Each year since 2011 the Kansas Secretary of State has sponsored the Ad Astra Archery Tournament together with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
This event is named in honor of the 20-foot-tall bronze statue of a Kanza Indian named "Ad Astra" placed atop the Kansas Capitol dome. The warrior aims his bow and arrow at the north star, illustrating our state motto "ad astra per aspera" meaning "to the stars through difficulties."
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism administers the Kansas Archery in the School Program (KASP). Civics groups, home schools and churches also provide archery instruction and equipment for children to learn and enjoy the sport of archery.
This annual tournament gives Kansas kids a fun day to compete with one another and enjoy other family activities in a lovely outdoor setting.
The Ad Astra Archery Tournament competition is open to all archers who meet the following requirements.
The public may observe and enjoy the festivities at no charge, including the Learn-to-Shoot area where instructors will assist one-on-one.
A plaque will be awarded to the three highest scoring individuals in each of the following divisions.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade
4th grade through 6th grade
7th grade and 8th grade
9th grade through 12th grade
Each individual archer who registers and competes will receive a participation medallion and an event T-shirt. The highest scoring teams or individuals in each division at the KASP statewide tournament who also attend the Ad Astra Archery Tournament are eligible for financial awards for travel expenses to the NASP® national championship. The number of awards and amount of each depends on donations to the Ad Astra Archery Fund.
One shirt for the archer is covered by the registration fee.
Additional shirts may be ordered at $15 each using the registration form and paid by check or money order enclosed with the form. The additional shirts payment may be included in the same check or money order with the registration fees.
All T-shirts must be picked up at the tournament and will not be shipped.
In the event of emergency, T-shirts not picked up at the tournament may be picked up at the Secretary of State's office in person by appointment.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Equipment inspection will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will be available until all archers have checked in. Have equipment in good working order to prevent delays.
NASP® tournament rules instruction will begin at 8:45 a.m., required only for participants with archery training who have not learned the NASP® curriculum.
Flights will begin at 9:15 a.m. All archers will compete as individuals, not on teams.
Follow these instructions to register to compete in the Ad Astra Archery Tournament.
All bows, arrows, and accessories used by participants may be subjected to inspection, including dismantling at the discretion of tournament officials. Anyone found using disallowed equipment or modifications will forfeit their awards and be disqualified from the rankings.
Tournament directors reserve the right to modify, remove or add items as needed.
Archers and coaches must check every bow for compliance before flight time.
All bows must be on bow racks for range official inspection before shooting begins.
Once shooting begins no bows may be taken behind the waiting line, without range official approval.
Archers may bring their own NASP® bows that meet the equipment specifications. A number of "loaner" bows will be available for use for those who choose not to bring their own equipment or in case of equipment failures.
Only the stock (original), unmodified Genesis™ bow approved for NASP®.
No sight or sight-mark on the bow:
Only thread knots or heat shrink nock locators (1 or 2). No brass nock locators. Instructions for tying on a nock locator are available at www.nasparchery.com.
No draw stops or stabilizers.
"After-market" bowstring and cables only if the same approximate length as orginal.
Only orginal and unmodified cable guard, slide, wheel, cam, bearings, riser, arrow rest, and limbs.
Tournament officials will provide 5 arrows (and replacements as needed) in each archer's ground quiver.
Only arrows and arrow components approved for use in the NASP® National Tournament are allowed
Personal arrows may be used but must:
Only the standard Easton Genesis 1820 full length aluminum arrow.
Only NASP® standard arrow nocks (glued on a swaged end of the arrow shaft).
Only NASP® standard arrow points (glue-in, cone shaped and weighing 60 grains).
Only soft plastic arrow vanes, 2.8" long and no more than 0.5" in height and attached to the shaft with a straight set of approximately 1.5 degrees.
Only 3 vanes on the arrow.
Marks allowed on arrow vanes for purposes of identification.
Marked, crested, or taped above the mid-point (towards the nock) for purposes of identification allowed on arrow shaft.
The bolt must be made of steel or plastic.
The bolt must protrude one inch or less beyond the bow's accessory hole.
NASP® whistle commands will be used to operate the range.
It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth year to sponsor the Ad Astra Archery Tournament. It will be held at MacLennan Park in Topeka on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
This tournament stands alone as a way for children from Kindergarten through 12th grade to enjoy the archery experience while competing for the top scores. But it also serves as a scholarship opportunity for assisting Kansas kids to compete in the National Archery in the Schools tournament.
Each year archers at the Kansas state tournament in early spring who qualify to compete at the national tournament in May fail to do so because of the cost of traveling to Louisville, Kentucky. By providing financial awards to the top scoring archery teams or individuals, we enable these high achievers to represent Kansas at the NASP® championship.
For the last two years, we had partnered with the Topeka Community Foundation to enable financial supporters of the tournament to receive a tax deduction for monetary donations. Unfortunately, that arrangement had to end due to a significant increase in fees. But financial support is still critical to further the purposes of our not-for-profit corporation, including:
So won’t you consider a financial gift to further the cause? Simply write a check payable to Ad Astra Archery Tournament Inc. and mail it to:
Ad Astra Archery Tournament Inc.
P.O. Box 1012
Topeka, KS 66601
The number of financial awards for travel expenses and the amount of each award depends on donations received.
If you have any questions about our Ad Astra Archery Tournament, contact Craig McCullah at email@example.com or (785) 296-4580.
I very much appreciate your support of the Ad Astra Archery Tournament, the Kansas Archery in the Schools Program, the Centershot Ministries program in churches, and ultimately all you do to promote archery for kids.
Kris W. Kobach
Secretary of State
For more information about the Ad Astra Archery Tournament or if you have questions, please contact Craig McCullah or Lara Murphy by one of the options listed below.