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NASP Equipment - What Do You Need to Get Started?

Posted on 10 June 2014

One of the first things you may notice about NASP archery equipment is the uniformity of everything. NASP is all about the skill of the archer and not the amount of money that can be invested in equipment. By requiring identical and unaltered bows and arrows as well as forbidding the use of sights, stabilizers, and releases, it forces the competition to be about the talent of the archer alone.


The only allowed bow, the Mathews Genesis, is a great introductory bow for young archers. They are easy to setup for any archer. These bows ship in variety of bright colors, Lost Camo, and pink lemonade. Bow owners can custom paint their bows as well. They can be adjusted to a variety of draw weights for pre-teen and teen shooters. All bows have holes for mounting accessories like sights and stabilizers for use during non-NASP events.

The bow string comes with a plastic nock to align the arrow, but often slips after several shots. It is highly recommended to replace the plastic nock with a string nock. A string nock is allowed in all NASP tournaments.

For NASP tournaments, all bows must be bare of all accessories and fit the strict requirements from the National Archery in Schools organization. All original equipment such as arrow rest and cable slide, must be attached and unmodified.

During tournaments, custom paint and camouflage bows that have a pattern in the sight window must cover that area with taped so the pattern can’t be used as sight marks. Any identifying marks in the sight window can be viewed as unfair aiming marks and can disqualify an archer.


A Genesis bow can fire just about any type of arrow, but only unmodified Easton 1820 arrows can be used in a NASP tournament. These arrows come in either blue or gold shaft with 3” vanes. It is recommend that arrow vanes and shafts be marked for identification purposes.

New style Genesis arrows have a standard push-in nock that come in a variety of colors. They are held in by friction so they are easy to tune to the index vane. A common problem with this style of nock is breakage. Once broken, the stem of the nock often remains inside the arrow shaft and out of reach from fingers or pliers. A simple fix is to carry a long screw that is less than the diameter of the nock stem to twist in and pull the stem out. It works much like pulling the cork from a wine bottle. Nocks that don’t stay aligned with the index vane, fall out after shooting, or do not snap to the string should be replaced. Do not glue push-in nocks as it will make replacement much more difficult.

Old style arrows use a cone tipped nock that is still legal for use in tournaments. The cone tipped nocks are glued on so replacing them is tricky often needing heat or pliers to remove the old nock.

In NASP format tournaments you will shoot five arrows per end so be sure to have some spares in case one is broken.


For archers, there are few accessories are available and approved for NASP tournaments since common options are banned. Arm guards and finger glove / tab are allowed. However the best accessory that we feel an archer can benefit from is a wrist sling or finger sling. This allows a loose grip on the bow without letting the bow fall after the string is released.

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