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CDFW Office of Communications, Education and Outreach
1807 13th Street, Suite 104
Sacramento CA 95811
(916) 322-8933

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NASP: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)?

NASP is an international target-archery program designed to be delivered by school teachers to students in grades 4-12 as an in-school lesson.

Currently, 47 states have adopted the program – including the countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. In California, the program (CalNASP) is supported by CDFW and the Department of Education (DOE).

NASP activities are often taught in a gymnasium as a two-week, physical education unit, but educators from other disciplines, (math, history, art, etc.) find creative opportunities to demonstrate educational concepts through the NASP program.

How safe is archery?

The safety record of archery is exemplary (read about the safety of archery (PDF)).

The NASP program is designed to be delivered to students in a very concise, controlled manner. The range is usually set up indoors – with all access doors locked to prevent others from walking onto the range. The students are only allowed to move on the range when instructed via whistle blasts.

Additionally, the students shoot at stationary targets from a short distance of 5 to 7 yards or meters with an arrow-resistant curtain placed behind targets.

What type of additional insurance does my school need to deliver the NASP program?

These questions should be posed to your principal – who will then check with your Office of Risk Management. School programs are usually covered under the school district's general liability policy and no additional liability insurance is necessary.

However, the principal should check to make sure the existing liability policy covers the activity of archery.

The insurance industry considers archery to be safer than most school contact sports. Contact an insurance agent that specializes in school insurance liability to answer specific questions.

Do I need previous archery experience to teach the NASP program to my students?

No previous archery experience is necessary; although, teachers are asked to attend Basic Archery Instructor training (BAI) to become certified to teach the NASP program. CDFW provides the instruction and the training is conducted in a school gymnasium.

Teachers with previous archery experience may want to become certified as a Basic Archery Instructor Trainer (BAIT) to enhance archery skills. This level of training is also required to train those that want to certify as a BAI.

How does the NASP program meet the California State P.E. standards?

Currently, the curriculum that NASP provides follows the National P.E. Standards; however, we have aligned the national curriculum with California Physical Education Content Standards. California correlation matrices are available by request.

Additionally, we have a number of standards-based, supplemental archery activities for various grade levels and disciplines that make cross-curricula connections. If you would like to request activities, email Lesa.Johnston@wildlife.ca.gov.

To download the National NASP curriculum, visit www.archeryintheschools.org.

My school does not have a gymnasium. May the program be delivered on an outside-archery range?

Yes, during training we will walk you through the steps of setting up a range and we will show you how to safely set up both an indoor range and outdoor range.

How do I manage a large class size safely?

We will cover safety aspects of the program during the training; however, we suggest the class be split in half and another teacher instructs a separate activity simultaneously. The groups will then switch.

Additionally, as a control measure the layout of the range is designed to include a student waiting area that allows those students not on the shooting line to be monitored and remain in a holding area until their turn on shooting line.

How much does it cost to purchase equipment?

Equipment is available at below retail cost and one archery kit is approximately $2700-$3000. Price is partly determined on the equipment choices selected (some targets are more expensive than others).

What is in a standard archery kit?

Although we make reference to a kit, equipment is purchased in individual pieces which typically include: Twelve Genesis compound bows, five bulls-eye targets, one arrow-resistant net, two bow racks, five dozen arrows and an equipment maintenance kit. You may visit www.archeryintheschools.org to view and order equipment. Note: We ask that you complete training before you purchase equipment through NASP.

How will the equipment be maintained and repaired?

We will teach basic equipment maintenance during training; however, there may be CDFW volunteers in your area that can assist you with equipment maintenance and inspection. Also, local archery shops are often helpful and may offer support.

Can other types of bows be used in the NASP program?

To ensure that all students participating in the NASP program have an equal chance of receiving the same training benefits, we ask that the recommended equipment be used to deliver the program. The NASP program only uses the Genesis compound bow.

Are there archery-equipment grants available for schools?

We are currently accepting letter proposals for equipment grants. These grants are made possible by federal monies. Please email Lesa.Johnston@wildlife.ca.gov to find out how to apply.

How do I register for the training?

Check the training calendar for upcoming classes and register online. Thanks to federal aid, there is no cost to attend the Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) class.

Sign up for the mailing list to be notified of upcoming classes and to receive other important information.

Contact (916) 322-8933 or Lesa.Johnston@wildlife.ca.gov if you need assistance or have questions.