NASP® (National Archery in the Schools Program) is first and foremost an in-school program. The first step to starting a NASP® program in your school is to get the school administration to agree to offer the program in the school during the school day (typically as part of a gym class).
Once the school has agreed to offer NASP® style archery, the next step will be to get the instructor(s) trained. NASP® Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) trainings are offered regularly throughout the year at many locations in each state. You can find a current list of classes on our website at . If you do not see a class that meets your needs, you can contact your state coordinator to request training. You can find a list of NASP® state coordinators at If possible, it is always a good idea to train multiple people at a school. In addition to the teacher that will be teaching the archery class in school, you can also train interested parents, coaches (for an afterschool program/team), and other faculty at the school. This training will show you how to safely set up the range, teach the program and will answer most of your questions. The cost of the training will vary from state to state. The class listing should provide the cost of the training if a fee is charged. The fee will include the cost of the training packet.
Once you have been trained, the next step is to get your equipment. The equipment can be ordered directly from NASP® . A good way to start out is to purchase a standard archery kit. This kit will cost about $3200 depending on the equipment selected. This will allow up to 10 archers shoot at one time. It is purchased directly from the national NASP® office at a substantial savings over retail pricing. The standard kit includes 10 right-handed bows, 2 left-handed bows, 5 targets, 120 arrows, 1 safety curtain, 1 bow rack and one equipment repair box. The order forms can be found at
A lot of established NASP® schools are more than willing to assist you in getting started. You can also consider charging an activity fee for your after school program. At certain times of the year, some states are able to offer discounts for new schools that are starting the NASP® program. You can check with your state coordinator to see if any discounts are currently available.
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