The West Virginia Archery in Schools program provides thousands of students across the state with a fun and inclusive environment where they can be active, make friends and learn how to work in a team environment.

If you want to learn more about Archery in the Schools or attend an instructor training course, contact Chris Scraggs at

Become a Certified Basic Archery Instructor

The West Virginia Archery in the Schools program, which is administered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, is present in more than 300 schools and open to public, private and homeschool students in grades 4 through 12.

To participate in the West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program, a school is required to have a NASP® certified Basic Archery Instructor, a certification offered by the WVDNR. To become certified, sign up for a BAI course, which are scheduled throughout the year at various locations around the state. Classes are completed in one day (8 hours) and are free to attend. Participants are responsible for their own travel and meals. To view a list of upcoming trainings, click here.

Upcoming Basic Archery Instructor Classes

May 31, 20249 a.m. – 5 p.m.Wheeling – Bridge Street Middle SchoolRegister
June 1, 20249 a.m. – 5 p.m.Wheeling – Bridge Street Middle SchoolRegister
June 1, 20248 a.m. – 4 p.m.Ellenboro – Ritchie County Middle SchoolRegister
June 26, 20249 a.m. – 5 p.m.Dunbar – First Baptist Church Of DunbarRegister

Host a Basic Archery Instructor course at your school!

You can request to host a training at your school for three days and free of charge if your school has an adequately sized facility, you pre-register at least 12 participants and submit a Basic Archery Instructor Training Request Form. In-school BAI training can only be held between June and August, unless special approval is given by training coordinator.

West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament

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

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.

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 (Teams and Individuals)
Elementary School: 4th – 5th grade
Middle School: 6th – 8th grade
High School: 9th – 12th grade

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