TWRA to Host State Archery Tournament in Murfreesboro, March 31-April 1 – Clarksville Online

Nashville, TN – For the first time since 2019, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host the 15th National Archery Schools Program (NASP) State Championships, March 31-April 1 in Murfreesboro. The 2020 championships were canceled due to the pandemic and last year’s championship was a virtual event.

The NASP State Championships will return to Tennessee Miller Coliseum for the 11th year. Nearly 1,500 students representing 80 schools are registered to participate. There will be three divisions. Schools will compete in elementary, middle and high school divisions. Awards will be given to the top teams and individual finalists in each division.

Many of Volunteer State’s top student archers will compete in this year’s event. The NASP program began in Tennessee in 2004 and has grown tremendously since its inception.

The competition will start at 9:30 a.m. with the last flight scheduled at 3:30 p.m. each day. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. on the second day of the contest. The public is welcome and invited to attend. There are no admission fees.

Tennessee launched the NASP in late 2004 with 12 pilot schools participating in the program. The number of schools has grown to over 600 now participating in the program. The NASP is a two-week school-based program that teaches international-style target archery.

Each student will shoot 30 arrows, 15-10 yards and 15-15 yards with a maximum score of 300. The top team and top 10 individuals in each division will automatically be offered an offer to participate in the 2022 NASP National Tournament to be held in May. in Louisville, Ky. There will also be general offers for those who qualify.

If a school or teacher is interested in starting a NASP program, please contact Don Crawford, Deputy Head, Multimedia Division at or 615.781.6542 or Matt Clarey, TWRA Region III Regional Training Coordinator at or 931.484.9571.

Earnest A. Martinez