Welcome to the Papago FITA Archers JOAD site. Here you will find answers about the club's JOAD program and about JOAD in general.
JOAD or Junior Olympic Archery Development is a National Archery Association (NAA) program intended to provide archery instruction and competition for young archers across the country. The JOAD program allows young archers the opportunity to get out and shoot with fellow archers of all different abilities as well as participate in local and national tournaments. Each archer can advance at his or her own pace. Success at each level is dependent on the individual's skill and willingness to apply themselves.
The JOAD program is an effort to provide a basic organizational guide for junior archery activities. The NAA, with its Olympic membership affiliation, is the guiding force for these potential Olympic and international archery contestants. The program is also intended to provide the necessary guidance for the recreational archer who is interested in archery purely for the enjoyment of shooting a bow and arrow. Youth may participate in the JOAD program through the calendar year of their 20th birthday. JOAD sponsors tournaments in which the archers are organized into classes by age group. For more information on the National Archery Association JOAD program go to the NAA JOAD page or to the Texas State Archery Association JOAD FAQ page which has some great articles.