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2014 NASP Pennsylvania State Tournament

by Al Escobedo

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Records will be set as the largest field in state history will participate in this years' NASP Pennsylvania State Tournament.  

Over 1,100 archers are set to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Pennsylvania State Tournament on March 14th in State College, Pennsylvania. This year’s tournament field has increased significantly from last year when 817 shooters competed. Pennsylvania NASP organizers say the larger tournament field is a reflection of the overall growth of the program throughout the state. NASP is now in 155 schools statewide.

"At what other time in Pennsylvania are we going to have 1,100 students between the ages of say 10 and 18 together to celebrate and compete in an archery competition?" asked Samantha Pedder, who as the Game Commission's hunting outreach coordinator, heads planning for the tournament. "This tournament is a highlight for many of these students and as an agency we are planning an event that we hope lives up to the high expectations of these young and eager archers. It will surely be a site to witness."

The tournament takes place at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility. There are 115 lanes with two archers shooting in each lane. Officials say about 9,200 arrows will fly from Genesis bows each hour with about 46,000 arrows being fired during the tournament.

Competitors in the state tournament are hoping to qualify for the national tournament to be held in Louisville, Kentucky in May. Pennsylvania sent 147 archers to the national tournament in 2013 and students from four Pennsylvania schools participated in the World Tournament.

NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum standards set by the state Department of Education, and at the same time introduces students to the world of competitive archery.


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