North Dakota’s National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament is March 18-19 at the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot.
In 2015, the tournament featured a record 530-plus student archers. Jeff Long, NASP state coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the event continues to grow and he expects last year’s attendance tally to be easily eclipsed.
“More and more schools are being added to the NASP program every year,” Long said. “As more kids come to the event in Minot and see the excellent venue, experience the excitement and get a taste for how much fun it is, it’s easy to see why this is growing.”
Winning state tournament teams and the top 10 individual winners qualify for the national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. Of the many North Dakota student archers who competed in Kentucky in 2015, Spencer Brockman of North Sargent High School had the highest (fifth-place) finish. Brockman, a senior, will be in Minot in March to defend his state title.
Long said only schools offering NASP lessons during school hours as part of their standard curriculum are eligible to participate in the state tournament. Schools that don’t meet this requirement are encouraged to contact Long to get the program started.
The list of North Dakota schools involved in NASP can be found on the Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov.
Schools enter teams and individuals in the following grade level divisions: elementary (4-5), middle (6-8), and high school (9-12). Teams must have 12-24 members, with a minimum of four from each gender. If smaller schools wish to form a team, archers may participate up one grade division for team competition, but they would compete individually in their appropriate age category.
Recognition is given to the top placing team in each division, the top five males and females in each division, and the top scoring male and female regardless of division. For the first time, Long said college scholarships will be awarded to some of the top finishers at the state event. Scholarships are provided through money raised by the North Dakota Youth Archery Advisory Council, with matching funds from NASP.
For more information regarding the tournament, schools should contact Long by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 701-328-6615. To learn more, visit the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.