Duke Andrew's rules

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FROM THE SOCIETY EARL MARSHAL


As many of you have expressed a desire to see and/or participate in fencing within the Society and as a few of you have shown by your expression that there is a desire for safe conduct of such activities, the following regulations shall be enforced whenever and wherever fencing takes place at any official SCA event:

Fencing shall be monitored by Marshals whose main objective will be to protect the public, and, when necessary, the combatants from preventable injuries.


EQUIPMENT WORN:

  • Mask….A three-weapon mask is strongly recommended. Some form of throat and neck protection must be provided.
  • Gauntlets….On any hand held forward from the body, must entirely cover the sleeve opening of any garment worn, including slashes, wrist laces, etc.
  • Coat or Doublet….Modern fencing jackets are acceptable, though authentic garb looks much better.
  • Cups or Breast Protectors….Are strongly recommended, depending on the gender of the combatant.


WEAPONS:

  • No rough edges which may cause a laceration of an opponent.
  • Shall conform to a single gradual curve. Blades showing double curvature or sharp bends will be disallowed.
  • All tips/buttons will be marked with bright colors so that their presence or absence will be readily recognized.
  • Cross hilts must not extend unreasonably beyond the bell and must be rounded on the ends.
  • Splinterable materials shall not be used in the construction of any weapon (exception: Grips, Rattan Daggers, etc.)


RULES OF FENCE:

  • Medieval fencing was done in the round, as will we.
  • All blows will be scored as if from a real weapon of the type used against unarmored opponents.
  • Hacking or whipping will not be allowed. Any such peformance will result in immediate removal from the Lists.
  • Right-of-way shall be given in the weapons style as it applies in modern fence.


Andrew of Seldom Rest

Marshal, SCA Inc.