The following note was sent to an Essex club from a member in support of the recent ruling by the GNAS Judges Committee to ban the carrying of knives and other tools at tournamnets (subsequently overeturned two days later)
I am very disappointed that this ruling has been reversed. I would like our committee to introduce it throughout our club at the first opportunity and lobby the GNAS to bring it in nationally forthwith along with further restrictions as detailed below-
Ban the carrying onto the archery field:
1. Any long pointy things under 4 feet in length made of wood, aluminium or carbon with brass or steel points. REASON - These can be used as stabbing weapons. I have also witnessed members carrying these items in multiples of dozens allowing them to be used for mass slaughter and injury
2. Any high tensile strings or cords of over 2lb breaking strain. REASON - A frustrated archer could use these to garrotte a fellow member in a fit of temper. Suggest the use of max three strands of sewing cotton as a substitute. Button thread or knitting wool may be acceptable if it does not exceed the maximum breaking strain.
3. Metal, wood or plastic risers above 1 lb in weight. REASON - A member could bludgeon a fellow member with one of these causing death or serious injury.
Furthermore, I have also personally witnessed some members carrying strange alien contraptions with cams on the ends, operated by very high tension wires. These should be banned for all time as they could trap fingers or other body parts causing serious injury.
To protect members further, a ban on the eating of sugary or high fat food and drinks such as sweets, chocolate bars, homemade brownies etc. should introduced to prevent members suffering tooth rot, furred arteries and heart attacks.
If the above Health and Safety measures preclude members from fully indulging in archery then I am sure that a good substitute could be devised. My suggestion would be lobbing bean-bags into numbered buckets at various distances. The bean-bags would, of course, have to be fully regulated for weight and fill as they could cause bruising if they were thrown too enthusiastically and hit another member.
I commend these suggestions to our committee for serious consideration.
Regards from a concerned member.