|TSAA Clout Shoot|
|BRAZOS 4H Archery Club||July 19, 2014|
|Katherine Grace Jing||Cub||Recurve||165M||76||28|
|John Michael Criscione||Yeoman||Compound||65M||Had||Fun!|
The clout field is located immediately behind Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan, TX. Whether heading North or South on Hwy 6, take the Boonville Rd exit and proceed North on the access road. The school will be on the right and you can use either the first or second entrance to find parking either behind the school or to the far side.
Google Map of the venue coordinates
How far away is the target?
180 meters for Compound Men
165 meters for Compound Women, Recurve Men and Barebow Men
125 meters for Recurve Women and Barebow Women and Cadet Classes
110 meters for all Cub and Bowman
Juniors shoot the adult distances
Fee is $15, pay at the door. Check-in starts at 8am, practice starts at 9am, and the first round starts at 10am. The first round will include a beginner’s seminar for those new to clout, taught by tournament director Rick Stonebraker, 4-time National Clout champion and former record holder. Lunch will be around 12:30 for one hour. The second round will start at approx. 1:30pm.
Water will be provided on the field. Gatorade and cokes will be available for purchase. Encouraged to bring shade (pop-up tents, chairs!) and anything else you need for a full day of shooting (e.g. water, bug spray, snacks, etc). The July heat will be upon us, be prepared.
Just a few minutes from the field, at the intersection of Boonville Rd and Highway 6 (six) are the following:
|Subway||T Jin Chinese||DoubleDave’s
|Jack-in-the-Box||Wendy’s||Domino’s||Best Western Premier
|Several gas stations|
Notes about Clout - What the archer aims at. (Picture an archery target laying flat on the ground, with a stick in the middle so that you can see where the target is from hundreds of meters away)
The CLOUT is a white triangular flag affixed to the upper part of a wooden pole about one to two feet tall, in the center of the clout circle. Each ring is 1.5 meters (4 foot 11 inches) from the center of the circle measured outward. The center circle is 3 meters in diameter (9 feet 10 inches). The five scoring rings are 5 for the center and 4,3,2 and 1 point. After practice, the event will begin with all archers on the shooting line. Each archer has four minutes to loose (shoot) their six arrows.
While walking to the scoring circles, great care is taken to watch where you walk as errant arrows will be in your path way. Even if they are not your arrows, pull them out of the ground in the same direction they went in and gently stick them vertically in the air so the owner will find them. After everyone has looked over the scoring circles and located all their arrows, scoring will begin. Designated archers will enter the circles, collect all the arrows in their assigned circle and place in a neat pile to be identified.
Scoring: When an archers name is called, they enter the circle, pick up their arrows and call out the value of each arrow as they pick them up, starting from the highest value (hopefully fives). Two people keep score. When the values are agreed upon, the next archers name is called.
The Ancient Practice of CLOUT SHOOTING
by Cliff Huntingdon
The term clout shooting is derived from the act of shooting at a clout. The clout itself is nothing more than any mark, historically white and in its most simple form, a small white rag. This is accomplished at long ranges, customarily between 9 score and 12 score yards. The event dates back to the first Queen Elizabeth and has been practiced in varying form for many years and is an "old English form of competitive archery at a single mark."
Clout shooting probably evolved out of a need to train archers "to shoot to a length." The English were not disposed to willingly practice and maintain a degree of proficiency as is sometimes portrayed in verse and cinema. Without the compulsory week-end practice as was commonly dictated by law, skills necessary to successfully fend off aggression in defense of land and life were quickly lost. The English had to be forced to practice. From these forced sessions clout shooting was developed as the means to mass huge numbers of arrows to a common point. Archers provided a primitive yet highly effective form of artillery and history would record in graphic detail it’s effectiveness. During The Hundred Years War, the outcome of battles at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt would certainly have been different without the massed firepower of these ancient archers.