Monday, June 30, 2014

SRM Moot At Pennsic!

There will be a SRM Moot held at Pennsic on Sunday, August 3.  It is scheduled for immediately after the Champions tournament (approximately 5pm) in the tent adjacent to the tournament field.

Please come out and join in on the discussion!




Saturday, April 12, 2014

UPDATE - BoD RULING - Spear/Pikes/Polearms and Two-handed Weapons

From the 4/12/14 Board of Directors Meeting:
 
Temporary Prohibition of Rapier Spears 

"Effective immediately, the use of spears, pikes, and pole arms is prohibited in rapier tournament or rapier melee combat, and the Society Earl Marshal and 
Society Deputy Marshal for Rapier shall review the use of two handed swords in rapier combat."
 
Further updates to come... 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RULING - Spears/Polearms/Pikes - UPDATED

From the 4/12/14 Board of Directors Meeting:
 
Temporary Prohibition of Rapier Spears 

"Effective immediately, the use of spears, pikes, and pole arms is prohibited in rapier tournament or rapier melee combat, and the Society Earl Marshal and 
Society Deputy Marshal for Rapier shall review the use of two handed swords in rapier combat."
 
Further updates to come... 


As of March 17, 2014, additions/revisions are being made to the October 2013 version of the handbook to address the use of Spears/Polearms/Pikes on the rapier field.  Please check with your area's Kingdom Rapier Marshal on how this classification of weapon is being used.



What this ruling does do:
  • Mandates that all fighters must be authorized before using this type of weapon on the field.
  • Establishes a baseline definition of this class of weapon.
  • Provides a common ground starting point for the use of these weapons at interkingdom events.

What this ruling does not do:
  • Forces kingdoms to use this weapon.  As with all of the rules, kingdoms are allowed to be more restrictive than the Society rules.  If a kingdom is not interested in having spears as part of their program, there is now a clear definition of the weapon.
  • Limits how these weapons are used in wars.  As with mock gunnery (RBGs), it is up to the kingdoms and stewards of interkingdom wars to determine how many of these weapons are used on the field.  It is being strongly suggested that they follow the current convention of mock gunnery (percentage of fighters on the field – usually 10%).
  • Details the exact authorization procedure.  As with all the other weapons and forms, it is up to each kingdom to determine the best authorization procedure for their area.  Kingdoms also have the option to designate these weapons as “experimental” in their kingdom in order to build hands-on experience before moving forward.
The ruling can be found here: http://sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/rapier/

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

SRM Moot at Gulf Wars

Greetings!


There will be a SRM Moot held at Gulf Wars.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11th at noon. 
The Green Dragon has graciously offered to host the gathering.  It is a well known locale and a rapier tavern brawl is planned there later in the day.

Even though I will not be able to attend, the Cut & Thrust and Youth Rapier Combat deputies, Master Robert MacFarland and Mistress
Xandra Rozina Xiverras Galea (Rozi) respectively, will be there.  In addition, Don Oliver Dogberry is scheduled to be in attendance to answer any questions about the Caid Spear program and as a proxy for me (i.e. if you have any materials for this office to review, he can facilitate.)

All interested parties are encouraged to attend and ask questions.

Laertes
SRM

Friday, February 21, 2014

2/21/14 RULING - USE OF FLEXI-DAGGERS

October 2013 version of the handbook:

"2.B.v. Blades with a cross-section similar to a foil or epee (ie., foils, epees, double-wide epees, musketeers and flexi-daggers) are not allowed in Heavy Rapier, nor Cut & Thrust combat."

This section is reworded to:

"2.B.v.
Full length blades (i.e. greater than 18" in length from tip to top of the tang) with a cross-section similar to a foil or epee (
i.e., foils, epees, double-wide epees and musketeers) are not allowed in Heavy Rapier, nor Cut & Thrust combat.  In addition, flexi-daggers are not allowed for Cut & Thrust combat."

This ruling allows flexi-daggers to continue to be used in Heavy Rapier combat on a society level.  As usual, kingdoms are allowed to be more restrictive about the use of these blades in their rules.

Updated Rapier Marshal Handbook!

This office is happy to announce the publication of the updated Rapier Marshals Handbook (v. October 2013).  The PDF of the rulebook has been posted on the following page:  http://sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/rapier/ .  (Note, there is also a link to Appendix 6 - which lists exceptions to the allowed blades rules.)

The main thrust of this revision was to remove the list of "approved blades" and replace it with an easy to execute "field test".  Below is a summary of the changes incorporated into this version of the rules:

Page - 2 / Paragraph - 1.E: Remove reference to retired Appendix 5.
Page - 5 / Paragraph - 2.A: Establish that objective criteria will be used to determine allowable blades in lieu of appendix 5.
Page - 5 / Paragraph - 2.B: Definition of objective criteria for allowable blades.
Page - 7 / Paragraph - 1.C: June 2012 changes to match the standard international equivalence.
Page - 7 / Paragraph - 1.D: June 2012 changes to match the standard international equivalence.
Page - 11 / Paragraph - 1.B: Doubled the weight and the deflection to aid measurement in the field. Added flexibility criteria for Cut and Thrust. Provide flexibility criteria in a table for easier reference.
Page - 20 / Paragraph -  5: Retired Appendix Section 5.
Page - 21 / Paragraph - 6: New appendix to track exceptions to the allowed blade criteria, such as fiberglass blades and plastic foils for Youth Rapier.



Please download and become familiar with the new standards.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

New Society Rapier Marshal

Greetings from Master Laertes Blackavar McBride, your new Society Rapier Marshal!  

The first order of business is to extend thanks to both the interim Society Rapier Marshal, Master Tristan von Heidelberg, for keeping the lights on and things running during the transition and to all my predecessors.

Moving forward, this office will be addressing several timely issues, including updating the rules to clarify which blades are allowed (this will happen very very soon), moving forward on Youth Rapier Combat rules and diving into the experimental programs that are waiting on feedback from this office.

The best way to reach me is to send an email to rapier@sca.org.  I will do my best to respond in a timely matter.

When you get a moment, please click the "SRM Deputies" tab.  The three deputies to this office are listed and they can help you with any questions within their area of expertise.