Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition!

JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-confidence, and team building skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and is designed to grow with the youth archer. Introductory JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of proper shooting form; as the young archer develops, they will learn more advanced techniques.

Both recurve and compound bows are used in club activities and in tournaments. JOAD archers who use a compound bow can train to compete in local and regional tournaments, and can earn a seat on a youth world team to compete in other countries representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. Recurve archers can compete likewise, with the added benefit of being able to use their recurve bow to try out for a spot on the US Olympic Archery team which is selected and managed by USA Archery.

Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dream, USA Archery's JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.

JOAD program is taught by certified USA Archery Instructors of the Greater Pearland Archery Club (GPAC).  This program requires participants to be members of USA Archery, the Greater Pearland Archery Club and have completed a Explore Archery course taught by USA Archery Instructors.

This program is offered both indoors and outdoors.  Schedules are dependent on the availability of volunteer coaches and range locations/space.


Requirements for Registration

  • Completed Explore Archery Program
  • USA Archery Membership Required
    • Recreational Membership (Minimum)
    • Youth Membership (Recommended)**
  • Greater Pearland Archery Club Membership


Equipment Requirements

  • GPAC Equipment is available for use at no additional charge.
  • Participants may bring their own target archery equipment for use. (Bows, Arrows, Quiver, Release Aid, etc.)
  • Participants equipment shall be inspected by lead GPAC instructor prior to use on range.
  • Compound Bows limited to maximum 60# draw weight.


**Full USA Archery Membership required to participate in JOAD Achievement Program (JOAD Pins)and to participate in Team Competitions.