What is JOAD?

USA Archery, the national governing body for the sport of archery, administers Junior Olympic Archery Development, or JOAD. USA Archery is sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee to oversee US Olympic Archery. USA Archery is a member of the worldwide archery organization FITA (Federation Internationale de Tir a l’ Arc). JOAD is a grassroots development program that is most-often organized in a club format by groups across the country. JOAD activities can range from beginner instruction through competition at the national level. JOAD has an Achievement program where archers can earn tangible awards as they progress through increasingly more difficult scores.  JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and team building skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer.

The Achievement Award/Pin program is one of the big benefits to a JOAD club, along with the ability to shoot in national tournaments as a Youth. Following are some FAQ's.

Achievement Pin Awards breakdown …

JOAD Star Pins:
JOAD Stars pins are awarded for scoring achievements. JOAD archers can earn Stars Pins for shooting indoors and/or outdoors with recurve, barebow/ basic compound, and/ or compound bows
Each Stars Pin is a different color, and each has a successive number of stars on it to represent the
increasing challenge in earning that particular award pin.


JOAD Achievement Lanyards:
JOAD Archers can display their Stars pins on lanyards designed for their archery specialty. Each
lanyard holds all Stars pins as well as the optional 6-Star Gold pin. Following the Star Pins, JOAD
archers can achieve even higher “ Olympian” awards.

6-Star Gold Pin:

Your JOAD archers can earn the official “6-Gold” pin when they shoot six 10’s in a row-either in a single 6-arrow end, or in two consecutive 3-arrow ends.

Olympian Awards:
Youth archers can earn advanced levels of recognition with the Olympian Award levels--Bronze, Silver and Gold. An archer reaching these levels is honored with special recognition from
the USA Archery office.


Where can I find clubs that offer JOAD?

Tulsa Archers Club:  1801 E. 3rd St, Tulsa, OK 74104
Coach: Larry Seale, Level 3-NTS certified coach

What happens at a JOAD club?
Depending upon the club, youths are taught the basic safe steps to use a bow
and arrow for target archery trained by certified instructors. Many clubs are
managed by an advanced coach who can take the archers beyond the basic
skills and help them become top tournament performers.

We'll just figure it out as we go, with lots of good help from the good and smart people who comprise this group.

I coached (along with 4 other dads) my daughter's softball team for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.  There was a core group of about 8 girls and their families that hung together all during (and long after the playing days were done) those years - It is a chapter I look back on with a smile and a swelled heart and moist eyes. I have an expectation that, here and now, we may be on the cusp of something just as enjoyable and hopefully as enduring.

Where and when are the sessions?

Tulsa Archers Club practices are 3 sessions a month (two weekend sessions and one weeknight session) and
can be at 'only 3rd street' or both 3rd street and Bixby locations.  Details may change from time to time, so
check with Larry for current schedule.

There are no "attendance requirements" as far as "must make at least X number of practices in a given period". It's just assumed that those who join want to shoot and participate, and will do so, while allowing for Life intrusions and preemptions that all of us regularly confront now and then.

How much does it cost?
Most formal programs charge by the session. The cost typically includes
instructions, range fee, and equipment use for beginners. Advanced JOAD
archers often own their own equipment. Please contact the club leader in your
area for specific meeting times.

Tulsa Archers Club costs:
JOAD yearly membership club dues: $50/year per archer
Monthly range/coach dues are billed quarterly ($105/quarter/individual; $135/quarter/family), which works out to $35/month/individual; or $45/month/family.

Basic makeup of Tulsa Archers Club membership circa 2018:

Approximate initial age demographic breakdown as follows (Just to give those not in attendance yet some idea of the club makeup as of late winter 2018, anyway):

maybe 14 youths, roughly equal between girls and boys; and maybe 12 or 14 adults, also roughly equal between men and women.