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Florida's Annual Student Archery Tournament


Students from West Nassau High School
take aim during the 2009 NASP tournament.
(FWC photo by Steve Robbins)

Annual student archery tournament going live in
Newberry, Florida
February 27, 2010

For immediate release: February 10, 2010
Contact: Steve Robbins
Florida Wildlife Commission

The 2010 Florida National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament will be held in Newberry on February 27, 2010.

The tournament will be conducted in two formats: a live tournament competition that will take place at the Easton-Newberry Sports Complex and a virtual tournament for schools that cannot afford to travel, according to Steve Robbins of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida’s National Archery in the Schools Program coordinator.

“The virtual tournament will allow schools to shoot for score in their own gymnasium and have their results compiled in a database of live and virtual tournament participants,” Robbins said. Schools started shooting Feb. 8 and will continue through Feb. 19, and then they’ll mail in their results.

Scores from the live tournament will be compared to the results of the virtual tournament, and winners will be selected and announced in three divisions: elementary, middle and high school.

“Trophies will be awarded to the top three schools in each division, with each team member receiving a medal. Trophies will also be awarded to the top boy and girl shooter in each division, with a Genesis bow presented to the top overall boy and girl shooter,” Robbins said.

Every participant, whether shooting in the live or the virtual tournament, will receive a T-shirt and a certificate.

“Archery is a great sport,” Robbins said. “It helps build muscle endurance and flexibility, develop hand-eye coordination, and grip and body strength. You don’t have to be 6-foot-2 and able to dunk a basketball to participate. Girls can compete with boys, and youngsters with physical disabilities can also participate.”

This is the third year of the Florida NASP State Tournament. The first two tournaments were conducted entirely in a virtual format, with 592 kids shooting in 2008, and 751 in 2009.

NASP is a cooperative effort between the FWC and the Florida Department of Education. Before presenting the two-week archery course, teachers undergo an eight-hour NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training Program. The FWC has certified teachers from 230 Florida schools to be basic archery instructors.

The Easton-Newberry Sports complex held its grand opening in October 2009, and is an ideal location to conduct the State Tournament.

More information:

Florida's Archery in the Schools Program
Easton-Newberry Sports Complex

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