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Getting Started
Archery Practice
IKAC / IKCAC
Target Archery
Combat Archery
Bows and Arrows
Rules

Archery

Archery was an important part of life in the Middle Ages. Archery provided a way to hunt for food in peace time as well as a way to maintain military superiority during war time.

The longbow was considered such an important part of the English military, that a royal decree of 1363 compelled all Englishmen to practice archery on Sundays and holidays.  Archers would compete in tournaments to show off their skills and compete with other archers for speed and accuracy. 

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Lord Lewellyn lines up a shot.

 

One early type of archery target shooting was called "clouting" and involved hitting a target placed flat on the ground, requiring the archer to shoot high and try to arc his arrow to land as close to the target as possible (indirect fire).  Another type of archery was similar to golf - with archers firing at a "roving target" (direct fire).  Archers would fire their first volley at a target, then fire their next volley at the next target from the location of the first target.

Getting Started

You don't need to be a member or even have your own equipment to start in SCA archery (but you must sign a waiver form).  Our archery experts will teach you for free and we have loaner gear to get you started, so you can see if archery is your "cup of tea" before laying out money on it.

A great way to begin is to familiarize yourself with the Outlands Target Archery Handbook.

Archery Practice

It takes practice to be a good archer. Luckily, the Shire of Drygestan holds Official Archery Practice most Sundays, with unofficial pick up practices going on frequently. Archery practices are free and open to the public. Our experienced archers are always willing to share their knowledge of the sport. Check our interactive calendar for practice times and locations, or sign up for email alerts to stay current.

IKAC / IKCAC Tournaments

Archers are encouraged (but not required) to participate in year-long, world-wide archery tournaments known as Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition (IKAC - for Target Archery) and the Inter-Kingdom Combat Archery Competition (IKCAC - for Combat Archery).  The IKAC and IKCAC tournaments allow archers to earn points towards your Kingdom's archery score vs other Kingdoms, earn personal ranking, and chart their personal progress.

- IKAC / IKCAC Home Page

Target Archery

Most archery in the SCA is target archery; the type of archery typically practiced for sport around the world for centuries.  Participants shoot at stationary or mobile targets, earning points according to best accuracy and speed.  This type of archery usually involves standard recurve or longbows (compound bows are not period for the SCA) and arrows with wooden shafts with feather fletching and target points. 

Combat Archery

Combat Archery uses modified low-pull bows and special "arrows" in SCA Heavy Weapons Fighting.

Bows and Arrows

The SCA is a historical preservation society, so we only allow "period" bows.  This includes wooden or composite longbows, shortbows, and crossbows, but compound bows or other bows of modern design are not allowed.

Arrows must be wooden shafts with feather fletching (commercial or handmade) and target points.

Bows:
Arrows:
* Note: this listing is not necessarily an endorsement, just a resource our other fighters have found useful.

Rules

Archer Waiver Forms

- Adult Waiver
- Youth Waiver
(16-17 years old)

 

<p>You don't need to be a member or even have your own equipment to start in SCA archery.&nbsp; Our archery experts will teach you for free and we have loaner gear to get you started, so you can see if archery is your "cup of tea" before laying out money on it.</p>
<p>A great way to begin is to familiarize yourself with the <a target="_blank" href="http://archery.outlands.org/Portals/9/files/Kingdom-archery-rules-2012.pdf">Outlands Target Archery Handbook</a>.</p>