The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to partnering with schools across the state through the West Virginia’s Archery in Schools Program.

Through this program, physical education students will be given an opportunity to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Archery, unlike many sporting activities, is something in which boys and girls of all sizes can easily become involved, whether they are in school or out. With the strong interest in bowhunting and competitive shooting in West Virginia, there are unlimited opportunities for students to participate in this activity outside the classroom and throughout their lifetime.

For additional information on this program, or to attend one of the scheduled upcoming training courses, please contact Chris Scraggs via email at Chris.G.Scraggs@wv.gov

Training Information

Schools interested in participating in the WV Archery in the Schools Program are required to receive the NASP® approved Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) certification offered by the WVDNR. Courses are scheduled throughout the year at various locations around the state. Classes last 8-hours (1 day) and are free to attend. Participants are responsible for their own travel and meals.

Upcoming Trainings 

 The WVDNR hosts several trainings throughout the year free of charge. To register or view a list of upcoming trainings, click below.

 Schools can request to host a training by ensuring an adequately sized facility for three days and free of charge, pre-registering at least 12 participants and filling out and emailing back the “Basic Archery Instructor Training Request Form” click here.

Note: In school BAI training can only be held between June – August unless special approval is given by training coordinator.

Schools that teach NASP® archery (WV Archery in the Schools) as part of the in-school curriculum and qualify through the State Qualifying Tournament are invited to compete in the State Tournament.

Teams: Schools qualifying as a team must send a minimum of 12 shooters of which 4 must be the opposite gender. Teams may have no more than 24 shooters. Only one team per school will be permitted.

Individuals: The top 15 shooters male/female per division (who are not already on a qualifying team) from the State Qualifying Tournament will be eligible to participate in the State Tournament.

Shooting Divisions for teams and individuals are:

Elementary School: 4th – 5th grade
Middle School: 6th – 8th grade
High School: 9th – 12th grade

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