Ideas of mine Sir Jon thought I should post here.
You might consider posting this to the SCA archery list as well. You
have some interesting ideas that might get some discussion there.
> What I cannot understand is why it needs to take 10 to 15 years. I
> have thought overnight about how long such a positive change should
> take and my guess is 4 to 5 years. I have seen several groups and
> have made comparisions. 4 to 5 years maybe but not 10 to 15.
> My suggestions on how to jump start things is to get Sir Jon to
> a new kind of IKAC where kingdoms form their best groups of archerseasy
> to compete head to head in traveling competitions. A home and away
> game like you see in sports and get this team to travel to
> surrounding kingdoms (and more if possible). There has to be
> considerable effort to do a war but an archery tournament rather
> to put together. Put some thing together like 5 shoots. Royalmore
> Round; each kingdom does a specific shoot where all the details are
> known by each competing kingdom so they can train; and each kingdom
> prepares a secret shoot (within guidelines). At first it might be
> slow but I can see after a couple of years archers taking great
> efforts to make the traveling team especially if the hosting kingdom
> goes out of their way to make the hosting kingdom welcomed.
> I would start encouraging more weight be placed on period shooting
> equipment and less and less on modern. Say that placement in the
> period areas of the IKAC not count for 1.5x or 2x in the standings.
> Remove the comments in kingdom laws where non-period Royal Round
> rankings get awarded in court.
> Get a team together to publish a book on period shoots including
> pictures. Also include items like how to make a period arrow,
> bowstrings, etc. Make this a standard better than one one book on
> hardsuit fighting techniques that I've seen (cannot remember the
> title but Sir Jon will because I've heard it's been out for at least
> 20 years).
> I would encourage those archers that fight rapier and hard suit to
> create a tournament where all 3 skills are required. Invite the
> rapier and hard suits to participate and be the first to extend the
> olive brance. I'm sure several archers would do quite well in such
> an event although I have heard that in the East there are several
> kings that have Grand Bowmaster Royal Round rankings.
> I would get archers to submit to A&S events and try to get those A&S
> events for archery extremely competitive. Who cares what the
> Laurel's think. What is important that you compare apples to apples
> and lets see what happens.
> I personally think garb is a good thing at practice. In areas like
> Atenveldt you can practice in garb but it isn't happening. Work on
> improving the visual image of archers so that they standout in a
> period fashion than our rapier brothers.
> I would also encourage Archer Generals and Archery Captains to form
> work details at events of archers. The first group that volunteers
> to help clean up are the archers. Make it so that people know that
> if they need help archers are not only the friendliest group in the
> SCA but are also the most helpful.
> 4 of 5 years maybe. Don't need the 10 to 15. Why not start out
> running and pick up speed from there rather than trying to gradually
> pick up momentium? Your thoughts...
> Harold Ingelsson
> PS> I realize I'm new.
- In a message dated 12/6/02 10:09:16 AM Mountain Standard Time,
> You want some cookies, mister?Are they made from fresh Boy Scouts? <G>
Balthazaar, disappearing back into the background.
>The esteemed ($&$&$#&)! SM., John Ross
> --- In SCA-Archery@y..., Chad Wilson <caeman@y...> wrote:
> > --- blockflute1@a... wrote:
> > > An Archer is a Boy Scout?
> > This world would be a nicer place if more people acted like a boy
> > -Caedmon
> > avoiding the soap box
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