ANST-Announce - New Rules and Standards...Section 11
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COMPLETE PARTICIPANTS HANDBOOK
KINGDOM OF ANSTEORRA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 11 - INFORMATION REGARDING MARSHALING All combat styles
SECTION 11 - INFORMATION REGARDING MARSHALING All Combat Branches
including Chivalric, Rapier, Archery, Equestrian, Siege, and
I. DUTIES OF THE MARSHALATE
The duties of the Marshalate shall be specific to the each branch of the
Combat Arts in Ansteorra and any and all Society rules and conventions. Any
branch specific standards not found in this section shall be found in the
appropriate section within the Participants Handbook. All Marshalate
positions in Ansteorra, Warranted or no, shall be granted only after the
successful completion of knowledge based testing. Such testing will be
determined and administered by the Earl Marshal and/or any designated
A. The Chivalric Field Marshal's duties shall be defined as follows:
1. Monitor the safety of the Combatants, other marshals, non-contact
participants, and all non-combat participants with respect to the combat
activity that he/she is marshaling.
2. Supervise combat activity upon the field.
3. Give warnings to Combatants, when necessary, for infractions of the
rules and to report those warnings to the Marshal-In-Charge. (Note: Unless
otherwise designated, the Marshal-In-Charge at an event will be the Local
Marshal of the hosting group).
4. Assist the Combatant(s). This duty may include, but is not limited to:
a. Assistance with armor, clothing, and/or weapon(s)
b. Giving a requested opinion about the nature of a blow that might have
been landed on the asking Combatant. It is stressed that the Marshals
should always remain objective when giving such opinions and that the final
decision with regard to the validity of any blow rests solely with the
Combatant who may or may not have received the blow in question. The
marshal will in no way call blows for the Combatants.
5. To have read and have an understanding of all rules of combat, armor
standards, and weapons standards pertaining to the combat style which he/she
wishes to supervise.
B. The Chivalric Inspecting Marshals duties shall be defined as follows:
1. All the duties of the Field Marshal
2. An in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of all armor and weapon standards
within the Chivalric community.
3. The ability to apply such knowledge to the inspection of all Combatants
and their equipment prior to official Fighter Practices, Tournaments,
Melees, and Wars.
4. All Warranted Local, Regional, and Deputy Chivalric Marshals must be
authorized as Inspecting Marshals.
C. The Chivalric Authorizing Marshals duties shall be defined as
1. All the duties of the Field Marshal and the Inspecting Marshal
2. An in-depth and profound knowledge of the Rules of the List and the
Conventions of Combat
3. The ability to test all applicants for Combat Authorization in matters of
ability, safety, knowledge of, and compliance to, the Conventions of Combat
and the Rules of the List.
4. All Authorizing Marshals will be a Warranted position.
5. All Authorizing Marshals have the responsibility of maintaining, properly
filling out, and returning all Authorization Waivers and Authorization
Up-dates to the Marshalate Secretary. Failure to do so in a timely manner
can result in the loss of Authorization Marshal privileges and Warrant.
II. MARSHALING EQUIPMENT:
1. While marshaling, a Marshal must have, in hand, a marshaling staff. The
marshaling staff will conform to the following specifications:
a. The staff shall be made of rattan or pultruded fiberglass (NOTE: PVC
caps or equivalent must securely cap each end of any pultruded fiberglass
shafts). No hardwood shafts or dowel rods are allowed.
b. The length of the staff used will be left to the discretion of the
Marshal. The diameter of the staff should be a minimum of 1 1/4 inches and
shall be marked/taped in such a way as to not be mistaken for a rattan
weapon. The preferred marking is black with spiral yellow striping.
c. No marshaling staff shall be constructed so as to be a hazard to the
user or any other participant on the field (i.e. no sharp edges,
protrusions, or other dangerous ornamentation).
d. Barring the availability of properly marked marshaling staffs any
Chivalric Combat legal weapon may be used as a marshaling staff.
e. No Rapier Combat legal weapon can be used as a marshaling staff.
2. Any Marshal may wear miscellaneous pieces or armor for protection if
desired. No item may be worn that will present a hazard to the Marshal
wearing such or to any other participant on the field. Marshals shall not
wear so much armor that they might be mistaken for a Combatant upon the
a. During any Missile Combat scenarios all Marshals shall wear eye
protection that covers the front and sides of the ocular region, a legal
gorget, and rigid groin protection or its equivalent.
III. CALLING A "HOLD"
1. A Marshal must call "Hold" in any situation where there is a danger to
the Combatants, marshals, non-contact participants, and/or non-participants.
These situations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. Injury on the field
b. A failure of armor
c. Any weapon failure
d. Combatant(s) out of field boundaries, or in imminent danger of moving out
of field boundaries (i.e. rushing toward field boundaries)
e. Someone other than a Marshal or the currently engaged Combatants enters
the field (i.e. non-contact participant, child, dog, et cetera).
f. Exhibition of dangerous conduct by either or both Combatant(s) including,
but not limited to, grappling, kicking, shield punching (in heavy combat),
striking with a buckler (in rapier combat), bell punching (in rapier
combat), and purposefully striking a prohibited target.
g. Any act or action that a Marshal deems a hazard to safety
2. In addition, a "Hold" must be called in the following situations:
a. Either or both Combatants drop all offensive weapons or in dropping any
offensive weapon an unsafe condition is created. (I.e. an unprotected hand.)
b. Immobilization of a weapon due to entanglement (i.e. by clothing, armor,
or, in rapier combat, by a cloak)
c. In Rapier Combat, blinding of a Combatant due to a thrown cloak.
d. At such time as the controlling Marshal determines that a Combatant's
actions on the field have justified an official warning.
e. At such time as an assisting Marshal believes that a Combatant's actions
on the field have justified an official warning. The assisting Marshal must
then discuss the offense with the controlling Marshal. The controlling
Marshal will, at his/her discretion, take whatever action is deemed
necessary to continue the combat.
3. A Marshal may call "Hold" at any time during combat activity if he/she
believes there is just cause for doing so.
4. No other term or command shall be substituted for the "Hold" command.
IV. THE CONTROLLING MARSHAL AND PROTOCOL AMONG THE MARSHALS
1. One of the Marshals upon the field shall be designated the "Controlling
Marshal". All other Marshals are designated as Assisting Marshals. The
Controlling Marshal will have the following duties:
a. Ensure that the Combatants have calibrated, if necessary.
b. Ask for and receive verbal acknowledgment of readiness from the
Combatants and participants.
c. Give the command to begin - typically LAY ON.
d. Restart any combat which has been halted by a "HOLD" after the
question(s) and/or problem(s) have been resolved.
e. Give any official warnings deemed necessary and report such to the
2. If the Marshals on the field do not clearly identify the Controlling
Marshal, it shall be considered to be the Marshal who gives the command to
begin the combat.
3. In a melee, there may be several Controlling Marshals each assigned to a
particular area of the field.
4. Note that any Marshal can call Hold and must do so if he/she believes
there is just cause to do so.
5. If an Assisting Marshal believes a warning is in order for one or more
Combatants, he/she must call a "Hold", then discuss the matter with the
Controlling Marshal. If a warning is to be given, the Controlling Marshal
will issue the warning in unambiguous terms.
V. MARSHALS PRESENCE ON THE FIELD
1. The Marshals should keep out of the way of the Combatants as much as
possible during combat. The Marshals should not get so close to the
Combatants as to be in danger of being struck by the Combatants or be so
close that they might be overrun by the Combatants should the combat
suddenly move toward the Marshal. The Marshals should, however, be close
enough to observe the combat and to move in quickly should the combat need
to be stopped suddenly.
2. If the Combatants appear to be unaware of the proximity of the boundaries
of the field, a Marshal shall give a verbal command to make them aware of
the nearness of the field's boundaries. If the verbal warning is
ineffective the Marshal shall use any means at their disposal to prevent the
Combatants from encroaching non-safe areas. There should as little
interference as possible with the Combatants, but the Marshal should always
be prepared to stop the combat quickly should the Combatants begin heading
off the field.
3. Ideally, the Marshals should interfere as little as possible with the
combat. Combatants who are courteous and well versed in the rules will
require very little "controlling".
VI. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS.
1. Combatants are called onto the field by the Field Herald prior to the
call of "Lay On". The Combatants should enter the field with their weapons
and be fully armored. The Herald may direct any appropriate salutes and
then must leave the field before combat may begin.
2. The Combatants, even though they have already undergone armor and weapons
inspection, should be quickly checked to insure that no required pieces of
armor have been omitted and that such armor is property in place. This
quick inspection should include, at least:
Rapier Combat Heavy Combat
a) Mask a) Helm/chin strap
b) Body armor b) Gorget
c) Throat protection c) Kidney belt
d) No skin showing d) Elbows/Knees
e) Tips on weapons e) Vambrace/Hand
f) Groin protection f) Groin protection
3. The controlling Marshal must have the Combatants calibrate if they have
not already done so. He/she must then ask for and receive a verbal
affirmative response from each involved Combatant as to his/her readiness in
order to begin combat. In the case of melees or wars, the commander of each
team or army may speak for the readiness of his/her team or army. Any
Combatant not yet ready should speak out at that time and will be allowed to
ready themselves or will be required to leave the field if they are unable
to quickly prepare.
4. When verbal confirmation has been given and the controlling Marshal is
satisfied that the combat may safely begin, he/she may give the command of
"LAY ON" and combat may commence. The Controlling Marshal will not be
satisfied that combat may safely begin until all non-participants have left
the field and all other authorized participants on the field are ready.
5. The normal course of combat will be allowed to flow with the appropriate
Holds being called as needed. After each Hold, the Controlling Marshal may
restart combat only after the problems and/or questions have been resolved
and verbal confirmation of readiness has again been obtained from each
6. When the combat has been resolved, the Herald may be summoned onto the
field by the Controlling Marshal to announce the combat's result and to call
the next set of Combatants to the field.
1. The Controlling Marshal upon the field is responsible for giving any
official warnings to any participant who warrants such action and is the
only Marshal on the field who has the power to do so. When a Controlling
Marshal gives an official warning to a participant, he/she shall follow the
a. The warning must be given in unambiguous terms.
b. The warning must be accompanied by an explanation of the rule(s),
convention(s), and/or safety concern(s) that have been violated and must
include specifics about the act or action that must not be repeated.
2. The Controlling Marshal must inform the Marshal-in-Charge of any official
warnings that have been given. The Marshal-in-Charge will then submit a
written report to their regional Marshal (or other Marshalate superior).
3. Any participant who must be warned three times at any one Society event
may, at the discretion of the Marshal-in-Charge, have his/her authorization
suspended for the remainder of that Society event. The three warnings need
not be for the same type of offense or during the same combat. Any
participant so suspended may appeal up the chain of office within the
Marshalate as described in Appendix B of this handbook.
VIII. INJURIES ON THE FIELD
1. Should an injury occur upon the field, the Marshals must immediately stop
all combat and assess the needs of the injured individual.
2. Marshals should see to it that non-essential individuals are not allowed
to enter the field unless called for by the controlling Marshal.
3. The injured party's significant other may be allowed on the field. Also,
any person(s) who may have pertinent information about the injured party's
condition, armor, et cetera, may be allowed onto the field at the discretion
of the Controlling Marshal.
4. If the injured individual requests a Chirurgeon, the Controlling Marshal
may call one to the field. (NOTE: The injured person must be the one to make
the request). If the injured individual cannot request a Chirurgeon for any
reason, it is up to the Controlling Marshal to summon one to the field. The
field then belongs to the Chirurgeon and the injured party. The Marshals
job is now to keep a crowd off the field and away from the injured
individual. All combat must be suspended from the field until such time as
the injured individual is able to leave the field, or can be safely moved.
5. All injuries must be reported to the Marshal-in-Charge who must then make
a telephone call to the Earl Marshal or Emergency Deputy Earl Marshal within
48 hours. A written Injury Report must be sent to the Earl Marshal within
two weeks of the incident.
IX. REPORTS FROM THE MARSHALS.
1. The Marshal-in-Charge shall provide the Marshalate with a written report
a. Any tournament at an Official function
b. All injuries witnessed by or reported to the Marshal-in-Charge at an
c. Any incidences, warnings, et cetera, which occurred at the Official
function in which they were marshaling
2. There are no formal, written reports required from Field Marshals. The
only responsibility in the area of reporting is to verbally report any
problems, incidents, warnings, and injuries to the Marshal-in-Charge.
3. The Marshalate makes a general request for written accounts about any
specific incident or injury in order to gather information about such. It
is expected that any Field Marshal upon the field at the time of the
incident or injury will cooperate by providing a written account of the
matter if they were, in fact, a witness.
X. MARSHALING IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS
The following rules are intended to supplement the above rules:
1. Marshaling in a Melee: There may be more than one Controlling Marshal
during a melee.
2. Marshaling at Practice:
a. Each SCA sanctioned combat activity at an official SCA practice shall be
attended by at least one Warranted Marshal or their designated Deputy.
b. If the practice is in a public place, such as a park, both the Combatants
and the Marshal should be especially careful to ensure that the Combatants
do not injure non-participants.
c. The local Marshal is to be considered the Marshal-in-Charge at local
d. A Marshal at a practice can give a Combatant an official warning. Such
warnings should be given in unambiguous terms and should be reported to the
appropriate local marshal. Any such warnings must be reported up the
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