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8093Winter Challenge

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  • Bruce R. Gordon
    Jan 21, 2002
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      Folks, this is just a reminder that the Winter Challenge, an annual
      postal shoot sponsored by the Marche of Gwyntarian, in the Middle
      Kingdom, is still running strong and looking for more participants. It
      is a simple yet subtle group of rounds designed to enhance your skill
      and keep you active over the winter months (yah, yah, quiet down over
      there in the Ansteorra and Caid sections...).

      The RULES...

      All archers of the Known World are invited to participate in a winter
      archery competition from November 1, 2001 through April 30, 2002. The
      shoot is the same as previous years using the basic commercial target of
      any 5 ring 40 cm (16 inches) face. All rounds are shot at 20 yards. Each
      round will consist of two (2) ends. Equipment standards are as per SCA
      legal for your kingdom. There is no traditional equipment bonus or
      requirement. Participating archers should include with the scores sent,
      this info: SCA name, MKA, their SCA group, (and Kingdom, if outside the
      Midrealm), the type of bow (crossbow, longbow, recurve or other), the
      bow's draw weight, and whether or not any sight marks on limbs or
      crossbow rear sights were used. PLEASE NOTE THAT LAST COMMENT! Last year
      many entries were not listed as being sighted or non-sighted. The
      scoring breakdown this year is going to take into account whether a
      weapon used sights or not: IF NO INFORMATION IS GIVEN, I WILL ASSUME

      The marshal in charge is Bruce R. Gordon (Forester Nigel FitzMaurice),
      866 Beardsley, Apt. 1, Akron, Ohio 44311; and if you like...a copy to
      obsidian@... for quick posting on the results page.

      The Shoot:

      As it was last year, the shoot is eight ends at 20 yards, and may take
      place at any event, practice, or get-together where a warranted SCA
      archery marshal (or your Kingdom's equivalent) is present to score it.

      Target Round - intended to help maintain accuracy over the winter
      months. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows each untimed at a 40 cm (16
      inch) 5 ring target with standard 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 scoring.

      Speed Round - intended to help archers practice speed shooting with
      accuracy. It consists of 2 ends of unlimited arrows shot in a 30 second
      time limit for each end. Each archer must shoot at least one arrow each
      end but may shoot as many as possible in 30 seconds. Scoring of the 40
      cm 5 ring target is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Archers who do not manage to shoot
      off 6 arrows in 30 seconds will gain bonus points for arrows unshot. To
      determine the number of bonus points, subtract the number of arrows shot
      from 6 for each end and add that number to the actual score of the
      arrows that hit the target. IE: you shoot 4 arrows, you get 2 bonus
      points. If the archer has not managed to hit the target at least once in
      the entire round of two ends, then no bonus points are added. When
      scoring, please show real score + bonus points, IE: 12+2

      Wand Round - intended to help the archer concentrate on minimizing
      left/right movement. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows untimed. Each end
      is shot at a target wand 3 feet long by 6 inches wide, consisting of a
      central strip of one color flanked on either side by strips of a
      differing tint (hint:a standard strip of duct tape is 2 inches wide);
      each band equal in width (2 inches). Each arrow within or touching the
      central strip scores five points. Each arrow outside the central area
      but within or touching either of the two outer bands scores three points.

      Bull's Eye Round - intended to help the archer focus on the center of a
      target. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows each untimed. Each end is shot
      at a target consisting of a 4 inch circular bull's eye centered within a
      8 1/2 inch outer circle,(standard piece of paper). All arrows within or
      touching the inner circle score five points each. All arrows outside the
      center bull's eye but within or touching the outer circle score three
      points each.

      It is strongly suggested that a target that will prevent pass-throughs
      and bounce-offs should be used. However, should these occur, witnessed
      pass-throughs and bounce-offs that cannot be determined as to score are
      traditionally scored as 3 points, in the target and speed rounds.

      The results may be viewed online at
      but I can mail 'em direct if asked to.

      Hope to hear from you...

      Ex Tenebra, Lux

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