The Marshal is responsible for martial activities in the Shire, including armored combat in tournaments, rapier combat, siege weapons, combat archery, target archery, and equestrian activities. The Knight's Marshal is also responsible for overseeing the conduct of all martial arts activities within the group, and other related activities such as:
- Encouraging the development of safety, chivalry and authenticity upon the field.
- The enforcement of standards for construction and use of all weapons and armor.
The SCA's Youth Combat program gives children from ages 6 through 17 the opportunity to participate in a kid-friendly and safe version of adult combat. The program emphasizes courtesy, honor, and service as well as skill and safety. Boys and girls participate together, separated only by age, not gender. The youths practice and compete with each other, just as their adult counterparts compete only with adults.
At SCA events, youth fighters participate in a variety of tournaments and melees, ranging from double-elimination and round-robin tourneys, to "Warlord" tourneys, where youth fighters lead teams of other fighters in melee battles. There are even tournaments to determine Youth Combat Champions, who serve as honor guards for their Baron and Baroness, Prince and Princess, or King and Queen.
At the Pennsic War and Gulf War, youth fighters in each of the age brackets compete in practices, tournaments, and battles with dozens of other fighters.
Youth Combat is divided into three age brackets:
- Division 1: ages 6–9
- Division 2: ages 10–13
- Division 3: ages 14–17
Please see the below links for information on Youth Combat armor and weapon requirements:
Fighter Practice takes place every Tuesday beginning at 6:30pm.
Christina Softball Park
625 Co Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813
*Near or in the front Pavillion
3415 New Jersey Road
*On the far side of the tennis court.
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