Junior Olympic Archery Development
Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that teaches archery to youth between the ages of 9 and 20. The Kennesaw Archery Club is proud to be a part of this program, offering everything from beginner instruction to national competitions for both recurve and compound archers.
As a student of our JOAD program, the archer will learn range safety, proper shooting form, advanced techniques, and tournament preparation under the guidance of of USA Archery Level 2, and higher, certified instructors and coaches. The environment is designed to foster focus, increase self-confidence, and encourage team building.
JOAD archers earn tangible awards though the JOAD Achievement Program for achieving various levels of scores shooting either recurve or compound bows at various distances and difficulties.
Archers can earn a seat on a USA Archery youth world team representing the United States in competitions around the world. Recurve archers have the added benefit of trying out for the US Olympic Archery team, which is selected and managed by USA Archery.
Participation in JOAD is optional and there is an annual fee. You must be a member of the Kennesaw Archery Club and hold a full (youth, adult, or family) membership in USA Archery to join the program. The basic “recreational” USA Archery membership is not eligible. A full USA Archery membership allows you to participate in state, national, regional, and mail-in tournaments. USA Archery membership in general provides insurance for members during sanctioned events, along with a newsletter.
From April 1st – October 31st, JOAD classes are held on Saturday’s at the outdoor range on Pitner Road in Acworth. See our events calendar for specific dates. They begin at 10:00am and last about an hour. Please arrive by 9:45 to gear up and be on the shooting line by the start of class.