JOAD is a program of USA Archery designed to teach archery to young people over a series of classes taught by a certified archery instructor. JOAD offers recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, self-confidence, and team-building skills. JOAD is open to any young archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as archers develop, they will learn more advanced techniques.
Both recurve and compound bows are used in club activities and in tournaments. Compound archers can train to compete in local and regional tournaments, and can earn a seat on a youth world team to compete in other countries, representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. Recurve archers can compete likewise, with the added benefit of being able to try out for a spot on the US Olympic Archery team, which is selected and managed by USA Archery. Whether your child’s interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic, or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s JOAD program will help young archers achieve their goal.
Age Classes Junior: through calendar year of 20th birthday
Cadet: through calendar year of 17th birthday
Cub: through calendar year of 14th birthday
Bowmen: through calendar year of 12th birthday
Yeoman: through calendar year of 9th birthday