Are you thinking about joining an archery organization but you’re not sure where to start? If you’re up for some outdoor field archery in summer, and indoor shooting in winter, then check out the National Field Archery Association (NFAA).
The NFAA is a nonprofit corporation, and it’s the world’s largest field archery organization, according to its website. Founded in 1939, the NFAA consists of 49 chartered state associations and nearly 1,000 affiliated clubs. The NFAA is also a member of the International Field Archery Association, and a national allied organization of USA Archery. In 2014, the NFAA celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
The NFAA promotes numerous shooting styles, so you can participate with almost any kind of bow. It also has a division for almost every kind of bow. If you’re worried whether you’re too old or young to join, don’t give it further thought. The NFAA has age groups for everyone: Cub, Youth, Young Adult, Adult, Senior, Silver Senior, Master Senior and Professional. In other words, whether you’re 8 or 80, the NFAA welcomes you.
The NFAA holds several national championship tournaments indoors and outdoors each year that draw over 3,000 archers. The organization also hosts eight sectional indoor and eight sectional outdoor championships annually. “Sectional” means the tournaments are regional, so chances are there’s one near you.
The NFAA also sanctions more than 100 state-championship tournaments and thousands of club shoots annually, in addition to many popular league programs and mail matches. Wherever you are, you’ll have plenty of chances to shoot your bow.
The most well-known NFAA event is the annual 3 Star Tour, which includes The Vegas Shoot in Las Vegas, Nevada; the NFAA National Indoor in Louisville, Kentucky; and the First Dakota Classic in Yankton, South Dakota. This year’s 3 Star Tour drew over 4,000 archers and thousands of spectators. Archers who compete in all 3 Star events can participate in a shoot-off for a new car or $10,000 during the First Dakota Classic.
NFAA memberships provide many benefits, including four issues of Archery, a magazine highlighting the thoughts, accomplishments and activities of NFAA members. Further, shooters’ schools, the joint Certified Instructor Program, and shooting and equipment clinics are accessible in all 50 states. By meeting specific benchmarks, members can receive many awards for their skills, service and membership work.
Additionally, NFAA members can compete at USA Archery national and regional events, and USA Archery members can compete at NFAA national and sectional events. So whether you’re a new archer and want to try leagues and club shoots – or you’re ready to compete nationally for major cash prizes – the NFAA has a place for you!