ARCH - Fwd: Re: [Directors] ABD discussion

Khailil The Sarclander wayneman at
Fri Apr 27 07:45:34 PDT 2001

Well my bow will make a nice wall hanger now.
----- Original Message -----
From: "paul kaveshan" <pkjdw at>
To: <ansteorra-archery at>; <SCA-Archery at>;
<Ansteorran_Marshals at>; <southern-request at>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 1:59 PM
Subject: ARCH - Fwd: Re: [Directors] ABD discussion

> Greetings all.
> As I have not seen anything come down from the lists, here is a forward of
> what I received from the BOD concerning my post to them voicing my
> opposition of the ABD's.
> As all archery equipment must be changed by August, and the BOD wants to
> wait to review the ruling in October, I see the BOD review as being two
> months too late.
> <<<PERSONNAL OPINION>>> I have a feeling that nothing will be done by the
> BOD or the SEM to review or change anything.  It looks like we will have
> wait to get a real damage assessment.  Does anyone want to guess how many
> archers will be at next Gulf War??
> Ld James
> Shire of Tempio
> Chronicler
> Archery Marshal
> Cadet to Don OEngus and Don Dore
> >
> >As you may know by now, the Board of Directors voted this past
> >weekend to approve the Society Marshal's decision to require
> >protection on combat archery nocks.  The entries in the minutes
> >on this matter can be found at the end of this email.
> >
> >This was not an easy decision and we regret the effort and cost
> >that our archers will have to go to in complying with this ruling.
> >There has been growing concern over this matter for several years,
> >and incidents at the recent Gulf Wars indicated that an unacceptably
> >high level of risk was present, and the possibility of serious injury
> >was too great.
> >
> >Please know that the Board of Directors was completely aware that the
> >Society Marshal's ruling was made only a short time before the quarterly
> >meeting, and the Board was also aware of the amount of controversy this
> >ruling had already generated; however, the issue was the safety of our
> >fighters and everyone else on the field of combat, and in the interest
> >of safety, the Board determined action was required at this meeting.
> >
> >Thanks to the efforts of many people who have been testing ABDs for
> >several years, there are already several approved devices, and the
> >Directors hope that more experimentation will happen shortly.  We do
> >recognize the speed at which this change has been made, though, and
> >as you can see from the minutes quoted below, the Board has directed
> >the Society Marshal to continue to evaluate this matter, as it will be
> >revisited at the October 2001 quarterly meeting.
> >
> >Please feel free to pass this letter on to others who may be interested
> >in this ruling.
> >
> >Matt Larsen
> >Director, SCA Inc.
> >Ombudsman for the Society Marshal
> >
> >From the unapproved minutes for the April 21, 2001 meeting of the
> >Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc.:
> >
> >
> >(2) All wooden and fiberglass shafted arrows used in SCA combat archery
> >shall be
> >required to have an approved ABD on the nock-end to prevent any injurious
> >contact
> >to SCA combatants.  This requirement shall be implemented on August 1,
> >2001,
> >to allow a sufficient period for implementation.
> >
> >Motion by Beth Morris that the Board approve the Society Marshal's policy
> >on combat archery equipment as presented, to be implemented by August 1,
> >2001.
> >Seconded by Carol O'Leary.
> >In favor: Paul Foster, Matt Larsen, Keith MacInnes, Beth Morris, Carol
> >O'Leary, John Rose.  Opposed: none.  Motion carried.
> >
> >Motion by Keith MacInnes that the Board review the above combat archery
> >equipment policy at the October 2001 quarterly Board meeting.
> >Seconded by Beth Morris.
> >In favor: Paul Foster, Matt Larsen, Keith MacInnes, Beth Morris, Carol
> >O'Leary, John Rose.  Opposed: none.  Motion carried.
> >
> >With the consensus of the Board, Chairman Baron ordered the Society
> >to gather commentary on this issue and to present it to the Board for
> >review no later than September 15, 2001.  Further, the Society Marshal is
> >to
> >present for the Board's consideration, alternatives and possible
> >for variances on a kingdom by kingdom basis.
> >
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