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Thrown Weapons & Atl-atl


Lady Serafina Della Torre

Thrown Weapons Technical Consultant

THL Eadgyth aet Staeningum

So that all throwers from all kingdoms can participate, we will be using the Society Thrown Weapon Rules rather than rules of the Middle, East, or Æthelmearc.

Footwear is required for throwing on the range. Soles of feet must be covered. Close-toed shoes are encouraged but open toed shoes/sandals are acceptable.

The Range

The Thrown Weapons and Atl-atl ranges are located on the east side of the Battlefield, just to the right beyond the Fort.

The range can be open if a minimum of two adults, one being a TW marshal, are present on the range. We have a flag system to show the range status: the green flag signifies the range is open. The red flag signifies that the Atl-atl range is open. If no flags are flying during normal operating hours, the range is closed (likely due to weather or terrain condition making the ranges unsafe).

If you are available to help with set up, your assistance will be greatly appreciated. The old adage, "Many hands make light work" is very true for range setup. The more help we have, the faster the range can open up for throwing.

Range hours

Monday, July 31 –
Tuesday, Aug. 1:
9 am to noon
Wednesday, August 2 –
Thursday, Aug. 10:
OPEN 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, August 11:RANGE BREAKDOWN 11:30 am, immediately after the closing meeting


This year we have two Thrown Weapons War Points:

Populace Thrown War Point

This War Point is open to everyone able to throw, and the range will be open for scoring all week. Details of the competition and scoring will be posted soon.

Thrown Weapons Champions' War Point

Thursday, August 10th. Details to come.

Tournaments & Battles

Friday, Aug 46:30 pm Atl-atl Battle
Saturday, Aug 58:30 pm Night Tournament
Sunday, Aug 62:00 pm Ax Continuous Throw Tourney (Registration 1:30 - 2:00)
Tuesday, Aug 810:00 - 11:00 am Throwing Tourney for the Physically Challenged (Registration 9:30 - 10:00am)
11:00 am Estrogen & Axes Tournament (Registration 10:00 - 11:00 am)
3:30 pm Baronial Thrown Weapons Champions Tournament (Registration 3:00 - 3:30 pm)
Wednesday, Aug 9 11:00 am Youth Thrown Weapons Tournament (Registration 10:00 - 10:30)
1:00 - 2:30 pmHecklers' Tournament
5:00 pmDistance Tournament (Registration 4:30 - 5:00)
Thursday, Aug 1010:00 - 11:00 am
Kinetic Throwers' Tourney (Registration 9:30 - 10:00 am)
4:30 - 5:30 pmTwo-Handed Weapon Tournament (Registration 4:00 - 4:30 pm)

Known World Thrown Weapons Marshals' Meetings

These meetings are for all Thrown Weapons marshals who are at Pennsic.
Opening Meeting - Saturday, Aug 5: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
We will go over range rules, schedule of events and any other topics we might need to discuss.
Closing Meeting - Friday, Aug 11: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Includes putting our heads together for improvements or innovations for next year. All marshals are asked to please stay for break down and clean up of the range after the meeting.


As long as the range etiquette and range rules are followed, everyone age 5 and over will be allowed to throw.

Youths of less than 12 years of age will need to bring a parent or guardian with them to the range. The parent or guardian will have to stay with them while they are at the range.

For youths 12 and over, the parent or guardian must accompany them and sign a consent form which will be kept on record throughout Pennsic.

Special youth classes and tournaments will be held during War – please check the schedule for times and dates.

Marshals & Teaching

Marshals are needed to run all of our ranges throughout Pennsic. Help from Marshals-In-Training (MITs) is encouraged, and a quick way to put in your time. The Middle and the East are planning classes on marshaling thrown weapons. Check the thrown weapons range to see if your kingdom is participating in MIT classes.

The marshals are always willing to teach new people to throw. There is a small "teaching" range available for classes and teaching only. If a contest is in progress, this range can be used to teach beginners.

Thrown Weapons Classes

Classes meet on the Thrown Weapons Range and in the Thrown Weapons class tent.
Beginning Thrown Weapons
Learn to throw axes, basic care of your weapons, and basic rules. A hands-on session is included. No experience necessary.
Wednesday, Aug 2: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Wednesday, Aug 2: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, Aug 3: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Friday, Aug 4: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 5: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Monday, Aug 7: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Youth Beginning Throwing
This class is for 5 to 12 year olds. Class limit is 10 for safely concerns. A second class may be offered later if there is interest. Parents or legal guardians must remain while youth are on the range. The class is limited to hatchets only. Class covers range safety, etiquette and technique.
Monday, Aug 7: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Intermediate/Advanced Thrown Weapons
Learn to throw knives and spears. A hands-on session is included. Must have taken the beginner class.
Saturday, Aug 5: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Advanced Thrown Weapons
Learn advanced forms of throwing. A hands-on session is included. Must have taken the intermediate class.
Sunday, Aug 6: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Monday, Aug 7: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Beginning Spear
Sunday, Aug 6: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Beginning Atl-atl
How to throw atlatl darts effectively.
Thursday, Aug 3: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday, Aug 4: 11:00 - noon
Saturday, Aug 5: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 6: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Monday, Aug 7: 11:00 - noon

Beyond Axe, Knife, & Spear
Tent stakes, military shovels, farm implements, pizza cutters and the Ostgardr Deadly Ninja Throwing Chickens. Show-and-tell for weird thrown weapons to demonstrate, pending marshal approval.
Monday, Aug 7: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

You Want to Throw What?!
Wednesday, Aug 9: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Throwing for the Physically Challenged
Most physical limitations are not a barrier to this martial art. Please join us and learn how to work with people with limitations.
Monday, Aug 7: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Target Construction
Monday, Aug 7: 11:00 am - noon

Just a Little Sling – Sling Construction
Friday, Aug 4: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Making, Care and Feeding of Thrown Weapons
How to maintain and repair thrown weapons.
Monday, Aug 7: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Thrown Weapons Marshal Training Class
Learn the SCA rules and guidelines to be a thrown weapons marshal. Parts 1 and 2 are required with on-the-range training and a written test on Friday.
Part 1 - Sunday, Aug 6: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Part 2 - Monday, Aug 7: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Final - Friday, Aug 11: 9:00 - 10:30 am

How to Teach Youth to Throw
Sunday, Aug 6: 12:00 - 12:45 pm

Teaching Beginners to Throw
For thrown weapons marshals and MITs, this course will show how to teach thrown weapons to someone who wants to learn how to throw. It will cover both an informal class and a formal class technique. This is a recommended class for MITs, but not required.
Monday, Aug 7: noon - 1:00 pm

Starting a Thrown Weapons Program in Your Local Group
Sunday, Aug 6: 11:00 - 11:45 am

What Makes a Good Thrown Weapons Competition
Sunday, Aug 6: 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Running a Thrown Weapons Competition
Tuesday, Aug 8: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Running Thrown Weapons Events, and Thrown Weapons at Events - Roundtable
Tuesday, Aug 8: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

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