The eighth National Archery in the Schools Program world tournament is scheduled July 21-22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. – the fourth time the event will be held in Orlando.
Countries and teams that have been invited to participate are the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Mongolia, British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
In all, 3,764 youths (grades four through 12) from 276 schools are registered for the event. An additional 1,270 youths from 145 schools will compete in the companion event – the NASP International Bowhunting Organization 3D Challenge.
The competitive format for the world tournament is identical to the state and national qualifiers: Each student will get five practice arrows, followed by 15 scored arrows. Students will shoot from 10 and 15 meters, with 40 arrows per archer. All archers will use the same Genesis bows and Easton arrows customarily used at all NASP tournaments, and competitors will shoot “bare-bow” style, meaning without accessories such as sights, stabilizers, and release aids.
For more information, go to naspschools.org.
– Brittany J. Jones, National Archery in the Schools Program