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33285Re: [SCA-Archery] Archery Guild

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  • Doug Copley
    May 24, 2013
      our Kingdom Archery group is hosted on our kingdom group. you can join it by going to our list of mailing lists at http://lists.ansteorra.org/listinfo.cgi then selecting Ansteorran Archery

      HL Vincenti da Murano - doug.copley@...
      Kingdom Missile Marshal - missile@...

      Ld Tigernach Mitchum
      Northern Regional Archery Marshal - northern-missile@...

      HL Ekaterina Iadorovna Kharlampieva
      Central Regional Archery Marshal - central-missile@...

      HL Leofwine of Sumersaetum
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      We do not have a STRONG archery community but I feel that it is good and that it is growing. Next year we are going to have an Archery only Event - Grand Assembly of Archers. We have had this event twice in the past just a couple of years ago, both times it made money and both times it was a success.

      We do have a Royal Huntsman Tourney that is to select the Champion for the Crown. This is held twice per year and is normally within about 30 days after Coronation. At that time most of the crowns also hold an Arc d'Or circle (Grant level Archery). The Royal Huntsman normally stands behind TRMs during court (I always stood right between the K&Q so that the Rapier Champion was on one side of me and the Chivalric Champion was on the other side). Most of our Baronies have Archery Champions that serve for 1 year.


      On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Taslen <taslen2000@...> wrote:


      As one of the Editors of the Quivers and Quarrels newsletter I am in total agreement with you. We get no information about events in such from your Kingdom can you put me in tough with the regional  and Kingdom officers so I can make contact with them is there a Yahoo group for your kingdoms archers?

      Gaelen O'Gradaigh
      Midrealm archery marshal of the field
      Co Editor of The Quivers and Quarrels The SCA archery newsletter

      From: Doug Copley <doug.copley@...>
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 10:54 AM
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Archery Guild

      here is my 2.3 cents (inflation)

      If you have a guy (or girl) out in a field shooting archery and having a blast it is doubtful that it is going to grow. If you have one guy off to the side making really awesome period arrows but no one uses them and they just sit there, he is going to move on to something else eventually. Who is more important . . . the person that goes out and shoots super great, the person that thinks about it and studies and build targets and designs a shoot that will test their skills, the person that teaches the new people how to hold a bow, how to aim, how to hit the target, the person that helps to review all of the rules, scores, runs the range, and teaches classes . . . how about ALL of them. When you watch a crowd that is watching the finals, part of what excites them is when they see a shoot and they think wow is that even possible and then they watch as the archers step to the line and prove that it is possible. Part of what builds the excitement is the target and the contest part of it is the skill. If you are not sure about this put a pin in the target at 20 yards and shoot at it, each time you eliminate 1/2 the people until there are only 2 and closest to the pin wins - do you really believe that people are going to be laughing and joking and jeering for this shoot?

      IMHO we NEED to think, and work towards being a community. 

      People that can make crossbows, longbows, flatbows, arrows, bolts, strings, fletches, run shoots, study the history of archery, study the art of archery, hold offices, run the range, and even those that shoot good should be included. Bards that write songs about archery should be our friends! Now I am not delusional enough to think that no one wants awards or ranks or recognition, but before we determine those things we need to determine what we are trying to accomplish. For me, I want to build the archery community so that when the nobility or royalty sit down and discuss an upcoming event they plan for archery community because they know it is a large and important group. When there is a Crown Tourney or a Coronation - this is NOT the time to stay home! This is the time that we should put in to autocrat the event, to run tavern to set up the lyst field, to haul stuff, to serve on entourage, handle parking, run gate, all the while making sure people know we are archers. Make it so they constantly see us. If we go to an event, shoot archery, have a blast, do really great, and get to court and people say "There was archery today?" "Did you guys just get here?" "Where have you been all day?" we have failed:-(  We need to be sure it is announced in court, on the websites, in flyers, by the heralds, and talked up.

      If this will be just a group to see who can get the highest score, myself and many many others will never join.


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