What Is JOAD?

JOAD stands for Junior Olympic Archery Development. JOAD is a national program under the coordination of Olympic Team USA / US Archery Division. The goal of the JOAD program is to instruct and refine the young archer’s skills. In the process, the shooter will develop confidence, friendships and success through discipline and practice.
Hemlock is privileged to have a number of dedicated and knowledgeable instructors who are willing to help young people discover the enjoyment and satisfaction archery can provide and our JOAD program is a great way to start. All JOAD programs offer an achievement award system based on how well the archer shoots. There are 11 levels in the achievement system; beginning with Green Star and extending to Gold Olympian.

When is JOAD?

Hemlock has various youth oriented archery programs with excellent instructors. JOAD Archery is our biggest one and is based on Olympic style shooting for both boys and girls ages 8 until 20.

This program has two segments:

  • Winter (indoors) all shooters shoot from a distance of 20 yards at a standard ten ring target. Indoors begins the first Saturday of November at 10:30 AM or 12:00 PM and runs to the end of March.
  • Summer (outdoors) is focused on the different outdoor disciplines of target archery such as Field Target round (like what you see the Olympic Archers shoot). Ranges vary from 50 yard shots (the younger kids don’t shoot this far) down to as little as 15 yards and runs for 6-8 weeks over the early summer months.

Children interested in the Compound JOAD program must have their own compound equipment to participate. This is a new program for Hemlock and the club does not have the necessary equipment to lend out.

JOAD participants must have an individual or family club membership to participate, which currently runs $55.00 per year for you or your family.

Beginner’s program

There is also a beginner’s program that starts the first Saturday of October at 8:00 AM or the second Wednesday of October at 6:00 PM. It runs for 8 weeks and costs $20 for the entire 8 weeks. If the beginner shooters decide to continue into the JOAD program, they would start shooting Saturdays at 10:30 AM along with the other JOAD shooters, after joining with a yearly membership. Recurve bows and equipment are provided for the beginner courses.  Children wishing to use compound bows, must bring their own equipment to these classes.  The configuration that must be done to match a compound bow to a shooter does not allow us to have compound bows available for these classes.

For more information, or to register your child, call  Mike Carpenter at (717) 389-6589 or Dave Peterson at (717) 773-8297.

JOAD Compound


How much does it cost?

JOAD participants must have a family club membership to participate, which currently runs $55.00 per year for you and your family. Individual membership (over 17 years) is also $55.  After the membership fee, the program will consist of an one time $8 registration fee and $4 weekly target fees

Beginner program participants do not require a membership.

Beginner Programs are $20 for the entire 8 week program.  The course runs on Saturdays from October 5th through November 30th starting at 8:00 AM   Compound, Recurve & Barebow shooters are welcome at either session.

We are also taking reservations for a January-February 2014 Introduction to Recurve JOAD.

For more information, or to register your child, call Jen Trovinger at (717) 273-5472, Mike Carpenter at (717) 389-6589 or Dave Peterson at (717) 773-8297.

Hemlock JOAD instructors

Our JOAD Instructors have received their certification by taking classes and passing knowledge tests proctored by representatives of US Archery.  Our instructors are capable of instructing beginner and intermediate level archers.
  • Dave Peterson – Level 2 Certification (Hemlock JOAD Program Director)
  • Bob Altrath – Level 1 Certification
  • Steve Takoch – Level 2 Certification
  • Rich Snyder – Level 2 Certification
  • Scott Trovinger – Level 1 Certification
  • Jen Trovinger – Level 1 Certification
  • Mike Carpenter – Level 2 Certification
  • Dirk Reifsnyder -Level 1 Certification
  • Kelly Reifsnyder- Level 1 Certification
  • Steve Finkel – Level 1 Certification


Hemlock Field Archers is the largest archery club in Central Pennsylvania. From the humble beginning of just a few members and a small clubhouse grew a well-respected club of over four hundred members. The Hemlock Archer’s Club of today can be attributed to the dedication, hard work and love of archery by past and present members. Located just south of Lebanon, we offer indoor target shooting as well as an outdoor course. We hold target and 3D shooting events throughout the year.

Below are links to documents for JOAD:

2013 JOAD Handbook PDF file Hemlock Application PDF file JOAD Application PDF file JOAD Waiver PDF file

Compound Archery Gallery

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