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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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