Youth is the junior section of Archery New Zealand and was formed to help cater for young archers in New Zealand. Before Youth Archery was formed in New Zealand all juniors, no matter what their age, competed against one another. So a 17 year old stood beside an 8 year old shooting for the same trophies and medals. Youth Archery (formerly known as JAMA - Junior Archer Members Association) was formed to make junior archery a much fairer system and now has 5 different age divisions from Kiwi (under 10) to Junior (under 20).
Youth Archery has their own Maori Motto; Ko ngā Rangatahi ngā Rangatira mō āpōpō.
This translated means; the youth of today are the champions of tomorrow.
Monthly Postal Shoots
Youth involves young archers in New Zealand by holding postal shoots which are shot each month (except for December and January) at local clubs.
Each month a different round is shot. From May to September, we use an indoor round, at distances from 11m-18m.
From October to May, we use the third or fourth WA 1440 (or Youth) distance for each age group which ranges between 10m and 50m.
These shoots are held at each individual club and the highest score shot each month are sent in to the Youth Postal League Co-ordinator who co-ordinates the scores (email address: [email protected]). Certificates are presented to the first 3 placing of each division. Results can be found on the Postal Round page of the website.
Individual clubs host tournaments during the year solely for Youth Archery.
The North Island and South Island Youth Championships are outdoor tournaments which are held over 2 full usually in February or March and have, for the past few years, been held in Rotorua for North Island, and in Christchurch for the South Island. These outdoor tournaments are shot from various distances for juniors’ relevant ages. The youngest - KIWIS (U10) can shoot from as close as 15 metres while the older JUNIORS (U20) can shoot as far as 90 metres.
These Tournaments are particularly important for those aspiring for Trans-Tasman Team selection:
South Island Youth Champs
North Island Youth Champs
Youth archers also compete in the National Indoor Championships which is held during the winter months. All competitors at the indoor tournaments shoot from a distance of 18 metres into smaller target faces.
Badges and awards
Youth also have pinscores each month, with the indoor and outdoor monthly shoots. Pinscores are scores which juniors strive to achieve and are looked on as a great achievement.
When you have gained 3 pinscores indoors, or 3 pinscores outdoors, you may claim either an indoor or an outdoor pinscore badge at a cost of $10. You may only claim one pinscore per month (per division.)
Youth perfect pins are also available for juniors competing at major outdoor tournaments at their relevant World Archery or Youth Archery outdoor distance or above.
Youth outdoor perfect pins can be claimed if all 6 arrows shot in one end for either of the 2 further distances are in the gold area. This also applies for either of the 2 closest distances if shooting 6 arrow ends, or, if all 3 arrows shot in one 3 arrow end are in the 10.
These badges are available to be claimed from Major tournaments, at their relevant World Archery or Youth outdoor distance or above. Based on the archers total one day score. Badges available for 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1350, and 1400.
All Badges cost $10, claim forms are on the website and must be accompanied by the original score sheet with claims signed by an official.
Youth Awards Claim Guidelines
Download Claim Form
NZ Junior teams
Juniors have the opportunity to trial for NZ Junior teams to compete against other juniors from around the world. Each archer must meet the required criteria to be considered for any teams.
Every second year Archery New Zealand selects a junior team to compete against Australia. This competition is called the Trans-Tasman. Please check the link on this page for more information.
This is a self funded event of which is located either in New Zealand or Australia on a rotating basis. The next event is in 2014, to be held in Australia.
Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships
Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship applications usually open on 1 November each year.
Programme information, guides, draft application forms and closing dates available here.
Check out the "Youth Zone" on the World Anti Doping Website
... some great information for kids and parents, plus some interactive games... https://www.wada-ama.org/en/what-we-do/education-awareness/youth-zone
How do I find out more about junior archery?
Most archery clubs in New Zealand have a Youth section. Please click the Youth Contacts link - this will give you the name of your local archery clubs Youth contact. They will be able to give you all information regarding becoming a member of Archery New Zealand and Youth Archery.
For further information please contact the Youth Coordinator on [email protected].