Press Release from Jan. 20, 2016:
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host three Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) tournaments, including the state tournament March 4-5 in Alexandria.
More than 1,175 archers from 45 schools throughout Louisiana will compete in two regional events to advance to the state tournament.
The ALAS South Regional will be held Jan. 30 at the LSU Ag Center’s state evacuation shelter on the LSU Alexandria campus. This tournament will be host to more than 600 archers from 23 schools. The ALAS North Regional will be held on Feb. 6 at the Shreveport Convention Center. This regional will be host to 575 archers from 22 schools.
Students at both regionals will compete for the opportunity to win individual and team awards as well as qualify for the 2016 ALAS State Tournament.
The 2016 ALAS State Tournament will be held March 4-5 at the LSU Ag Center’s state evacuation shelter on the LSU Alexandria campus. Registration for the ALAS State Tournament will begin following the completion of both ALAS Regional Tournaments. Only schools and students who competed and qualified at the ALAS regional tournaments will be eligible to compete at the state tournament.
Archers at the state tournament will compete for awards and prizes, including more than $10,000 in scholarship money thanks to our sponsors. This will also be their opportunity to qualify for the 2016 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament to be held in Louisville, Ky., in May.
All ALAS tournaments are open to the public. The ticket price is $3 for anyone over the age of 18. Registration for the ALAS competitions is limited to Louisiana schools who participate in the ALAS program.
Sponsors of the 2016 ALAS program include Central Louisiana Quality Deer Management Association, Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Louisiana National Guard, NASP®, H&E Equipment, Y-Not Stop, Hoot & Holler Archery, Acadiana Chapter-Safari Club International, LSU Ag Center, Homeland Safety Systems, Alexandria/Pineville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Morrell Targets, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Association, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and Cenla Bowbenders.
The ALAS program is a member of the NASP, which teaches international target archery to students in grades 4-12. All students who attend school where the ALAS/NASP curriculum is taught become eligible to compete in state, national, and world tournaments. For more information regarding ALAS and how to begin a program at your school or become an ALAS program sponsor contact the ALAS state coordinator, Robert Stroede by email or 318-484-2276.