Pay to Play?
Submitted by Degan on Sat, 2004-07-17 09:58
I've got to get some opinions from some of you (mainly Heavy fighters but ALL input is welcome). You see, I "grew up" in the East (Stonemarche to be exact) until 2001 when my wife and I moved to Ansteorra where we lived for 2.5 years. Now we've moved to Atlantia and I've got to get my heavy authorization back. Now please keep in mind, I've been fighting heavy for a little over 7 years with Sword/board, 7' pole (unpadded of course) and 2-stick. Heres the problem... I attended a local baronial event and had arranged with a friend to have a re-authorization bout (or three, hehe) so that I could participate in some of the local tourneys and the "Big Three" (Estrella, Gulf, Pennsic) in the upcoming year. After arranging things with the marshallette, I was told to see the MoL (before my fight... odd but okay). This "Lady" politely (not) informed me that before I could re-auth that I'd have to front her $5.00. You could imagine my shock... the SCA is NOT a pay-to-play organization, correct? Are we required to purchase memberships? No. So why should I be required to pay to fight? I politely left the table (muttering under my breath as I don't dare offend this "Woman"....yet... to head home and research this oddity. As it turns out, in the "Great Book of Policy" in Atlantia, it's stated that this $5.00 fee is required PER authorization if you intend on adding other fighting styles in the future (It's still only $5 to auth in ALL styles if you do it all that day). This fee is described in TGBoL as "Office supply costs and postage". Well, that may seem resonable BUT... Best Buy sells 25-sheet card stock for business card for less that $10 (thats 250 cards PER package). Postage? Hmm, even if you mailed a whole package back from corperate it'd only cost you about $5 for the whole package. This is beginning to look like "Fuzzy math" created to hide funds being used for something else. Oops, I didn't say that, forget it... that rings of bad book keeping and conspiracy, something the SCA would NEVER participate in. So, I ask you all... does it make sense to have to pay to re-authorize? Are there other kingdoms that are attempting to pull this? I've heard folks here state "Atlantia at least does things right". Um.. I never had a problem with my cards back home... it took a few weeks to get the "real one" but it showed up just the same and I NEVER had to fork out $5 of my hard-earned cash. Atlantia "does things right"... Yes, their events arent over-populated with blue tarps and demin garb or blue plastic armour but where does the SCA end and an elitist clique begin? In Service to MYSELF Degan