Most groups that hold regular practices do have a collection of Loaner Gear that is available so that newcomers can participate without major investment early on.
This gear is also usually brought to events where those groups are hosting Tournaments. This list is the minimum you will need providing there is Loaner Gear at the location. If you are unsure, ask the Marshal in Charge.
Within the Society, all children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian (guardian consent form) AND a consent to participate (minor waiver) must be signed at practice or on file with the Society.
You’ll have to check with your local group about times and locations. Parents are welcome to participate with their children or spectate and cheer them on. Most local groups have plenty of loaner/protective gear but participants will still need to follow a few clothing rules and bring at least one piece of equipment. Rapier IS A FULL CONTACT SPORT and, at times, VERY ENERGETIC. So, drink plenty of water before practice and ask your family doctor about any medical conditions. Wear long pants that fit loosely, a good set of sneakers, and have a long sleeve shirt handy that covers all the way to your wrists AND overlaps the top of your pants (approx 6 inches), so that no skin shows at the midriff when moving around. Wear socks long enough that your pant legs overlap by 4 inches. No skin should be visible between the pants and shoes. Men/boys must bring their own athletic cup with jock supporter to participate.
At your first practice expect to learn basic footwork and bladework. Most youth fencers won’t spar with others until they have learned the basics. Younger kids may start out on foils, epees, or even plastic foils until they gain the strength and coordination to advance to heavier weapons.
|Minimum for both Youth Armored and Youth Rapier Combat Practices/Tournaments:|
|* Long-sleeved shirt that covers all the way to your wrists AND overlaps the top of your pants so that no skin shows |
* Long pants that fit loosely
* Closed-toed athletic shoes
* Socks long enough that your pant legs overlap by 4 inches
* Men/boys must bring their own athletic cup with jock supporter
* A solution to keeping hair out of eyes (Bandana, headband, hair tie)