Harry Hudson explained in Volume 3 No. 22 of Archery Bulletin (22nd July 1950) the HUDSON HANDICAP SYSTEM as:
"This method of handicapping the members of the club has as its object the placing of every archer in competition with every other.
The maximum possible points on any day is determined by the number of archers competing on that particular day.
The handicap will vary as the archer shoots better than his average, the improved score becoming one of his best three and the previous lowest of the tree eliminated.”
It is considered by Harry that a system of this kind will have the following effects for the reasons as outlined hereunder:
1. Every archer in the club will have a competitive bond or interest in the others effort, because it will have a direct bearing on his own.
2. Archers will come more consistently to archery, because they will have something to lose if they don't put on an appearance.
3. The advantage of the learner and his low average can only last as long as he consistently raises his average, because as he shoots over his average the figure automatically readjusts itself.
4. If few archers turn up on a bad day they will receive a reward even if, through bad conditions, they scores are low, because every one must get points in relation to the number and according to their scores.
5. No archer, knowing his or her score, can tell what the ultimate outcome might be, because no one could know how many will be present at any shoot."
Mooorabbin Archery Club still has The Hudson Handicap event still running monthly today!
One of our key main Monthly Competition Rounds, any archer from novice to the most experianced has a chance of winning the Hudson Handicap, but you have to be in it to stand any chance of winning it!. (A "Canberra" round)
Check our club CALENDAR to see on which day each month it is.