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Rules for SSAC - 14D Triangle

The Scorekeeper last approved scores for this shoot on: 12/3/14

Shoot Begins: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Shoot Ends: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Scores must be Submitted by: Sunday, December 7, 2014 and within 30 days of being shot.


Archers are used to targets where the highest point value is in the center of the target; a concentric circle, the peg in a roundel target, etc. So if your aim is a bit off you still can get the next highest point value.

With the Triangle Target which is an equilateral triangle, with one of its points straight up, divided into three equal width horizontal bands, the highest point value is the top part of the triangle. So, if you are aiming for the highest value and your aim is a bit high, left or right, you can miss completely and receive no points. Those that try for the highest value have a greater chance of making no score if they miss, than those that aim for the lower value areas. This provides a high scoring area for the better archers and still has a larger lower scoring area for the average archers.

The three parts of the triangle target from Medieval Japan were said to represent a warrior on horseback. The top, high scoring, triangle was his head. The middle band was his body. And the largest band, the bottom, was his horse.

The area of the highest scoring part, the head, is one-fifth the area of the horse and one-third the area of his body. So a logical way of scoring is: Head is five points. Body is three points. The horse is one point.

Sir Jon's addition to this target is to make it a bit more challenging for the highly skilled archers by drawing one additional horizontal line at the upper third of the top or head triangle. This would represent a visor slot and would be a forty-fifth the area of the horse. However, this would give a point value of forty-five which would be too high, because one lucky shot to it and five misses of the target would give more points than hitting the head with all six. A reasonable compromise would be to give a value of fifteen points. However, slight errors in aim are even more apt to create a complete miss and zero points.

The below drawing shows the scoring areas and values of the target. Lines count as higher score. This Scoresheet was created to make keeping track of the ends and the direction of the target easier, Courtesy of An Tir.

Target Construction
The triangle has a 24 inch horizontal base. From the center of the base draw a vertical line 21 inches tall. Draw the side lines from the ends of the base to the top of the center line. Measuring up the center line mark off the following bands starting from the base line. If lines are drawn between the color bands, they should be no wider than 1/8 inch. When complete the center line should *NOT* be visible as a reference line/aim point.

  • The Horse is the bottom 7 inches, and colored black.
  • The Body is the next 7 inches, and colored red.
  • The Head is the next 5 inches, and colored yellow.
  • The Visor is the top 2 inches, and colored Black.

For the SSAC competition, all ends are shot from 20 yards, Youth from 15 yards. It is shot in four ends spelled out below. The SSAC General Rules apply.

  • Standing - 6 arrows untimed, bottom of the target horizontal (same as the Scoring image above)
  • Rearing - 6 arrows untimed, "side" of the target horizontal across the top with the visor as the right point (see image below)
  • Charging - 35 seconds, bottom of the target horizontal (same as the Scoring image above)
  • Kicking - 35 seconds, "side" of the target horizontal across the top with the visor as the left point (see image below)


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