Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is JOAD?

A:  Junior Olympic Archery Development or JOAD is administered by the USA Archery Association.  The USAA is sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee to oversee US Olympic Archery.  JOAD activities range from beginner instruction and outreach to world championship competition.  JOAD missions range from character development to international championship competition.

Q:  Where can I find classes, camps or programs that teach youth archery or JOAD?

A:  You can find out about the different clubs by clicking on and reading the Beginning Archery Brochure.

Tip:  Take part in several different programs multiple times to help determine if one program is better suited to you than another.

Q:  What happens at a JOAD program?

A:  Youths are taught the basic safe steps to use a bow and arrow for target archery by trained and certified instructors.

Q:  When are the sessions?

A:  The clubs have JOAD classes at many differing times each week.  You would want to contact a club to find their schedule.

Q:  How much does it cost?

A:  Cost varies from club to club.  Contact the club for the cost.  The cost typically includes instruction, range fee and equipment use fee.

Q:  Where can I find out more information?

A:  USA Archery has a section dedicated to JOAD .  This weblink will take you to the JOAD page. .  Some of the best information is available from fellow JOAD archers and their parents.  Many have been where you are going and are eager to share their experiences.

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