Archery is open to 4th-12th grade students. We are a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (www.naspschools.org). At SMCA, it is a part of the elementary curriculum, and it is a club for the middle and high school. In addition to that, the Archery Team is available to any student who remains academically eligible and maintains good behavior, effort, and participation. We will practice outside of school hours in the gym or outside.
Tournaments are throughout the school year, at various sites within driving distance, and Nationals are in Kentucky. For a current list of tournaments, visit www.nasptournaments.org. Also on that website, you can search for our school and see the results from last year's team.
Coaches for the team are:
- Mary Bowie (Elem. PE teacher; Basic Archery Instructor)
- Mark Crawford (Elem. PE teacher; Basic Archery Instructor)
- Roy Gibson (Fellowship Church/Awana)
- Beth Gilroy (MS/HS teacher, Archery Club Sponsor)
- Matt Gilroy (Basic Archery Instructor)
Our program uses the Genesis bow, which is a compound with a 20 lb. draw weight, with no let-off. If you want your own, they are available online or at Walmart ($150). You do not need to purchase a bow or anything in order to join the team; we have bows at the school. If you have a different bow at home, you cannot use it during practices. It needs to be a Genesis Original bow. Other types of archery are great, but this program is designed for a standard competition across all grade levels. Last year at Nationals, 14,500 students competed in 3 days. The winners tied with 298 (out of 300), and were an 11th grade boy, an 11th grade girl and an 8th grade boy. That shows that all students have a chance to succeed, if they are willing to listen and put forth the effort.