by John Whittaker, WAA ISAC Scorekeeper
It won’t surprise anyone to hear that our ISAC competition was sparse compared to other recent years. Many of the usual big events were cancelled, lots of people (including myself) did not feel able to get to any events at all or managed relatively few. But comparing some quick statistics, we can take either a half-empty or a half-full view of the year 2020.
|YEAR||Number of scores||M||W||Y||Number of high scores||M 70+||W 50+||Y 40+|
|YEAR||Number of events||Number of scores||Number individs||Ave N scores|
|Ave N partic/ event||Max N partic||% events w/ <8 partic|
We recorded about half the number of scores entered in 2019 (52%). Women and Youth scores did slightly better than Men’s. We had about 59% of the number of high scores entered in 2019. The proportions were similar for all categories. I take this to mean that while overall numbers were down, the dedicated atlatlists who make most of the high scores continued to throw (even if not as often), and we also managed to keep some others, including novices, involved. We had only 43% fewer individual participants.
Likewise for events: In 2019 we put on about 65% of the usual number of events. Since they produced only 52% of the number of scores of 2019, they should have averaged smaller, and did, some. There was a somewhat higher proportion of small events with 7 or fewer participants, but these make up a lot of our calendar anyway.
I was surprised to find that we still managed a few larger multi-day events. The largest events for 2019 were at Letchworth in August with 37 individual throwers, and earlier at Valley of Fire in April (32 atlatlists). In 2020, these events were cancelled, and the largest US throw (18 individual throwers) was at Winter Count, in Florence AZ in February before things shut down. Three of the French 2-day events attracted that or more, Aurignac and Mas d’Azil in August (18, 22 atlatlists), and Brassempouy in October with 30 participants.
So, like most of our world, we survived a difficult year and hope for better in 2021.