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Winter Challenge Season Again

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  • Bruce R. Gordon
    Greetings, one and all... Yes folks, it s that time of year again... The Gwyntarian Archer s Guild is once more sponsoring the Winter Challenge. I hope you
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 30, 2005
      Greetings, one and all...

      Yes folks, it's that time of year again... The Gwyntarian Archer's Guild is once more sponsoring the Winter Challenge. I hope you will get the same enjoyment out of the Challenge as you have in the past. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome anytime.

      All archers of the Known World are invited to participate in the 13th annual Winter Archery competition, from November 1, 2005 through April 15, 2006. The shoot is the same as previous years using the basic commercial target of any 5 ring 40 cm (16 inches) face. All rounds are shot at 20 yards. Each round will consist of two (2) ends. Equipment standards are as per SCA legal for your kingdom. There is no traditional equipment bonus or requirement. Participating archers should include with the scores sent, this info: SCA name, MKA, their SCA group, (and Kingdom, if outside the Midrealm), the type of bow (crossbow, longbow, recurve or other), the bow's draw weight, and whether or not any sight marks on limbs or crossbow rear sights were used.

      The marshal in charge is Bruce R. Gordon (Baron Nigel FitzMaurice), 511 East Exchange St., Apt. 3, Akron, Ohio 44304-1866.

      As it was last year, the shoot is eight ends at 20 yards, and may take place at any event, practice, or get-together where a warranted SCA archery marshal (or your Kingdom's equivalent) is present to score it.

      Target Round - intended to help maintain accuracy over the winter months. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows each untimed at a 40 cm (16 inch) 5 ring target with standard 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 scoring.

      Speed Round - intended to help archers practice speed shooting with accuracy. It consists of 2 ends of unlimited arrows shot in a 30 second time limit for each end. Each archer must shoot at least one arrow each end but may shoot as many as possible in 30 seconds. Scoring of the 40 cm 5 ring target is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Archers who do not manage to shoot off 6 arrows in 30 seconds will gain bonus points for arrows unshot. To determine the number of bonus points, subtract the number of arrows shot from 6 for each end and add that number to the actual score of the arrows that hit the target. IE: you shoot 4
      arrows, you get 2 bonus points. If the archer has not managed to hit the target at least once in the entire round of two ends, then no bonus points are added. When scoring, please show real score + bonus points, IE: 12+2

      Wand Round - intended to help the archer concentrate on minimizing left/right movement. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows untimed. Each end is shot at a target wand 3 feet long by 6 inches wide, consisting of a central strip of one color flanked on either side by strips of a differing tint (hint:a standard strip of duct tape is 2 inches wide); each band equal in width (2 inches). Each arrow within or touching the central strip scores five points. Each arrow outside the central area but within or touching either of the two outer bands scores three points.

      Bull's Eye Round - intended to help the archer focus on the center of a target. It consists of 2 ends of 6 arrows each untimed. Each end is shot at a target consisting of a 4 inch circular bull's eye centered within a 8 1/2 inch outer circle,(standard piece of paper). All arrows within or touching the inner circle score five points each. All arrows outside the center bull's eye but within or touching the outer circle score three points each.

      It is strongly suggested that a target that will prevent pass-throughs and bounce-offs should be used. However, should these
      occur, witnessed pass-throughs and bounce-offs that cannot be determined as to score are traditionally scored as 3 points, in
      the target and speed rounds.

      Please tell us how you like the shoot, if there are changes you could suggest or if you have practical and/or reasonable alternatives. The latter two rounds are period in type of shoot although not in materials. All scores due by April 15, 2006.

      The rules are posted on the web at:

      The scores will be posted asap at:

      Good shooting, good luck, and I hope to hear from you all soon...

      Baron Nigel FitzMaurice
      Three things never heard from the mouth of a Celt:
      "Do these colors match?"
      "Is this too much jewelry?"
      "Is that my drink?"


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