Gentlemen & Ladies,
Sir Jon requested that I post the revised version of the proposed rules
for the new Grand Archery Tournament. We have made a number of
changes to address concerns expressed and for the sake of clarity.
Again, I am sorry for the layout. Once these rules have been
finalized and displayed on a web site, much of the information can be
placed on hyperlinks for the sake of simplicity and brevity. We
look forward to your suggestions, and comments.
Welcome to the Grand Archery Tournament Official page!
PART ONE, BACKGROUND
The Grand Archery Tournament, GAT for short, is a system that allows all
the archers in the Knowne World to compete in local tournaments and
compare their performance to archers elsewhere in the SCA. Many
archers shoot Royal Rounds, IKACs, and similar standardized competitions
where the target type, ranges, and number of ends are the same whenever
shot. A means needed to be devised to record scores and compare
archers resulting standings in non-standardized tournaments as shot at
most large events where archery is included. The GAT is an attempt
to address this need.
INTENT. The intent of the GAT is therefore to allow scores obtained
during non-standardized shoots to be recorded, and competitors final
standings to be calculated based on their performance relative to the
other shooters, and displayed for comparison.
ORGANIZATION. For the sake of simplicity and fairness, at this time
the GAT is divided into only two divisions, one for hand bows, and one
for crossbows. A Grand Archery Tournament consists of one or many
shoots, each with a numeric score. The GAT is meant to be an
advanced tournament, but, all archers are welcome to compete regardless
of age and ability.
SUBMISSIONS. Once the shoots have been completed, all of the
participants scores and other necessary information may be submitted by
the responsible marshal to the Keeper Of The GAT who will calculate the
resulting standing of each shooter relative to the other
competitors. The winner of the tournament will be assigned a
standing of 100, while the others will have standings calculated as a
percentage of the winners score.
CALCULATION. The formula the Keeper Of The GAT uses for calculating
standings is as follows.
Standing = ((Score Lowest-score) / (Highest-score Lowest-score)) *
In a GAT where eight crossbow shooters turned in numeric scores of 33,
29, 20, 20, 19, 13, 12, and 8, the resulting standings would be 100, 84,
48, 48, 44, 20, 16, and 0.
RESULTS. The participants name, kingdom, division (bow
type), total GATs entered, tournament place and date, and standing
are then recorded. A record is posted to the GAT standings web
page. Only participants who have shot at least one tournament with
a standing of 50 or higher will have their record automatically posted to
the scores page. This cut off is necessary due to space and other
limitations too numerous to list here. If you have shot one or more
GATS and none of your standings have reached the 50% or above threshold,
you may contact the Keeper Of The GAT and request that a record be
displayed showing your standings down to whatever limit you deem
necessary, and your record will be added to the GAT standings page.
As scores accumulate, various other statistics may be added to the
In the earlier example where eight crossbow shooters participated, only
the individuals who earned standings of 100 and 84 would have records
automatically added to the scores page, if they did not already have a
previous record posted. If one of the shooters with a score of 48
already had one earlier GAT tournament posted, with a standing of 60, his
total GATs entered would be increased to
QUESTIONS. If you have any questions, comments, or criticisms, do
not hesitate to write to me Joe The Scorekeeper.
MARSHAL ACCOUNTS. If you are a marshal, have not already gotten an
account, and would be willing to submit your scores via the site,
please send me an email with "Account Request" as the
. The email must include your Mundane name, Scadian Name, Home
Kingdom/Group, and Email address. Scores which are submitted via the site
will be given priority for getting approved and included in the official
PART TWO FORMAT AND REQUIREMENTS
Any archery competition can be designated a GAT. However, if the
resulting standings are to be calculated and posted to the official GAT
scores page, the following criteria must be met.
RULE 1. In order for the keeper of the scores to be able to
calculate valid standings, a minimum of 20 hand bow or 6 crossbow
competitors must enter the tournament. END OF RULE 1.
REASON FOR RULE 1. If too few competitors enter either division,
the scores for that division will not be statistically valid and will not
be calculated and posted to the official GAT scores page. END OF
REASON FOR RULE 1.
RULE 1 CONSIDERATIONS. What if you dont have enough people to hold
a GAT in your area? 1) Train more archers. 2) Invite skilled
competitors from surrounding kingdoms. 3) Design a competition made
up of shoots that can be reproduced and shot at several events in several
locations. So long as the locations provide similar conditions, the
standings can be accurately calculated. As an example, if there are
only 6 crossbow shooters in your entire kingdom, devise a tournament that
can be set up at two or three events that all six crossbow shooters can
attend. Announce on your kingdom calendar that a GAT will be shot
at the X, Y, and Z events. Once the shoots are complete, submit the
accumulated information to the Keeper Of The GAT. END OF RULE 1
RULE 2. To be official, the GAT must be shot at an event listed on
the Calendar of the kingdom in which it will be held. Unlike Royal
Round and IKAC shoots, GATs may not be shot at unofficial gatherings even
if enough participants are present. END OF RULE 2.
REASON FOR RULE 2. This rule has been added to assure the maximum
number of participants the opportunity to compete. END OF REASON
FOR RULE 2.
RULE 2 CONSIDERATIONS. A kingdom can host many GATs per year.
Ideally a large kingdom ought to host multiple GATs far enough apart to
allow everyone a chance to submit a score. If your local weekly
practice attracts the required number of participants to qualify as a
GAT, simply announce it as such on your kingdoms calendar. END OF RULE 2
RULE 3. Equipment that is allowed in your kingdom according to your
archery rules may be used to shoot a GAT. Equipment that is not
allowed in your kingdom according to your archery rules may not be used
to shoot a GAT. END OF RULE 3.
RULE 4. Certain basic information must be recorded and provided to
the Keeper Of The GAT by the responsible marshal. This is to
include The date or dates of the shoot, the place or places where the
shoot was held, consisting of kingdom and group, the names of the
participants, their home groups, their home kingdoms, their division (bow
type), and their numeric score. END OF RULE 4.
RULE 4 CONSIDERATIONS. Ties do not present a problem. If a
participant was unable to complete the shoot for some reason, the partial
score will be provided. If no partial score is provided, a score of
zero will be assigned. Only the top 50% of submitted scores will be
calculated and posted to the GAT standings page. So non-completion
of a GAT due to illness or an equipment failure will not adversely affect
an individuals posted standing. END OF RULE 4 CONSIDERATIONS.
Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist"