Nottingham competition: Rewrite
- Here is my latest version of the Nottingham SSAC competition. My thanks for the comments that were sent me. Any additional suggestions or questions?Jon>>>>----------->
The Nottingham Competition
The Nottingham competition is based upon an archery contest from the legends of Robin Hood as retold by Howard Pyle. It is not a period source. However, still a fun shoot. The ends shot by Robin Hood were won based only upon the common period practice of arrows closest to the target center.
The SSAC Nottingham Competition gives point values for the three areas of the target and a three point bonus for the arrows nearest the center and a five point bonus for the one arrow closest to the center in each end. This provides a reasonable number of points for the SSAC competition scoring system. However, the winner of that day’s competition is the archer whose arrow is closest to the center in the final end. The winner of the overall SSAC Nottingham competition, at the end of the season, is the archer with highest point score submitted to the SCA Scores Site.
The target is an 8” white roundel with a 2” black dot or “peg” in the center. There is a thin metal pin (finish nail or coat hanger, etc.) in the center of this for attaching a string for measuring the closest arrows for scoring purposes. The roundel is placed in the center of a 24” circle. Only one target is used in order to judge the closest arrow in each end.
The distance starts at 25 yards and increases by 5 yards at each of the four ends. 25, 30, 35, and 40 yards. This fits easily on a Royal Round or IKAC range set up. The distances for the Youth Division are: 10, 15, 20, and 25.
The number of arrows per end is two. You should choose the three best matched of your arrows, with the third as a spare incase of lose or damage. All three arrows must have the name of the archer written upon them near the fletchings or must be easily identifiable in some way.
Scoring is one point each for arrows within the 24” circle or touching the line. Three points for within the roundel or touching the roundel. And five points for within or touching the “peg”.
There is a three point bonus for the half of the archers whose arrows are nearest to the center of the target. For example, if there were 21 archers. The 11 archers (10.5 rounded up to 11) with the arrows nearest to the center would receive the bonus. The rounding up is to the next highest number if half of the archers is a fraction. E.g. 10.5 becomes 11, 9.5 becomes 10, 2.5 becomes 3, etc.
Only the nearest of their two arrows counts for determining a bonus. Arrows outside of the 24-inch circle do not qualify for bonus points.
There is a five-point bonus for the one arrow closest to the center in each end.
There is a possible maximum score of eighteen points per end and a competition maximum total of seventy two points.
Closest arrows are determined by first removing those that are obviously further from the center than the other half of the arrows. The remaining arrows may be determined by eye or if needed by placing the string on the metal pin in the center and using it to the measure the comparative distances (A ruler may also be used). In case of ties for the several nearest arrows, all the tied arrows get the three point bonus. If one or more arrows from different archers are equally close to the center, they all receive the five point bonus, except in the final end. The marshal in charge shall determine the closest arrows when there is a question of which is closest. An archer may only receive one bonus per end.
In the final end the single archer with the closest arrow to the center is the winner of the day and gets the five-point bonus. Even if one archer has two arrows in the peg for 10 points, an archer with the arrow, which is closest to the center, wins the bonus point and the competition despite his total points being less for that end. In the final end, it is not the highest score that wins, it is the most central arrow. In case of ties in the final end, there is a tiebreaker of one arrow and the closest arrow is the winner and gets the five point bonus. If required the tiebreaker may be repeated as needed.
The scores from all the archers must be sent in the SCA Scores Site for inclusion in the SSAC competition.