The Sunburn League is fast approaching and the response to it has been very good.
There are still places left for Round 1 which starts next Sunday, 18th May so if you would like to shoot please contact the Treasurer ASAP as a target list will be drawn up in the next few days.
There will be medals and trophies awarded throughout the league which you can view by clicking on the photo opposite.
The trophies and medals will be awarded as follows:
Medals for the Winner of each round of the Junior National (Awarded at the end of each round)
Medals for the Winner of each round of the National (Awarded at the end of each round)
Medals for the Winner of each round of the Long National (Awarded at the end of each round)
Medals for the single highest score in the Junior National (Awarded at the end of the League)
Medals for the single highest score in the National (Awarded at the end of the League)
Medals for the single highest score in the Long National (Awarded at the end of the League)
Trophy for the winner of the Junior National (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores in the Junior National)
Trophy for the winner of the National (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores in the National)
Trophy for the winner of the Long National (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores in the Long National)
Trophy for the most improved archer (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated by who has made the biggest improvement to their handicap)
Trophy for the overall winner of the Sunburn League (Awarded at the end of the League and calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores across all rounds)
Many club members have said that they wished that there was an equivalent of the Frostbite League that runs over the summer months.
Well we are delighted to say that we will be running such a league every month between May and September and which we are calling The Sunburn League.
Unlike most other tournaments the Sunburn League will be based on the handicap system. This means that all members regardless of bow type, gender, age or experience can compete against each other on equal terms. What’s more these tournaments will also allow members to achieve classifications up to Bowmen and maintain or improve their handicaps too.
How Does It Work?
Each month we will run three separate ‘leagues’ each shooting at the same time and shooting a variation of the National round so as to be suitable for all members. The various National rounds all consist of 6 dozen arrows of which 4 dozen are shot at the longer distance and 2 dozen at the shorter. The Leagues will be as follows:
League 1: Long National (80 & 60 yards)
League 2: National (60 & 50 yards)
League 3: Junior National (40 & 30 yards)
Anyone can shoot in any league at any time you don’t have to stick to the same League throughout the summer. You also don’t have to shoot in every round as only your top 3 highest scores will count towards determining an overall Grand Winner at the end of the outdoor season. Please note that all Senior members can shoot in League 3 even though it’s a ‘Junior’ round and your scores will count towards both your handicap and the tournament. However please note this round will only allow Senior Ladies the chance to achieve 3rd Class classification. Juniors can shoot and achieve handicap and classifications in all leagues.
For those who are unfamiliar with the handicap system it works like this. Each time you shoot a round in accordance with the Rules of Shooting you can submit your scoresheet to our records officer and when you have submitted three scores the records officer can then calculate what your handicap is. Each round also has a handicap allowance associated with it and the combination of the archers handicap and the rounds allowance determines how many points are added to your score producing what is known as the Adjusted Score. For example here we have 4 archers, two (A & C) with a handicap of 50 and two (B & D) with a handicap of 30. On paper archers B & D are the better archers and so in a standard tournament based purely on the highest score shot, should beat archers A & C. The table below shows how the handicap system alters the scores.
As you can see in the National, archer B shot a higher score but their handicap was lower meaning their allowance was less and so Archer A won. So if you are a beginner and shoot a score as high or better than your handicap predicts you should, you could beat an archer who is more experienced but perhaps doesn’t shoot as well as their handicap predicts that they should.
We will be awarding medals and trophies for each round, high scores, league winners, most improved handicap and Grand Winner which are detailed below.
• Every round will have 3 winners, 1 per league with the winner being determined by the highest adjusted score and who each receive a medal.
After all 5 rounds have been shot the following awards will be given out.
• A medal will be awarded to the archer who achieves the greatest improvement to their handicap.
• A medal will be awarded in all three leagues to the archers who achieve the highest single round score.
• A League Winner for each of the three leagues will be determined by the highest combined score in a single league and each winner will receive a trophy.
• Finally everyone’s 3 highest scores across all leagues will be totaled together and the person with the highest overall score will be crowned our Grand Winner and receive a trophy.
The dates for each round will be as follows:
Round 1 Sunday 18th May Assembly 09:30am Shoot 10:00am
Round 2 Sunday 22nd June Assembly 09:30am Shoot 10:00am
Round 3 Sunday 20th July Assembly 09:30am Shoot 10:00am
Round 4 Sunday 17th August Assembly 09:30am Shoot 10:00am
Round 5 Sunday 21st September Assembly 09:30am Shoot 10:00am
Any member that doesn’t yet have an outdoor handicap, please check our Club Records page (you need to be logged in to see it), we will be holding a ‘practice’ round after the Maintenance Day on April 6th. Your scores from this will then be added towards your handicap. If you require more than one outdoor score we will look at holding other practice rounds on subsequent weekends in April depending on demand and availability. Alternatively a temporary handicap can be worked out from the score of your first two dozen arrows from either a practice day or the first round of the tournament you shoot in.
If you have any questions please contact Oliver Johnson (Treasurer) or Frank Hollis (Records Officer) and Lloyd Mitchell who have kindly agreed to help run it.