POMEROY — Archery students in Meigs and Eastern schools and their coaches, as well as other eligible schools in the region, are reminded that registration for the Ohio National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament is now open.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the state tournament has openings for 1,512 student archers from certified NASP schools across Ohio.
Registrations will close once the 1,512 openings are filed, it was reported. Currently more than 40,000 Ohio students participate in NASP as part of their physical education curriculum.
Last year Meigs Local schools entered three teams of 24 each from the three schools, Intermediate, Middle and High School,. Dan Thomas is the coach of the teams which have scored high enough over the years at the state level to repeatedly qualify for the NSAP National Invitational Tournament held in Louisville.
Last year under the guidance of Jeff Jones, the archery program was introduced in the Eastern Local School District, and archers there participated in the state contest.
ODNR will host the 2014 State NASP Tournament on Friday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival at Veterans Memorial, located at 300 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. NASP is a school curriculum currently taught in 650 Ohio schools, making Ohio the third-largest program in the United States.
It was noted that students with high-ranking scores may be eligible for scholarships through Hocking College in Nelsonville. Individual archers and teams may also qualify for the NASP National Championship, which will be held May 9-10, 2014, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
Last year, ODNR certified 370 new instructors from 57 schools in 49 different school districts as Basic Archery Instructors and awarded $57,000 in grants to help with startup costs. New schools can apply for up to $2,500 in grant money to start an archery program at their school.
Ohio was the 10th state to participate in NASP. The ODNR Division of Wildlife introduced NASP in 2004 with 12 pilot schools. Statewide expansion began in January 2005. Growth in NASP has continued across the state, and more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties currently have at least one school participating in NASP.
Schools interested in learning more about NASP may contact Matt Neumeier, shooting sports coordinator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife, at 614-265-6334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit ohionasp.com for more information.