Scholastic Archery Association, DBA, Scholastic 3-D Archery

The mission of the Scholastic Archery Association, DBA Scholastic 3-D Archery, program is to foster, educate and guide youth in the areas of 3-D, indoor target, and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices. Scholastic 3-D Archery will design, promote and foster national youth and high school 3-D and target archery competition as an after school program affiliated with educational learning institutions, sportsman’s clubs and archery dealers. Scholastic 3-D Archery is a program that has exploded across the country in the last three years.

About Our Program

Starting in only 3 states at their first national tournament, S3DA is now active in 36 states and growing tremendously. S3DA is growing so rapidly for many different reasons. One reason is that S3DA is an entirely after school initiative that can be run through not only schools, but archery shops, churches, ASA clubs, firestations, etc. Students are attracted to S3DA because they are free to use any equipment of their choice, from any brand or company, only restricting speed limits based on the age and shooting division of the students. Along with them being able to choose their own equipment, they are also able to progress through the sport as they grow and develop. Each S3DA class provides a natural progression that helps students grow from elementary school through high school and it allows them to move straight into shooting at the collegiate level, where they are earning scholarships to shoot archery. Not only are students attracted to S3DA, but their families as well. All of S3DA’s events are family oriented and family friendly! For all of these reasons and more, S3DA has become one of the fastest growing archery programs for our youth in the U.S.   

As mentioned before, the natural progression of our program allows students to grow and develop throughout their archery career and then move into the collegiate level. S3DA partners with the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association and USA Archery to ensure students a natural progression from elementary school through middle and high school and on to college. These partners allow colleges across the nation to see the potential S3DA archers can bring to their archery programs. Students in S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at S3DA events. The S3DA National Tournament saw students walk away with more than $4 million in college scholarships. This does not even take into account the thousands of dollars won at regional and state competitions across the country. 

Students participating in S3DA events are also being taught about fair chase and ethical bowhunting, as well as wildlife conservation. S3DA has seen students learn these skills and go on to be avid bowhunters, along with their families. These students are developing a lifelong love for not only archery, but also bowhunting. Reece Harlan Bartley

They are doing so by learning the best practices and taking care of the wildlife and environment in the process. S3DA students are being featured in many different wildlife magazines and articles thanks to our partners and sponsors. S3DA is proud to support and work with some of the top industry leaders in the “R3 program”, which means recruitment, retention, and re-engagement. The R3 program’s mission is to increase participation in shooting sports and hunting.

As Vice-President of Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Scott Wanetka said, “The Scholastic 3-D Archery program has done an incredible job making the link between competitive archery, conservation and hunting. We are excited about this formula creating a fun and competitive environment for youth while also putting more hunters in the field”.   

Shane Mahoney Conservation Video (Please click on image)

In support of this overarching purpose, the Association is responsible for:

  • Sanctioning and conducting national, local/state, and regional 3-D and target archery competitions and championships;
  • Selecting, supporting, and managing teams and staff for 3-D and target archery competitions;
  • Creating and maintaining the resources and infrastructure with local sportsman’s clubs that are necessary to support the growth of youth and high school 3-D and target archery in the United States of America;
  • Promoting the growth and development of instructional and competitive archery programs in the educational institutions in the United States of America; and
  • Establishing and enforcing rules, regulations, and procedures concerning eligibility to compete in order to ensure fair competition.

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Due to recent popular movies highlighting unrivaled archers, the focal point of the media on archery in the Olympics and the success of the youth archery programs, many students have become interested in learning the skills of archery. Coaches and principals are asking for archery instruction for those students who wish to participate in the ever growing popular sport. Simply put, more archery instruction is being requested, and 3-D and target archery are the most popular choices by the educators, students, and parents.

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Board Members

Each of our Scholastic 3-D Archery regional coordinators brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and established credibility in their region that will enable us to move the program across the state at a very fast pace.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Dave Samuels

Shane Mahoney

Tom Nelson

Fred Pape

Dirk Dieterich

Competition Committee

Mike Tyrell, Chairman

Bruce Cull

Mike Lundeen

Mark Whitt

Jennie Richardson

Chris McDonald

Derek Marshall

Erika Lundeen

Executive Director
Jennie Richardson
Executive Board
Fred Pape – President
Dirk Dieterich – Vice President
J.R. Neidlinger – Secretary
Kurt Ebers – Treasurer
Steve Dalp
Board of Directors
Bob Delaney
Dr. Jack Frost
Rick Mowery
Mark Whitt
Mike Tyrell
Derek Marshall
Chesley Riddle
Hank Forester

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