Authorizing as a Youth Marshal

Whether you wish to become a warranted officer for your local group or a marshal at large, all Youth Armored Combat Marshals, Youth Rapier Marshals, and Ministers of Children must maintain an up to date Society Membership and Society Background check to remain warranted and able to fill those roles and positions. Below are the steps to seeking a youth combat authorization.

Step One: Get Approval

When requesting a Background Check, the applicant should first request approval via email. Here is the information you must include in your email:

  • Your full mundane name
  • An valid email address at-which you can receive notices about your background check
  • Your SCA Membership Number

You will send this information the appropriate office with details about WHY you are requesting a background check. Here are the emails for each officer:
If Seeking MoC: moc@seneschal.ansteorra.org
If seeking Youth Armored Combat: youth-combat@marshal.ansteorra.org
If seeking Youth Rapier: youth-rapier@marshal.ansteorra.org

You can also apply through one of the regional or principality marshals. Click here to see a list of regionals.

The Kingdom Officer will then submit your information to the Kingdom Seneschal for approval.

Step 2: Begin the Background Check

Once approved by the seneschal the applicant will receive an email from the agency conducting the check. They will request additional information from you via a link in the email. ONLY SEND THIS INFORMATION TO THE AGENCY. The SCA is unable to properly handle personal information.
Make sure you respond ASAP. The link in the email will expire.

Common Questions about the Background Check:
What happens with my information?
Why does it say Credit Check?

Step 2.5: Start Studying

Here are some resources to start studying while you wait for the background check.

Step 3: Approved Background Check

After several weeks, the Kingdom Seneschal will receive a report of valid background checks. The applicant will also receive a full copy of their background check. If you don’t hear from your Kingdom or Regional officer within 4 weeks please reach out to them.

Step 4: Complete the Authorization Procedures

Once the background check is on file the authorizing marshal will finalize the authorizing process. Some of this may be started while an applicant is waiting. The Authorizing Marshal is responsible for ensuring that the applicant has read the Society Youth Martial Handbook and has been trained in Ansteorran Practices and Procedures regarding Youth Armored Combat before granting this authorization.

Authorization Procedures:

  • Contact your local leadership to estimate the need let them know you’d like to become a youth marshal
  • Follow Background Check Procedures to acquire a Background Check
  • Study of the Society Youth Marshal Handbook, the Ansteorra Marshal’s Handbook and any rules updates.
  • Check-in with your Branch Leadership (Seneschal and or B&B) about your progress.
  • Contact your Regional Officer to arrange Authorization time and location.
  • Take the online Youth Marshaling Exam:
  • Kingdom YAC or YRC Marshal will email your test results to you, and your Regional Officer.
  • Log into the database and request authorization as Youth Chivalric Marshal from the Regional Marshal who authorized you and print out your new Fighter Authorization Card.

If youw wish to become a warranted officer at the local, regional or kingdom levels:

Once you have been selected for the local office:

  • Meet with Parents and discuss potential practice times, locations and dates
  • Get your official email account from your Seneschal and use it to check in with your Branch Leadership and Regional Officer with Monthly reports.