About National Archery in the Schools
More than 275 Nebraska schools currently offer the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) for their 4-12 grade students. Each year more than 30,000 Nebraska students participate in a NASP course in their math, history or physical education class, and the program continues to expand. For youth participants, one of the highlights of NASP is participating in the state archery tournament each spring in Lincoln.
Nebraska Game and Parks schedules teacher training workshops as needed. Training workshops generally last eight hours and have been incorporated into teacher in-service workshops in many districts. Once completed, teachers receive national certification to teach basic target archery. Grants for equipment are available for interested schools.
The benefits of archery to youth are numerous and included enhanced self-esteem, self respect and patience; development of fine motor skills; and greater enjoyment of P.E. class, including for youth who are physically impaired or disabled. Additionally, boys and girls participate — and excel — in archery at similar rates. More information on the program and the benefits of archery is available on the official NASP website.
Bring NASP to Your School
With the support from the archery industry, the Nebraska Game and Parks is currently offering cost-share grants to Nebraska schools who are interested in bringing the NASP curriculum to their classroom. The grants help cover the cost of a NASP archery equipment set and the required Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training, nearly a $4,000 value, for just a $600 cost to the school. Introduce your students to a life skill that can lead to great rewards in the classroom and beyond.
Contact ngpc.NASP@nebraska.gov to obtain a Nebraska NASP School Application.
Academic Archer Program
The NASP Academic Archer Program was established nationally in 2016 to recognize academic achievement among participating student-archers. All students who participate in an in-school NASP archery class or participate on the school archery team at a recognized NASP school and meet local academic criteria for recognition are eligible to be entered as Academic Archers.
NASP Academic Archer Program continues to grow in Nebraska. READ ARTICLE
Nebraska NASP Tournaments
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2020 NASP tournament season.
2021 Western Nebraska NASP Regional Tournament
Saturday, March 6, 2021
North Platte, Nebraska
*Open to all participating Nebraska NASP Schools
2021 Nebraska NASP-State Tournament
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Get involved in NASP
For more details, to learn about equipment grants or to apply, email ngpc.NASP@nebraska.gov or call 402-471-6198.