Archery Clubs and Organizations


Archery Clubs & Organizations!

Archery Competition

World Archery Championship – Five Hundred archers from over sixty countries compete in the sport’s most important biannual event. The best of this competition qualify to compete in the Olympics 

Olympic Games

– Archery became an Olympic sport at the 1900 Paris games. Due to a lack of regulations early on, archery was removed from the Olympics from 1920 to 1972, when FITA standardized the rules and leveled the playing field. Team archery was added as an Olympic sport in 1988. The format is a head to head elimination tournament. 

In the ranking round, Archers in both individual and team competition shoot 72 arrows at a target slightly over 229 feet away. In team competition, each team has 3 archers who each shoot nine arrows. Archers use recurve bows made of wood, fiberglass, graphite, and carbon composites. The majority of the strings used are made of Kevlar. Each archers’ necessary equipment is worth over a thousand dollars. 

Archery Clubs

The International Archery Federation (FITA) was founded in 1931. The Federation regulates and promotes the sport of archery around the globe through 130 member associations, including the National Archery Association of the United States which is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

The National Archery Association of the United States (USA Archery) offers memberships for just about everyone. There are recurve, compound, flight, and crossbow divisions. College divisions are also available. USA Archery holds Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) events and junior and senior team camps. Scholarship programs are available. The best of the best advance to the Pan American Games and eventually the Olympics. 

Kid archery, youth and young adult archery, and adult beginner archery divisions are available. For more archery competition information, as well as membership applications, please visit their website at 

Kid / Youth Archery Clubs

Kids can have a lot of fun with the sport of archery, regardless of competitive performance. Youth archery organizations can teach young archers the safety precautions needed to enjoy the sport for years to come. ATHA encourages all interested kids and young adults to join organizations and/or attend camps to enhance skills that are useful not only for archery, but for hunting and fishing as well. 


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