Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to our organization. Have a question we haven’t answered? Feel free to send us an email, we love to help!

The Scholastic 3-D Archery program was started in December of 2012. This program was started to foster, educate, and guide youth in the areas of 3-D, Indoor, and Outdoor Target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices.

Scholastic 3-D Archery, known as S3DA, was created by a group of leaders in the archery industry who realized there was a large gap between basic introductory archery programs and the Next Step training initiative that students are looking for. A key facet of the S3DA program is the partnerships between the Archery Shooters Association (ASA), National Field Archery Association (NFAA), and United States Collegiate Archery Association (USCAA).

  • $25- Yearly Student Fee includes $25K Insurance
  • $50- Yearly Coach Fee includes $2 million General Liability Insurance
  • $25- Background Check Fee every 3 years

**USA Archery Level 2 NSA or above members can provide their USA Archery number as a substitution for a background check.

  • $50- Yearly Club/Team Fee

**Team is defined as all members belonging to a certain school or school district.
**Club is defined as any member that belongs to a club, no location parameters.

  • $150- Optional Club/Team Insurance to cover the venue where practicing (MUST provide proof of facility/venue insurance)


An ever-expanding, diverse group of local, state and national organizations, archery manufacturers and trade groups who are interested in youth outdoor education support the S3DA program.

Grants are available! There are many different grants that vary across states. For National S3DA Grants there is programs such as: Bushnell, Duck Dynasty Family, Leupold & Stevens, Realtree, Gander Mountain Donations Team and Stewart J. Rahr Foundation.

Please check under our “HOME” tab and click on where it says “college opportunities” for more information and make sure to scroll to the bottom for the Contact Information for the S3DA Grant Writer!


S3DA adheres to a 3-tiered instructional/certification program.  In order to become an S3DA coach, individuals who are 18 years or older must complete the Basic Instructor Training Course taught by an Advanced Instructor. To find a class near you, please visit our Event Calendar tab.

One day.  A S3DA certified Instructor Trainer (Level 2, CTT) provides the instruction to instructor candidates.  This training is usually done in groups at various times in the individual states/regions.  Instructor candidates must take and pass a certification assessment before receiving the curriculum and being allowed to teach the program.

USA Archery Level 2 NTS and above can take a modified training class to obtain their Advanced Certification. The class will be approximately 2.5 hours.

  • Basic 3-D Instructor Training is $80
  • Advanced 3-D Instructor Training is $150

One of the strengths of this program is that despite seasonal changes that prohibit or restrict outdoor activity, “Scholastic 3-D Archery” can take place year round.  Learning to shoot a bow in a gym indoors can be accomplished without regard to weather.  It is a great way to encourage youth to get outdoors once Mother Nature allows.

Most middle & high schools will be adequate.  Even the smallest of “standard” size gyms are suitable for Scholastic 3-D Archery.

3-D targets are foam polymer targets molded to present a 3-dimensional appearance.  3-D targets and their associated scoring areas vary in size using a non-concentric scoring area to present unique challenges to recreational and competitive archers alike.

Feedback from students taking the course in the pilot schools and from those participating in S3DA events is very positive.