What JOAD Age Division Do I Shoot In?

USA Archery and probably others have devised these groupings: Junior, Cadet, Cub, Bowman, Yeoman.  What group is your child shooting in?  Use this guide to find out.

Division Age
Junior 18, 19, 20
Cadet 15, 16, 17
Cub 13, 14
Bowman 10, 11, 12
Yeoman 8, 9

Why does this matter? The groups correspond to distances and target sizes. As far as I know, the only group that shoots at 9m/10yd for indoor is the Yeoman category. All other groups shoot at 18m/20yd for indoor. The targets get smaller too as you get older. You will need to know what category when you sign up for a shoot.

More information:

Below, the term “last day” is 31 December. The term “first day” is 1 January

Juniors:

If you turn 18, 19, or 20 during the current calendar year, you are a junior until the last day of the current calendar year.

Example: Your 18th birthday is 1-January of this year, you would be considered a Junior.

Example: Your 20th birthday is the 30-December of this year, you would be considered a Junior.

Cadets:

If you turn 15, 16, or 17 during the current calendar year, you are a cadet until the last day of the current calendar year.

If you are 17, then you become a junior on the first day of the next calendar year.

Example: Your 15th birthday is 1-January of this year, you would be considered a Cadet.

Example: Your 17th birthday is the 30-December of this year, you would be considered a Cadet.

Cubs:

If you turn 13 or 14 during the current calendar year, you are a cub until the last day of the current calendar year.

If you are 14, then you become a cadet on the first day of the next calendar year.

Example: Your 13th birthday is 1-January of this year, you would be considered a Cub.

Example: Your 14th birthday is the 30-December of this year, you would be considered a Cub.

Bowman:

If you turn 10, 11, or 12 during the current calendar year, you are a bowman until the last day of the current calendar year.

If you are 12, then you become a cub on the first day of the next calendar year.

Example: Your 10th birthday is 1-January of this year, you would be considered a Bowmen.

Example: Your 12th birthday is the 30-December of this year, you would be considered a Bowmen.

Yeoman:

If you turn 8 or 9 during the current calendar year, you are a yeoman until the last day of the current calendar year.

If you are 9, then you become a bowman on the first day of the next calendar year.

Example: Your 9th birthday is the 30-December of this year, you would be considered a Yeoman.

Note, you can always shoot in a category above you, but you cannot shoot in competition for a category below your age. This information is believed to be accurate as of 2015.

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