.
How do we maintain the equipment once it arrives?
Basic maintenance of the equipment can be done by the teachers. Each school is encouraged to find a local archery organization, archery retailer, or club that will sponsor, adopt or partner with them and assist with handling any major maintenance or repair work. This is also valuable in later phases of the schools program development.
Are you interested in purchasing NASP equipment for your son/daughter to use in NASP events and competitions?
In order to maintain a level playing field and provide equal opportunity for success, the equipment in NASP is standardized. All students use the same equipment.
Bow – Standard Genesis Bow; there are Genesis Mini and Genesis Pro models but only the Standard Genesis bow is permitted in NASP. The bow can not have any accessories attached to it. (no sights, stabilizer, quiver etc.)
Arrows- Full length (30”) Easton Aluminum 1820 arrows are the only ones used in NASP
Target – The standard target face used in NASP is the 80 centimeter FITA target face. If you purchased these they would be for personal practice. Targets are provided at all NASP events.
Shooting Distance – All NASP events are conducted from two distances 10 meters and 15 meters
The items and information listed are strictly for the National Archery in the Schools Program. There is a wide variety of archery equipment, uses, and activities available. We encourage all NASP students to try various forms of archery to see what discipline they like the most. Archery in a life long sport, enjoy it to the fullest.
How do the students get involved?
The National Archery in the Schools Program is designed as a two-week component of the physical education class. Topics are taught through classroom instruction, positive communication, and hands-on activities. Target shooting takes place right in the gym, and students can easily set up the range as a part of the class.
Students are taught how modern archery equipment works, shooting techniques, steps to archery success, and how to improve their skills. Emphasis is also placed on safety and mental concentration. The archery program can be adapted and integrated into other classes to correspond with the physical education portion. Teachers can take advantage of their students’ enthusiasm with archery to incorporate related concepts into subjects like math, physics, geometry, science, writing, and history.
The program meets the standards for physical activity and range of motion, it’s measurable, and everyone can participate.
What are students saying about the program?
In an early survey of participating schools in Kentucky, students said:
-89% enjoy the archery class
-62% had never shot a bow before
-73% don’t own a bow
-49% want to own a bow
-59% want to be target archers
In a survey during the NASP pilot program in Ohio, the students of a participating school district said:
-98% enjoy the archery class
-87% want to own a bow
-74% said the want to participate in an after-school archery club
-92% said they wanted to continue in target archery
-90% want to attend the class again next year
What are teachers saying about students who are involved in NASP?
-Students are enthusiastic about learning archery
-Student behavior 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