Board seeks commentary on proposed policy change for youth combat

Meg Baron, SCA President, reports that the Board of Directors is seeking comments on a proposed Corpora change involving combat authorizations for minors.

Greetings unto the membership of the Society:

The Board requests your input on a proposed change to Corpora IX.A.6. This passage currently reads:

Prior to the authorization of a minor in any Society combat-related activity, the parent or guardian of the minor must witness the activity, discuss it with a witnessing marshal, and execute a Waiver, indemnity, or other required document for the minor. The witnessing marshal must be explicitly authorized to perform this function by the Earl Marshal of the kingdom. The marshal who authorizes a minor person for any form of Society combat-related activity must be the Kingdom Earl Marshal or the Principality Marshal. This need not be the same person as the witnessing marshal.

This passage is at best confusing, and at worst contradictory. It appears to require that the Kingdom Earl Marshal be the only person who can authorize minor fighters. This is often impractical, and disagrees with the standards set forth in the Marshal's Handbook. Therefore, the following change is proposed (added text underlined):

Prior to the authorization of a minor in any Society combat-related activity, the parent or guardian of the minor must witness the activity, discuss it with a witnessing marshal, and execute a Waiver, indemnity, or other required document for the minor. The witnessing marshal must be explicitly authorized to perform this function by the Earl Marshal of the kingdom. The marshal who authorizes a minor person for any form of Society combat-related activity must be the Kingdom Earl Marshal or the Principality Marshal or a designated deputy. This need not be the same person as the witnessing marshal.

Commentary on this proposal is due by June 1, 2005.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@sca.org.

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Editor's note: The wording of Ms. Baron's letter was changed very slightly (not in the policy text) to account for formatting differences on this web page from the original text.