(Junior Olympic Archery Development)

The Huntsville Archery Club JOAD Program is open to all young people from 10 to 20 years of age and handicap/wheelchair youth are welcome. Whether your goal is to be a future Olympic archer, competitive tournament shooter, a hunter or simply shoot for fun and recreation this program is for both the new and experienced archers. The purpose is to introduce young people to the sport of archery, teach them safe shooting skills, improve shooting ability and have fun.

JOAD stands for Junior Olympic Archery Development, a program that provides archery instruction and competition for young archers across the country and in foreign countries. The JOAD program is part of the National Archery Association (NAA), a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the sport of archery in the United States. The NAA is the national governing body for archery in the United States and is responsible for the U.S. Olympic Archery Team. Through the JOAD Olympian Award program, young archers can earn incentive awards as they develop and improve their skills. Achievement pins start at one star and advance to the eight star pin. The Olympian achievement awards, bronze, silver and gold are awarded after the eight star pin. The 1996 Olympic double-gold medalist is a product of the JOAD program.

The program is run by Coach Lynn Riggs, a highly qualified and experienced instructor and archer who has been operating this program for over 12 years.


Contact: Lynn Riggs: Weekdays 256-783-2135, evenings and weekends 256-430-2872

How it works: The archer must begin with the mandatory Introductory Program. The archer needs to attend at least 4 of the 5 classes. Contact Coach Lynn to enroll. After completing the Introductory Program you may participate in the year round Regular Program.

When: Saturdays. The Introductory Program is held on specified Saturdays throughout the year and will run for 5 Saturdays. Contact Coach Lynn for those dates. The Regular Program is available throughout the year and mandatory attendance is not required.
Outdoors (spring thru fall): Introductory Program is from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.
                                        Regular Program is from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Indoors (winter):   Introductory Program: Will be assigned either the 9 am or the 11 am class.
                            Regular Program: Last name begins with letters A-L 9:00 am – 10:30 am*
                            Last name begins with letters M-Z 11:00 am – 12:30 pm*
                            * Please try to make your designated time, however if you find it impossible to attend your designated time please check with Coach Lynn for exceptions to attend the other time slot. For those carpooling, with archers that would qualify for both sessions, please choose the class that has had the least number of participants.

Equipment: Club equipment is available for use during class sessions. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Compound, recurve and long bows are welcome.

Cost:    Introductory Program: $40 for 5 weeks.
            Regular Program: Class sessions are only $5.00 each (pay only for the classes you attend). We invite you to participate in a few sessions before joining the Huntsville Archery Club. Annual club membership is $30.00 with price breaks for additional family members enrolled in the youth or adult program. The benefits to joining the Huntsville Archery Club are: 1) The use of Custom Archery Center’s indoor range free of charge and using the club equipment during that time. 2) Eligible for the incentive awards when class shoots for score.

NAA Incentive Awards: Incentive awards can be earned as scores improve. To receive the awards beyond the four star level you must be a member of the NAA. However, NAA membership is not required to participate in the Huntsville Archery Club’s youth or adult program. For NAA membership visit their website at

Adult Program: There is a similar program for anyone 18 years of age or older and is held on Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm.

Location: Custom Archery Center, 11599 S. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL. Phone: 256-650-6103

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