JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development)

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery for youth ages 8-20 years conducted in a Club setting. Participants in 
the JOAD program can enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition. The JOAD program offers barebow, basic compound, recurve, and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters increased self-confidence and team-building skills. The JOAD program also provides an achievement award program to reward archers for scoring achievements.

Adult Archery Program Club

The Adult Archery Program is a program of USA Archery for adults ages 
21 years and older conducted in a Club setting. Participants in the Adult Archery program can enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition. Similar to JOAD, the Adult Archery Program offers barebow, basic compound, recurve, compound, and traditional archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also offers opportunities for stress release, socialization, and fun. The Adult Archery Program also provides an achievement award program to reward archers for scoring achievements and is a great program option for those seeking a lifetime or family sport.


There is a one-time fee of $50 per person to cover JOAD supplies and expenses.

Each JOAD session is $15 per student per hour.

The archer must be a member of USA Archery.

Beginners and intermediates will meet on Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am. Advanced and Adults will meet Saturdays from 11:00-12:00. JOAD Travel Team times will be announced at a later date.
(All equipment furnished for beginners)

Private lessons with a Level 3 USA Archery Coach are available:

  • $30 for half hour lesson (range fees included)
  • $50 for full hour lesson (range fees included)
  • Group lesson, $40 per person with no more than 5 per group (does not include range fees)

Our JOAD Team

Once you join our JOAD Program you automatically become a member of the team.
You may attend practices each week and also get a One on One session each month with our coaches. These monthly sessions are designed to give each archer the attention they need to advance their skill levels. Archers are video taped while shooting and a training plan is developed with the coach and archer and parents.
You do not have to attend competitions to be part of the team but we encourage you to at least attend a few of the local shoots offered by our club as well as other local JOAD Clubs.
The weekly club sessions are held year round and focus on team building, practicing skills, pin achievement shoots and preparation for tournaments.
This club is both for recreational archers and archers who would like to compete. This club is for what ever you want to get out of it.
Tryouts are scheduled in advance and scoring is not the most important thing we look for in team members.
We are looking for friendly shooters who are coach-able and have an open mind to new skills and learning opportunities.


Our Elite Archery Team

Archers who demonstrate superior skill, commitment, and sportsmanship and are dedicated to reaching higher levels of competition may earn a spot on the HNS JOAD Elite Team. While all members of the JOAD Club will have opportunities to compete in local, state, and national archery competitions, members of the Elite Team will train specifically for these competitions and travel tournaments. Elite Team members, furthermore, train with the Coaches One on One and attend additional Archery Team practices and events.

To request an invitation to the next Elite team tryout, an archer will need to:

  1. Attend a minimum of 10 Saturday JOAD sessions over a 4 month period. This shows the archers dedication to the team and to the sport. The Elite team takes a high level of commitment.
  2. Demonstrate a minimum score of 220 (out of 300) on a 40cm target at an 18 meter distance during JOAD scoring sessions.
  3. Have attended State or National tournaments in the past year, or have worked out a tournament development schedule with the JOAD director and Team Coaches.
  4. Become ingrained in the Elite team community and demonstrate outstanding maturity and responsibility, as judged by the JOAD director and/or head coach. Be able to help with the beginner classes and develop your coaching skills and work towards your Level 1 Instructor certificate.

Archers that have demonstrated the above qualifications and have requested a tryout will be invited to tryout. We reserve the right to only invite those we feel have outstandingly proved the above qualifications and have earned to right to try out.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Does my child need to have their own bow?
    • A: Yes, club members must have their own bow for this program. This club is for more advanced shooters and there are 4 different classes to choose from.
      • Barebow = Recurve bow with no rests or sights, shot with fingers.
      • Compound= Hunting or Target bows with all the bells and whistles.
      • Recurve = Olympic Style recurve bows with all accessories.
      • Basic Compound = The bare Genesis bow is in this category and although allowed in clubs, there is no competitive divisions at State and National tournaments for this bow. If a child wants to compete with a Genesis bow they will need to register under the Compound division.
  • Q: What are the ages for children to join the JOAD Club?
    • A: The minimum age for children to be part of any USA Archery program is 8 years old. JOAD maximum age for the youth programs is 18 years old. After that the adult may join our Adult JOAD Program.
  • Q: My child has never had any professional training except at camp, can they still join this club?
    • A: Yes maybe, There are many archery programs and types of instructors who conduct these types of programs. All of our coaches are trained to strict USA Archery standards and with the latest techniques, the NTS System (National Training System). We provide coaching to our club members to help them reach the highest competitive levels. For beginner archers we recommend they first complete our Explore Archery program or private lessons.
  • Q: What are the fees and costs associated with JOAD ?
    • A: Our club has monthly dues that include range time, the targets the archers will use, coaches time, achievement awards. USA Archery also requires a membership to USA Archery to be part of a club and to compete in tournaments. The cost for USA Archery membership is $35 per year for a youth membership. There are also family memberships available as well.
      There are additional fees for tournaments depending on the location and venue. tournament fees within Virginia usually range from $10 to $50 depending on the tournament location. National tournaments cost from $75 to $150 for each archer. Travel expenses are not included and are the responsibility of the archers families.
  • Q: What are Achievement awards and what else can my child win?
    • A: JOAD has 8 Achievement levels that each person has the opportunity to earn. The completed levels are recognized by a pin awards that is attached to a lanyard. There are also extra awards they can earn for excellence in shooting abilities such as the GOLD Award and the Star Award. Each level is based solely on each persons shooting ability as set by USA Archery.
  • Q: Can my child shoot more than one type of bow or what happens if they change divisions?
    • A: Members can change shooting equipment and classes anytime they want. So, they can shoot a compound and a recurve and change back and fourth if they want. They can also compete in two different divisions as long as there is time during the tournaments.
  • Q: Are there any limitations to the equipment my child may use?
    • A: Yes, unfortunately there are a few bows that are not reccommended to be used. If you have questions about your childs equipment you can just fill out the contact form at the right and include your childs bow maker and model and we can tell you if it is adequate. We allow the Genesis type bows however, please know that these bows are not preferred for competitions. There may be some local tournaments the bows can be used. We do not under ANY circumstances allow any homemade bows or bows that have been modified from the manufacturers original specifications. The safety of our club members is most important over anything else.
  • Q: Can HNS Archery advise us on bow options and equipment?
    • A: Yes, we would love the opportunity to help you choose your archery equipment. Any purchase made from us also includes special perks you won’t get anywhere else. You receive professional set-up, lifetime free draw length and poundage changes. (depending on the type of bow). A One on One lesson with one of our coaches. FREE Lifetime bow inspections and lots of other extras that our customers get just because they are our customers. There are special discounts only available to JOAD members, if the product is purchased from us.

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