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  • John Edgerton
    Sep 26, 2012
      Which is why I was hoping there would be more submissions for shoots. 


      From: Chris Ivins <yuriilev@...>
      To: "SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com" <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, September 26, 2012 4:12:41 PM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] SSAC possible competitions


      "Remember, competitions shot during the rainy season may need to be shot indoors and should be no more than 20 yards to fit within indoor ranges."
      - It seems most of the competitions below go well beyond a 20 yard limit for indoor shooting in inclement weather, at least if I read them correctly.

      - Iurii

      From: John Edgerton <sirjon1@...>
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 11:55 AM
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] SSAC possible competitions [4 Attachments]

      [Attachment(s) from John Edgerton included below]

      Here are the current proposed shoots for the Fall season of the SSAC.  Please read them all.  They can also be seen at the SCA Scores site.  We will be voting on the choice for the Fall season this week.

        Remember, competitions shot during the rainy season may need to be shot indoors and should be no more than 20 yards to fit within indoor ranges. 

      If you have any suggestions for additional competitions, please write them up in detail and post them to the group as soon as possible. 


                            Double Royal Round

      As the name implies this shoot takes your basic Royal Round and doubles it.

      Please read the SSAC General Rules, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.

      The target for the standard Royal Round is a 60cm FITA, for this shoot it is the 122cm FITA (pretty darn close to 60x2). While many ranges do not have butts large enough for this target a simple inexpensive solution can be found at Lowes/Home Depot. Get a 4`x8` sheet of 1" foam board (blue or pink works, white/silver does NOT), cut it in half and use spray adhesive to stick the two pieces together and the target to one side. If you want it to last a bit longer add several layers of cardboard between the pieces of foam. A layer or two of cardboard at the very back cuts down on the foam bits shooting out the back.

      The standard Royal Round is shot at 20, 30, and 40 yards, so you guessed it this shoot will be from 40, 60, and 80 yards.

      As the name implies this shoot takes your basic Royal Round and doubles it.

      Running the Shoot:
      Just like your standard Royal Round, just doubled. There will be ends with 6 arrows from 40, 60, and 80 yards, and a 30 second end from 40 yards. The scoring is the same as well, yellow=5, red=4, blue=3, black=2, white=1. There are no practice/ranging arrows allowed once the round has started.

      This shoot was suggested by: 
      Jonathas Reinisch


      Blunt shoot
      The object is to shoot through a hole in the target. Ideal for Combat Archery, but adapted to Target Archery
      Please read the SSAC General Rules, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.
      The target is a 12"x12" (30cm) square with a 5.5" (14cm) diameter hole cut out of the middle.
      Running the Shoot:
      For each of the three ends shoot 10 arrows.
      Adult Range is 30 yards.
      Youth Ranges is 15 yards.
      5 Points for any arrow passing through the hole. 1 Point for any arrow hitting the target square. Arrows missing both the target square and hole score 0 points.
      A perfect score would be: 50 points per end for 150 total
      This shoot was suggested by:

      Proposed Shoot- Five Pillars

      From the fourteenth-century archery text produced by Taybugha l-Ashrafi l-Baklamishi l-Yunani during the time of the Mameluk sultanate of Cairo comes what was believed to be the five pillars of archery: accuracy, ability to inflict injury, to strike from a distance, to strike swiftly, and to remain unharmed. This challenge consists of five separate shoots, each based on one of these pillars, to become averaged into a single archer’s score.

      Please read the SSAC General Rules, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.

      Targets and Ranges:
      Shot at 20 yards (Youth: 15), the target consists of three separate circles: one 40 cm in diameter, one 20 cm in diameter, and one 10 cm in diameter each worth 1, 3, and 5 points respectively. The archer has six arrows but must call his or her target prior to loosing. The archer can shoot at any of the circles, in any sequence and does not have to only shoot at one circle as long as the archer calls their shot prior. Only designated targets count toward their score.

      Ability to Strike from a Distance
      Archers will perform a flight shoot with 6 arrows. Each shot is measured in yards (best estimate using paces, a measuring wheel, or other device). 100-150 yards (Youth: 50-100) is worth 1 point, 150-200 yards (Youth: 100-150) 3 points, and anything beyond 200 yards (Youth: 150+) is worth 5 points.

      Ability to Strike Swiftly
      Target consists of a 60cm single color circle shot at 20 yards (Youth: 15). Archers have 30 seconds to shoot as many arrows as they can. Each strike within the colored zone is worth 3 points. If the archer scores with a single arrow, than any arrows shot beyond 6 arrows is worth a bonus of 2 points, regardless of if they scored.

      Ability to Remain Unharmed
      To mimic the famous Parthian shot, the archer stands at 30 yards (Youth: 20) facing away from the target with 6 arrows and turns to fire backwards toward it. Target is a 3 color 60 cm ring target worth 5, 3, and 1 point(s). 

      Running the Shoot:
      Each of the above is an individual shoot that does not need to be shot in conjunction or even on the same day as any of the others. Marshals can have archers work on one shoot to improve their average than switch to another at different practice. The archer must use the same bow and arrows to obtain the overall score (no switching to a very heavy bow and very light arrows for the flight shoot). Arrows touch the line on the target to count as the higher score. Once the archer has completed all five shoots an average will be calculated that represents their overall score. The scores are added together and then divided by five for the average and that is the archer's score for the competition. 

      This shoot was suggested by: Anonymous


      Proposed Popinjay Shoot

      The Seasonal Archery Challenge is a Popinjay shoot. The object is to shoot a small bird off its perch.

      Please read the SSAC General Rules, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.

      The target is a wooden cutout of a bird, placed on a perch one yard in front of the backstop or butt. To make the target bird, print the PDF Target file on paper or card stock. Glue the paper to a 3/4" thick piece of pine or birch wood. Cut around the outline with a saw. The perch is a piece of 3/8" thick wood, at least 1" by 2" with a 3/8" hole drilled part way through the broad face and mounted on a 3/8" diameter dowel. The dowel is either socketed into a board or the ground in order to stand vertically. The target bird is placed on the perch. Multiple birds may be set up to speed the competition along.

      Running the shoot:
      Each target is shot 19 yards from the bird, 20 yards from the backstop. Each archer will shoot 12 arrows at the bird. If multiple birds are used the bird farthest to the archer`s left is the first target. If several archers are shooting at the same line, they must shoot in turns so that only one archer is shooting at any time. If all the birds are knocked off, a hold is called and the birds are reset on the perches.

      Points are scored when the bird is knocked off its perch by the arrow. Hitting the perch or the dowell does not count. Brushing the bird off with the fletchings, the side of the arrow or the draft created by the arrow does count. Knocking the bird off with the first arrow scores 12 points, the second arrow 11 points, third arrow 10 points, etc.

      The best scoresheet for use at the range is simply row of the numbers 12 through 1. You circle the number if you hit the bird, and add it up later. If you`re not sure which shot you`re on, count the arrows in the butt.

      A perfect score would be: 68 points

      All ties will be decided in favor of the first archer to enter the score that tied.

      For the Youth Division all the rules are the same, but at a distance of 14 yards, be sure to enter youth ages.

      This shoot was suggested by: 
      Edward le Kervere


      Proposed Le Tir Beursault Shoot

      Le Tir Beursault competition in France was founded back in times when the archers were honored during games in which the winner was proclaimed "king" of the archers of his city. He was exempt from tax for one year and had to give his title the following year to the next "king".
      This Seasonal Archery Challenge is a modification of Le Tir Beursault shoot. The object is to get the highest score by shooting closest to the centre of a 48 cm (19 inch) target face. The archer with the highest score and honours is named the archery king of the branch or region, with Their Majesties various permissions.
      Please read the SSAC General Rules, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.
      Figure 1 shows a traditional one-lane layout for Le Tir Beursault. It is a long lane, with a target at each end. For this modified One-Way Tir Beursault, only one target will be used to simplify the range requirements. The shooting line is set 50 m from the target. The youth shooting line is set 30 m from the target. The scoring for both adult and youth competitions is the same.
      The straight lane leading up to the target is the Allée du roi, the road of the king. Only the current archery king may use this path to retrieve arrows. All other archers use the Allée des chevaliers, the road of the knights, when retrieving. The one exception to this is granted to children and youth, who use shorter shooting distances on the Allée du roi.
      Parts of the Range Layout
      • Pas de tir - shooting line
      • Butte d'attaque - attack butt
      • Butte maitresse - mistress butt
      • Gardes - walls
      The Gardes are 1 m wide by 4 m high wooden walls, placed perpendicular to the Allées. These help to capture stray arrows. Frames covered with paper or cloth can achieve the same visual effect, and are less expensive to create. Please adjust your range safety if the gardes are made of penetrable materials. Marshal spotters should be stationed at either side of the archery line to have a clear line of sight past the gardes. Flags atop the gardes can add to the pageantry, especially if they represent the heraldry of the archers competing.
      Running the shoot
      Review the SSAC General Rules for the different archery categories for this shoot.
      Before aiming the first arrow, archers are encouraged to recognize their competitors with: "Archers, I salute you," or more correctly, “Mesdames, messieurs les archers je vous salue!” More than ceremony or politeness, it signals an archer is about to shoot.
      Archers can shoot in small groups of five or six. Each archer walks to the line and looses one arrow at the target. When all archers have had their turn at the line, they all walk down to the target to score and retrieve the arrow. See scoring. Thus an archer needs only one good arrow to take part in the competition, or one and a spare. It allows more archers to take part when shooting at only one target.
      All archers return to the shooting line by their respective roads and loose again. If the skill of the archers is high, names could be drawn from a chapeaux at the start of each end to determine the shooting order. A traditional Tir Beursault would have 40 arrows loosed in 20 separate ends at two targets. For the sake of expediency, this modified Tir Beursault will have 12 ends at one target for 12 arrows.
      Running the shoot
      The target is a 48 cm diameter circle, made up of three heavy bordered circles: the rings or ropes. These are called the outer grand cordon, the middle petit cordon or chaplet, and the noir, the small centermost black circle. Figure 2 below shows a fourth ring, which is un-named, between the grand cordon and the petit cordon. The centre of the target should be 1.10 m above the ground.
      Major Rings on the Tir Beursault Target
      • Outer ring is the Grand Cordon 48cm diameter
      • Large ring is 33.5 cm diameter
      • Medium ring is the Petit Cordon 14.5 cm diameter
      • Small dark ring is the Noir 4.2 cm diameter
      Running the shoot
      • 1 point for landing between the grand cordon and the large ring.
      • 2 points for landing between the large ring and the petit cordon.
      • 3 points for landing in the two rings just inside the petit cordon.
      • 4 points for landing in the ring just outside the noir, or anywhere inside the noir.
      In addition to the above, add 1 point for an arrow that lands anywhere in the target, except the grand cordon.
      • An honour for each arrow that lands between the grand cordon and the petit cordon.
      • An honour and a rosary for each arrow that lands between the petit cordon and the noir.
      • An honour, a rosary and a black for each arrow than lands inside the noir.
      The arrow must be fully free and clear in a ring to be counted at that ring’s value. If it touches or crosses a line with a lower-scoring ring, it is counted as the lower score. This is the opposite of scoring Royal Rounds. Touching the grand cordon is worth zero points, and no honour. Touching or landing on the petit cordon counts as 2 points and an honour. Touching or landing on the noir cordon is an exception and counts as 4 full points, an honour, a rosary and a black.
      The archer to win the competition is the one with:
      • The highest number of honours. If a tie, then compare.
      • The highest number of points. If a tie, then compare.
      • The highest number of rosaries. If a tie, then compare.
      • The highest number of blacks.
      A perfect score would be: 60 points, 12 honours, 12 rosaries and 12 blacks.
      The atmosphere of this shoot is one of respect and courtesy. The archers are not adversaries, but a group of friendly competitors gathering to honour the art of archery.

      This shoot was suggested by: Jaqueline Lefleur



      Rules for SSAC - Proposed-Roundel Sextet

      Proposed Shoot

      The Roundel Sextet competition is derived from the modern King and Queen’s competitions of “The National Crossbowmen of the USA” where it is used as the final round for the top scoring crossbow archers.
      The target consists of six roundels in a circle around a central point. Each roundel is 9 inches in diameter with a 3-inch diameter pin or dot in the center. The roundels may be of any colors as long as long as the roundel is of a contrasting color to its background and the pin a contrasting color to the roundel. The first roundel is placed at the top center of the target and the others are placed equidistant from each other in an approximate 30-inch diameter circle. The exact placement is not critical. (See examples below.)
      The competition for both Open and Period divisions is shot at a measured twenty yards, except the youth division is shot at fifteen.
      Scoring is one point for the roundel and three points for the pin. Lines count as the higher score.
      The competition consists of four ends of six arrows or bolts. Each archer is to shoot only one arrow or bolt at a time at each roundel and alternates shooting with the other archers. All archers must have shot once at a roundel before moving on to the next, it is not required that they hit the roundel to continue to the next. The competition has a total of twenty-four arrows or bolts and a possible maximum score of ninety points.
      1. Standard. Roundel = 1, Pin = 3
      2. Reversed scoring. Roundel = 3, Pin = 1
      3. Bonus. Standard scoring. Hits to “all” six roundels give a six point bonus.
      4. Double Bonus. Standard scoring. Hits to “all” six pins give a twelve point bonus.
      If an archer should happen to shoot more than one arrow or bolt into the same roundel, their higher scoring arrow or arrows are not counted for points.
      The standard Society Seasonal Archery Competition rules apply to this competition.
      The roundels may be constructed from nine inch paper plates or stiff paper, cardboard or foam-core with the three inch pin drawn or attached in the center. If the roundels are drawn directly on a larger backing, you could add to the period appearance by including a decorative border and an appropriate central design. Any additional design should not distract from the roundels. (Note. The additional decorative elements are not required, only suggested.)
      Above are examples of King’s Round and Queen’s Round targets of the modern “The National Crossbow of the USA”. These give an example of what can be done with targets of this style. Note the roundel targets for the “Roundel Sextet” are not three ring, only two ring.

      Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, West
      Sept 19, AS XLVII

      Rules for SSAC - Proposed-Triangle

      Proposed Shoot

      Archers are used to targets where the highest point value is in the center of the target; a concentric circle, the peg in a roundel target, etc. So if your aim is a bit off you still can get the next highest point value.
      With the Triangle Target which is an equilateral triangle, with one of its points straight up, divided into three equal width horizontal bands, the highest point value is the top part of the triangle. So, if you are aiming for the highest value and your aim is a bit high, left or right, you can miss completely and receive no points. Those that try for the highest value have a greater chance of making no score if they miss, than those that aim for the lower value areas. This provides a high scoring area for the better archers and still has a larger lower scoring area for the average archers.
      The three parts of the triangle target from Medieval Japan were said to represent a warrior on horseback. The top, high scoring, triangle was his head. The middle band was his body. And the largest band, the bottom, was his horse.
      The area of the highest scoring part, the head, is one-fifth the area of the horse and one-third the area of his body. So a logical way of scoring is: Head is five points. Body is three points. The horse is one point.
      My addition to this target is to make it a bit more challenging for the highly skilled archers by drawing one additional horizontal line at the upper third of the top or head triangle. This would represent a visor slot and would be a forty-fifth the area of the horse. However, this would give a point value of forty-five which would be too high, because one lucky shot to it and five misses of the target would give more points than hitting the head with all six. A reasonable compromise would be to give a value of fifteen points. However, slight errors in aim are even more apt to create a complete miss and zero points.
      The below drawing shows the scoring areas and values of the target. Lines count as higher score.
      Target Construction
      The triangle has a 24 inch horizontal base. From the center of the base draw a vertical line 21 inches tall. Draw the side lines from the ends of the base to the top of the center line. Measuring up the center line mark off the following bands starting from the base line. If lines are drawn between the color bands, they should be no wider than 1/8 inch. When complete the center line should *NOT* be visible as a reference line/aim point.
      • The Horse is the bottom 7 inches, and colored black.
      • The Body is the next 7 inches, and colored red.
      • The Head is the next 5 inches, and colored yellow.
      • The Visor is the top 2 inches, and colored Black.
      For the SSAC competition, all ends are shot from 20 yards, Youth from 15 yards. It is shot in four ends spelled out below. The standard SSAC rules apply.
      • Standing - 6 arrows untimed, bottom of the target horizontal (same as the Scoring image above)
      • Rearing - 6 arrows untimed, "side" of the target horizontal across the top with the visor as the right point (see image below)
      • Charging - 35 seconds, bottom of the target horizontal (same as the Scoring image above)
      • Kicking - 35 seconds, "side" of the target horizontal across the top with the visor as the left point (see image below)

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