Sports and Outdoors

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Indiana schools archery tournament in Muncie, March 11

Indiana DNR Release:

Indiana’s fifth annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament, which promises to be the largest indoor youth archery tournament in state history, will be held Friday, March 11, at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.

The tournament features 45 participating schools with nearly 1,000 students competing. Last year, more than 800 students from 30 plus schools participated. Participation has increased every year. There is no charge for admission. Indiana NASP coordinator Tim Beck said he hopes the growth will continue, not only with the tournament itself but for the in-school programs.

Doors open at 7 a.m. Flight (shooting) times start at 8 a.m. A new flight starts every two hours. The last flight is scheduled for 4 p.m. A shoot-off of the six top scorers, both male and female, will follow the last flight to determine the overall individual winners in the 4th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th grade classifications. An awards ceremony will follow.

The Indiana Field Archery Association will run the tournament with DNR conservation officers, along with many volunteers. The Indiana Hunter Education Association is sponsoring the tournament.

Supported as a joint venture between school corporations throughout Indiana and the DNR, NASP provides international target archery training in Indiana’s physical educational classes, grades 4-12. NASP supports student education and introduces many life skills through the lifelong sport of archery.

Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received the archery training provided by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement and have the archery program as a part of their school’s curriculum.

The program is supported and often funded through local school corporations, the Indiana Hunter Education Association, individual donations, conservation organizations, and corporate sponsors such as the National Wild Turkey Federation.

For more information on NASP, visit, or contact Beck at (812) 482-3093 or

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