About National Archery in the Schools
More than 200 Nebraska schools currently offer the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) for their 4-12 grade students. Each year more than 25,000 Nebraska students participate in a NASP course in their math, history or physical education class, and the program continues to expand.
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.
For youth participants, one of the highlights of NASP is participating in the state archery tournament each spring in Lincoln.
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.
2017 state tournament
Each March, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosts a state NASP tournament in Lincoln, which is attended by young archers from across the state. It is estimated that 700-800 students will participate during the 2017 tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Speedway Sporting Village.
2017 State Tournament Information
Pre-registration (Coaches are able to log in and prepare rosters): Jan. 30, 2017
Registration: Feb. 3 – March 3, 2017
LATE Registration: March 12 – 15, 2017
Get involved in NASP
For more details, to learn about equipment grants or to apply, email Aaron Hershberger or call him at 402-471-6144.