The minimum amount of space recommended for each archer's lane is 31 inches, according to FITA, and I'd say that's about what we're each allotted in the church basement where Shawn's Archery sets up on Mondays. Only really, even though it's a full class, the line isn't at max capacity, like, ever. Sometimes, a few of us even get butts to ourselves. Say, any given week, one or two people are away. Also we have a nice ample time slot, so some people come in later, or leave earlier. It is a Monday, after all. And then, most ends, someone'll be hanging back, whether they're messing with their equipment, or making a coffee run, or learning from our genial guru, or - let's be honest - just caught up in chatting.
So when it transpired that we did all step up at the same time this week, I think we were all a little surprised at how, um, cosy it was. Like, I never realized what a big exhale I do before I draw until I was right behind someone's neck. I'm not saying it would have been less awkward face-to-face, either. Let's choose to think of it as a good test of our concentration. I guess when you go to tournaments - and you can bet it'll be that close at a tournament - you want to be prepared for this. I mean, I'm sure we all made little compensations that changed our form so we wouldn't bonk each other, consciously or not. We still bonked each other, too.
Coach Shawn made some teaching-op lemonade from the moment, reminding us that the generous space you're supposed to have behind the line is for another line, of equipment, and then for people to be able to move around, too. Ground quivers and bow stands go behind you. Which makes me love my hip-quiver a little more because it's just convenient. I have piece of advice to add, as well: Even if your archery class is on the Danforth, think carefully about that tzatziki.