JOAD & Adult Archery Achievement Program 2018-06-29T23:49:28-07:00


Junior Olympic Archery and Adult Archery Achievement Program

San Francisco Archers offers a combined program for both children and adults taught by certified USA Archery instructors & coaches:

  • Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Program
  • Adult Archery Achievement (AAA) Program

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 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.

JOAD Program

The 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!

  •  The San Francisco Archers JOAD program is designed for youth ages 8 to 20 years old.
  • 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.
  • JOAD activities range from beginner instruction through competition at the national level for both recurve & compound bows.
  • Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they 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.

AAA Program

The Adult Archery Achievement (AAA) program is designed for archers 21 years and over. In this series of classes, you learn proper shooting techniques. Win awards based on score and, if you wish, pursue competition at the local, state, or national level.  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!

How to Join Our Programs

New Students: 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.

Contact information: Inquire with our coaching staff thru email at for more information.

Beginner Level: Our program provides equipment to beginners 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.
  • All beginners are taught traditional archery skills. 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.
  • There will be no compound archery as a beginning archery student.

Intermediate and Advanced Level: After learning as a beginner, a student can move up to an Intermediate / Advanced Level.

  • Intermediate and advanced students should have their own equipment prior to starting the JOAD/AAA program. At this level, the archer must be familiar with their equipment in order to continue to strengthen their skills.
  • At this level, the JOAD/AAA program moves from a core of instruction to an 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 Schedule

  • Fees:
    • For beginners without their own equipment: $15 per session.
    • For intermediate and advance students with their own equipment: $10 per session.
  • Class Sessions:
    • Two Saturday sessions: 9:00 – 10:30 and 10:30 – 12:00, EXCEPT for the 2nd Saturday of each month and during any special SFA event.  See the Calendar for an up-to-date schedule.
      • This flexible program lets you shoot at your pace and schedule so you can learn at the level you want.
      • There is no set coarse length.
      • Pick and choose the Saturdays that you wish to attend, which 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.
  • New Students: If you are new, you must arrive at 10:00 am on a Saturday to fill out the application and ask questions.
  • SFA Membership:
    • 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.
  • USA Archery membership: 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
  • Coach Shew, 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

In the News…

NBC Bay Area came to film our JOAD/AAA Program. Watch the story here.

Kin Shew with students at the JOAD program

Kin Shew with students at the JOAD program

Achievement Shoot Results:

Congratulations to all of our archers!

Scores for SFA JOAD Program