Marshal's Section

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  1. Youth Combat follows the same structure as the rest of the Lochac marshallate, as found in the Marshal's Handbook | here, with the roles and responsibilities


  1. The Kingdom Earl Marshal has overall responsibility for the Lochac marshallate.
  2. The Kingdom Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat has overall responsibility for the Lochac Youth Combat programme.
  3. There are three hierarchies that go by the name "marshal": authorised marshals, marshals who are group officers, and marshals who have specific roles at events.
  4. "Rostered marshal" is a general term for authorised Marshals and Senior Marshals who are current SCA members (subscribing members, not just event members). It doesn't include Auxiliary Marshals.

Requirements to act as a Youth Combat marshal

  1. be at least 18
  2. must show your authorisation card to the lists officer or Marshal in Charge if required.
  3. must meet all the standards for working with children in the country/state

Requirements to act as a rostered marshal

  1. must be be an authorised marshal (and your authorisation must be current)
  2. must be a member.
  3. must show proof of membership to the lists officer or Marshal in Charge if required.

There are four levels of authorised marshals for Youth Combat:

Table 2.2.1 Summary of roles
Rostered Rostered
Youth Sparring Partner Auxiliary Marshal Marshal Senior Marshal
Membership required
Yes No Yes Yes
Inspect No No Yes Yes
Field Marshal Yes Yes Yes Yes
Marshal in Charge (field) No No Yes Yes
Marshal in Charge (event) No No Yes Yes
Authorise fighters No No Yes Yes
Authorise Marshals No No No Yes

Auxiliary Marshal

  1. An auxiliary marshal is a person who knows the basics of observing combat and how to move around safely on the youth combat field.
  2. Auxiliary marshal role assists the marshal of the field with observing and controlling combat, and to gain the training and marshalling experience required to become an authorised marshal.
  3. If you are an authorised Youth Sparring partner you are automatically an Auxiliary Marshal as well
  4. You can authorise as an Auxiliary Marshal without being a combatant; see: Authorisation of auxiliary marshals.
  5. Auxiliary marshals are not Rostered Marshals.
  6. An auxiliary marshal may:
    1. Be a Field Marshal
    2. Inspect armour and weapons under the direct supervision of a Rostered Marshal.
  7. An auxiliary marshal may not:
    1. Be Marshal in Charge of a field, or event
    2. Inspect armour and weapons (except under the supervision of a Rostered Marshal)
    3. Make rulings on equipment, revoke authorisations, or act in any marshallate capacity not specifically allowed in the rule above


A Rostered Marshal may:

  1. Inspect armour and weapons
  2. Be Marshal in Charge (field or event)
  3. Be a Field Marshal
  4. Authorise combatants

Senior Marshal

A Senior Marshal is a Rostered Marshal who may also:

  1. Authorise.
  2. Authorise auxiliaries and marshals.
  3. Be Kingdom Deputy Earl Marshal.

Youth Combat Sparring Partner:

  1. These are adults who have been warranted by the kingdom to spar with youth combatants.
  2. They must be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the weapons, armour, and calibration levels appropriate to all divisions.
  3. All Youth Combat Sparring Partners are considered auxiliary marshal

Group Knight Marshal Deputy for Youth Combat

  1. This is an administrative role responsible for:
    1. promoting Youth Combat within their group
    2. organising events and equipment relevant to their groups needs
      NB: This role is filled by a groups Knight Marshal if a Deputy for Youth Combat position is not filled and/or required

Marshal responsibilities

  1. Monitor activities and behavior on the field and immediately stop all potentially hazardous or unchivalrous activities.
  2. Marshals on the field are expected to take an active role in safety, sportsmanship and assistance in calibration.
    1. Youth Combat Marshals have a greater responsibility to intervene than their counterparts in adult martial activities.
    2. The younger the combatants, the more active the marshaling becomes.
  3. Assist the Auxilary Marshals as required
  4. Marshals shall remove from the field any combatant who refuses to obey the commands of the marshals or other officials.
  5. Supervise Youth Combat training activities

Marshal-in-Charge (MiC) responsibilities:

  1. Only a warranted Youth Marshal may be the marshal-in-charge (MiC) of an event.
  2. The MiC at any official event, including practices, is responsible for:
    1. ensuring that all waiver and background check policies are complied with.
    2. preparing (or having prepared) and submitting all required reports and forms.
    3. ensuring that there are enough marshals and constables to control the activity.
    4. checking that the field can be safely fought upon and an appropriate buffer zone is provided between the list or battlefield and spectators as necessary.
    5. Ensuring that prior to any combat (practice or tournament) all equipment be inspected and meets all safety and armor requirements pertaining to the appropriate division.