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Thrown Weapons


Lord Colin MacKenzie

The Thrown Weapons and Atlatl ranges will again be located near the Fort.

As long as the range and safety rules are followed, everyone over the age of 5 will be allowed to throw. Youths less than 12 years of age will need to bring a parent or guardian with them to the range. The parent/guardian will have to stay with them while they are at the range.

Cell phone use on the actual range (inside the roped off areas) is prohibited. If you need to answer or make a call please tell the marshal you are leaving the range and step out of the roped areas.

So that all throwers from all kingdoms can play, we will be using the Society Thrown Weapon Rules rather than rules of individual kingdoms. Atlatl will use the newly published Æthelmearc kingdom rules for Atlatls.

Marshals & Teaching

We will need enough marshals to man all of the ranges so they can all be open the majority of the time. Marshals-In-Training (MITs) are encouraged to help, and both the East and Middle are planning classes on marshaling thrown weapons. Check the thrown weapons range to see if your kingdom is planning a MIT class.

There will be a smaller "teaching" range available for classes and teaching only. If a competition is running, we can still teach beginners how to throw.

The marshals are more than willing to teach new people to throw, and walk-ins are welcome any time marshals are available. Even if you can't make it to a beginner's (or advanced) class, we're willing to teach you what you need.

The Range

For the range to be open, a minimum of two adults, one being a TW marshal, must be on the range. There will also be a flag system in place: if the range is open, a green flag will be raised.

We will have the range set up and ready to go by Thursday, July 31st. If you are available and wish to help set-up, please feel free to do so. Many hands make light work, which equals more time to play.

Range hours

Thursday, July 31 - Thursday, Aug. 7: 9 am to 6 pm
Friday, Aug. 8: 9 am to noon

Before August 2nd, the range will be open for scheduled classes, and whenever marshals are available.


Known World Thrown Weapons Marshals Meetings
Opening Meeting: Saturday, Aug 2: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Open to all TW marshals and MiTs. We'll discuss rules and procedures for this year.
Closing Meeting: Friday, Aug 8: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Open to all TW marshals and MiTs. Includes a brain-storming session of possible improvements for next year's Pennsic. Please stay for clean up.


Interkingdom Thrown Weapons Tourney:    Tuesday, Aug 5,1:00 - 5:00 pm
Youth Thrown Weapons Tourney: Wednesday, Aug 6,10:00 - 1:00 pm
War Point Thrown Weapons Tournament: Thursday, Aug 7,9:00 - 11:00 am

Class Descriptions & Dates

Classes meet on the Thrown Weapons Range and in the Thrown Weapons Tent.
Beginning Thrown Weapons
Learn how to throw, basic care of your weapons, and basic rules. A hands-on session is included. Limit of 25 participants; no experience necessary.
Thursday, July 31: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Friday, Aug 1: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 2: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 3: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Advanced Thrown Weapons
Competitors will throw at the targets while walking toward them. For advanced throwers; limit of six participants. By Lord Magnus de Londres
Saturday, Aug 2: 3:00 5:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 3: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Start Thrown Weapons in Your Local Group
New marshal? Old marshal? Bored marshal? You'll want your local group to support your efforts so you can develop a program. Here's how.
Sunday, Aug 3: 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Creating a Thrown Weapons Competition
Whether you have new throwers or seasoned throwers with an intense hatred of wood targets, learn to cater to your audience.
Sunday, Aug 3: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

How to Teach Beginners to Throw
For TW marshals and MiTs, this course explains exactly how to teach a beginner to throw. By Lord Leonhard Schuwert.
Monday, Aug 4: 11:30 - 1:00 pm

Teaching Youth to Throw
How to teach thrown weapons to youth. This is a recommended class for MITs and marshals. By Lady Dominique and Master Arinwald Rotstein.
Tuesday, Aug 5: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Making of, Caring for, and Feeding of Thrown Weapons
How to make and maintain your weapons. Not only how to pass inspection, but also to extend their life and improve performance with a minimum of tools.
Tuesday, Aug 5: 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Thrown Weapons for the Handicapped
Most physical limitations are not a barrier to this martial art. Please join us and expand your Pennsic experience. By Lord Alexander Makristyne.
Monday, Aug 4: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Thrown Weapons Marshal Class
This class is for anyone who wishes to become a Thrown Weapons Marshal. Must have proof of paid membership and be at least 18 years of age to begin training. All 3 classes must be attended unless other arrangements are made.
Part 1: Sunday, Aug 3: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Part 2: Monday, Aug 4: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Part 3: Friday, Aug 8: 9:00 - 10:30 am

Beginning Spear
Learn to accurately throw spears without destroying your arm. History and development of spears will be covered. By Lord Dominic Seamor.
Monday, Aug 4: 11:00 - 2:00 pm

Construction of Spear for Thrown Weapons Activities
Includes finding low cost quality materials, tools and techniques to put spear together; safety and actual production of two spears in Class 1.
Monday, Aug 4: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Beginners' Atl-atl
How to throw *atlatl* darts effectively. By THL Anlaithe ingen Trena and Lord Grimolfr Ormalfrson.
Thursday, July 31: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday, Aug 1: 11:00 - 12:00 pm; 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 2: 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 3: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday, Aug 4: 11:00 - 12:00 pm; 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Aug 5: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, Aug 6: 11:00 - 12:00 pm; 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, Aug 7: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday, Aug 8: 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Beyond Ax, Knife, & Spear
Tent stakes, military shovels, farm implements, pizza cutters and the Deadly Throwing Chickens. By THL John the Bear and Lord Ruttiger Lutz
Wednesday, Aug 6: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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