930Re: Archery Scoring( Long reply)
- Oct 13, 1999
> A point here. The only awards tied to RR scores, with which I am familiar,An Tir has apparently been clueless enough to make the Ludicrous
> are the archery rank badges, which in Aethelmearc confer no precedence. If
> any kingdom does tie armidgerous awards to the RR, I'd love to hear about
Bowman an official ranking. Allegedly it carries a _Grant_. Bozos.
> What is ".. the wrong type of achievement"? Do you object to the numericThe round itself is harmless enough, albeit totally mundane and not
> aspect of scoring, to the objective nature of the ranking, or to some other
> aspects of this round?
related in the least bit to period archery; it's the totally overinflated
sense of importance often attached to RRs that makes them a
> I would be the first to deny that RR scores tell the whole tale about anIt is newcomers that are cheated the most by RRs, IMHO. There
> archer, but they do provide a real value both to newcomers and to the
is often so much pressure to shoot RRs that new archers are
pushed into shoots that not only don't aid in their developement but
actually work agaisnt it. Not to mention the fact that too much
focus on RRs means little or no focus on period shoots.
> To the archers I marshal, I emphasize that RR scores will showWouldn't it be preferable in the SCA to encourage them to come
> you your own improvement, or lack of it. The ranks do provide incentive,
> and I regularly see people working harder on form, release, or speed as they
> approach the next 'cookie'. Speaking as a marshal, anything which gets
> people out and shooting is a big step forward by me.
out and shoot something *period* than just to "come out and
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