mbaker at rapp.com
Wed Oct 9 09:48:00 PDT 1996
> Another question, why was baufer fighting for children
> outlawed in this Kingdom? That probably would be important to know, so
> I could see about addressing that point.
Actually, m'lady, you skirted the edges of the reasoning later in your own
> As far as parents at the field when their child is fighting. Again, I was
> thinking of the age of law suits. Valid points were made as to a child
> being able to participate because of a parent not being able to be at the
> field. Maybe the idea of drills is one that I need to look into further.
Even more at the core of the concern are the damnably-infuriating
application of the child abuse regulations. Would you be comfortable losing
custody of your children because of bruises they receive from Mommy or Daddy
while learning the *safe* use of boffer weapons? Would you be willing to pay
the court costs and risk the freedom of your friends who had served as
sgt-at-arms during line drills where another child slipped and whacked yours
a good one (accidentally) that marked the face?
When I began playing in the SCA, boffer weapon combat was a thriving
sub-text of the experience, allowing anyone and everyone a chance to
experience combat without the need for investing hundreds in a suit of
armor, helmet, and rattan weapons (or equivalent rapier-combat gear). Then
the rule-mongers and lawyers threw their fits, and first gorgets and groin
protection, then even fencing masks became "requirements".
And people stopped playing at boffers, dammit. (I got caught by having been
absent some years, building boffers for my sons, and got chewed on mightily
for allowing them to use same at the first event they attended with me...)
Even adults mostly stopped. Some of our more spirited young adults
occasionally drag them along and damn the customs / rules, but it just isn't
the same as being able to include boffer combat as an option in formal event
proceedings. (One of my most memorable SCA experiences was at a tournament
where non-heavy fighters could compete - and DID win - by opting for boffer
daggers during the combat rounds.)
> It is sad that there are people out there who feel they can't play this
> because of lack ot things for their children to participate in. It is sad
> that we can't get enough people to voulinteer to help, or even come up
> ideas, for the children.
Lady Catrin, this is indeed so. Of course, there also are difficulties when
once having volunteered, the poor misguided fool (*THWACK* -- sarry, sarry
'bout that) err, I should have said "appreciated volunteer", is never
summoned when it is their "turn" to guide the activities. Or is dumped into
position and given no real assistance in executing their plan. Also consider
the disappointment encountered by eager idea-mills who find that their
suggestions are constantly ignored / conveniently overlooked when activity
planning is done.
Don't think about the potential disappointments *too* much. I for one
appreciate that you have raised the boffer issue as regards young
participants again. The "drill" possibilities, and various target exercises,
may be the most viable options forwarded so far however. I'm working toward
a portable pell that might be of use for such an effort....
For non-weaponed activities, any event where I am present can generally
count upon me for a tale or two appropriate for small ears, and even the
occasional song or poem. Warn me in advance, and I'll even run a "bardic"
circle for 12&under -- or teens, if needed. "Comes with the territory": best
way to grow new bards is to start 'em out young!
Amr ibn Majid al-Bakri al-Amra
currently residing in Barony of the Steppes, Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mike C. Baker mbaker at rapp.com
Any opinions expressed are obviously my own unless explicitly stated
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