MDC plans archery instructor training classes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Teachers interested in becoming archery instructors at their schools will have opportunities to receive training in September in Joplin and Springfield.

On Sept. 19 and Sept. 21, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) basic archery instructor training class at Missouri Southern State University’s Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The class will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is located at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin. Teachers must attend both sessions and successfully complete a written exam to receive instructor certification. Participants should bring a sack lunch, snacks, and are advised to dress comfortably. No open-toed shoes.

MDC will offer another basic archery instructor training class on Sept. 22 at the O’Reilly-Tefft Gym in Springfield. This one-day event will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The O’Reilly-Tefft Gym is located at 1408 E. Pythian Ave.

These free training classes are meant for teachers interested in incorporating MoNASP instruction into their school’s curriculum. Individuals can register for either class at

Basic archery instructor training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP programs must be a part of a school’s curriculum for at least two weeks to qualify that school for regional, state, national and international NASP competitions.

MoNASP is the Missouri branch of NASP, a national program that uses archery to boost students’ physical dexterity and self-confidence. Participants also learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives in the form of recreational target shooting or bow hunting. People can get more information about upcoming MoNASP events in southwest Missouri by e-mailing at MDC’s Southwest Regional Office in Springfield or at MDC’s Joplin Office. MoNASP information can also be found at