When I start someone they get to jump right into royal rounds if I
want them to or not. The room we shoot in is quite small. So either
everyone waits for the new person to shoot alone at a different distance,
or he joins the crowd and rotates through the distances. I do hold them
back from doing the 40 yards for a couple of days if they are nervous
about it. But, yes I do lose quite a few loaner arrows that way. Luckily
the room we shoot in has a target wall which is completely covered in foam
so all they have to do is hit the wall. That is not necessarily that easy
with the loaner equipment which tends to be very light weight. Most of the
breakage comes from hitting the floor in front of the wall. It often takes
them weeks to get a hit at the longer distances, but when they get it they
are very excited. They also get the excitement of having their name go up
on the RR list right away.
Having said that occasionally I get a person which needs to slow down
a little and focus on one distance. There is another room they can go
into, but they don't tend to like it. They are not with the rest of the
SCA crowd, but shooting with the compound shooters. They rarely have
stayed in there more than one day. They ask to come back even if it means
missing a lot.
--- Lord Caedmon Wilson <caedmon.wilson@...
> I had a slightly different reason for starting them at such short
> distances: To prevent arrow loss.
> My archers tend to be college students, who once affording a bow, had
> no money left for arrows, so they use the loaner arrows.
> At 5 yards, a monkey can hit the target. It helped to boost their
> confidence from the start, which is very important with beginning
> archers. We don't teach the psychology of archery on this list very
> Lord Caedmon Wilson
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