JOAD & Adult Archery Achievement Program

joad_photoSan Francisco Archers offers a “JOAD” & Adult Archery Achievement Program taught by certified USA Archery instructors.

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Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program organized by USA Archery that teaches archery to young people over a series of classes, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition!

JOAD activities can range from beginner instruction through competition at the national level.  The program, which is designed to grow with the youth archer, is taught by certified USA Archery instructors and coaches.  We offer both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting techniques in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence and team-building skills.

Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they will learn more advanced techniques.  Students under this program have the opportunity to earn official achievement awards during class scoring sessions. The award system is straightforward and universal to all clubs. The first scoring goals are set so beginners can easily attain them. As the skill level increases, the awards become more challenging to achieve.  The San Francisco Archers JOAD program is designed for youth ages 8 to 20 years old.

JOAD Archers

JOAD Archers

The Adult Archery Achievement (AAA) program is available for those 21 and over teaching the beginner adult archer proper shooting techniques, achieve awards based on score, and pursue competition if they wish, during a series of classes taught by a certified coach or instructor.  Whether your goals are purely recreational or you want to challenge your archery skills, the Adult Archery Achievement program is designed to help you become the best archer you can be.  Learn to shoot, discover the camaraderie in your archery community and have fun!

Lessons:  Weekly or bi-weekly on Saturday mornings – 1.5 hour sessions

JOAD & AAA Programs

The SFA Archery JOAD/AAA program is a structured course for the beginner to the advanced archer, for both traditional and compound archery. This program is a USA Archery sanctioned curriculum for the advancement of archery skills for the young to the mature shooter. You will have access to advanced Level III NTS Coaches as well as Certified USA Archery Level II and Level I NTS Instructors. This allows our staff to match the skills of every archer to the correct level of coaching and/or instruction. Our goal is to coach and instruct archery in a fun, structured and positive approach. These classes will be on Saturdays of the month, with exception of the 2nd Saturday of each month. This day is a SFA Archery range work day. There will be other exceptions throughout the year for special events. All applicants must meet with the coaching staff prior to starting the JOAD/AAA program. This will allow our coaching staff to accurately place archers in groups that will help best to build the archers skill level. If the archer request compound and the coaching staff agree the archer would be placed in the intermediate class. These classes are offered on a Saturday to Saturday schedule. There is no set coarse length. You may pick and choose the Saturdays that you wish to attend. This allows for more flexibility in schedules and will allow the archer not to fall behind in a set length class. This allows for the archer to learn at the level they wish to participate and not be locked into a schedule that may not fit at all times. We can accommodate most special needs as well. We can accommodate most special needs as well. Please inquire with our coaching staff thru email at for more information.


As a first time archer we do provide archery equipment with instruction on a Saturday class basis. The fees include the day’s instruction along with archery equipment, bow, arrows, arm guard and finger release for traditional archery. There will be no compound archery as a beginning archery student. All skills learned as a traditional archer will help advance the skill level of the compound archer. Traditional archery skills are basis from which all archery begins. These are the core skills that will be practiced by all archers regardless of skill level.

Intermediate and Advanced Students

Intermediate and advanced students should have their own equipment prior to starting the JOAD/AAA program. At this level of skill the archer must be familiar with his or her equipment in order to continue to strengthen their skills. At the intermediate to advanced level the JOAD/AAA class moves from a core of instruction to a beginning and elevated level of coaching. These are two distinctly different approaches to enhancing an archer’s skill level and commitment to archery. This advancement will be an agreement between coaching staff and the archer. It requires a greater level of commitment than instruction of archery. At this point the archer has displayed solid core skills and a desire for higher achievement.

Fees and Class Hours

The fee for beginners without their own equipment is $15 per session. Beginners are not required to have a S.F. Archers Membership. Intermediate and Advance students, who have met the USA Archery’s skill level requirements and have been approved by the coach staff, are required to become a SF Archers member in order to join the JOAD/AAA program. The fee for intermediate and advance students, with their own equipment, is $10 per session. There will be two sessions on the Saturdays with JOAD/AAA classes. Classes are from 9:00 to 10:30 and 10:30 to 12:00. NEW STUDENTS MUST ARRIVE AT 10:00 AM ON THE FIRST DAY TO FILL OUT APPLICATIONS AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

USA Archery

USA Archery requires membership in order to achieve ranking with in the JOAD/AAA program. You may shoot and obtain a score that qualifies you for a USA Archery award but it cannot be granted until a membership with USA has been obtained. Qualifying shoots will be held upon an archers request for advancement. Students have the option to advance at their own pace. It will be up to the shooter or guardian to register with USA Archery to obtain a membership. USA Archery Membership has other benefits as well. Please go the USA Archery Web site to read about all of the benefits of being a member of the organization.

SFA Coaching Staff

SFA Coaching staff is committed to sharing and coaching the skills of archery with all those who would like to learn them. It is an exciting and challenging sport that few have ever mastered if ever. We have two Level III NTS Coaches and an excellent Level II NTS instructor. The staff at SFA shares in the love of archery and its rich history. As coaches and competitors on the range the staff is dedicated to enhancing the archery experiences for all that choose to join in and learn this challenging Olympic sport. You can find our coaching credentials and certifications on line @ USA Archery.

We look forward to seeing you in the JOAD/AAA programs!.


Coach Watts, NTS LEVEL III


Instructor Lee, NTS LEVEL II

Instructor Hartig, NTS LEVEL II

Instructor D. Chin, NTS LEVEL II

Instructor B. Chin, NTS LEVEL I

Instructor Lu, NTS LEVEL I


A news story by NBC Bay Area about our JOAD program, watch the story.

Kin Shew with students at the JOAD program

Kin Shew with students at the JOAD program

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Results from the first Achievement Shoot for the SF Archers JOAD/AAA Program are below.

Congratulations to all of you archers!

Scores for SFA JOAD Program

Scores for SFA JOAD Program