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For Archers of the Knowne Worlde, a challenge to keep your eye keen and your arm strong until spring.


Yes folks, it's that time of year 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.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT !!! This may or may not be the last season I do this. I've been overseeing the GWC for 16 years now, and of late it has become more difficult, owing to a variety of personal and public circumstances. I probably should have retired years ago, but the Guild has become more and more ossified over time, and is now fairly moribund - there hasn't been anyone to assume the responsibilities in quite some while. As well, in recent seasons I have come under intense pressure from multiple sources to turn over the GWC to the general SCA Scores Site, with the assurance that I would still have "control" over the shoot - patently untrue since if participants can enter their own scores, and the site performs it's own computation, I would have nothing at all left to do. I, and what remains of the Guild, have resisted this, feeling that to surrender a purely home-grown effort on the part of local Scadian volunteers to the organization of SCA Inc. would be to do violence to the spirit of what the SCA once was. That is a primary issue - there has been a strong tendency within the SCA in the past decade or so to rationalize, organize, collect under a single umbrella, and exert conformity upon all sub-communities within the organization. But, many do  point out that we should move with the times, that the SCA is no longer the crazy-quilt, sometimes silly motley that once organized a protest against the 20th Century, that we are a Corporation, with mission statements and business models. And so it goes - it bores me; all I want is to administer archery. So let me make the following suggestions: If you are satisfied with the status quo, and wish to see the Challenge continue as it always has before, write me and say so (I'd be happy to do so, for despite my complaints above, the Challenge continues to be a labour of devotion and love for me). If you think it's time to move along, and utilize the Scores Site, then write and tell me that. Might there be any among you interested in setting up a local WC in your Kingdom, either on or off the Scores Site? If so, discuss it with me. In short, give me a sense of what you, the participants, would like to see, and I will do that thing next season.

All archers of the Known World are invited to participate in a winter archery competition from November 1, 2014 through April 15, 2015. 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 crossbow rear 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 SIGHT MARKS!  A comment about what is meant by "sight marks". 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 overseeing 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 for quick posting on the results page.

Quick access to the RESULTS.

The Shoot:

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.

Target 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 three points.

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, 2015. 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 someone's signature or there are other questions.

. Ongoing and Final Results will be posted as quickly as possible at:

The Results Page.


Some previous years scores can now be reviewed here:

93-94 season (no online records)

94-95 season (no online records)

95-96 season (no online records)

96-97 season (no online records)

1997-1998 season

1998-1999 season

1999-2000 season

2000-2001 season

2001-2002 season

2002-2003 season

2003-2004 season

2004-2005 season

2005-2006 season

2006-2007 season

2007-2008 season

2008-2009 season

2009-2010 season

2010-2011 season

2011-2012 season

2012-2013 season

2013-2014 season


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