Junior Olympic Archery Development

Stanford Archery Junior Olympic Archery Development, or JOAD for short (pronounced 'joe-add), is a USA Archery program designed to encourage children and teens to discover archery. JOAD is tailored for both the competitive archer and the recreational archer, offering competition training along with the change to connect with local archers whilst improving fundamental archery skills, learning advanced techniques, and perfecting an individual and consistent shooting style. New archers can join at any time, as JOAD runs throughout the year.

JOAD sessions are taught by Stanford Archery Team members, whom are National Archery Association Level I or Level II certified coaches. We maintain a 3:1 student to coach ratio.

Our goal is to provide a fun atmosphere focused on critical skill development that foster the development of lifetime shooting skills and a love of archery. Thus, no experience is needed to join. Stanford Archery requires that all archers, regardless of experience level, first take a mandatory private safety lesson to learn the rules and shooting style of our range.


Pricing and dates are subject to change.

When & Where

JOAD is held in accordance to the Stanford Academic Calendar every Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer academic quarter. JOAD is held SUNDAYS from 9am to 11am on our range located on campus.

shooting Dates for Fall 2014 (subject to change) Practice Session | Sunday, September 28th
Scoring Session | Sunday, October 5th
Practice Session | Sunday, October 12th
Scoring Session | Sunday, October 19th
Practice Session | Sunday, October 26th
Scoring Session | Sunday, November 2nd
Practice Session | Sunday, November 9th

Please note that these are held on SUNDAY from 9am-11am in the Fall. Pricing for Fall 2014 (subject to change) Acceptable forms of payment are cash or check (payable to "Stanford Archery Program"). $50 for two-hour session, includes equipment
$45 for a two-hour session if you bring your own equipment
$45 for each two-hour session if you buy a majority of a quarter's sessions together.
$40 for each two-hour session if you both bring your own equipment and enroll in the majority of one academic quarter's sessions together.

Enrolling in Muliple JOAD Sessions

You can sign up for multiple JOAD sessions at once. If you enroll in the majority of a quarter's academic sessions (defined as one more than half of the JOAD sessions), you will receive a $5 discount per session.

In order to reserve your enrollment for all your JOAD sessions, you must pay for all sessions when you attend the first one. If you neither attend the session nor cancel at least 48 hours in advance, your entire enrollment will be revoked.

We hold this policy in consideration to the people on JOAD's waiting-list; your sessions will be given to the first person on the waiting-list.

Cancellation Policy

We require at least 48 hours notice via email to cancel a JOAD session.

If you cancel a JOAD session with due notice, you may switch to another session in the same academic quarter that has not reached maximum enrollment. You may not switch to a session in another academic quarter or receive credit for future JOAD sessions. However, if you are a long time Stanford Archery JOAD member, defined as having attended JOAD for at least three quarters, you may receive credit for future academic quarters.

JOAD sessions are nonrefundable and nontransferable. JOAD sessions are only refundable if we are forced to cancel a session, or in cases of family and/or medical emergencies. In such an cases, you will be refunded the full amount or you may choose to receive credit towards future JOAD sessions in any academic quarter. You may not trade JOAD sessions, paid or unpaid, with anyone.

JOAD Wait-list and Walk-Ins

We offer a short wait list limited to fifteen kids, as we very rarely receive cancellations with 48 hours notice. If there is place available on the wait list, the option to register is shown on our regular enrollment page. We do not accept email requests to be wait-listed. Once the wait list is full, we do not register additional students, even if a student was able to move-off the list.

If you have attended your private safety lesson and were not able to enroll in the JOAD sessions you desired, we recommend "walking in." Each week, we normally have three or four last minute cancellations; for example, kids oft wake-up sick the morning of their session. Ten minutes into a session, we give away any open places to walk-ins.

Walk-in sessions are priced at our regular rates listed above. If you end up attending a majority of sessions, we will deduct $5 for each previous session you have attended to account for the majority of sessions discount. jump to top


Enrollment will be announced via our mailing list, for which you can sign up on “our receive email updates Etab, under “Contact Us E Make sure to sign-up to receive instantaneous email updates, not a “Digest. EUnder digest settings, you will only receive a summary of weekly emails once enrollment has closed. To assure a fair chance of enrollment, we do not announce the date of enrollment ahead of time. Similarly, we will not respond to email requests for the date.

The Stanford Archery team strives to allow as many students as possible; however JOAD sessions may fill up in a period as short as twenty minutes due to demand. While we would greatly love to accommodate all enthusiastic students, we are limited by the size of our range and the number of our wonderful, student volunteer coaches. Accordingly, we will not respond to sign-up requests once enrollment has closed.

Before signing up, you must have first taken a safety private lesson. Please email us if you have not and would like to. Signups are closed. jump to top

The Stanford Junior Team

the range at dusk

Archers who demonstrate superior skill, commitment, and sportsmanship and are dedicated to reaching higher levels of competition may earn a spot on the Stanford Junior Team. While all members of the JOAD program will have opportunities to compete in local, state, and national archery competitions, members of the Junior Team will train specifically for these competitions and travel together as a team to tournaments. Junior Team members, furthermore, train with the Stanford Archery Team and attend Stanford Archery Team events.

To request an invitation to the next junior team tryout, an archer will need to:

1. Attend a minimum of 10 JOAD sessions to become familiar with the JOAD community and junior team.

2. Demonstrate a minimum score of 220 (out of 300) on a 40cm target at an 18 meter distance during JOAD scoring sessions.

3. Have attended tournaments in the past year, or have worked out a tournament development schedule with the JOAD director and Team Colligate Director.

4. Become engrained in the junior team community and demonstrate outstanding maturity and responsibility, as judged by the JOAD director and/or head coach.

Junior team tryouts are held only when current members graduate to college. Archers that have demonstrated the above qualifications and have requested a tryout will be invited to tryout. We reserve the right to only invite those we feel have outstandingly proved the above qualifications and have earned to right to try out.

Being a member of the Stanford Junior Team has no weight on the Stanford University admissions process. The Junior Team is reserved for those who demonstrate passion and talent in archery, not an interest in Stanford University.

Further information about Junior Team can be explained during a conversation with the JOAD director during JOAD or via email. Requests for a tryout invitation must be sent via email to the JOAD director, and will be shared with the head coach and team president. jump to top

Frequently Asked Questions about JOAD

Should I buy my own equipment? While a $5 discount is provided to those who bring their own equipment, we offer high quality equipment. We very strongly recommend against purchasing equipment if you shoot less than an 180 out of 300 on a 40 centimeter target, at 18 meters.
For those wishing to pursue competition, we recommend purchasing equipment that can be customized and practiced outside of JOAD and Private Lessons. Feel free to contact us with any questions about equipment purchases.

Is JOAD appropriate for complete beginners? Absolutely. JOAD accomodates junior archery champions as well as those who have never before touched a bow. For safety reasons, we require those with no prior experience to take a private lesson from any of our coaches before attending their first JOAD.

What if I am not sure about getting into competitive archery? Is JOAD still right for me? Yes, definitely. Though all members of JOAD have the opportunity to compete, none are required. For those looking for purely recreational archery, JOAD is a chance to make friends and practice the sport for fun.

What is the difference between JOAD and Summer Camp? JOAD is similar to the Summer Camp in that no experience is required and kids will have a chance to meet and bond with other archers in the area. However, since JOAD is designed as a true archery training program it maintains a more serious, skill-development-oriented atmosphere.

What is the difference between a scoring session and a practice session? All students shoot for both types of sessions. During the practice session students shoot an end of 6 arrows. These sessions are geared for working on form. For scoring sessions, they shoot 10 ends of 3 arrows, and learning how to score their arrows and record their progress. These sessions are to gauge your progress.

In the end of scoring sessions, students shoot at nontraditional targets for fun, such as balloons or card decks. In both sessions are students actively coached, and the format is flexible. For example, we have had students in the past who have refused to score out of principle, or students who have learned how to tune their bow rather than shoot.

Will there still be JOAD on rainy days? Yes, we will still hold JOAD sessions, even when it is raining. Students are advised to wear boots and other rain gear, and we will set up tents for some cover from the rain while shooting. jump to top