Who We Aim to Be

US Archery (USAA) is the national governing body for Olympic and Paralympic archery in America.  USAA is responsible for coordinating sanctioned events and developing programs to certify instructors, coaches, and judges.  Their mission is to provide related resources and guidance needed by local clubs to promote awareness and increase participation in archery.  

Index Archers is registered and supported by USAA to offer the JOAD and AAP programs.

The JOAD and AAP programs are achievement based.  Archers earn pins based on scores reached at qualifying events. Reference below to view the scoring matrices. However, archers learn and gain much more from this sport than increasing scores such as:

  • Self Confidence

  • Focus

  • Team Building

  • Exercise

  • Equipment Knowledge

Indoor JOAD Matrix

Outdoor JOAD Matrix

The Index Archers’ club environment fosters camaraderie among members and encourages friendships with archers from various clubs locally and nationally.  The archery community is teeming with archers, coaches, judges, and family members who share a genuine passion for our favorite sport and are ready to offer their support and encouragement.  Index Archers is proud to be part of this community.

Through the JOAD and AAP programs, archers of all ages can enjoy the sport recreationally, competitively, or both.  To help archers on their journey, Index Archers offers:

  • Support from certified and experienced instructors and coaches.

  • Barebow, recurve, and compound disciplines.

  • Archery games and challenges to enhance learning and keep it fun.

  • Encompassing archery knowledge such as bow tuning, arrow repair, and string making.

  • Additional experts who will share their knowledge of physical training, mental management, nutrition, self-care, and more.

Archers are required to enroll in and attend the Explore and Refine classes before joining the JOAD or AAP club.  Click here for info on these courses. Participation in these courses ensure an archer is ready and comfortable before joining the club and/or tournament environment, setting them up for success!

Enrollment for JOAD and AAP is open quarterly beginning January 1.

Archery is a sport, but it’s an individual sport.  If your kids are not interested in team sports or are unimpressed by competition, have them try archery.  Archery is about setting goals and working to achieve them on a path that is not swayed by anything except personal investment.   It is a private, unique path that gives kids a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Their successes bring them out of their shell, and they discover competing can be fun and encouraging.  Trust us.  We’ve seen it many times over the years, and it is our absolute favorite part of coaching. We love seeing kids glow with pride and get excited over the many accomplishments they will achieve.