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 and recreational archer, offering training in advanced techniques as well as fundamental archery skills. At JOAD, coaches help young archers achieve their individual shooting goals, and help them perfect their shooting style. New archers can join at any time, as JOAD runs throughout the year.

JOAD sessions are taught by Stanford Archery Team members, who are USA Archery Level I, Level II, or Level III-NTS certified coaches. We maintain at most a 4:1 student to coach ratio.

Out goal is to provide a fun atmosphere focused on critical skill development that fosters a lifelong love for archery. We accommodate students with all experience levels, including those with no experience with archery.

In order to join JOAD, all students, regardless of experience level, must first take a mandatory private safety lesson to learn the rules and shooting style of our range.

Enrollment Information

JOAD sessions are held in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters in accordance with the Stanford Academic Calendar. During the Winter, JOAD is held on Sundays from 9am to 11am. JOAD is held on our range located on campus. Students must be between the ages of 9 and 18 to be allowed to enroll.

We will provide all necessary equipment, however students are allowed to bring their own equipment if they would like.

Each two-hour JOAD session is $50. If a student is enrolled in the majority of one academic quarter's sessions, each lesson will cost $45. Acceptable forms of payment are cash or check (payable to "Stanford Archery Program"). We ask that parents pay for all sessions that the student is enrolled in for the quarter at their first session.

We require that new students take a safety private lesson before their first JOAD session. The student will learn basic archery safety as well as the rules of our range. Read more about private lessons and sign up for one on our private lessons page.

JOAD is regulated by USA Archery, a part of Team USA, the same organization that coordinates teams and competitions for the Olympics and Paralympics. If a student enrolls in more than three JOAD sessions per quarter, they will need to have a USAA membership (see the membership section below).

Spring Enrollment


April 8, 2018 | Practice Session

April 15, 2018 | Scoring Session

April 22, 2018 | Practice Session

April 29, 2018 | Scoring Session

May 13, 2018 | Practice Session

May 27, 2018 | Scoring Session

June 3, 2018 | Practice Session

Cancellation Policy

We require at least 48 hours notice via email to cancel a JOAD session. Missing your first scheduled session or two consecutive sessions without notice will result in the forfeit of all remaining sessions for the quarter.

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 also choose to receive credit for a session in a future academic quarter. JOAD sessions are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Occasionally, inclement weather will force a JOAD session to be canceled. We will send out an email to our public mailing list on Saturday evening warning of a possible cancellation.

If cancellation is indeed necessary, an email will be sent by 7:30 AM on Sunday notifying community members. Cancelled JOAD sessions are fully refundable, and all students who have paid for the session will automatically receive credit for a future session.

The Stanford Junior Team

Archers who demonstrate superior skill, commitment, and sportsmanship may earn a spot in Stanford Archery's mentorship program, the 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 and compete with the Stanford Archery Team, and are invited to specific Stanford Archery Team events.

Please note that being a member of the Stanford Archery Junior Team has no special weight on the Stanford University admissions process.


We are pleased to announce that we will be holding tryouts for spots on the Junior Team this Spring Quarter. We are looking for qualified and dedicated students to join this youth mentorship program. To be eligible to tryout, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Currently be in 8th grade or higher
  2. Have attended at least 10 JOAD sessions

For these tryouts, we will be using the following process:

  1. Demonstrate a qualifying score (in a round of 30 arrows at 18 m on 40cm targets) on the Apr 15 or Apr 22 JOAD session. Candidates may only make ONE attempt at shooting a qualifying score. A qualifying score is defined as the following:
    • Barebow: 180/300
    • Recurve: 220/300
    • Compound Freestyle/Bowhunter: 260/300
  2. Should the candidate shoot a qualifying score, they will be invited by email for a 15-20 min interview on Apr 29. Times will be scheduled individually.
  3. After deliberation, candidates will be notified of the decisions by Apr 30.

To declare interest in trying out for the Junior Team, please fill out this form by Apr 14.

USAA Membership

We will require the JOAD student's proof of membership. All memberships and benefits can be found on the USAA website. The following memberships are accepted for JOAD:

  1. Youth Membership: this membership costs $35 annually, and qualifies the participant for both scoring and practice sessions. We generally recommend this membership for JOAD students.
  2. Recreational Membership: this membership costs $15 annually, but only qualifies the participant for practice sessions. This membership does not qualify for scoring sessions and the Achievement Pin program, so we do not recommend it.
  3. Family Membership: this membership costs $80 annually or $200 for three years. This membership allows for siblings to be registered together in one account. It qualifies for both practice and scoring sessions.
  4. Adult Membership: this membership costs $50 annually or $130 for three years. We only accept an adult membership for high school students over the age of 18. This membership qualifies for both practice and scoring sessions.

Registration is done directly through USAA. You can create a membership with USAA here.

If you intend to shoot primarily with Stanford Archery, specify this under Club Affiliation. This option is found on the second page of enrollments, after you have selected your membership type. In the top, right hand corner, select Stanford Archery Program with ID 1720. The club is registered under Francis Parchaso, Club Coach. If you register directly under Stanford Archery, you do not need to send us proof of registration.