Rob and I went to the December tournament that the Ontario Centre for Classical Sport puts on for its members. I’m kind of blown away at the number of people who came out on a Sunday morning for this, and just among the few people we chatted with, that included coming to the far side of Oakville from Ajax, downtown, and ourselves from Scarborough.
I really like the guiding hand the folks at OCCS give in terms of the etiquette and game of archery. Like, when I used to take dance lessons, I loved my studio because they taught us how to ask people to dance. A lot of places don’t highlight the social aspect of their sport. Part of that, for archery, is in scoring.
It was so social that it was a 4-person job, which was the number of people sharing each target area. Someone to call the score, two people to tally the numbers on paper, and one to mark the holes in the paper. (We felt like such newbs because we didn’t know what that meant, so in case you don’t either, marking holes is to put a pen mark on holes you’ve already tallied so you can ignore them later.) Obviously, the more people checking the math, the better. Marking the holes seems like a bit of a make-work project but it was a pretty good system for mixing more and less experienced players and doling out tasks that were simple enough for one to have a role while getting the gist, but one that’s unlikely to get screwed up. Especially, as I said, early on a Sunday.