Winter Challenge XVI
- For Archers of the Knowne Worlde, a challenge to keep your eye keen and
your arm strong until spring.
16th annual GWYNTARIAN WINTER
ARCHERY SHOOT Anno Societatis LXIII
Yes folks, it's that time
of year again... My apologies for not getting this out earlier, but I've
had some severe disruptions in my personal life which have drained off
much of my time and energy of late. But, we are here 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.
archers of the Known World are invited to participate in a winter archery
competition from November 1, 2008 through April 15, 2009. 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
sights were used. PLEASE NOTE THAT LAST COMMENT!
Last year many entries were not listed as being sighted or non-sighted.
The scoring breakdown this year is going to take into account
whether a weapon used sights or not: IF NO INFORMATION IS GIVEN, I
WILL ASSUME THE WEAPON IN QUESTION HAD SIGHTS! A comment about what
is meant by "sights". What is being referred to are not hi-tech
scopes or adjustable pin contraptions, those are all strictly not
allowable. "Sight" in this context refers to the practice of
marking the upper limb of a handbow with incremental marks on the bow
itself, or on a piece of tape, that the archer can use to line up an aim
point with. Crossbows, of course, are permitted peep type or wire type
sights to a certain extent (but not scopes, obviously), as long as they
are affixed behind the release mechanism. If you have any questions,
consult the marshal
the shoot, your Kingdom's rules, or myself, in roughly that order.
The marshal in charge is Bruce R. Gordon (Baron Nigel FitzMaurice)
442 Gray Court, Apt. 2, Akron, Ohio 44311 ...and if you like, a copy to
obsidian@... for quick posting on the results page. In fact, I'd
recommend email. And if you send hardcopy, have an email address on it so
I can query difficulties?
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.
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
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. The other two rounds...Hmmm.
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.
The shoot ends April 15th, all scores due by
April 22, 2008. Last year I had scores due that were severely delayed, and
in fact never were sent in. This isn't fair to the archers who
participate, so let me reiterate policy here - scores may be
submitted by anyone, so long as the shoot was witnessed by a warranted
archery marshal (or your kingdom's equivalent). Special arrangements
for unusual circumstances may be considered on a per-case basis. I
strongly urge that scores be submitted as soon after the shoot as
feasible, and I further urge that they be submitted electronically (simply
because it makes it easier to transfer data to the web page, and because
names are easier to decipher). Written scores by groundmail are accepted
gladly, but if you do, please include an email contact in case I
can't read soeone's signature or there are other questions.
Baron Nigel, the Winter Challenge Guy
"Ausculta, feminae novae in lacunis recumbens gladii dispensans non
fundamentum pro formula administrationis est."
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