Change log and Notes
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Version 5.0 Effective 1 MAY 2021
Whole of document
- Change of terminology from "Rapier" to "Fencing", consistent with the Society Fencing Marshals' Handbook
- Plain English approach and restructure by topic, for example: Rules for Fencers, Rules for Marshals.
Key changes and notes by section
- Specifies that all fencing combat activities in Lochac must follow the policies and requirements of SCA Australia and New Zealand.
- Specifies that fencing combat is subject to mundane laws, including Victorian weapons laws.
- The Society Marshal has granted minor combatants in Lochac an exemption from the requirement to wear a marking that identifies them as a minor.
Rules for Fencers
- 2.4.2 (2)
- Specifies that there is no waiting period to authorise for Cut and Thrust Fencing or to authorise to use a spear, if you have a Standard Fencing authorisation.
- 2.4.2 (3)
- Specifies that you can use a spear if you have a current Rapier Pike or Pole Weapon authorisation under the previous Lochac Rapier Rules.
- Allows combatants in a melee to run from one part of the field to another, subject to distance restrictions.
- Allows Cut and Thrust Combat in a melee.
- Sets rules for the participation of Gunners as non-fencing combatants.
- Sets rules for fencers to "kill" a non-fencing Gunner.
- Specifies that Rubber-Band Guns are the only projectile weapons allowed for use in the Kingdom of Lochac.
- Allows the use of a Spear with one hand,if you have lost the use of the other hand.
- Allows the use of a Spear to "Kill from behind".
- Allows the use of Rubber-Band Guns in single combat that is not part of a tournament.
- Allows you to use your hand to parry your opponent's weapon or wrist. This is a change from previous practice, consistent with Society Rules.
- Allows movement on the knees when you have received a blow to the lower leg.
- Allows combat to continue following a leg blow in Cut and Thrust combat.
- 2.8.1 (1)
- Makes it mandatory to wear some form of eye protection during sword or dagger drills with opponents in practice.
- 2.8.1 (2)
- Makes it mandatory to wear full face protection during spear drills with opponents in practice.
- Specifies that a shield or buckler alone is not sufficient hand protection for Cut and Thrust combat in Lochac. This is a more restrictive requirement than the Society rule.
- Additional requirements for medical protection.
Rules for Marshals
- Notes additional requirements for inspections in line with COVID safety requirements.
- Allows Authorising Marshals to authorise Fencers in any category in which the marshal holds a combat authorisation (rather than requiring separate Authorising Marshal categories).
- Requires Authorising Marshals to hold a current authorisation card to conduct an authorisation.
- Specifies that a person does not need to be an authorised fencing marshal to hold office as a Group Fencing Marshal.
- Sets out the process for re-training after a person's authorisation has been suspended.
Rules for equipment
- Specifies that blunts must have a minimum surface of 10mm, consistent with Society Rules.
- States that steel-headed spears will not be allowed from 31 December 2021, at the direction of the Society Marshal.
- Specifies that rubber band gun ammunition must have a draw strength no greater than 13.6 kg (30 pounds).
- Sets out an inspection process for rubber band guns.
- Sets out a COVID-safe inspection process.
- Specifies that puncture resistant material fails the drop test if the probe penetrates beyond the top layer of multiple layers.
- Specifies that a single layer garment fails the drop test if the drop test penetrates that layer.
- Sets out a safety test for rubber band gun ammunition.
- Sets out guidelines for authorising fencers, gunners and marshals.
- Sets out the definition of terms used in the rules.