May 2, 2023
The 2023 NASP® National tournament season is underway with the 2023 Western National Tournament being held at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah on April 28-29, 2023. A total of 1,763 bullseye archers, from 24 states, attended this year’s tournament. For several western archers, this event was the first time they had qualified to attend a NASP® national competition. The results of the 2023 Western Nationals Bullseye Competition can be found here.
In addition to the exciting bullseye competition, The International Bowhunting Organization’s NASP®/IBO 3D Challenge was also held with 1,214 participants from 21 states. The results of the 2023 Western IBO/3D Competition can be found here.
Ryan Bass, IBO Vice President said, “We continue to be encouraged about the increasing excitement and participation in the western states. We are extremely optimistic about the future and continued growth of the NASP® IBO 3D Challenge!”
NASP® was also pleased to collaborate with Centershot Ministries, that conducted the 2023 Centershot Western National Tournament. There were 652 Centershot archers from 21 states that were able to compete in bullseye and 3D competitions. Results from both the Centershot Western National Tournaments can be found here: Bullseye and 3D.
Centershot Ministries® Executive Director Aaron Scheer said, “We are all in for Western Nationals! The growth of the sport of archery is exploding in the United States and being a part of the NASP® Western National Tournament gives western archers a chance to compete on the big stage. Centershot Ministries® uses NASP® archery protocols to help churches reach their community with archery camps, leagues, and tournaments. JROTC Archery teams also competed at the 2023 Western Nationals for the second year in a row. A total of 280 cadets from 8 states participated. This year, the JROTC bullseye and 3D tournaments were hosted by Centershot B.L.U.E., the Law Enforcement and Military division of Centershot Ministries®. Results from this competition can be found here: Bullseye and 3D.
As the 2023 Western National competition comes to an end, archers from the eastern portion of the United States will now gear up for their opportunity to compete. NASP® will conduct the Eastern National Tournament on May 11-13 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendance at the Eastern National Tournament is expected to be one of the largest since before the pandemic. Scores from both tournaments (Eastern and Western), will then be combined to determine the individuals and teams that will be named as overall champions and then advance to the Open Championship, June 8-10, 2023, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
NASP® president Tommy Floyd said, “We are thrilled to return to Sandy, Utah and see so many of our friends there. Many of these students would not likely be able to experience our eastern event and we are excited about the continued growth of this tournament. Our event illustrates what is so wonderful about NASP® – teams, individuals, and families having a fun and safe day participating in the shooting sports. We are committed to expanding our offering of a national event to this western location. Working with our trusted partners IBO, and Centershot Ministries, we are truly excited about the days ahead for NASP®.
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