Estrella War - Youth Combat Activities

Dame Anita de Challis, Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on Youth Combat opportunities at the upcoming War.

Dame Anita writes:

Estrella War allows a special form of SCA martial arts called "Youth Combat" for youth between the age of 6 and 17 years of age. Participation in youth combat requires compliance with special armor and weapons standards, as well as the presence of the parent or legal guardian during all tournaments and scenarios in which the youth participates.

Youth combat activities are open to both boys and girls, are organized by age group, and may include one-on-one tournaments, as well as melee-style scenarios conducted between two opposing groups of fighters. Youth fighters are encouraged to bring extra weapons and armor that they feel comfortable sharing/loaning when they come to Estrella War. Youth who wish to try Youth Combat for the first time are encouraged to contact Atenveldt?s Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal before the event to understand what the combatant and parent must bring to try SCA Youth Combat.

Full information is online.

YOUTH COMBAT SCHEDULE:
All age groups will meet at the same time, and scenarios will run interspersed to allow for breaks. All youth combatants participating must have their parent or legal guardian present during all tournaments and scenarios in which they participate. Scenarios will be held near the main battle field (location will be posted at Children/Youth Complex) and will include:

Thu through Sun: 1:30-2:00 PM - Armor/Weapons Inspection
Thu, Feb 12th 2:00-5:00PM - Known World Youth Friendship Melee
Fri, Feb 13th 2:00-5:00PM - Estrella Youth Combat Tournament
Sat, Feb 14th 2:00-5:00PM - Atenveldt Youth Melee
Sun, Feb 15th 2:00-5:00PM - Caid Youth Melee

The Thursday Friendship Melee will allow youth to meet one another and work out armor/weapons questions that they or their guardians may have. Friday's tournament includes prizes for each age group, and tokens for all youth participating. Saturday and Sunday will include heart pounding melee combat (this is war after all)!

YOUTH COMBAT WEAPONS STANDARDS:
Youth Combat held Feb 12 - 15, 2009 (Thursday through Saturday) will use the KINGDOM OF ATENVELDT ARMOR, WEAPON, AND GUIDELINES FOR YOUTH COMBAT. Youth Combat held Feb 15, 2008 (Sunday) will use the CAID YOUTH WEAPONS STANDARD Copies of both handbooks will be available at the Youth Combat sign up table. Marshals will be present to answer questions at 1:30PM each day.