USA Archery is the national governing body for Olympic archery. It selects and trains the U.S. men’s and women’s teams for the Olympics, Paralympics and Pan American Games; as well as the teams for World Cups, World Championships and other annual international competitions. USAA membership is open to all archers in every discipline. The ATA and USAA collaborate to promote archery through grassroots efforts like Explore Archery, instructor-certification courses, and other outreach and education programs.
The NFAA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting archery. It’s also the world’s largest field-archery organization. The NFAA is part of the International Field Archery Association, and allied nationally with USA Archery. The NFAA promotes all shooting styles, including recurve, barebow, traditional, freestyle, freestyle limited, competitive bowhunter and bowhunter freestyle. ATA and NFAA collaborate to grow bowhunting, bowfishing and tournament archery. NFAA helps archers diversify their interests through fun-shoots, competition, bowfishing and shooting facilities.
S3DA is a next-step program for youngsters who have received basic archery instruction. S3DA helps youths discover archery’s exciting disciplines without restricting equipment choices. It emphasizes lifelong participation in target archery, bowhunting and bowfishing; and offers collegiate scholarships for aspiring competitors. S3DA partners with ASA for 3-D participation, NFAA for indoor competition, USAA for outdoor competition, and the Pope & Young Club for bowhunting participation. ATA supports S3DA through grants for staff, bowhunting and bowfishing educational and technological tools.
The IWLA promotes conservation, clean air/water programs, and outdoor recreation locally and nationally through Explore Bowhunting and archery-education programs. The IWLA encourages its members and chapters to become mentors; and to partner with state wildlife agencies, The Salvation Army Outdoors, and other community-based programs to offer mentored hunts and related events. The ATA collaborates with the IWLA to expand their archery capabilities and create a diverse mentoring base nationwide.
Easton Foundations boost archery by promoting it as a mainstream sport at the state, regional and national levels. To do that, the Foundation supports grassroots efforts, and college and university programs that inspire the nation’s Olympic hopefuls. The ATA and ESDF regularly collaborate to grow archery nationwide to maximize both organizations’ investments in archery sports.
OYEA is a foundation that provides Indianapolis’ inner-city youths a safe, educational environment to develop life and leadership skills through outdoor activities like archery and bowhunting while learning about land and water conservation. The ATA and its hotel partners in Indianapolis collaborate with OYEA to help fund its Capital Campaign for a larger facility; and provide kids one-on-one experiences with caring adults who help them become lifelong archers and environmental stewards.
State fish and wildlife agencies provide recreational opportunities for archers, bowhunters and bowfishing participants. Agencies receive funding through license sales, and revenues from federal excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, broadheads and specific archery accessories. Agencies use those funds to promote and manage wildlife, hunting access, educational programs and shooting ranges. The ATA connects its members with agencies to implement the Archery Academy, Explore Bowhunting and Explore Bowfishing programs nationwide.
The Salvation Army Outdoors initiative provides opportunities for youngsters to learn skills and experience exciting adventures. Its goal is to enhance programs, equip leaders and engage friends. The ATA collaborates with The Salvation Army Outdoors to introduce urban youths to archery, bowhunting and bowfishing.
World Archery is the international governing body for the sport of archery. Its mission is to promote and regulate archery worldwide, developing the sport with over 160 member associations through international events, development initiatives and marketing and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and International World Games Association, among others. The ATA works with World Archery to create new markets and grow archery on a global scale.
Archers USA was founded by Dale Morrell, owner of Morrell Targets. The organization helps beginning archers get off to a good start by using the Individual Shooting Code and ISC custom equipment to take archers who shoot instinctively with fingers and teach them to use sights, release aids and other advanced gear. Morrell thinks successful archers have more fun, confidence and self-esteem, which helps keep them in the sport. The partnership helps the ATA connect its state wildlife-agency partners with Archers USA staff, who can help educators merge the ISC system and equipment into their archery programs. As students learn to shoot advanced equipment, they can try more archery disciplines and next-step programs like the ATA’s Explore Bowhunting and Explore Bowfishing.