Archers prepare yourselves! Next week is the start of Archery Season!

The snow has melted, the weather has warmed, and that means it’s archery season once again for BMDL! Next Sunday, April 11th from 11am-3pm, archery practice will resume at the home of Master Kieran and Mistress Odriana! We will be following the same pandemic procedures as last year, so please take note of the rules posted below.

Hope to see you there next week!

*Note: In order to keep attendance manageable, we are asking that only the archers attend this practice. If you aren’t there to shoot then please do not attend. In addition, loaner gear will not be provided.

The address of the site is 3000 Harts Run Road, Allison Park, PA 15101. To get there from the city, head north on Route 8 and make a right on Harts Run Road, then after 1 mile their house is on the right side. The driveway for the site is a small bridge. Look for the SCA sign!

Parking will be at the empty lot next door (2984 Harts Run Rd on Google maps). Anyone who needs to may drive directly up to the site to drop off people or equipment before heading to the parking lot.

We want to do this as safely as possible, so the following safety and social-distancing guidelines will be put in place:

  • Masks must be properly worn at all times (covering both nose AND mouth).
  • No sharing equipment. This includes bows, arrows, gloves, armguards, etc.
  • The loaner gear will NOT be available.
  • Only the marshals can handle another person’s bow, arrows, or equipment, and only for inspections.
  • Maintain 6 ft. of separation when shooting on the line and when waiting in line to shoot. The ground will be appropriately marked.
  • When retrieving arrows, only one person per target may retrieve their arrows at the same time.
  • Marshals will be monitoring the practice and reminding people to adhere to these guidelines.
  • This is a practice for archers only. Please do not come just to socialize.
  • These rules will be reviewed with everyone prior to the beginning of practice. In addition to these guidelines, I will do my best to ensure there is hand sanitizer, hand wipes, a hand washing station, etc. available for staying clean. Being considerate of the health and safety of our populace is greatly appreciated!

If anyone has additional questions or concerns regarding the practice please reach out to me at

Stay safe out there!

Yours in service,
Rónán Ó Conaill
BMDL Captain of Archers

3 thoughts on “Archers prepare yourselves! Next week is the start of Archery Season!”

  1. Hello,
    I reached out to you just before you ended the season last year. I am new to the SCA and would like to learn to shoot. Is that an option this year?Unfortunately I have not equipment.
    Please advise,
    Beth Chatham

    1. Hi Beth,

      I would be happy to bring an extra bow and a set of arrows for you to use. The “loaner gear not available” rule is just to discourage people from sharing the communal equipment among multiple people. Individuals who reach out to me ahead of time are welcome to use our gear upon request.

      If you’d like to request a set of gear, please reach out to me at


      1. Hello! I just sent an email before I saw this reply. I am unable to attend this Sunday but would like to attend the next practice. Please let me know when this will be and I would like to request the use of equipment.
        Thanks so very much,
        Beth Chatham

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