Minnehaha Archers, Inc
Minnehaha Archers, Inc
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 10
2015 JOAD Handbook current
US Archery JOAD Resources
INDOOR amp OUTDOOR Scoring Matrix


Joining JOAD
Range Rules
Range Etiquette
Range Signals
Star Pin Program
Pin Matrix and Scoring
USAA dress code
USAA Membership
Outdoor Guide
Joining JOAD
 Interested in joining JOAD?
  • We allow new students to join JOAD who are at least 8 years old 
  • If your child has participated in tournaments or other shooting events please indicate. 
  • JOAD sessions are 8 weeks long and start in January, June and September.
  • Our JOAD Program is a volunteer base program, all our coaches are parents (Certified at different

    levels, So, the more parent involvement and becoming coaches, the more kids can join the program.

  • Acceptance to the Minnehaha Archers JOAD program is based on availability; priority is given to the archers already enrolled in the program.
Link to JOAD Frequent Asked Questions
NOTE: Costs & Fees listed for Membership, JOAD Sessions, Classes and other activities  may be subject to change
  • A Club Membership is required to join our JOAD Program.
  • NEW Youth membership (17 yrs. and under)
  • - $55.00 yearly membership fee plus a one-time $10.00 fee (refundable) for Indoor Range access key-card to allow 24/7 access to our Indoor Range, 

      Total Membership Cost w/Key-Card $65.00

  • NEW Family membership
  • - $125.00 yearly membership fee plus $10.00 fee (refundable) for Indoor Range access key-card. 
      Total Membership Cost w/Key-Card $135.00
    Additional key-cards are available for $10.00.
    NOTE: When paying Online via PayPal, there will be a $5.00 charge.- This fee is applicable only
    when making online payments via PayPal.- cash or check payment doesn't include that fee.
  • The cost per session (8 week program) is $78.00. (cost subject to change)
Range Rules

  1. Know and obey all range signals.
  2.  Keep your arrows in your quiver until you are told to shoot.
  3.  Only use the arrows that the instructor approved.  Write your name initials on the shaft, right after the fleching. note:  Arrows that are too short are dangerous to try to shoot.  (Hint:  Do the arms extended test to check length).
  4.  Always keep your arrows pointed down or towards the target.
  5.  If you drop an arrow, leave it on the ground until you are told to get it.
  6.   Always walk at the archery range, do not run.
  7.  Always be absolutely sure that the path to the target and beyond is clear.
  8.  Only release the bow string at full draw when there is an arrow on the string.  “Dry firing” is when you release the string without an arrow.  This may cause damage to the bow and can cause personal injury.
  9.  Secure all loose clothing, remove bracelets, necklaces etc.  Tie your hair back.
  10.   Always treat your archery equipment with respect.
  11.   Always treat your fellow archers with respect.
  12.   Please keep talking and distractions to a minimum while archers are on line.

Range Etiquette

 When at the archery range there are a few rules of etiquette that must always be followed. The rules of archery etiquette are based on safety, courtesy, and good sportsmanship. Below is a list of a few ...


  1.   If you cannot consistently hit the target, you MUST move to a shorter distance.
  2.   When you are finished, step back from the line so that others can see that you are finished.
  3.   If you cannot find your arrow within a reasonable time, please return to the waiting line so as not to hold up other archers.
  4.   Never nock, draw, or release an arrow when someone is downrange.
  5.   Remain quiet to allow others to concentrate on their shooting. Do not swear.
  6.   Beware of your surroundings when you pull arrows. There may be other archers behind you!
  7.   Always be careful of others' equipment, watch where you walk, be careful when removing your bow from your case and from the hanger, and never touch another archers' equipment without permission.

Range Signals

Always remain behind the waiting line until your hear the appropriate signal.  You should be prepared to step up to the line with your bow, arm guard, chest protector, finger tab, and finger sling.


  1.   Two whistles means to step up and straddle the shooting line.  Have all of your equipment ready, but keep your arrows in their quiver.  You can rest the bottom tip of your bow on your shoe to protect the tip and rest your arms.
  2.   One whistle means you are clear to nock an arrow and begin shooting.  Once you've fired your arrows, step back from the shooting line and place your bow on the bow rack.  Wait for the next command.
  3.   Three whistles means you are clear to walk down range and retrieve your arrows.  You should only hear this signal after all archers are done shooting and are all behind the shooting line.  For everyone's safety, only one archer should pull arrows at a time when sharing a target face.
  4.   Five or more whistles means you should immediately and safely let down your bow and return your arrow to the quiver.  Wait for the next command or instructions from your coach or range officer.

Star Pin Program

JOAD Stars pins are awarded for scoring achievements. JOAD archers can earn Stars Pins for shooting indoors and/or outdoors with recurve and/or compound bows.
Each Stars Pin is a different color, and each has a successive number of stars on it to represent the increasing challenge in earning that particular award pin.In order to allow for the greatest flexibility in terms of indoors/outdoors, recurve or compound, each pin can be earned in a variety of ways.

Star Pins

 JOAD Achievement Lanyards
  JOAD Archers can display their Stars pins on lanyards designed for their archery specialty.
 Each lanyard holds all Stars pins as well as the optional 6 - Star Gold pin.

6-Star Gold Pin
In addition to Star Pins, JOAD archers can earn the official "6-Gold" pin when they shoot six 10's in a row - either in a single 6 arrow end, or in two consecutive 3-arrow ends.

Olympian Pins

Olympian Awards

JOAD Archers can earn advanced levels of recognition with the Olympian Award Levels-Bronze, Silver and Gold. An archer reaching these levels is honored with special recognition from the USA Archery Office.

Pin Matrix and Scoring


USA Archery has decided to make some changes to the JOAD indoor and outdoor matrices for both youth and adult. In keeping with the ever changing needs of the sport of archery scoring for achievement pins has been updated.
The new matrix and scoring are in effect immediately.
For more of an explanation please see the link to USA Archery.
The biggest thing to note for Compound Blue and above the scoring will change to Inner 10 ring. This means that the X is 10 points and all the rest of the yellow is a 9. The first red line is still an 8, the second red is a 7, etc.
Your arrow just has to touch the line to get the higher score.
  • The scores required for Olympic pins with Inner 10 ring scoring were each increased by 5 points.
  • For Compound Black and lower there are no changes.
  • For Recurve an additional option of a 40 cm target face is added. Also, the scores for Olympic pins with a 60 cm target face have dropped by 5 points.
  • No changes for Recurve Black and lower.
Take time to read through the USA Archery article and link to the explanations because it does a great job of explaining the reasons behind the changes. All changes are intended to make the JOAD participants better archers!!! We are going with the the changes!!

USAA dress code

In an effort to be more inclusive and to eliminate potential issues in welcoming new archers to USA Archery events, the USA Archery Board of Directors passed a revision to the current dress code. The revised dress code addresses the desired outcome and dictates less regarding specific colors allowed during competition. The general feel was to be sure our athletes presented themselves and the sport in a professional manner without dictating the specifics.

 The new dress code is effective Monday, May 31, 2010.

USAA Dress Code:

  • 1. All athletes and coaches must present a professional, athletic appearance while on the field. (Torn, ripped or badly faded clothing articles are not allowed.) Clothing may be of any color.
  •  2. No camo or blue denim (jeans) may be worn at target events. Accessories such as trim on shirts, caps, quivers, armguards, footwear, etc., are permitted to be camo. At field events, denim may be worn but camo may not be worn
  •  3. Shorts, skorts and skirts must not be shorter than finger tip length while standing normally.
  •  4. Men and women are required to wear upper garments covering the front and back of the body and covering the midriff when at full draw. Women's upper garments shall have a minimum strap of 3" or sleeves. Men's upper garments shall have short or long sleeves.
  •  5. Sport/athletic shoes are recommended to all athletes and coaches during target events. Shoes must cover the entire foot.
  •  6. At no time will any athlete or coach wear any article bearing any image or language to be considered offensive to others.

USAA Membership

USA Archery (USAA)

The National Archery Association of the United States (USA Archery) is the governing body
within the United States and is affiliated with the World Archery Federation (WA).
 Archers representing the US in the Olympics and world events are members of USA Archery.
 Minnehaha Archers, Inc., is an affiliate of USA Archery and recommends participants to

 hold a "USA Archery" membership status to shoot in our programs, minimally to hold a "USA Archery
Recreational Archer" membership status. 

USA Archery Membership Benefits

Recreational Membership

The Recreational membership of USA Archery is $15 annually and  can be upgraded, if desired, to Full

youth or adult. There are many benefits, including recreational camps,   insurance  newsletter,   

Full Membership

As you increase to USA Archery Full membership status, you also gain:

  •  mail-in tournaments,  participation in State, Regional, and National tournaments,  
  •  achievement ranking and pins for JOAD and AAP

The cost for a full membership is $45 for Youth, and $65 for Adults and $130 for Family

You may visit the USA Archery Membership Benefits page for more options.  If you are already a

Recreational member, you may deduct the $15 cost of the Recreational membership when you upgrade.

Outdoor Guide

JOAD - Outdoor Session

Informative Guide for Parents and Students - JOAD OUTDOOR SESSION.

  • What to bring to the Outdoor Range
  • Range Etiquette
  • Range / Safety Rules
  • Range Signals / Whistle Commands
  • Club Rules
  • Outdoor Distances and Scoring
  • Double Scoring (Pin shoots & Tournaments)