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Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Program


The Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program is a youth program within U. S. Archery and run by the Arlington Fairfax Chapter.  We take youth archers from age 8 to 18 and teach them the basic skills of Olympic archery, tournament participation, equipment setup and maintenance, physical fitness, and mental management for archery.  The program runs 12-week sessions throughout the year at both the indoor and outdoor ranges.  Archers move from the very basics of archery up through Olympian status.

JOAD coaches are all U. S. Archery Certified Level 2 instructors or Level 3 National Training System (NTS) Coaches.  All have completed SafeSport training and obtained their approved background checks to provide a safe environment for all archers on the range.

The JOAD program meets on Sundays from 3-5 p.m. and on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m.  Additional sessions are held throughout the year covering equipment setup and maintenance, string making, arrow construction, bow tuning, and advanced archery training. Check the chapter’s calendar for scheduled classes and activities.

To signup for the JOAD program, complete the JOAD Signup Form and bring it with you to the first meeting of a 12-week session.

Both Level 2 instructors and Level 3 NTS coaches will be available to help you select, purchase, and setup the equipment you will need as part of the program. A list of equipment needed can be found at JOAD Equipment to Buy.  Please do not buy any equipment until you have met with your coaches.

As archers progress through the JOAD program, they earn pins for each shooting achievement level for both indoor and outdoor archery.  You can find the requirements for each indoor achievement level at JOAD Indoor Achievement Awards and for each outdoor achievement level at JOAD Outdoor Achievement Awards.

To join or renew your chapter youth membership click here.

JOAD Code of conduct form

For additional information on the JOAD program at ARL–FX IWLA, contact Jeff DelVecchio at