From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- As a result of the growing success of the Archery in the Schools Program, the Division of Natural Resources will host to the Sixth Annual West Virginia State Tournament at Veterans Memorial Field House, Huntington, March 26.
The DNR anticipates more than 600 students from across the state will participate, making it the largest indoor youth archery tournament ever held in the state of West Virginia.
The AIS Program is the DNR’s largest and fastest growing educational program, reaching more than 50,000 students through the participation of nearly 250 schools. Since the DNR implemented the program in 2004, over 1,500 students have participated in five state tournaments with several hundred qualifying and competing at National Tournaments located in Louisville, according to Program Coordinator Scott Warner.
Schools that have trained AIS instructors but have not yet purchased archery equipment still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament. Certified instructors may volunteer to help with scoring and arrow-pulling at the tournament, said Warner. In fact, it provides instructors first-hand knowledge of what goes on at a tournament, which would be of great benefit to their school. However, volunteers will need to contact us well in advance.
For more information on the AIS State Tournament and details on school involvement, visit the www.wvdnr.gov/archery or contact Scott Warner at (304)558-2771.