Rules for SSAC - Proposed-Tir Beursault
Le Tir Beursault competition in France was founded back in times when the archers were honored during games in which the winner was proclaimed "king" of the archers of his city. He was exempt from tax for one year and had to give his title the following year to the next "king".
This Seasonal Archery Challenge is a modification of Le Tir Beursault shoot. The object is to get the highest score by shooting closest to the centre of a 48 cm (19 inch) target face. The archer with the highest score and honours is named the archery king of the branch or region, with Their Majesties various permissions.
Please read the SSAC General Rules
, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.
Figure 1 shows a traditional one-lane layout for Le Tir Beursault. It is a long lane, with a target at each end. For this modified One-Way Tir Beursault, only one target will be used to simplify the range requirements. The shooting line is set 50 m from the target. The youth shooting line is set 30 m from the target. The scoring for both adult and youth competitions is the same.
The straight lane leading up to the target is the Allée du roi, the road of the king. Only the current archery king may use this path to retrieve arrows. All other archers use the Allée des chevaliers, the road of the knights, when retrieving. The one exception to this is granted to children and youth, who use shorter
shooting distances on the Allée du
Parts of the Range Layout
- Pas de tir - shooting line
- Butte d'attaque - attack butt
- Butte maitresse - mistress butt
- Gardes - walls
The Gardes are 1 m wide by 4 m high wooden walls, placed perpendicular to the Allées. These help to capture stray arrows. Frames covered with paper or cloth can achieve the same visual effect, and are less expensive to create. Please adjust your range safety if the gardes are made of penetrable materials. Marshal spotters should be stationed at either side of the archery line to have a clear line of sight past the
gardes. Flags atop the gardes can add to the pageantry, especially if they represent the heraldry of the archers competing.
Running the shoot
Review the SSAC General Rules for the different archery categories for this shoot.
Before aiming the first arrow, archers are encouraged to recognize their competitors with: "Archers, I salute you," or more correctly, “Mesdames, messieurs les archers je vous salue!” More than ceremony or politeness, it signals an archer is about to shoot.
Archers can shoot in small groups of five or six. Each archer walks to the line and looses one arrow at the target. When all archers have had their turn at the line, they all walk down to the target to score and retrieve the arrow. See scoring. Thus an archer needs only one good arrow to take part in the competition, or one and a spare. It allows more archers to take part when shooting at only one target.
return to the shooting line by their respective roads and loose again. If the skill of the archers is high, names could be drawn from a chapeaux at the start of each end to determine the shooting order. A traditional Tir Beursault would have 40 arrows loosed in 20 separate ends at two targets. For the sake of expediency, this modified Tir Beursault will have 12 ends at one target for 12 arrows.
Running the shoot
The target is a 48 cm diameter circle, made up of three heavy bordered circles: the rings or ropes. These are called the outer grand cordon, the middle petit cordon or chaplet, and the noir, the small centermost black circle. Figure 2 below shows a fourth ring, which is un-named, between the grand cordon and the petit cordon. The centre of the target should be 1.10 m above the ground.
Major Rings on the Tir Beursault Target
- Outer ring is the Grand Cordon 48cm diameter
- Large ring is 33.5 cm diameter
- Medium ring is the Petit Cordon 14.5 cm diameter
- Small dark ring is the Noir 4.2 cm diameter
Running the shoot
- 1 point for landing between the grand cordon and the large ring.
- 2 points for landing between the large ring and the petit cordon.
- 3 points for landing in the two rings just inside the petit cordon.
- 4 points for landing in the ring just outside the noir, or anywhere inside the noir.
In addition to the above, add 1 point for an arrow that lands anywhere in the
target, except the grand cordon.
- An honour for each arrow that lands between the grand cordon and the petit cordon.
- An honour and a rosary for each arrow that lands between the petit cordon and the noir.
- An honour, a rosary and a black for each arrow than lands inside the noir.
The arrow must be fully free and clear in a ring to be counted at that ring’s value. If it touches or crosses a line with a lower-scoring ring, it is counted as the lower score. This is the opposite of scoring Royal Rounds. Touching the grand cordon is worth zero points, and no honour. Touching or landing on the petit cordon counts as 2 points and an honour. Touching or landing on the noir cordon is an exception and counts as 4 full points, an honour, a rosary and a black.
The archer to win the competition is the one with:
- The highest number of
honours. If a tie, then compare.
- The highest number of points. If a tie, then compare.
- The highest number of rosaries. If a tie, then compare.
- The highest number of blacks.
A perfect score would be: 60 points, 12 honours, 12 rosaries and 12 blacks.
The atmosphere of this shoot is one of respect and courtesy. The archers are not adversaries, but a group of friendly competitors gathering to honour the art of archery.