Rules for managing incidents
- Everyone who takes part in fencing combat must follow these rules.
- Marshals enforce the rules and have the authority to take action if there is a safety issue or if a fencer breaks the rules. Fencers also have the right to question a decision or to appeal any action that is taken against them.
- This section sets out the actions and processes for managing incidents.
- Fencers can be suspended from combat for breaking the rules during a bout.
- If the person supervising the field believes a fencer is breaking the rules, they will give the fencer a warning.
- Following that warning, the Fencing Marshal-in-Charge can suspend a fencer for any of the following reasons:
- They have broken the rules for a third time.
- They are refusing to obey the lawful commands of the person supervising the field.
- The person supervising the field believes the fencer's behaviour poses a risk to you or to others.
- Once a fencer has been suspended, they cannot take part in fencing combat until the incident has been resolved. This requires a ruling by the Group Fencing Marshal, with the approval of the Kingdom Fencing Marshal.
- If a fencer believes their opponent has hit them too hard (either accidentally or deliberately), this should be discussed upon the field.
- If the fencer who raised the concern is not satisfied with the outcome of that discussion, they can make a written complaint to the Group Fencing Marshal.
- The Group Fencing Marshal will review the complaint and make a ruling in consultation with the Kingdom Fencing Marshal.
- The Group Fencing Marshal must tell the other fencer that a complaint has been made and is being investigated.
- The Group Fencing Marshal must write to both fencers advising them of the result of the investigation.
- If a fencer is injured and is unable to continue, or needs treatment from a health professional, the person supervising the field must stop the combat and report the incident immediately to the Fencing Marshal-in-Charge.
- If the injury might have been because of the actions of the fencer's opponent (for example because of an excessive blow), the Fencing Marshal-in-Charge must suspend that fencer from combat while the incident is investigated.
- The length of the suspension will vary depending on the circumstances, but will be the decision of the Fencing Marshal-in-Charge.
- The Fencing Marshal-in-Charge must report any such injury to the Group Fencing Marshal as soon as possible.
- The Group Fencing Marshal must report the incident to the Kingdom Fencing Marshal within 24 hours, and the Kingdom Seneschal within 24 hours if emergency services attend the event.
- The incident must be reported using the Lochac Incident and Hazard Form located at https://seneschal.lochac.sca.org/incident/.
- The Kingdom Fencing Marshal must ensure an investigation is conducted and provide a report to the Kingdom Earl Marshal within 10 days of the incident being reported.
- Marshals must investigate and report any serious weapons failure during a practice or combat, such as a broken blade, or blunts that a sword tip has punched through.
- These incidents must be reported to the Kingdom Fencing Marshal within 14 days and to the Society Fencing Marshal within 90 days.
- The Kingdom Fencing Marshal can suspend a fencer or marshal from taking part in fencing activities, if they receive 3 letters of complaint about the person.
- The Kingdom Fencing Marshal must investigate these complaints in consultation with the responsible Group Fencing Marshal.
- The Kingdom Fencing Marshal must inform the person in writing of the suspension and the investigation.
- The Kingdom Fencing Marshal must complete the investigation and make any rulings within 6 weeks of the suspension being imposed.
- If a person is suspended from fencing activities, the Kingdom Fencing Marshal can decide, after an investigation to take further action, after getting approval from the Kingdom Earl Marshal.
- This action can include:
- requiring the person to to re-train to address the issue that led to the suspension
- revoking the person's authorisation.
- The Kingdom Fencing Marshal will offer the fencer or marshal the chance to re-train to address the issue identified in the investigation.
- If the person agrees, the Kingdom Fencing Marshal will ask the Group Fencing Marshal to appoint an Authorising Fencing Marshal to supervise the re-training.
- Once the trainer is satisfied that the issue has been addressed, they will provide a written report to the Group Fencing Marshal.
- The Group Fencing Marshal will test you, with the assistance of an impartial Authorising Fencing Marshal, to confirm that the issue has been resolved.
- The test might be:
- a verbal test to confirm that the person understands the rule in question
- a combat test, where the fencer fights under the supervision of the impartial marshal to confirm that the issue has been resolved.
- If the Group Fencing Marshal and their adviser consider the issue has been resolved, they will send a written report to the Kingdom Fencing Marshal.
- Once the Kingdom Fencing Marshal is satisfied, they will notify the fencer or marshal in writing that the suspension has been lifted, subject to a 12-month probationary period.
- If a person is suspended for a second time within your probationary period, the Kingdom Fencing Marshal will revoke their authorisation for 12 months. A marshal who has their authorisation revoked will not be allowed to participate as a marshal or as a fencer.
- After 12 months, the person will have the opportunity to authorise as a new combatant or marshal.
- If a person's authorisation is revoked twice, the Kingdom Fencing Marshal will recommend to the Kingdom Earl Marshal and to the Crown that their authorisation is permanently revoked.
- Fencers have the right to appeal a decision to suspend them from combat at an event. They must make your appeal within 72 hours of being informed of the decision.
- You should make your first appeal to the Fencing Marshal-in-Charge of the event. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can refer your appeal (in writing) through the Group Fencing Marshal to the:
- Kingdom Fencing Marshal, and then to the
- Kingdom Earl Marshal.
- You have the right to appeal any decision by the Kingdom Fencing Marshal or the Kingdom Earl Marshal to suspend your authorisation, require re-training, or revoke your authorisation. You must lodge your appeal within 72 hours of being informed of the decision.
- Appeals against decisions by the Kingdom Earl Marshal shall be heard by the Crown.
- All appeals are covered by the grievance procedure in Kingdom Law.