Re: [SCA-Archery] Authorizations and ethics
- I tend to think of this subject not as ethics but courtesy. While I can deal with considerable
disturbance on the line a prefer a moderate and respectful level of noise. Yes, we often have bad puns
and other comments between archers in practice and conversation at competition but is is not raucus.
Allow me to share a non-SCA moment give some perspective. In 1984 the Olympic Archery event was a double
FITA over four days with 4000 spectators at any given time. FITA rules stipulate a hushed and
reverential silence on the field. Now, you're just not going to get that with 4000 members of the
public, many of whom have never seen archery before, but one tries. On the second day, national cheers
(particularly for the USA and Korea) began. The announcers tried to quiet the crowd with some success.
Before long archers from many countries were sending the message back, "Let it go, we don't often get a
cheering section!". And so it was, not a complaint from the line - archer, coach, or chef-de-mission.
The spectators responded by keeping the noise to a dull roar when the archers were actively shooting but
cut loose while the flights changed and arrows retrieved. Just a fond memory from my past.
On Tue Sep 23 9:54 , 'John and Carol Atkins' <cogworks@...> sent:
>Ethics - One of the things I most enjoy about archery is the
>comoradery that exists on the range. I have met some wonderful
>people on archery ranges at large events. Years back when I was a
>combat archer most heavies I did not know treated me like something
>stuck on the bottom of their boot after walking through a cow
>pasture. I very much enjoy that that small brained, provincial
>attitude does NOT exist on the archery range. Therefore bantering
>back and forth either on the line or behind it is all part of this
>wonderful sport. And in truth, and being more tham moderately
>obsessed with archery, usually watching someone else shoot is right
>up there with watching grass grow......