Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,

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The year 2020 has been one that we will remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. Some, because of loved ones we have lost, some because for the first time we have seen the world in turmoil and some because we have been unable to relax and do the things we would normally do. Whatever the reason is, we will get through this together.

It is not my job to interpret the reasons for everything that has happened in 2020, apart from my personal view that I can’t wait for 2020 to just sod off!!

But I digress, this short note is to keep you up to date with where we are for Pennsic 49 in 2021. In November, the Pennsic Staff group, the Coopers Management Group, and I had a joint physical and zoom meeting to discuss the way forward for Pennsic 49. The single message you need to transmit and the message you need to take from the meeting is that we are continuing to plan on having Pennsic 49 in July/Aug 2021 at Coopers Lake Campground.

The Pennsic Staff and Coopers Management are working jointly on plans to make Pennsic 49 as safe as it can possibly be for attendees. This will mean some changes to the way we do things, but we are committed to making those changes as seamless and simple as possible so that Pennsic 49 can happen and we can all have a great relaxing holiday and Pennsic War.

I want to thank you all for your support and most of all for your curtailing of the rumour mill, which I have to say has been nothing short of amazing. I will continue to be transparent in our planning and keep you informed so that any decisions we make will be understood and not a surprise to people.

As more things line up, I will update you all so that you can be kept informed and plan your Pennsic 49 journey to once again celebrate together in friendship and combat. Thanks again and please have a happy and safe Christmas and New year. Gregory of Lochswan Mayor Pennsic War 49

Thrown Weapons & Atl-atl

 

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Thrown Weapons Marshal in Charge

TH Lady Eadgyth aet Staeningum

 

So that all throwers from all kingdoms can participate, we will be using the Society Thrown Weapon Rules rather than rules of the Middle, East, or Æthelmearc.

In addition, please note these items for Pennsic War 48:

  • All throwers must have footwear that covers the soles of their feet, although closed-toe footwear is recommended.
  • The minimum age to throw is 5 years of age.
  • Youths under 18 need to be registered at the range by a parent or legal guardian before they throw for the first time. The parent or legal guardian must stay at the range with those under 12 at all times. Once registered, those 12 and older can be at the range without a parent or legal guardian.
  • Pennsic Thrown Weapons does not provide loaner equipment. Individual throwers MAY choose to loan out equipment at their discretion.

The marshals are always willing to teach new people to throw. There is a small "teaching" range available for classes and teaching only. If a contest is in progress, this range can be used to teach beginners.

The Range

The Thrown Weapons and Atl-atl ranges are located on the east side of the Battlefield, just to the right beyond the Fort.

The range can be open if a minimum of two adults, one being a TW marshal, are present on the range. We have a flag system to show the range status: the green flag signifies the range is open. The red flag signifies that the Atl-atl range is open. If no flags are flying during normal operating hours, the range is closed (likely due to weather or terrain condition making the ranges unsafe).

If you are available to help with set up, your assistance will be greatly appreciated. The old adage, "Many hands make light work" is very true for range setup. The more help we have, the faster the range can open up for throwing.

Marshals & Training

Marshals are needed to run all of our ranges throughout Pennsic. Help from Marshals-In-Training (MITs) is encouraged, and a quick way to put in your time.
Thrown Weapons Marshal Training Class
Learn the SCA rules and guidelines to be a thrown weapons marshal. Parts 1 and 2 are required with on-the-range training and a written test on Friday.
Part 1 - Sunday, Aug 4: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Part 2 - Monday, Aug 5: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Final - Friday, Aug 9: 9:00 - 10:30 am

Known World Thrown Weapons Marshals' Meetings

These meetings are for all Thrown Weapons marshals who are at Pennsic.
 
Opening Meeting - Saturday, Aug 3: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
We will go over range rules, schedule of events and any other topics we might need to discuss.
 
Closing Meeting - Friday, Aug 9: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Includes putting our heads together for improvements or innovations for next year. All marshals are asked to please stay for break down and clean up of the range after the meeting. 

Bullying Policy

THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

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