Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program
State Scholarship Championship, 2015 date to-be-announced
Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program (TASP)provides international-style target archery training in 4th-12th grade physical education classes. TASP is an affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®). TPWD is the official sponsor, with additional sponsors including many organizations and archery groups.
Why use TASP?
Archery taught through TASP is a safe, flexible and easy to use. Training and equipment kit includes everything you need and clear safety procedures. Archery is accessible to all students and abilities. Archery can be a casual pasttime or lead to participation in TASPat the local, state or national level, Olympic competition or bowhunting. Educators nationwide report that the NASP® “engages the unengaged” and inspires students to greater achievement in school. Engaging students in school improves classroom performance, attendance and reduces dropout rates. Most students (88%) who drop out of school indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities.
Why is TPWD committed to TASP?
Archery is a fun, lifelong activity that helps youth connect to the outdoors. In addition to gaining a healthy pastime, future archers and bowhunters can join the ranks of supporters and contributors to wildlife conservation efforts. Federal excise taxes on archery equipment directly support conservation activities and hunter education.
Who is using TASP?
Since 2004, TPWD staff and volunteers have trained and certified hundreds of “Basic Archery Instructors” annually as well as “Basic Archery Instructor Trainers.” Currently, over 450 active schools and 60 active youth groups participate in TASP. The annual state tournament consisted of two parts, a qualifying virtual tournament and the in-person tournament finals. In 2013, over a thousand students competed in the Texas finals, several went on to national, and a Texas middle school placed in the national tournament.
How do we get started?