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:
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 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.
Monday, July 30 – Tuesday, July 31: 9 am to noon RANGE SETUP
Wednesday, August 1 – Tuesday, August 7 OPEN 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, August 8 Thrown 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)
Activities 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 4 6:00 pm Atl-atl Battle
8:30 pm Night Tournament
Sunday, Aug 5 2:00 pm Ax Continuous Throw Tourney
Monday, Aug 6 6:00 pm Atl-atl Battle
Tuesday, Aug 7 11:00 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 pm Hecklers' Tournament 4:00 pm Two-Handed Weapon Tournament
6:00 pm Atl-atl Battle
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.
Marshals & Training
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.
Classes meet on the Thrown Weapons Range and in the Thrown Weapons class tent.
Thrown Weapons Classes
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
Sunday, Aug 5: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
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
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