Re: [SCA-Archery] Fourth Peerage: Impact of Modern vs Period catagories
- Wouldn't a better carrot to using period equipment be an additional GOA level award that you can only get by having the other GOA for archery and doing it with period equipment? This way you don't take away from anyone else, but you give a new goal for someone to shoot for.
-GunbjornOn Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 7:35 AM, Karl W. Evoy <kweancel@...> wrote:
A lot of discussion is being tossed around about the differences in modern and period bows, and changing scores (minus to modern, plus to period) for ranking. It is true that it is easier to use a modern recurve than an authentic English warbow, and crossbows are relatively faster to train on than handbows. The point is, for the purposes of determining an individuals worthiness for elevation to an elite order (be it the unnamed Peerage-X or an archery equivalent White Scarf), the scores generated are only the beginning of the story. Those scores should be given more weight, when consistently made with period equipment, but those considerations don't need to be listed on the score sheet, like a handicap in golf.There is little more discouraging to a newcomer than to be told, right out of the gate, that his scores, hard earned that they are, being lowered 10% because of his choice (or rather lack of choice) of bow. Likewise, they might feel left out, knowing that Lord "Y" and Lady "T" are having their scores elevated 10% because they are using period (and to our newcomer, unaffordable) bows. The greater weight of the scores generated with period equipment can (and should) be made when the person is being considered for elevation (and we are talking about high-level awards here). The use of period equipment requires a greater commitment of time and money, and should be likewise rewarded.Another question raised was how to encourage people to use period equipment and proper clothing. I my experience, it is to set the example. If a person is of the bent to go with a full period kit, then having more people showing up to the line in such will make them feel more like expending the money and time to do the same. Talking to interested newcomers about your kit, the kind of person it represents etc, like your at a demo, will often yield converts. Certainly have a period bow only shoot or two doesn't hurt, but these should only be the minority of shoots. The SCA is a great inclusive organization, and while many of us would like for it to be more authentic, those limits really cut into your recruiting base. Better to get people in, and convert once they're hooked.Ancel