A Few Words From 
the Youth Archery Marshal

Greetings!

Youth Archery has been around since the beginning of the SCA. Youth have always shot side by side with the Parent. In the Midrealm there is no lower age limit. Youth extends up until age 17. Where possible, and where a lot of Youth are in attendance, a separate Youth range or target is advisable. A Youth who is 13 years of age or younger must have a Parent on the Range at all times. It is strongly advised that the Parent be at the Youth Range. For those young ones aged 9 and under, a Parent must be with them at all times on the Youth Range, no exceptions. Currently, we have a Youth Handbook in the editing stages, that should be finalized soon. I will post it to this site.

The outdoor archery season is running down, but that doesn't mean we have to stop shooting, or practicing! Actually, bows (especially those solid wood ones), hate to be left alone all winter - and we do have some winter archery shoots out there! A good practice exercise is to string your bow and practice pulling it correctly at a half pull. (About 20 times, slowly) This will warm your bows and get them ready for full pulls and shooting! This does not mean to fire the bow! Do NOT dry fire a bow. A Dry Fire is when you release the string without an arrow. All the energy that the arrow uses to fly is from the string. When the arrow isn't in place, and you Dry Fire, the energy goes back into your bow limbs. This creates stress, and future early failure of the bow. How you can tell whether a bow limb is stressed - there are usually marks (lines) running across the limb of the bow. Besides that, the energy also puts stress on your wrist that you hold the bow with, especially if you are bending the wrist. This also can cause future problems.

Thanks! See you on the Ranges!

Yours in Service,

THL Roewynne Langley of Mugmort

 

Here's a little bit about myself:
My name is Roewynne, and I am from the Barony of the Middle Marches, the Shire of Mugmort. I have been an Archery Marshal since 1982. I'm married to Vorlin O'r Gwig, and have three children who used to shoot. They're ages are 17, 15, and 13. If you are interested in the Youth Archery program, please feel free to contact me or one of my deputies. I welcome any and all help!

 

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