What is the Junior Olympian Program?
The Junior Olympian Program (JOP) is designed to recognize young archers for their achievements and give encouragement for improvements. As awards are earned, each youth develops archery skills together with greater confidence and ability to perform in competition. Goals include recognizing fair play, courtesy and good sportsmanship with the emphasis placed on safety and individual performance. Archers are encouraged to participate in the Provincial JOP Championships.
The program is open to youth aged 6 to 20 (as of December 31 of current year). Youth should have their own bow and arrows, arm guard and finger protection. Sights and/or releases are optional. Individual clubs may choose to provide equipment until it is determined what set-up would work best for each athlete.
Shooters will learn about safety rules and learn the visual and audible signals used to for timing/safety controls.
Indoor JOP rounds follow the protocols of a Canadian 300 round, with modifications for skill level: new archers would start on an 80cm target progressing through to a 60cm target and eventually 40cm when they master their skills. Outdoor JOP rounds are shot on a 122cm face at distances starting at 15m progressing through to 70m as skills are honed. Outdoor shooting introduces the challenge of shooting longer distances and facing the elements of Mother Nature: wind, rain, cold, sun and heat.
Provincial JOP Championships
BC Archery holds several opportunities for JOP competition, with an Indoor Championships in April, Outdoor in June, and Indoor Regionals and Mailmatch in the winter. Regionals and Mailmatch are held in each club and the scores are compiled with all the scores in the Province to determine placings. Indoor and Outdoor Championships are held in 4 or 5 locations across the Province to bring the kids together in a tournament environment, getting them outside their comfort zone, and exposing them to the challenge of a real tournament environment. Scores are compiled from all the venues to determine overall placings. Youth compete according to the next classification they are working for, regardless of age or equipment. For example if the archer has achieved the Master Archer badge they will compete against all other archers who have achieved this badge and are working towards the Expert Bowman badge. The JOP Championship events loosely follow the protocols of the Canadian-300 and Canadian-900 rounds with modifications for skill level and equipment types. For this reason, the events are not registered with Archery Canada, however, the athletes are eligible for BC JOP records.
Local Club Requirements
1. A club JOP coordinator who will:
- submit a list of all JOP participants in the program including their address, phone number, birth date, club, gender and BCAA number
- If youth is a new BCAA member, submit membership application to BCAA Membership.
- maintain records of scores shot on JOP nights.
- submit scores to the BCAA JOP coordinator when a participant has achieved his/her next level, including participant’s full name, score(s) and badge achieved.
- distribute badges as they are earned
2. Indoor Range suitable for 18m shooting. Clubs supply butts, targets and scorecards.
3. Coaches to instruct and supervise youth; must have at least one certified coach overseeing the program.
4. For participation in Outdoor JOP, a range suitable for shooting up to 70m. Clubs supply butts, targets and scorecards.
JOP Manual (pdf) (under revision)
KidSport BC provides nominal funds to assist youth to participate in sport. Archery is one of those recogized sports. Details of the program, qualifying criteria, local chapters, etc can be found on their website. Your club must be a BC Archery member in order for your application to be approved.
JOP Plaque Program
The sublimated plate is used for Indoor as well as Outdoor. A sticker reading either Indoor or Outdoor will go in the center on the bottom row with one of the spaces for the 10 10 10 sticker and the other can be used for name or other. The targets will hold a sticker for the Yeoman through Olympian levels or 20 metres through Olympian for Outdoor. The small rectangles will hold the 250 and up stickers.