Youth Combat Marshal

Youth Combat Marshal: Czina Angielczyka

Email: youth-combat@bjornsborg.ansteorra.org

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and comply with CDC guidance, the Barony is operating with limited in-person activities until the situation improves. Please contact the marshal via the email above if you are interested in resuming in-person activities. 

The mission of Youth Combat programs is to provide a safe and fun environment where the youth of Ansteorra can participate in martial activities, mirroring adult Armored Combat and Rapier Combat, at a level appropriate to their age. The goal is to introduce and reinforce the ideals of chivalry, honor, courtesy, service, and heraldic pageantry, both on and off the list field. The program stresses good sportsmanship and parental participation. It is designed to allow the youth to learn more about all aspects of the Society and above all, to have fun!

Youth Armored Combat is a program designed for minors ages 6 to 17. This program emphasizes armor construction, weapon techniques, proper etiquette, the Knightly Virtues, teamwork and good sportsmanship, and effective fighting arts in a competitive environment that parallels Adult Armored Combat.

Youth Rapier Combat is a program designed for minors ages 6 to 17. This program emphasizes armor construction, weapon techniques, proper etiquette, the concepts of Chivalry, Honor, and Courtesy, teamwork and good sportsmanship, and effective fighting arts in a competitive environment that parallels Adult Rapier Combat.

Youth Combat Rules can be found at the following link: https://www.sca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/YouthMartialHandbook.pdf

Parental Responsibilities:

A. A parent or responsible adult must remain within sight and sound of the Youth Martial list field when the child is participating if the child is under 10 years old.
B. Parents have the right and responsibility to remove their child from any contest or activity they may deem inappropriate or hazardous.
C. A Parent shall have witnessed the relevant SCA Youth Martial Activity, or be present at the first training session, before their child may participate.
D. Parents are required to read and understand these rules and standards and make sure that their child follows them.
E. Parents are encouraged to become Youth Marshals.
F. Adults watching Youth Martial activities shall act in a courteous manner toward the combatants, marshals, and other parents. Adults demonstrating inappropriate behavior will be asked to leave the Youth Martial area. This may result in their child having to withdraw from that day’s activity.

Rules regarding children at events:

Parents are responsible for their children at all times. Parents should always know where their children are. If the children are under 12, parents should be within eyesight or earshot of their children. Parents cannot leave the site without their children unless they have provided a notarized medical authorization for children in the care of a non-parent adult. Children under 12 are not suitable for babysitters at SCA events. Minors who are 15 or older are permitted to hold certain offices if the Kingdom officer is aware of the age of the minor and if that officer and the minor’s parents approve. Minors cannot hold the office of Marshal, Marshal-in-charge, Seneschal, or Treasurer, or manage the gate at an event.

Background Checks on Marshals:

A. Two-Deep Policy: All SCA Youth Martial activities including practices, events, demos, and wars must be under the continuous supervision of at least one background-checked adult marshal, warranted in the relevant discipline, and at least one additional unrelated adult (two-deep policy).

B. Background Checks: Youth Marshals must have a valid SCA background check to keep their warrant active. Marshals whose membership or background check expires will have their warrants suspended until such time as they are current. Additional background checks may be required by the state, territory, or province, where the event is held.

C. For more information about background checks and the two-deep policy, refer to the SCA Seneschal’s Handbook.

Adult Training of Youth at Official SCA Activities

A. Kingdoms must establish policies to regulate who may, or may not, spar with youth combatants. Parents may actively train their own children.

B. All training of youth combatants at official SCA activities, whether or not it includes sparring, must be done under the supervision of a Youth Marshal warranted in the relevant discipline.

C. Sparring is performed as training with the intent of teaching defensive and/or offensive skills to youth combatants. Sparring may also be part of a demonstration, educational, or morale-building exercise.

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