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Thrown Weapons & Atl-atl

Thrown Weapons Marshal in Charge

Maestro Antonio de Luna

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 47:

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.

Range hours

Monday, July 30 –
Tuesday, July 31:
9 am to noon
Wednesday, August 1 – Tuesday, August 7 OPEN 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, August 8Thrown Weapons Champions' War Point
Thursday, Aug. 9: OPEN 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, August 10:OPEN 9 am to 12 pm (for Populace Thrown Weapons War Point)


Thrown Weapons War Points:

1) Populace Thrown War Point - worth 1 War Point

Sunday, August 5 to Thursday, August 9 from 9:00 am 5:00 pm

This War Point is open to everyone able to throw, and the range will be open for scoring all week.

Each pass consists of 3 targets (axe, knife, and spear). 2 weapons are allowed at each target.

Each thrower can take 4 passes, all at once or over multiple days. Any member of the populace may participate.

2) Thrown Weapons Champions' War Point - worth 2 War Points

Wednesday, August 8th, 12 pm

Teams of 12 vs 12. Competition consists of several challenging targets utilizing axe, knife, and spear. Single pass of 6 weapons at each of 6 8 targets. Distances will vary.

Tournaments & Battles

Saturday, Aug 46:00 pm Atl-atl Battle
8:30 pm Night Tournament
Sunday, Aug 52:00 pm Ax Continuous Throw Tourney
Monday, Aug 6 6:00 pm Atl-atl Battle
Tuesday, Aug 711:00 am Estrogen & Axes Tournament
3:30 pm Baronial Thrown Weapons Champions Tournament
3:00 pm Kinetic Throwers' Tourney
Thursday, Aug 9 9:30 am Youth Thrown Weapons Tournament
11:00 am Throwing Tourney for the Physically Challenged
1:00 pmHecklers' Tournament
4:00 pmTwo-Handed Weapon Tournament
6:00 pm Atl-atl Battle

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 5: 9:00 - 10:30 am
Part 2 - Monday, Aug 6: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Final - Friday, Aug 10: 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 4: 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 10: 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.

Thrown Weapons Classes

Classes meet on the Thrown Weapons Range and in the Thrown Weapons class tent.
Beginner Thrown Weapons
Learn to throw axes, basic care of your weapons, and basic rules. A hands-on session is included. No experience necessary.
Wednesday, Aug 1: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, Aug 2: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Friday, Aug 3: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 4: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday, Aug 5: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Aug 7: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, Aug 8: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Aug 8: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Advanced Thrown Weapons
Learn to throw knives and spears. A hands-on session is included. Must have taken the beginner class.
Saturday, Aug 4: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday, Aug 6: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Beginning Spear
Sunday, Aug 5: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Beginning Atl-atl
How to throw atlatl darts effectively.
Thursday, Aug 2: 11:00 - noon
Thursday, Aug 2: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday, Aug 3: 11:00 - noon
Sunday, Aug 5: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Monday, Aug 6: 11:00 - noon
Wednesday, Aug 8: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Beyond Axe, Knife, & Spear
Tent stakes, military shovels, farm implements, pizza cutters and the Ostgardr Deadly Ninja Throwing Chickens. Show-and-tell for weird thrown weapons to demonstrate, pending marshal approval.
Thursday, Aug 9: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Throwing for the Physically Challenged
Most physical limitations are not a barrier to this martial art. Please join us and learn how to work with people with limitations.
Tuesday, Aug 7: 10:00 - 11:00 am

Target Construction
Monday, Aug 6: 11:00 am - noon

Care and Feeding of Thrown Weapons
How to maintain and repair thrown weapons.
Sunday, Aug 5: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

How to Teach Minors to Throw / Youth Throwing Instruction
Sunday, Aug 5: 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Monday, Aug 6: 9:00 - 10:30 am

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