From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
-- Nearly 600 youths from schools throughout Minnesota will compete Saturday, March 29, at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Fourth Annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.
All student archers who advanced to the state tournament will compete as individuals. The top five boys and the top five girls qualify for the NASP National Championships May 10 in Louisville, Ky.
Teams of 16 to 24 archers comprise national division teams in the Elementary Division (grades 4-6), Middle School Division (grades 7-8), and High School Division (grades 9-12). National division state tournament winners qualify for the NASP National Championships. Teams of eight to 15 state division team archers compete for awards in each of the three age divisions.
About 85,000 students from 250 Minnesota school districts participate in the DNR-sponsored program, which incorporates target-style archery into regular physical education classes for youth in grades four through 12.
The number of youth archers has more than doubled since the state tournament was first held in 2005.