Student archery tournament setting up to be biggest ever in Pennsylvania

(National Archery in the Schools Program)

HARRISBURG — A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers.

The 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is scheduled Friday, March 9 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in a news release.

The NASP state tournament has been growing since its inception in 2011, and the March 9 tournament at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility figures to draw close to 1,000 participants, according to the release. Students from more than 45 schools across Pennsylvania are expected to participate. The increase is representative of growth in the program statewide, the release said.

NASP, which started in Kentucky in 2002 and has since gained participants around the globe, came to Pennsylvania in 2005. The Game Commission began coordinating the program in 2010 and, to date, the program has expanded to 253 schools.

The tournament should be a sight to see. Ninety-five lanes, each with two archers, will be operating at once. About 9,000 arrows will fly each hour, and somewhere near 46,000 arrows will be fired on the day. Scholarships and prizes will be handed out to the top-performing archers in the state to help pay for continued education.

Schools are reminded that they must shoot a qualifying score at a sanctioned state qualifier shoot to gain entry in the state tourney. For a list of state qualifiers, click here. To use the Game Commission’s website to register, place your cursor over the “Education” tab, then click “National Archery in the Schools Program.”

NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum requirements set by the state Department of Education, and at the same time introduces students to the world of competitive archery.