Getting Started

Getting started is simple. Participating schools must send at least one teacher to an 8 hour NASP Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training course to become a certified archery instructor. After staff has been certified in NASP they may order NASP equipment and start teaching students!

Contact the TPWD Archery Coordinator to get the latest training information.

Burnie Kessner
TPWD Archery Coordinator
111 Nagle Hall TAMU 2258
College Station, TX 77843-2258
office-979-862-7341
cell-281-793-5135
fax-979-862-7750
burnie.kessner@tpwd.state.tx.us

One of the keys to the NASP’s widespread acceptance, popularity, and success is its design. It is a “canned” program, easy for the often over-looked and over-worked teacher to implement. There are three requirements that every school must meet in order to participate in the NASP:

  1. Every teacher in the program is required to undergo 8-12 hours of archery training, no matter the teacher’s level of archery experience. The foundation of this training was created by the National Archery and National Field Archery Associations. The training has been redesigned to more closely meet the needs of more formal classroom-style teaching methods. The cost of training includes the $30 training packet and on rare occasions an instruction fee of $25-30/teacher. In most states teachers may receive professional development (PD) credit from the education department for undergoing the archery training. Most PD credit is far more expensive for a teacher to receive.
  2. Every school in the program acquires, at wholesale prices from the NASP, a standard, safe, durable, modern, and universal-fit archery equipment kit. The kit is designed for teaching a class of 22-33 physical education students. Every child in the program, no matter the state or country, uses the exact same bow, arrow, target, and shooting style when learning the program. This standardization is one of the reasons the program has such high self-esteem benefits – no matter how much or little income the student’s family might have, they all use the same equipment. The price of the NASP equipment kit @ $2,500-2,700 each is sometimes an obstacle the school administration must overcome. However, many schools receive assistance from archery clubs, community organizations and local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Chapters.
  3. Finally, every teacher is provided education department-compliant “curriculum” or units of study that help the teacher relate archery to core content subject areas such as mathematics, history, and language arts. The development of these units of study by curriculum specialists has enabled archery to speak the language of today’s modern, accountable education standards.

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