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


JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and team building skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they will learn more advanced techniques.

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Minnesota JOAD Clubs



Club Contact

Club Phone

Beltrami County 4-H Archery
7223 Fairgrounds Road NW, Suite 7A
Bemidji, MN  56601 Ann Illies 218-444-5722
Coon Rapids Archery Club
1255 133rd Avenue N W
Andover, MN  55304
Linda R. Cockrell 651-486-3888
Grand Rapids Archers, Inc.
P.O.Box 531
Grand Rapids, MN  55744 Lee Kessler 218-326-1130
Granite City Joad
400 2nd Ave N
Sauk Rapids, MN  56379
Linda Beck 612-599-5364
Minnesota Kyudo Renmei
26340 Canada Avenue
Northfield, MN  55057
John Born 651-460-4796
Southwest Bowbenders Archery Club
P.O.Box 304
Brewster, MN  56119 John M. Steinle 507-370-0597
St Croix JOAD
9208 79th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN  55016 Douglas Jones 651-323-4267
Waseca Archery Club
707 3rd Street S.W.
Waseca, MN  56093 Joe Zafft 507-521-0980


Both recurve and compound bows are used in club activities and in tournaments. JOAD archers who use a compound bow can train to compete in local and regional tournaments, and can earn a seat on a youth world team to compete in other countries representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. Recurve archers can compete likewise, with the added benefit of being able to use their recurve bow to try out for a spot on the US Olympic Archery team which is selected and managed by USA Archery.

Whether your child’s interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery’s JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for JOAD Club Membership

To find information on certified instructors, click here.

Click here for a guide to JOAD age divisions.


JOAD Resources