About Our Program
Starting in only 3 states at their 1st National Tournament, S3DA is now active in 30+ states and growing tremendously. S3DA is growing so rapidly for many different reasons. One reason is that S3DA is entirely an after-school initiative that can be run through not only schools, but archery shops, churches, fire stations, wildlife departments, ASA clubs, NFAA clubs, JOAD clubs, etc.
Youth are attracted to S3DA because they are free to use any equipment of their choice, from any brand or company, only restricting speed limits based on their age and shooting division. Along with youth being able to choose their own equipment, they are also able to progress through the sport as they grow and develop. Each S3DA class provides a natural progression that helps youth grow from elementary school through high school and it allows them to move straight into shooting at the collegiate level, where they are earning scholarships to shoot archery.
Not only are youth attracted to S3DA, but families are as well. All of the S3DA events are family-oriented and family friendly! For all of those reasons and more, S3DA has become one of the fastest growing archery programs for our youth in the nation!
The mission of the Scholastic Archery Association, DBA Scholastic 3-D Archery, program is to foster, educate and guide youth in the areas of 3D, indoor target, and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices. Scholastic 3-D Archery will design, promote and foster national youth and high school 3D and target archery competition as an after-school program affiliated with educational learning institutions, sportsman’s clubs and archery dealers.
As mentioned before, the natural progression of our program allows youth the opportunity to grow and develop throughout their archery career and then move into the collegiate level. S3DA partners with the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association and USA Archery to ensure youth a natural progression of the sport. These partners allow colleges across the nation to see the potential S3DA archers can bring to their archery programs. Youth in S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at S3DA events, regardless at a local, regional, state or national level. S3DA National events for 2019 saw archers walk away with over $25 million in college scholarships, which does not event take into account the local, regional or state competitions across the nation.
Youth participating in S3DA events are also being taught about fair chase and ethical bowhunting, as well as wildlife conservation. S3DA has seen youth learn these skills and go on to be avid hunters, along with their families. These children are developing a lifelong love for not only archery, but also bowhunting, and they are doing so by learning the best practices and taking care of the wildlife and environment in the process. Check out more information regarding this on our “S3DA Conservation” tab!
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Due to the recent popular movies that highlight unrivaled archers, the focal point of the media on archery in the Olympics and the success of the youth archery programs, many youths have become interested in learning the skills of archery. Coaches and principals are asking for archery instructions for those youths who wish to participate in the ever-growing popular sport. Simply put, more archery instruction is being requested and 3-D and target archery are the most popular choices by the educators, youths and parents.
In support of this overarching purpose, the association is responsible for:
Sanctioning and conducting local, regional, state and national 3-D and target archery competitions and championships
Selecting, supporting and managing clubs/teams and staff for 3-D and target archery competitions and championships
Creating and maintaining the resources and infrastructure with local sportsman’s clubs, that are necessary to support the growth of youth and high school 3-D and target archery across the nation
Promoting the growth and development of instructional and competitive archery programs in the educational institutions across the nation
Establishing and enforcing rules, regulations and procedures concerning the eligibility to compete in order to ensure fair competition