Junior Olympics Archery Development
Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people ages 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Through its specialized curriculum which awards achievement, it helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition.
JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and team-building skills.
Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form. As the young archer develops, more advanced techniques will be introduced.
Both recurve and compound bows are used in club activities and in tournaments. JOAD archers who use a compound bow may train to compete in local and regional tournaments, and can earn a seat on a youth world team to compete in other countries representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. Recurve archers may compete likewise, with the added benefit of being able to use their recurve bow to try out for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Archery team, which is selected and managed by USA Archery.
Whether the young archer's interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.
Check out our beginner classes to learn the skills needed to join JOAD
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