Recently, as well as in years past, there has been an effort to change this time honored tradition, and shift to a one week long annual event to be held during the summer months.
I think this idea may have some merit, and although I’m personally not prepared to support this idea, I do think it’s worth discussing and weighing the options.
My Thoughts On An Annual National Skirmish:
Scheduling the events for a one week skirmish would likely be much easier compared to the current skirmish model.
Staffing a one week National Skirmish during the summer months may bring a different set of challenges than we are currently accustomed to.
Making a one week commitment may be easier for some, and more difficult for many others. Those who take Vacation time to travel long distances and many who only attend one National a year may not mind the change.
For some, taking summer Vacation time is easier than the spring or fall months.
Skirmishers and their families who are teachers or students will appreciate attending a National when they don’t have to take time off from school.
New team and individual events could be added to the current skirmish schedule.
Those who live closer to the Fort would get a mixed bag:
First, you only get to attend one National per year.
Events that were once held on the weekend and could be attended without taking time off from work may now be scheduled during the work week.
During the summer months it might be possible to have and host late evening individual matches from 6pm to 8pm. For local skirmishers this would be an advantage.
It’s much hotter during the summer months at the Fort, but the rain may (or may not) be less.
There are a few interesting Perks and Possibilities to an Annual Skirmish:
Assuming a Sunday to Saturday schedule, the opening ceremonies currently scheduled before the musket team match at the end of a National could be scheduled for the first Sunday of the week long National, moving the opening ceremony to the beginning of the week-long event…
Again assuming a Sunday to Saturday schedule, perhaps time can be found in the schedule to allow for small arms practice at the range? Like all day on the Saturday before Nationals begins, and during scheduled hours throughout the week… (It could be a potential revenue stream for the association! I may blog about this idea again in the future.)
Artillery could be an all day scheduled event, perhaps Friday. Start with Mortar. First the standard 100 yard event at 9am. Then top 25 teams from this event advance to a 175 yard event held later in the day on the cannon range.
You could then run 4 or 5 relays of 1 hr cannon matches, maybe hold another elimination round with some new targets added to the mix? Something to consider…
You could go crazy with all kinds of pie in the sky ideas…
What do you think about the idea of a week long Summer National Skirmish? If you had to plan one, how would you organize it?