DES MOINES, Iowa (November 9, 2022) – The top youth archers from around the U.S. will descend upon Des Moines, IA July 12 – 16, 2023, competing at the USA Archery JOAD Target Nationals. More than 700 archers ages 8-20 will be in attendance at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park. 

The Junior Olympic Archery Development Nationals is a USA Archery sanctioned event open to youth archers competing in the recurve, compound, fixed pins, and barebow divisions. The event includes two days of qualifications and a single day of eliminations, followed by a spirited day of team competition.

National titles and medals aren’t the only prizes on the line, though. Scholarships are offered from colleges and universities with archery programs from around the country. Scholarships are awarded to the top finishing male and female archers in varying recurve, compound, barebow, and fixed pins divisions.

“Greater Des Moines continues to be a target spot for sporting events. Our many sports facilities in the metro are so versatile, including the James W. Cownie Soccer Complex, converting from soccer fields to archery championships. We are excited to be hosting some of the best archery athletes in the nation, right here in Des Moines,” says Catch Des Moines President and CEO Greg Edwards.

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Catch Des Moines is the official destination marketing organization promoting and representing Greater Des Moines to leisure travelers and meeting/sports planners. Our focus is to increase visitors to the metro and elevate the visitor experience to drive economic success and enhance the quality of life in the 15 local Greater Des Moines communities we represent. For more information, visit