JOAD Program

Junior Olympic Archery Development

           JOAD is a program of USA archery that is designed to teach archery to young people, over a series of classes taught by a certified archery instructor or coach. JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and team buidling skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they will learn more advanced techniques.


Both recurve and compound bows are used in club activities and in tournaments. JOAD archers who use a compound bow can train to compete in local and regional tournaments, and can earn a seat on a youth world team to compete in other countries representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. Recurve archers can compete likewise, with the added benefit of being able to use their recurve bow to try out for a spot on the US Olympic Archery team which is selected and managed by USA Archery. Whether your child’s interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.



Please let your new JOAD archers and parents know that USA Archery has new compliance requirements. All club members must be a member of USA Archery. Also, a club roster must be sent to USA Archery as it is updated.

Membership options include:

  • Recreational Membership (Good for 1 Year) – $15.  This provides access to all club activities except the JOAD Achievement Pin program.

  • Youth Annual Membership (1 year)- $35.  This provides access to all club activities.

  • 3 Year or Family Option also available



JOAD Star Pins

JOAD Star Pins are awarded for scoring achievements. JOAD archers can earn Stars Pins for shooting indoors and/or outdoors with recurve and/or compound bows.

Each Star Pin is a different color, and each has a succuessive number of stars on it to represent the increasing challenge in earning that particular award pin. In order to allow the greatest flexibility in terms of indoors/outdoors, recurve or compound, each pin can be earned in a variety of ways.

In addition to Star Pins, JOAD archers can earn the official “6-Gold” pin when they shoot six 10’s in a row – either in a single 6 arrow end, or in two consecutive 3-arrow ends.

JOAD FITA Star Pin Round – INDOOR Matrix
JOAD FITA Star Pin Round – OUTDOOR Matrix

JOAD Achievement Lanyards
JOAD Archers can display their Stars Pins on lanyards designed for their archery specialty. Each lanyard holds all Stars pins as well as the optional 6- Star Gold pin.

Olympian Awards
JOAD Archers can earn advanced levels of recognition with the Olympian Award Levels-Bronze, Silver and Gold. An archer reaching these levels is honored with special recognition from the USA Archery Office.