The thrill of combat lives in the Society!
Rattan weapon, full armor fighting and loads of fun! Instruction can be given. Loaner equipment may be available.
Fighter Practice When and Where
Every Sunday afternoon, numbers and weather permitting, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glasgow Regional Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702 at the old stone wall running parallel to Pulaski Highway/Route 40 at the park’s East Entrance near Pavilion #3. If the ground is soggy, we might practice on the cement pad of the pavilion. (Google Maps or PDF site map).
We ask everyone to sign up for fighter practice using the linked document.
Please sign up only for yourself (by entering “Yes” or “No” for each date).
By signing up in advance, you help us determine if we have enough interest to hold a practice (and also with completing our quarterly reports later on).
Caer Adamant Fighter Practice Sign Up
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO PRACTICE
In conformance with SCA Board of Directors Resolutions and East Kingdom guidance:
—COVIDSafe Acknowledgement. Please sign in as soon as you arrive.
As of February 28, 2022, each attendee, fighters and spectators, shall present proof of vaccination or acceptable test result along with appropriate identification to the gate staff before entering the event, and shall sign the “COVIDSafe Acknowledgement” form (providing their Legal Name and SCA Member #, if applicable) attesting that they have presented proper identification, along with along with either proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the event. Parents or guardians will undertake the process on behalf of minors in their care. Acknowledgement Forms will be forwarded to the Kingdom Seneschal for record keeping purposes.
If state or venue requirements are more restrictive, we must follow them.
—Face masks. Not required during outdoor martial activities.
As of March 1, 2022, the Kingdom has lifted the face mask requirement for outdoor gatherings only, including martial activities.
Please note: The mask requirement remains in place for all indoor gatherings of any size/activity, for everyone over the age of 2. Folks gathering in a public tent / pop-up / pavilion with 3 or 4 walls up must continue to wear masks. The air flow with 3 or 4 walls up is insufficient to be safely unmasked. Masks may be lowered briefly while actively eating or drinking.
Of course, many will wish to continue to wear masks, and we respect that choice. Everyone must take the steps necessary for their own sense of safety at our activities.
—Not Yourself? Please stay home if you are feeling ill.
Please do not attend if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of practice. If you have an underlying condition which increases your risk, strongly consider your own health and safety before attending.
—Food & Beverage. It’s best to bring your own.
Water coolers may be available, though attendees should plan ahead and bring their own drink containers and water/beverage. With Delaware’s heat and humidity during the warm months, we suggest you bring water to practice and take breaks in the shade.
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.
Full details of the COVIDSafe Policy are available here: https://www.sca.org/news/covidsafe-proof-of-fully-vaccinated-status-or-negative-covid-test-policy-resolution/
Contact the Shire’s Knight Marshal
Updates & Cancellations
As life and weather are always happening, be sure to check our Facebook page for activity updates (for purpose, date, time or location changes) and cancellations.
One of the most well-known and widely-enjoyed activities in the SCA is armored combat. Our warriors participate in tournaments for individuals and teams, tactical melees involving dozens of combatants, and even large-scale wars with thousands of participants! Unlike reenactments of battles from history, our combat activities are not choreographed and the outcome is entirely based on the skill and training of the combatants involved. I really love armored combat because I want to feel the sting of battle, the threat of my enemy, and the sweet taste of victory. — Sir Tanaka Raiko
Combat in the Society is based on a system of honor and chivalry. Because the combat is full speed and unchoreographed, the combatants themselves determine if the attacks they receive were successful based on the angle, location, and force of the strike. Safety officers, known as marshals, are always on hand to ensure that the combat is performed safely and to ensure that all equipment used meets established safety standards.
Weapons and Armor
The weapons used in our armored combat activities are largely made out of rattan, a grass that looks and feels very much like bamboo but has a solid core. Rattan is a safe alternative to wood for our recreated weapons because if a weapon breaks, it shears along the grass instead of splintering. We also have other types of weapons such as axes and maces that use rubber and foam to create a safe replica of the weapon that looks like the original but is much safer to use.
Our armor is designed to provide covered to important joints and organs so that our combat activities can be both thrilling and safe. Both the Society and the individual kingdoms have a set of minimum standards for this armor, but as a general rule, armored combatants must have sufficient protection for their head and neck, their joints (wrists, elbows, shoulders, and knees), their hands, and their kidneys and groin. Armor can be customized to reflect the period of combat the individual prefers to study, from full suits of armor made of plate metal to shirts of chain mail links to scales and belts of hardened leather. We also use shields made from wood or metal that help to protected.