Registration Open for State Student Archery Tournament

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program to take their best shots at top honors in a statewide student archery tournament to be held in March.

Registration is open for Pennsylvania’s 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 13, at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility in State College.

Registration costs $11 per student, with Friday, Feb. 20 being the last day to register.

Registration can be completed online through the Game Commission’s website,, by scrolling your cursor over the “Education” tab and selecting “National Archery in the Schools Program,” then clicking the “State Tournament” button to register.

Registration also can be completed through the NASP Tournament website,

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum requirements of the state Department of Education, while at the same time introducing students to the world of competitive archery.

Last year, 1,019 students from 41 school districts participated in the NASP state competition.

“In addition to offering students a state archery championship for teams and individuals to compete for honors, trophies and scholarships, the Game Commission is working with many partners to provide tournament participants and spectators the opportunity to visit a host of vendors, from archery-equipment suppliers to a 3-D range again this year for the Shooter’s Expo,” said Todd Holmes, Game Commission Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator and state-level administrator for NASP.

Started in Kentucky in 2002, NASP has grown quickly and caught on throughout the United States, Nearly 9 million students participate worldwide, representing over 12,000 schools, 47 states, and countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels. Pennsylvania sent 17 schools to the NASP 2014 national competition, which was held in Louisville, Ky.

NASP came to Pennsylvania in 2005. In mid-2010, the Game Commission began coordinating the program and has grown the program to include more than 185 schools and was recognized for the greatest percentage increase in participating schools in 2012.

To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Todd Holmes, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250 (ext. 3330). Also, “PA NASP” can be found on Facebook at

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