The Archery in the Schools program will have regional contests as qualifiers for the state tournament next year.
The program, administered by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, teaches students Olympic style archery in physical education classes – fourth grade through 12th grade – at public and private schools.
A state archery tournament is held every spring between schools and last March a record 250 schools and 1,672 students participated in the one day meet.
“It’s grown to big for a single state tournament,” said Justin Marschall, coordinator for the Archery in the Schools program.
At least 30 new schools join the program each year, Marschall said.
So beginning in February, five regional archery contests will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, McAlester and Chickasha.
The top five boys and girls from each division at the regionals will advance to the 2011 state tournament on March 23.
The state tournament will be held in the Travel and Transportation Building on the state fairgounds in Oklahoma City.