In April of 2005 a club was formed for those archers who wanted to expand their knowledge and skills in the sport. The archers practice weekly, developing fundamental skills to prepare them for local, state and national tournaments.

Our club meets on Saturday mornings. During the cold and wet months (Oct-April) we meet at the indoor range at Wilderness Archery in Rocklin. Practice is generally held from late April to October at Discovery Park in Sacramento.

Most of our archers compete in local FITA tournaments, held at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. Many archers have expanded their tournament experience by attending tournaments including the California State Indoor Tournament, the California State Outdoor Tournament, the Cotton Boll, The Grapestakes, and the Pacific Coast Championship.

Our club is lead by volunteer NAA Certified Level 3 Coaches and  NAA Certified Level II Instructors. During class sessions the archers work to earn their J.O.A.D. pins and certificates while developing critical archery skills. Class activities include technique and form practice, fun balloon shoots, games, and working on achieving their next JOAD level. In addition to FITA tournaments we also introduce the kids to 3-D target archery. Students are taught how to maintain and repair their equipment, set-up and take-down their bows, repair arrows, etc.

What is J.O.A.D.

Junior Olympic Archery development (JOAD) is a youth archery program designed for children, 20 years of age and under. Classes are structured and students will learn the basic fundamentals of archery in a fun setting. The skills and instruction presented can prepare students for competition shooting. A JOAD program generally follows the same shooting and equipment rules as USA Archery and the International Archery Association (FITA).

JOAD has developed its own competition rounds, dress code regulations, and scoring to make it appealing to youth interested in archery.  JOAD archers will have the ability to earn their Indoor and outdoor achievement pins.

Guidelines for the Scoring Matrices

  1. Archers participating in the JOAD and Adult Achievement Award Programs will not be asked to re-earn any pins they have already been awarded.
  2. Archers should earn pins one at a time, in consecutive order.
  3. Archers progressing through the scoring matrices should use the new scoring guidelines starting with the next pin they are working toward.
  4. If an award level has more than one distance/target size, the club leader will choose what target face to have the archer positioned at based on the skill level and experience of the archer.
  5. To earn an a JOAD Olympian Award the archer will be required to shoot the distance and target face that corresponds to their JOAD Class at National Events (i.e. Bowman, Cub, Cadet, Junior).
  6. The Achievement Program is not based on genderJOAD Indoor Scoring Matrix JOAD INDOOR SCORING MATRIX


JOAD Achievement Pins and Explore Archery Medals                                                         Olympian Pins

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

In Explore Archery, students earn achievement awards through active participation in individual and team-building activities. The focus is on building fundamental skills, a competitive edge and a bit of creativity – not on athletic ability or perfect scores.

Students in JOAD may shoot recurve or compound bows, based on their preference. Classes will prepare them for state, regional and national tournaments in both indoor and outdoor target ranges.

Visit our Training and Resources page for more information.

If you’d like to learn more about the club or wish to join, contact Lisa Pole .

Let the shooting begin…