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Arizona Target Archery Seasons





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Arizona Target Style events can be divided into several “Seasons”: Some Seasons overlap

The general schedule can and does change.

Links to Archery Calendars:

  • ASAA  (Arizona State Archery Association)

  • NAA  (National Archery Association)

  • NFAA (National Field Archery Association

  • FITA (International Archery Federation)


Note:  Arizona resident members of the NAA are also eligible for the “Arizona Triple Crown” note by a (TC) suffix.  Note that most if not all Arizona JOAD tournaments are open to Seniors and Masters.


Winter - January February March April Indoor tournament season including:

  • ASAA (TC) and AZ JOAD Indoor Championships

  • Vegas Prep tourneys (some with a cash prize)

  • Vegas World Archery Festival

  • NAA Indoor Nationals at various locations

  • USA World Indoor Target Trials (odd numbered years)

  • World Indoor Target Championship (odd numbered years)

  • NFAA Indoor National Championship

  • WAF Classic


Spring - March, April, May JuneArizona Outdoor FITA season including:

  • ASAA Outdoor Championship (TC)

  • Arizona Cup

  • Collegiate Regional Championship

  • AZ JOAD Outdoor Championship

  • ASAA Field Championship (TC)

  • Payson Shoot

  • These tournaments are great preparation for the National Outdoor Tournament Season.  Note that the Outdoor season often begins in March with Senior Games and the Grand Canyon State Games. Events are scheduled to avoid the Easter weekend.


Summer - May, June, July, AugustNational Outdoor Championship season including:

  • USIAC Collegiate Championships

  • JOAD Nationals

  • National Target Championship 

  • The USA World Outdoor Target Team Trials (odd numbered years)

  • World Outdoor Target Championship (odd numbered years)

  • US Junior World Team Trials (even numbered years)

  • Junior World Target Championship (even numbered years)

  • Pan Am Trials and Pan Am Games (in year prior to Olympics)

  • Olympic Trials (process varies)

  • Olympics


Fall 1 - September OctoberArizona Transition / Prep season:

  • This is a good time to make shooting form or equipment changes

  • Arizona Duel in the Desert Trials (early October)

  • Duel in the Desert in late October.  (CA in odd and AZ in even numbered years)

  1. Traditionally the AZ Duel team is made up of 20 seniors (6 recurve men, 6 recurve women, 4 compound men, 4 compound women) and 4 juniors (Junior recurve male, Junior recurve female, Junior compound male and Junior compound female)  The trials process selects the team.  Arizona juniors often make the senior Arizona team.

  2. AZ Team members traditionally receive a team shirt and have their Duel tournament entry fee paid for by the ASAA.  Whether the Duel is in CA or AZ, it’s rewarding and fun to be on the State’s Duel Team.

Fall 2 - October - November - DecemberOutdoor  / Indoors season:

Outdoors continues in the Arizona fall and winter as many take advantage of the great weather.

  • Senior Games (outdoor)

  • NFAA style International round (outdoor)

  • Fall Star FITA is also offered when a host volunteers to conduct this outdoor tournament.

  • Indoors tournaments and training

  • Vegas Prep money tourneys

  • Indoor tournament series, in November and December to prepare for the indoor tournament season


Then the process repeats.