Indiana Scholastics Archery State Tournament, April 3 2009

Indiana Scholastics Archery State Tournament, April 3 2009

Muncie, In – -( Indiana’s third annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament is April 3 at Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.

This year’s tournament will have 29 schools participating with more than 600 students competing for the top honors. Last year, more than 470 students representing 22 schools participated. This is third straight year of increased participation.

Doors open at 7 a.m. Flight times are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A shoot-off will be held after the second flight, with the six top scoring shooters, both male and female, to determine the overall individual winners in each of three grade classifications. The grade classifications are grades 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. An awards ceremony will conclude the event. There is no charge for admission.

The Indiana Field Archery Association will run the tournament, assisted by many volunteers and Indiana DNR conservation officers. The Indiana Hunter Education Association (IHEA) is the underwriting sponsor.

Supported as a joint venture between school corporations throughout Indiana and the DNR, NASP provides international target archery training in Indiana’s physical educational classes, grades 4-12. NASP supports student education and introduces many life skills through the lifelong sport of archery.

“It is our hope that this will lead to many new indoor and outdoor activities,” Indiana NASP coordinator Tim Beck said.

Tournament competition is open only to schools that have received the archery training provided by the DNR Law Enforcement Division and have the archery program as a part of their school’s curriculum.

The program is supported and often funded through local school corporations, the IHEA, individual donations, conservation organizations and corporate sponsors, such as the National Wild Turkey Federation.