Popularity of Archery
- I know this idea will never fly, but in the concept of the
dialectic, all possibilities should be voiced, to give others
In order to popularize participation and spectator appeal for
archery and other arts, these activities should be included as part
of the selection of the next Baron, Prince or King of your realm.
Knights of old (at least within the honored Orders) were
accomplished in many arts and skills. Why should the new leaders of
any SCA dominion not be likewise talented. Certainly, the sole
selection requirement being skill with a shield and stick does not
have a `regal' ring to it. So a plan something like this would
produce the desired `popularization' goal:
1) Selection is based on participation in five different events by
the challenging team (contestant and consort), with only one
required to enter each event. These might be: Heavy Combat, Light
Combat (either rapier or `non-shield' combat), Archery, Bardic Event
and Crafts. In each event a contestant could win up to 10 points,
not just win-loss, and advancement need not be by elimination type
scoring. Skill, courtesy, style and courage could all be part of
the scoring. The new `Crown' would be the highest accumulation of
2) In combat, for example each contestant could be awarded up to
10 points regardless of win-loss, though there might be some limits
like winner must get at least 6 points, and loser not more than 8.
So those 40 minute exhaustion matches leading to a draw could award
each up to 8 points each without a winner.
3) In archery, the points could be based strictly on point total
range with perhaps any Royal Round over 65 getting 10 points or a
combination of shoots in which `style' might count also.
4) As both "Royal want-be's" would be involved, several events could
occur simultaneously, with even more than 5 events coming into play.
They key for Archery popularity (and in fairness to other arts) is
that each semi-annual Regal Tourney would require that each
contestant team participate in archery, even if they never hit a
target and get only one point.
We shot a Western followed by a double clout a few weeks ago and I just
don't want to work that out, other than I was completely exhausted for days
P.S. Shooting with a broken finger (don't ask how it happened, is not good
for clout shooting, especially with a 80lb bow.
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