shoots I like - part 1, the banner capture
- Here is a series of shoots that I like, shoots that I feel bring interest and
bonding to our sport, team shoots that give everyone a chance and really
inspire the best shooters to teach the others more skill, and individual shoots
that give an archer a chance to do something pretty cool without resorting to
The first is a team shoot, the banner capture.
Archers form 2 teams
The targets can be made of cardboard refrigerator boxes, cut and taped at their
edges to make a rectangle about 3 x 6, 4 layers thick. These are taped to
pieces of 1/2 inch EMT conduit, which are staked into the ground by ropes and
big nails to hold the boards in an upright position.
Mark 8 spots (2 columns, 4 rows) on the targets. Use 8 inch baloons of
different colors, and with roofing tab nails tack them to the boards at the
I use 7 or 9 boards, more makes it more fun. Set them up side-by-side in a
Number the boards sequentially at the top with large numbers.
On the two end boards, place a flag or banner of a different color. The teams
each pick a color, and they gather on their color's side of the centerline of
To start the shoot, choose a random range (whatever you feel is good for your
site) and set up a line. Have the teams arrange the archers in a shooting
order, and form 2 single file lines of archers (one on either side of the
center line of the range, according to color)
The first 2 archers step to the line. The marshal announces the balloon on the
center board that will be the first target. Then the line is cleared, and the
archers are allowed to shoot at will for the target. When the baloon is
broken, both archers go to the back of their respective line, and the next two
archers step forward.
Say, for example, that the flags are red and blue. If the red team breaks the
first balloon, the marshal picks a balloon on the next target toward the blue
flag, and the next pair of archers shoots until one breaks that balloon. If it
is broken by another red team member, then the shoot advances with the next two
archers shooting at the next target toward the blue banner. If a blue team
member breaks the balloon, the shoot advances with the next two archers
shooting on the next board toward the red flag (in this case, the center board
again). Each time a baloon is popped, the competition advances 1 board toward
the opposing team's banner, and the marshal announces the next balloon to be
Every time a balloon is broken, the next pair of archers (one attacking, one
defending) moves up to the line.
The object of the game is to for one side or the other to shoot enough baloons
in a row to reach the end board, and when the end board is reached, to capture
the flag by breaking the declared balloon.
In this way everybody gets a lot of chance to compete, and if the sides are
uneven by 1 person, each person gets to shoot against everybody else if the
shoot runs long enough. Balloons are interactive, but the team aspect fo this
shoot keeps a lot of interest, and the best archers will assist their teammates
to get better in order to help win.
Next, the bridge battle.