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NASP® Academic Archer Program Established

Posted on 27 January 2016

Since its inception in 2002, NASP® has been proven to be a powerful motivational force for millions of participating students. As an extension of the classroom, NASP® continues to demonstrate how in-school archery is a great way to engage students and help many of them become motivated to succeed academically...many for the first time! NASP® Academic Archer is intended to be another tool for today's NASP® educators to use for student motivation. Continuous feedback data suggests that the excitement of being a part of their school's NASP® team is a significant factor for enhancing student success wherever the program is implemented. In November of 2015, National NASP® leadership and a group of NASP® educators and students met to discuss ways to further enhance the 15 year old program. One recommendation was to establish a uniform incentive and recognition format to recognize and promote academic achievement for participating NASP® students. The concept of a NASP® Academic Archer was recommended. The status of being recognized nationally as a "NASP® Academic Archer" was discussed and the NASP® advisory recommended that the designation should involve the following:

  • The NASP® Academic Archer program is an optional program, available only to participating NASP® schools – participation is a local decision and in accordance with existing local school policies.
  • NASP® BAI certified teachers/coaches can enter eligible students into nasptournaments.org for Academic Archer status using their BAI number.
  • All students that fully participate in an in-school NASP® archery class or participate on the archery team at a recognized NASP® school and meet local academic criteria for recognition, are eligible to be entered for Academic Archer status.
  • The Academic Archer program is independent from any/all forms of tournament participation.
  • Each student that is entered/registered into nasptournaments.org as a NASP® Academic Archer, will be automatically registered for a chance to win 1 of 10 free Genesis bows and specially marked Easton arrows - which will be given away each year by NASP®. Names of winners will be announced at the national NASP® tournament.

The NASP® advisory offered the following guidelines if no local school criteria exist for Academic Archer recognition:

  • The Student should be/have been a full participant in their school's "in-school" NASP® archery class during the time period where academic recognition and recommendation is considered. 
  • Academic Archers can also be members of the school archery team (if one exists) during the time period where academic recognition and recommendation is considered.
  • The Student should have no D's or F's (or equivalent), in order to qualify as a NASP® Academic Archer. o The designated Academic Archer should maintain a grade point average that establishes them well within existing school GPA criteria for high academic scholarship.
  • When no school academic recognition criteria exists, the local NASP® coach should consult and collaborate with the school principal to establish such criteria, before designating students with Academic Archer status.

Each Academic Archer may be provided with a certificate suitable for framing at the local NASP® banquet or school sponsored student academic recognition ceremony according to local practices.

  • NASP® teachers/coaches can also designate eligible students for Academic Archer status when utilizing nasptournaments.org for any NASP® tournament – See nasptournaments.org for instructions regarding designating for NASP® Academic Archer status when registering.
  • The NASP® advisory also suggested that an optional recognition symbol be established for participating NASP® Academic Archers. NASP® and our partner Electronic Awards have developed a low cost, iron-on shoulder patch that can be purchased by any school. To order the iron-on shoulder patches click here: LINK TO TOOLKIT - Patches are inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk for team applications.
  • Reminder – all decisions on designating students with Academic Archer status are local decisions and should involve collaboration between the NASP® educator and the principal of the school. · Without existing school criteria, NASP® recommends that schools follow the recommendations of the NASP® advisory.
  • National NASP® will support any/all local NASP® Academic Archer status designations and will recognize NASP® Academic Archer designees as a group at each flight of the NASP® National Tournament.
  • NASP® will promote the Academic Archer program on the naspschools.org web site, social media and industry media outlets.

For fifteen years, the National Archery in the Schools Program has positively impacted 14, 000,000 students. As an extension of the classroom, NASP® continues to be a highly engaging and motivating force with participating students. For more information or if you would like to get involved with support for the NASP® Academic Archer program, please contact: Dr. Tommy Floyd at: tommy.floyd@naspschools.org Or find additional information at the NASP® website: http://naspschools.org

Check out the original article on The Archery Wire, here


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