RE: [SCA-Archery] Blind Archer, take two.
Thanks Allen , from us that have to use different means to do the same
>From: "Al T" <abluehood@...>
>Subject: [SCA-Archery] Blind Archer, take two.
>Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2005 19:17:25 -0000
>A few weeks ago there was a discussion on this list about the
>feasability of the visually impaired participating in archery. Well,
>in my usual habit of being very late to chime in with anything, I
>found an article from the June/July '04 issue of State Archers of
>California Times. Jaice Waith is a blind person and wanted to share
>her husband's sport of archery.
> "I searched the internet for any information I could find regarding
>blind individuals who shoot archery. I could not find anything in
>the US, but discovered that it has become quite popular in Europe.
> "I contacted British Blind Sports who forwarded me some information
>on their technique.
> "Basically archers who can see the target use bow sights, but
>archers who cannot see the target use tactile sighting aids."
>The technique she learned involves the use of a modified tripod with
>an adjustable pressure button as a sight marker. The tripod also
>includes foot markers to provide proper body alignment for the
>pressure button. The archer stands with both feet touching the foot
>markers and aims by placing the back of the hand against the pressure
>button. The pressure button can be adjusted horizontally for windage
>and vertically for yardage. A spotter watches her shoot and calls
>the position of each shot, allowing her to make adjustments.
>The British Blind Sports organization webpage is at
>Thus have I seen, er, found...
> -Allan Bluehood-
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- --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Al T" <abluehood@j...> wrote:
>Thank you for posting this followup, despite the time lapse since the
> A few weeks ago there was a discussion on this list about the
> feasability of the visually impaired participating in archery. Well,
> in my usual habit of being very late to chime in with anything, I
> found an article from the June/July '04 issue of State Archers of
> California Times. Jaice Waith is a blind person and wanted to share
> her husband's sport of archery.
original discussion. I end up posting very little because I'm too
slow to be part of the discussion before the list moves onto something
else. It is very interesting and I will look for the article.
Thank you everyone in the original discussion regarding ways to help a
vision-impaired novice archer. I think I like the idea of the
noisemaker specifically engineered for navigation during sporting
activities like baseball. Presumably it will be durable and effective
in open air conditions, and will hopefully work in a large, echoing
indoor setting full of multiple noise sources. I think with someone
standing by to report the results of his efforts (sort of a verbal
flagger), he can learn to self correct and hit the target until he can
shoot independently. Combined with the tactile sighting system, I
think this would be very effective. Wouldn't it be nice if there was
some miniature noisemaker that could be added to the arrows without
affecting their flight characteristics so he can retrieve them too.
Now I just need to convince the gentleman to come back and try again.
I apreciated all of the input.