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Youth Combat

Youth Combat MiC

Lord Hroudland

All youths ages 6–17 are invited to join us on the Battlefield for the Pennsic Youth Combat Program.

Youth combatants are expected to provide service at Pennsic. At a minimum, this will take the form of field sweeps for trash and water bottles in our own lists as well as the surrounding area.

We encourage parents and marshals-in-training to volunteer at the Youth Combat list.


Youths who have been moved up a division or held back, because of size, strength, or maturity, and youths from kingdoms with different age division, may participate in the division that is most appropriate based on their home kingdom authorization.

Division 4 combat is available for youths authorized in youth rattan combat in their kingdom of residence. 16 and 17 year olds who are authorized to compete against other minors, but NOT authorized to fight adults, are welcome to participate. Proof of authorization must be provided to the marshal in charge before the youth will be allowed to participate in youth rattan practices.

Registration & Supervision

A parent/legal guardian must accompany their child/youth to the field and complete the registration process.

To accommodate the growing number of youths attending Pennsic with a single parent, or with parents who are very active at Pennsic, the following parental presence rules will be in effect at the Youth Combat lists.

  1. Division 1 participants must have a parent/guardian or other adult (age 18 or older, as designated by their parent/legal guardian) remain with them during Youth Combat sessions.
    1. The parent/legal guardian must identify and introduce the responsible adult to the youth marshals in charge so that the youth marshals can confirm the parent-approved responsible adult designation and make sure that rapid contact information (cell phone numbers or two-way radio information) is documented on the youth combat sign-in forms.
    2. The designated responsible adult is required to have the rapid contact information with him/her during the Youth Combat sessions.
    3. Parents must repeat the above procedure if they decide to appoint additional or different responsible adults during the course of Pennsic.
  2. Division 2: In accordance with the Pennsic Youth policies, participants under the age of 12 must be within voice range or in sight of a responsible adult or teenager while participating in Youth Combat. This encompasses the area immediately surrounding the Youth List Fields.
  3. All Youth Combatants and their responsible parent/adult/teenager will sign-in with the marshals for each session. Even if a Youth Combatant has attended the morning session, a separate sign-in is necessary for the afternoon session.


The Youth Combat program will run from Thursday, July 31 through Thursday, August 7. Sessions are scheduled from 8 10:30 am and 3 5 pm daily. (Times may vary to avoid conflicting with major battles.)

The Youth Combat List Field will be open evenings from Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8th for additional activities and games. Please check the schedule at the Youth Combat List for more information.


Each Kingdom may elect to hold authorization sessions for Youth Combat during the week. Check at the Youth Combat administration tent for more information.


Monday, August 4
3 - 5 pm – East/Middle Round-robin tournament

Wednesday, August 6
11 - 3 pm – Æthelmearc Youth/Adult tag team tourney
Please check the schedule at the Youth Combat List for updated tournament schedules.

Armor and Weapons

Loaner Gear

The Youth Combat program at Pennsic does not supply loaner gear.


Prior to participating in youth combat activities, and at the beginning of each session, all equipment must be inspected and shall meet all safety and armor requirements of the appropriate division.

Armor Standards

Per the SCA YC rules, with these additional notes:

HELMET: A helmet with a lengthy open slot across the face, such as a catcher's mask eye slot which does not have a nasal guard, will not be permitted in Div 2 or 3.

BODY: SCA rules require arm coverage of a minimum of cloth over the whole arm. This will soon be changed and is not required for Pennsic.

Weapon Standards

Per the SCA YC rules, with these additional notes:

Division 1: Cores of 1/2" nominal Siloflex are permitted for use in smaller hands. Golf tube cores are also permitted.

Throwing hammers made without a solid core, which otherwise meet the safety criteria for weapon builds, may be used in melee if the marshal permits thrown weapons.

Shield Standards

Per the SCA YC rules, with this additional note:

Thick edging on a shield reduces foam deterioration and extends the safe useful life of YC weapons. Please use edging of 3/4" thickness as a courtesy for the safety of others.

Division 4 / Youth Armored Combat / Youth Rattan: 16 17 years old

Minimum Required Armor, Weapon Standards, Shield Standards, and Blow Calibration are the same as for Adult Armored Combat.

Pennsic 43 Youth Combat Rules of the List

The basis for the Pennsic 43 YC rules set are the recently approved Society Youth Combat rules.
  1. No youth combat may occur without the presence of a warranted youth marshal.
  2. The word "HOLD" is to be used by marshals, fighters, parents or spectators to stop combat activities when they see a problem. When witnessing a behavior, weapon or armor condition that is unacceptable or dangerous, "HOLD" is to be used.
  3. Any combatant who refuses to obey the commands of the marshals shall be removed from the field.
  4. Parents, guardians, mentors and other observers are expected to act with courtesy and behave in a responsible manner when in the list area.
  5. Shields must be appropriate to the size, strength and control of the fighter. A fighter may be asked to demonstrate control with a shield if it appears to be too heavy or large to handle properly.
  6. Shields may not be used as offensive weapons. NO contact between shield and the opponent's body is allowed.
  7. All combatants must present their Kingdom-issued authorization information to participate in youth combat tournaments and melees.
  8. At no time shall there be tournament combat between different divisions.
  9. "Death From Behind" conventions will not be used.
  10. Engagement shall be the same as for Adult Heavy Combat.

Pennsic Youth Combat Marshal Background Check Policy

The marshals in charge of Youth Combat at Pennsic, as listed on the Pennsic staff list, must present proof of successful completion of an SCA background check before they can assume their roles at Pennsic. Additionally, the Background Check Policy applies to those marshals put in charge of the individual list fields for Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the youth combat administration tent.

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