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  • Kathleen Gormanshaw
    Mar 20, 2014
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      Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:46 AM
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      SCA Rapier News


      RULING - Spears/Polearms/Pikes

      Posted: 18 Mar 2014 09:42 AM PDT

      As of March 17, 2014, additions/revisions are being made to the October 2013 version of the handbook to address the use of Spears/Polearms/Pikes on the rapier field.  Please check with your area's Kingdom Rapier Marshal on how this classification of weapon is being used.



      What this ruling doesdo:
      • Mandates that all fighters must be authorized before using this type of weapon on the field.
      • Establishes a baseline definition of this class of weapon.
      • Provides a common ground starting point for the use of these weapons at interkingdom events.

      What this ruling does notdo:
      • Forces kingdoms to use this weapon.  As with all of the rules, kingdoms are allowed to be more restrictive than the Society rules.  If a kingdom is not interested in having spears as part of their program, there is now a clear definition of the weapon.
      • Limits how these weapons are used in wars.  As with mock gunnery (RBGs), it is up to the kingdoms and stewards of interkingdom wars to determine how many of these weapons are used on the field.  It is being strongly suggested that they follow the current convention of mock gunnery (percentage of fighters on the field – usually 10%).
      • Details the exact authorization procedure.  As with all the other weapons and forms, it is up to each kingdom to determine the best authorization procedure for their area.  Kingdoms also have the option to designate these weapons as “experimental” in their kingdom in order to build hands-on experience before moving forward.
      The ruling can be found here: http://sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/rapier/
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