F - FAQ Questions and Answers

Is Archery Safe?    Archery is one of the safest activities our students can be involved in.

Statistics from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that archery is one of the safest sports, with an injury rate of less than one incident per 1,000 participants, in 2004. Recreational activities like golf and fishing have an injury rate of up to 1.5 to 2 times the rate for archery. Common sports like soccer, baseball and basketball have injury rates 15 to 25 times that of archery.


The Archery Trade Association also has a document with facts here:

Will my School's insurance cover Archery?Most schools who talk to their risk managers and insurance carriers find the same insurance that already covers their other sport activities (basketball, football, wrestling …) has no problem covering or adding archery.


Will arrows damage my gym walls or floor?
NASP standard range setup uses a backstop net behind the targets, which is arrow resistant and will stop most of (the few) arrows that miss the targets.
Many years of experience show that archery instruction and practice do NOT damage the gym floor when the range is setup as recommended.

My School doesn't have a gym (or won't allow me to setup in the gym?
Archery can be taught and practiced either indoors our outdoors.
Although the gym / indoor location offers advantages of a compact and climate-controlled environment, several schools do teach archery outdoors. And MUCH of archery practice and competition in general is conducted outdoors.
Is archery actually a "physical" activity? It looks pretty sedentary.
Archery has many advantages for the student and advanced archer alike.
The sport is accessible to many who might otherwise be sidelined or excluded due to physical challenges. If necessary, archery can be performed from a seated position or using adaptive equipment to support the bow. Accommodations are available for those with limited vision, mobility, or strength.
On the other hand, archery develops many skills and abilities, such as balance, hand-eye coordination, core strength, concentration, and endurance.

How do I get my School started in NASP?    
Starting point is to email your state NASP Coordinator. You can use the "Contact Us" form on this website to initiate the conversation. Your next steps then would be to submit a NASP Grant Application, and to schedule staff for Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training.

How much does it cost to get started?  
The startup cost will vary somewhat with the population of your school, number of students in a typical PE class, and how much you intend to use the equipment in addition to the basic two-week unit. Total package (Bows, Arrows, Targets, Backstop Net, Bow Rack, and Maintenance Kit) for an average size school is about $3200. Grant from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife covers about 1/2 that cost and is provided as a "grant-in-kind".