Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Youth Rapier Deputy

I am looking for a Deputy for Youth Rapier Combat



Job responsibilities:

Knowledge & Reporting
·         understand each kingdom's approach to minors in rapier combat
  • understand how Corpora and other Society rules apply to minors in rapier combat, 
    • not limited to the requirements for adults working with minors, 
    • not limited to the US rules
  • advise the SRM when necessary, including immediately reporting serious injuries
  • send quarterly reports to the SRM
Note: gaps in knowledge should be filled within a couple of months; you don't need to know everything to apply for the job.

Activities
  • propose revisions to society rapier rules to incorporate separate programs for minors, 
  • create a timeline for getting those changes approved, 
  • ensure changes are reviewed by diverse stakeholders and
  • ensure changes are implemented (this may take a year or more to complete)

Communicate
  • connect with the youth rapier marshal in each kingdom that has one
  • answer questions as they come up, provide support for their programs
  • create a forum for those interested in youth rapier to connect and share ideas

An ideal candidate will have:
  • experience designing a youth rapier program
  • experience with multiple kingdoms
A good candidate will have:
  • prior experience as a youth combat deputy or other kingdom office
  • experience with multiple jurisdictions within a kingdom

Please submit a letter of application showing how your experience within the SCA and elsewhere shows that you can accomplish these responsibilities.  

Send the application to rapier@sca.org

Applications are due by February 1, 2013.



Saturday, November 03, 2012

New Peerage Committee Announced

The following is copied from the official announcement on the SCA announcements email list.  Please note the address to send comments to about the committee below, general "yays" can be posted here.

The Board of Directors seeks to explore the possibility of creating a new Society-wide Peerage to recognize as Peers those participants who meet the general requirements for a Patent of Arms and who demonstrate prowess in Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust Combat. To that end, a Peerage Exploratory Committee has been formed whose work will help determine if we should move forward with the Society's first new Peerage in decades and, if so, how we might best proceed.

This Committee will focus on developing a supporting narrative and recommendation. If the recommendation is in favor of such a Peerage, the committee will also recommend a set of implementation requirements. This set of recommendations would include specific implementation plans for heraldry, regalia, Corpora changes, and identifying and addressing associated issues around creating and implementing such a Peerage. The Committee's supporting narrative for a recommendation (if positive), and the nature and quality of the implementation plans provided by the Committee may prove instrumental to the Board's determination regarding if and how we might proceed with the new Peerage. The Board reserves the right to adjust, define, expand, narrow or reject any or all portions of the recommendation but will not do so without cause or explanation.

The results of the Committee’s work will be made available to the membership for review and comment. A much larger and more representative Review Committee will then review the results of the Committee, along with any comments from the membership concerning those results. The Review Committee will be established at a later date by the Board of Directors and will be comprised of representatives selected by the relevant groups and organizations within and across the Society (e.g., the Kingdoms, Peerages, Heralds, Seneschals, Grand Council, Rapier Fencing Community, and C&T Fencing Community) as a final input into the process. As required by the governing documents of the SCA, if any proposed changes to Corpora result from this process, they will be submitted to the membership for the standard commentary period.

The Committee members are listed below:

Jim Toscano (Giacomo Vincenti di Firenze)
Andrew Heinrich (Mateo Montero de Madrid)
William Wilson (Gwylym ab Owain)
Greg Wylie (Laertes McBride)
Jay Rudin (Robin of Gilwell)
Michael Perry (Kenric of Warwich)
Braddon Giles (Giles Leabrook)
Alyssa Pyrich (Alys MacIntosh)
Tommy Conant (Sasha Gregor'evich Vilanov)
Mark Kiel (Marcus Dundee)
Matthew Mueller (Brannos)
Salli Weston (Petranella Fitzallen of Weston)
Matthew Parker (Saito Takauji)
Henrik Olsgaard (Henrik of Havn)


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Change to definition of heavy leather

Discussion on the new C&T Facebook page pointed out that we defined heavy leather as 8 ounce or 4 mm while the standard equivalent to 8 oz was 3.18 mm.  After some investigation into where 4 mm came from, and international usage, our rule has been changed to 8 oz or 3.18 mm, not 4 mm; and the description of puncture resistant material changed to four-ounce (1.60 mm) leather.  Since this allows for slightly lighter leather if you buy in mm, no one's current gear should be affected.

This change is published in the official location on sca.org, it goes into effect immediately.  As Kingdoms can maintain a higher standard, they can update this change in their rules as it is convenient.
http://www.sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/rapier/




June 2012

PROTECTIVE GEAR
1. TERMS
. . .
C. Puncture-resistant material . . .
  • four-ounce (1.60 mm) leather
  • . . .
    D. Rigid Material . . .
    . . .
  • one layer of hardened heavy leather (8 ounce, 3.18 mm)
  • changes to match the standard international equivalence.

    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    2012 Q2 Summary Report

    Rapier is going well in the Known World with 4,206 authorized fighters and 1,376 marshals. Latest stats and summary is now available.

    The deadline for applications to the peerage committee is July 1st.

    Eyrny

    Saturday, June 02, 2012

    Sadness for the East Kingdom

    It is with sadness that I must pass along the information that Master Gregory Finche, of the East Kingdom, Order of the Laurel and companion of the Golden Rapier passed away sometime last night after suffering a stroke.  Many of you may remember him from days gone by as the Gregory Popinjay as he made custom blades and furniture for weapons in the early days of fencing.

    He will be missed.

    ~NataliiaEast

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    New Cut and Thrust Deputy


    I am pleased to announce that a new Cut & Thrust Deputy has been chosen.

    Don Robert MacPharland has been a member of the SCA for 31 years, fencing for 25 years, and is a Member of the Pelican for his long service.  He has travelled far and wide, usually teaching and often introducing Cut & Thrust to dubious fencers.

    He shall be reaching out to the Cut & Thrust contacts in each kingdom to explore the situation in each kingdom and discuss ways of expanding Cut & Thrust to more people.

    Welcome, Don Robert

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Cut & Thrust Deputy

    Sir Logos has accomplished the tasks requested of him when he took the job of Deputy for Cut & Thrust, and will now be focusing his C&T time on swordplay, not reports.  Thank you for your help and service, Logos!

    To fill his shoes, I am now looking for a new Cut & Thrust deputy.
    Please send applications to rapier@sca.org and describe:
    - how you will communicate with cut & thrust participants in all kingdoms
    - how you will bring information about other WMA communities to our discussions
    - what you want to accomplish as Cut & Thrust deputy

    Mistress Eyrny
    Society Rapier Marshal

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Reduced Armour Experiment

    The kingdoms of An Tir and Atenveldt have received approval to start a reduced armour experiment.  In this experiment puncture resistant material will be replaced by abrasion resistant material over the body.  It's going to be a year long experiment in 3 phases.  For more details, read the proposal found here.

    Monday, March 05, 2012

    Latest from the BoD on a peerage for rapier

    Please note the part about applicants sending in hard copy resume(s).  It's not clear to me whether people who've already applied need to apply again, but better to err on the side of applying again.

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From:  <ea@sca.org>
    Date: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    Subject: [Announcements] Potential New Peerage Exploratory Committee
    To: announcements@lists.sca.org


    Potential New Peerage Exploratory Committee

    Based on input from the Census results, as well as an examination of
    the breadth and depth of participation across the Known World and the
    unique subculture, ethos, and goals it has developed within the
    Society, the Board of Directors intends to explore the possibility of
    creating a new peerage to recognize as peers those participants who
    meet the general requirements for a patent of arms and who demonstrate
    prowess in Rapier / Cut and Thrust Combat. As this would potentially
    be the first additional peerage for the SCA in many decades, input and
    feedback from the Known World throughout the exploratory process is
    essential.

    The SCA’s Board of Directors is seeking individuals interested in
    participating in an Exploratory Committee focused on developing a set
    of options for potential implementation of a new peerage for Rapier
    Combat and/or Cut and Thrust Combat. This committee would be
    responsible for developing sets of recommendations for heraldry,
    regalia, corpora changes and identifying and addressing associated
    issues around creating and implementing such a peerage, and would
    consist of representatives of the following categories:

    · One recognized Rapier Fencer or Rapier Fencing Official
    · One recognized C&T Fencer or C&T Fencing Official
    · One Fencing Laurel (recognized for Fence)
    · One Fencing Pelican (recognized for Fence)
    · One Fencing Knight/Master at Arms
    · Two Heralds
    · One Non-Fencing Pelican
    · One Non-Fencing Laurel
    · One Non-Fencing Knight/Master at Arms
    · One Lady of the Rose
    · One expert in Corpora (e.g., Seneschal)
    · One SCA Archivist or Historian

    Please submit Letters of Intent by July 1st, 2012 and identify to
    which of the above categories you are specifically applying. Those
    individuals who have expressed interest already via the Comments email
    address or the Directors email address will be considered.

    Hard copies of resumes (both professional and SCA related, including
    offices held and honors) must be sent to the attention of The Board of
    Directors, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.
    Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to
    peerageexploratorycommittee@sca.org and resumes@sca.org.

    The exploration into a new stand-alone Peerage for Rapier / Cut and
    Thrust is driven not only by what the Board of Directors perceives to
    be a very high level of support across the organization, but also
    because it expresses a defined and specific culture that is unique and
    separate from chivalric armoured combat, other martial arts, and the
    unique and separate cultures of the Arts and Sciences and Service
    communities.

    The results of this Exploratory Committee, along with comments from
    the populace about those results, will then be reviewed by a much
    larger and more representative Review Committee. The Review Committee
    will be established later by the Board of Directors and will be
    comprised of representatives selected by the relevant groups and
    organizations within and across the Society (e.g., the Kingdoms,
    Peerages, Heralds, Seneschals, Grand Council, Rapier Fencing
    Community, and C&T Fencing Community) as a final input into the
    process. The Board will be working with those organizations to request
    their nominees following the formation of the Exploratory Committee.
    The Board welcomes all commentary throughout this exploratory process
    from the populace at large. Please send commentary to Comments@sca.org
    and include Potential New Peerage in the subject line.

    Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
    SCA Inc.
    Box 360789
    Milpitas,  CA 95036

    You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

    This announcement is an official informational release by the Society
    for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce
    this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and
    electronic mailing lists.

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    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Moot at Gulf Wars

    There will be at Rapier Moot at Gulf Wars!  On Tuesday, starting about noon, at the rapier field.  The Diamond Tourney will be going on at the same time, so we'll use a tent farther along the field.  Bring a chair, a hat, and a drink.  It's not listed in the online schedule, and I hope it will be listed in the site book.

    What is a moot?  A moot is a chance for everyone interested in the topic to gather and ask questions, or share their thoughts and opinions.

    You can read about the Pennsic Moot here: http://www.sca-rapier-news.com/2011/08/rapier-moot-at-pennsic-40-882011.html


    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    New Blade Standards in Effect

    The new criteria for what makes a blade acceptable for SCA Rapier and Cut & Thrust combat is now posted on www.sca.org, which makes it an official rule, effective now.   See http://www.sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/rapier/

    Most blades currently allowed are expected to flex appropriately to continue to be allowed.

    Kingdoms can still place additional restrictions on which blades are allowed.

    Changes to the official rules/handbook won't happen for a few months, but the new text posted on the website supersedes the posted document.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    KWAR Announced!

    Copying from a Rapier Net post:

    Greetings and Salutations:

    The Shire of Ravenslake and the Thieves of Hearts are proud to announce that we will be presenting a combined event - the Known World Academy of the Rapier and the Known World Costuming Symposium near Chicago, Illinois from November 9-11, 2012.

    Here's a link to our Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/211361568961372/?notif_t=event_invite

    We will have more information forthcoming, but we have a great roster of teachers for rapier, cut and thrust, and costuming that is only getting better. Please join us for a weekend of fighting and sewing. We are also working out some other activities, such as a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to look at their collection of period arms and armor and paintings and fiber arts of the period.

    YIS,

    Kai Tseng

    PS - if you are interested in teaching, we could definitely use instructors. For the Academy of the Rapier, please contact Anton DuMarais (rapieranton@gmail.com). For the Costuming Symposium, please contact Sara Bailey (cricket340@gmail.com).

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Rapier Peerage

    Please note the following excerpt from the recently published President's Report:

    Additional Peerage: Based on the results of the Census data, as well as an examination of the number of participants in the Knowne World, the Board of Directors intends to explore the possibility of creating a new peerage to recognize as peers those rapier fighters who meet the general requirements for a patent of arms and who demonstrate prowess in rapier combat and cut and thrust combat. Therefore, the Board is forming an exploratory committee to investigate heraldry, regalia, corpora changes and associated issues around creating such a peerage. The board expects the committee to make concrete recommendations with respect to creations of such a peerage. Any resulting corpora changes will be submitted for comment pursuant to the Board's standard policy. The Board invites the input of the general membership, Kingdom Crowns and officers as to the make-up of the committee.

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    KWAR!

    I have received a bid to host KWAR in November, 2012.  The bid is being reviewed at this time, but as they have 24 days to sign agreements for space, any group thinking of a competing bid should submit by Feb 12.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    SRM's 2011 Q4 Report

    I am pleased to find that all kingdoms report that rapier is doing well, overall.  In the past quarter, 1 dagger caught in a sleeve and broke, and 2 swords broke, no injuries and no exceptional circumstances.  Calontir's experimental program with rapier is proceeding and the project lead expects rapier to be signed into law in the spring.

    Total Participant Counts
    1138 Light Rapier
    4032 Heavy Rapier
     316 Cut & Thrust Rapier
    4179 Total Authorized Fencers
    1194 Total Marshals

    Discussions are underway to change how we evaluate blades as suitable for rapier combat.  The current method specifies manufacturers and models which are acceptable for use, but the blades themselves are never clearly marked, and it can be difficult for a fencer or a marshal to be sure which blades are OK and which are not.  The new 
    plan builds on the existing Blade Flexibility Testing in Appendix 1.B, and using this testing method extensively have found that blades that are currently allowed for heavy rapier would continue to be allowed, and some blades considered too stiff for heavy rapier would be excluded.  A second level of the test will be added, which allow stiffer blades to be used in C&T combat only.


    For some kingdom by kingdom numbers click here

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Evaluating Blades based on Flexibility

    For the past few years we've allowed new blades into SCA combat based on a gut feel evaluation by the Society Rapier Marshal and trusted deputies.  But, the blades are not easily identifiable once sold; most makers have approved and not-approved blades and they don't put a model number next to their maker's mark.  We've also had very few injuries due to broken blades.

    We are changing how we evaluate blades so that flexibility is the key component, and any marshal can determine whether the blade is acceptable with simple equipment on the field.

    The final wording of the changes is not yet complete; the latest draft received some important critiques from the KRMs and deputies.  However, the important bits are this:

    • For light rapier, nothing changes.
    • For heavy rapier, blades must flex at least 1" (25 mm).
    • Dagger blades, and cut and thrust blades must flex at least 1/2" (12 mm).
    Following the Appendix 1B Blade Flexibility test, however the 3 oz weight will become a 6 oz weight, so that it is somewhat easier to measure the amount of flex over the greater distance.

    Based on the flexibility measurements submitted by many helpful people, this is not expected to remove any blades currently in use, and it will open our fields up to a variety of blades currently in happy use in WMA communities.  Kingdoms may still choose to enact rules that impose additional restrictions.

    Next steps:
    • Determine final wording.
    • Discuss timeline for implementation with Society Earl Marshal