“Olympic Excellence in Attitude Towards Life and Archery Competition”
“To promote Olympic Archery in Schools to produce character-driven leaders and competitive athletes”
What makes Olympic Archery in Schools special?
It’s the mission! We know it takes an entire community of people to help raise our youth. OAS is a community that introduces experiences, relationships and behaviors that enable young people to develop into healthy, caring and responsible adults. Created by the Easton Sports Development Foundation, Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS) is a unique archery league for middle schools and high schools. Students at participating schools can join their archery team and compete with other teams in the area. League games will have you on the edge of your seat as archers go head to head in individual and team match play. Not only is archery safe and fun, but everyone can enjoy the sport of archery. It is a great way to develop focus, self-discipline, build self-esteem, improve hand-eye coordination, and much more.
40 Developmental Assets
Through the Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets, Positive Youth Development strives to make OAS a community of individuals who share goals, visions, and accountability for youth success through the sport of archery.
I AM an Archer Recognition Program
The I AM an Archer recognition program is designed to recognize accomplishments and to reward positive traits in youth. It begins with the opportunity of rewarding archers who exemplify the OAS five core values with a merit pin. Learn more here: I AM an Archer Recognition Program
OAS Five Core Values
- RESPECT- #IAMRESPECTFUL: For youth who shows respect for peers and adults, understands clear rules and consequences. Youth shows respect for equipment and school environment.
- COMPETENCE – #IAMCOMPETENT: For youth who demonstrates planning and decision making. He or she can resist negative peer pressure and seeks a peaceful resolution to conflict.
- LEADERSHIP – #IAMALEADER: For youth who shows service to others, understanding of a safe environment, is a positive influence, and models’ responsible behavior.
- HONOR – #IAMHONORABLE: For youth who places a high value on helping other people. Youth acts on convictions and stands up for his or her beliefs.
- CONFIDENCE – #IAMCONFIDENT: For youth who demonstrates that he or she has control over “things that happen to themselves” and demonstrates self-esteem. Youth understand that life has a purpose.
OAS Season Outline
Our curriculum reinforces the OAS Five Core Values. It encourages positive traits in young people through the sport of archery in a team environment. The OAS curriculum introduces the Search Institute’s Development Assets® framework of strengths and supports, which has become the most widely recognized and most frequently cited approach to positive youth development. The OAS Curriculum is a step by step guide for instructors on how to hold practices with a focus on youth development. Instructors have a structured one-page document dedicated to 16 practices that can be repeated during the OAS season. See here a sample page of the: OAS Curriculum Guide
Our curriculum teaches the USA Archery (USAA) National Training System (NTS). By teaching NTS from the beginning, you will be giving your archers the right foundation in proper biomechanics, shooting technique, and practice habits. This will help foster a safe learning environment as your students practice good form and safety before working with a bow.
Once approved into the program, participating schools receive access to equipment discounts through an archery retailer and instructor training so that their instructors learn how to safely run an archery program and how to teach the fundamentals of Olympic-style archery.
Thank you for your interest in the OAS program. We hope to see you and your archers on the range soon!