i have now spent more than a year as an archery parent and that means I have spent a lot of time on websites, ranges, and retailers. As such, I have come to hold some opinions about the sport and the confusing organizing bodies.
Here’s a list of most of the organizations, trade federations, and advocacy groups I’ve stumbled on.
- AMO (Archers Manufactures and Merchant’s Organization) [sic] maybe they didn’t like the “ammo” pun
- ATA (Archery Trade Association) the new name for the AMO, but bow strings are still measured with the AMO acronym
- ASA (Archery Shooters Association)
- JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development)
- JDT (Junior Dream Team)
- CSAA (Colorado State Archery Association)
- RMAA (Rocky Mountain Archery Association)
- IBO (International Bowhunting Organization) they also have a system for measurement
- NFAA (National Field Archery Association)
- IFAA (International Field Archery Association)
- FITA (Federation Internationale Tir l’Arc) the global archery organization
- WA (World Archery Federation) the new name or domain name of FITA
- NAA (National Archery Association) the USA archery program
- NTS (National Training System) like a twelve step program for shooting an arrow
- NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) this is an advocacy and financial support group for having archery in middle school and high school
- USAA (USA Archery) replaces the NAA
Here is my rough map of how these groups are related. The World Archery group is at the top, but many still call them FITA. USA Archery has replaced the NAA and is the top of the US groups for Olympic centric activity. The NFAA is the top US Archery group for everything non-Olympic. The ATA is a manufactuer and industry group with their own organization. There is a lot of parity with USAA and NFAA.
Anything else is sort of hard to map. It could be state level groups lost in the succession of NAA, specific manufacturing groups, or advocacy programs.