999Re: Archery Scoring( Long reply)
- Oct 31, 1999Greetings unto the list
I have been following, with interest, the debate concerning rankings, royal
rounds, period shoots and the lot. Thus far I have seen no posts from those
of us fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have achieved Ludicrous scores in
the Royal Rounds. This is despite what I have perceived to be some
less-than-kind remarks directed our way. Everyone is entitled to have their
opinions, and often they serve as a spur to new thinking and positive change,
both of which I favor. However...
>An Tir has apparently been clueless enough to make the LudicrousThis particular statement finally got to me. Yes, AnTir has made the 120+
>Bowman an official ranking. Allegedly it carries a _Grant_. Bozos.
Royal Round average an official ranking, with the title "Ludicrous Bowman."
No, the rank does not carry a Grant, anymore than Apprentice Archer or any
other rank. To state this, when the veracity of the information is readily
available, shows irresponsibility and laziness on the part of the author.
And then to follow it with a derogatory remark that blankets an entire
Kingdom, reduces the author to mere boorishness. Shame on you!
The making a new rank was simply the acknowledgment that such scores could be
accomplished. The precedent lay with the creating of the rank "Grandmaster,"
which followed "Master," when someone demonstrated ability in the Royal Round
equal to these designations. Nothing more, nothing less.
I have a Grant level award, called in AnTir the Jambe de Lion, which is an
arts and sciences award for excellence in a given endeavor. I received mine
for excellence in archery, as measured, not only by the Royal Round, but
combat archery, teaching, manufacture of archery related equipment, promotion
of archery....I was also recently invited into the Order of the Grey Goose
Shaft, AnTir's highest archery specific award, based largely (but not limited
to), the things referenced above. Both awards were based on recognition of
excellence, not RR scores.
At Pennsic this year I shot with the East Kingdom Champions Team, and met
many wonderful people. I was also, pointedly, told by Master Li Kung Lo that
I may be good at RR's, but I had a ways to go in the styles of targets and
venues used in the East. And you know what? He was correct. That is my new
challenge, as are some of the (better) ideas occasioned by the current debate.
To have consistently achieved royal round scores over 120 means exactly that
- I have specialized a style of shooting that allows me to accomplish this.
But it has also pushed me well beyond any limits I previously considered and
continues to present new and higher challenges. And anyone who has ever shot
with me knows that I strive for very high levels of competence, whether it is
with recurve, traditional longbow, or traditional crossbow. That is what I
like to do in my SCA archery quest.
Rather than denigrating the effort it takes to achieve such scoring, remember
the effort that comprises your own individual excellence and realize that we
all are trying to be our best - whatever the standard of measurement.
HL Andras Truemark, OGGS
Ludicrous Bowman, AnTir
(And not ashamed of it!)
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