USA Archery membership stats show archery interest increased dramatically since 2013
USA Archery is the national governing body for the sport. Part of their job is to keep statistics on archery participation throughout the United States. USA Archery reported that youth participation has increased 121 percent from 2013 to 2014. The youth category had previously increased over 100 percent between 2011 and 2013. Female participation was up 105 percent for the same one-year period.
Some people suggest that movie “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” that was released in 2013 and “The Hunger Games: Mokingjay Part 1” that came out in 2014 have a lot to do with the increase in interest in archery sports.
Denise Parker, an Olympic archery bronze medalist and the current CEO of USA Archery said, “We’re very exited to see the tremendous growth of our sport. People are connecting with archery more than ever before … thanks to movies like ‘Hunger Games‘ and ‘The Avengers,’ people have tried archery and found it to be a fun sport that they can enjoy throughout their lives.”
USA Archery sponsored events have also seen increases in participation averaging over 20 percent. Recent surveys report that 18.9 million Americans participate in archery sports and 5.8 million of the participants are women.
Upcoming movies including “Mockingjay” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” should spark additional interest in archery sports. The Rio 2016 Olympics and Paraolympics are bound to attract new participants as well.
Archery remains a growing sport, particularly among youth and women.