NASP is an international target-archery program designed to be delivered by school teachers to students in grades 4-12 as an in-school lesson.
Currently, 47 states have adopted the program – including the countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. In California, the program (CalNASP) is supported by CDFW and the Department of Education (DOE).
NASP activities are often taught in a gymnasium as a two-week, physical education unit, but educators from other disciplines, (math, history, art, etc.) find creative opportunities to demonstrate educational concepts through the NASP program.
The safety record of archery is exemplary. The National Safety Council rates archery as more accident free than every ball sport, including tennis and golf.
The NASP program is designed to be delivered to students in a very concise, controlled manner. The range is usually set up indoors – with all access doors locked to prevent others from walking onto the range. The students are only allowed to move on the range when instructed via whistle blasts.
Additionally, the students shoot at stationary targets from a short distance of 5 to 7 yards or meters with an arrow-resistant curtain placed behind targets.
These questions should be posed to your principal – who will then check with your Office of Risk Management. School programs are usually covered under the school district's general liability policy and no additional liability insurance is necessary.
However, the principal should check to make sure the existing liability policy covers the activity of archery.
The insurance industry considers archery to be safer than most school contact sports. Contact an insurance agent that specializes in school insurance liability to answer specific questions.
No previous archery experience is necessary; although, teachers are asked to attend Basic Archery Instructor training (BAI) to become certified to teach the NASP program. CDFW provides the instruction and the training is conducted in a school gymnasium. There is no cost to attend certification classes and participants may sign up for refresher classes at no charge.
Retention requirements for BAI certification is to teach the program to students at least once every two years or retake the course.
Currently, the curriculum that NASP provides follows the National P.E. Standards; however, we have aligned the national curriculum with California Physical Education Content Standards. California correlation matrices are available by request.
Additionally, we have a number of standards-based, supplemental archery activities for various grade levels and disciplines that make cross-curricula connections. If you would like to request activities, email Lesa.Johnston@wildlife.ca.gov.
To download the National NASP curriculum, visit www.archeryintheschools.org.
We will cover safety aspects of the program during the training; however, we suggest the class be split in half and another teacher instructs a separate activity simultaneously. The groups will then switch.
Additionally, as a control measure the layout of the range is designed to include a student waiting area that allows those students not on the shooting line to be monitored and remain in a holding area until their turn on shooting line.
Check the training calendar for upcoming classes and register online. Thanks to federal aid, there is no cost to attend the Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) class.
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Contact (916) 322-8933 or Lesa.Johnston@wildlife.ca.gov if you need assistance or have questions.
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