[Ansteorra-archery] missile carpool , long , was Re: Third Quarter 2008 Royal Round Keeper Report

A.N. Novy anovy at suddenlink.net
Mon Sep 8 13:01:52 PDT 2008

---- "ld.blackmoon" <ld.blackmoon at cox.net> wrote: 
> actually the carpooling to other practices had several reasons ,none of which was to eliminate the royal rounds at events , if it hadn't been for the big storm sunday at castellan there would have been a royal round on sunday morning as usual.

I don't remember seeing a Castellan RR scheduled in the site flier, on the website, or announced on the archery list.  If this is my memory failing me, then it is my mistake.

> i started the carpooling to practices , to improve the missile skills and promote missile activities ,so that archers can get used to shooting on a full firing line , in different places , under different marshals , and not always standing next to the same people, hearing the same marshal over and over again .this will help them focus on shooting well at events , and not freaking out because they aren't used to shooting at a new place , under a different marshal , with a different landscape.

Again, I think this is where you and I differ.  I shoot to have fun, and if my score happens to go up as a result, then it's a side effect, but it's not the driving force behind my shooting.  Also, all of the reasons you listed for starting a carpool can be applied to shooting at events:  full firing line, in different places, under different marshals, etc.  And I've never seen anyone freaking out on a line because they're shooting in a new place.  Most people I've seen are excited to shoot in a new place, not apprehensive about it; a new shooting location doesn't seem to bother them.

> this is also one of the reasons that a group of us went and participated in calontirs " kings company of archers "  this past weekend.
> ( a stand alone archery event where they compete from all over the kingdom , at all levels unranked to grant level )

Did they shoot Royal Rounds at this event?

> carpooling to different practices was also to help archers and marshals get to know each other and help each other , as in the north we're sort of like a big missile family , where to get help all you have to do is ask .
> and was to give marshals an idea about  what it would be like to be a m i c for an event , having that many people show up to shoot.
> northkeep has a small range , so only 5 or 6 can shoot at a time , so our regional practice may have a lot of socializing time as well .
> it was also a way to ease travel expenses so that i could get to more places in order to authorize more people for both thrown weapons and archery .
> getting an away score is just a nice bonus added to all the benifits of carpooling to practices.

And all that is fine.  But it doesn't have anything to do with whether an event hosts a RR or not.

> part of the reason i see royal rounds not being shot as much is the fact that a lot of marshals are saying they hate circle targets , they only want to do " fun " shoots .both for practice and for events . 

I don't feel that way, but ok.

> ( which of course means no paper work till the quarterlies , or event reports ) ( which thanx to hl eadrics long hours , reporting is very easy , where else can you turn in ikacs and royal rounds at the same time ?? )
> ansteorra is constant being beaten in the ikac by antir , and a couple others , in some divisions , by a lot of others . 
> this isnt going to change as long as groups only do " fun " shoots,  or people only practice shooting at events.

Again, I didn't say in my original e-mail that you should stop doing special practices altogether.  I said that you might be surprised at the number of people submitting RR scores if you actually have RR shoots at an event.


> ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: A.N. Novy 
>   To: Archery within the Kingdom of Ansteorra 
>   Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 12:22 PM
>   Subject: Re: [Ansteorra-archery] Third Quarter 2008 Royal Round Keeper Report
>   I may have a different viewpoint than many on this list, but I think it should be expressed.
>   It is not a great concern of mine to increase my RR score.  I am more interested in having fun and using archery as a relaxing diversion from my mundane life.  As a result, I am not willing to drive 3 or 4 hours roundtrip, even carpooling, to attend a special practice just so I can get an away score.  It takes two very valuable resources:  my money and my time.  I think this recent push to have special practices has replaced holding Royal Round shoots at events.
>   When I was in the Outlands, at any event at which archery was held, there was also an opportunity to shoot a Royal Round (also, sometimes events that had no other archery scheduled would still hold a RR).  Every effort was made to hold one.  This made it much easier for the casual archer to still participate and track his or her scores, because if you're at the event anyway, why not shoot a RR and get that away score?  Heck, there was a time when my RR score was made up of only away scores shot at events.
>   I believe the Outlands policy was the correct way to go, which is why since I started running archery at Mooneschadowe Guardian/Triumphe 3 years ago, I have held a RR.  I will be continuing this tradition this year, and for as long as I run archery for that event.
>   People can hold special practices if they wish.  I am not saying they should stop.  What I am saying is that you might be surprised at how many more archers start submitting scores if you give them the opportunity at events to do so.
>   Thanks,
>   Zorya Prazan
>   Mooneschadowe Archery Marshal

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