Welcome to Youth Combat in Æthelmearc

This website is a resource for parents, youth fighters, and current and prospective youth marshals in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Congratulations to el Tigre, chosen Youth Combat Champion for King Byron and Queen Ariella at Æthelmearc War Practice on May 21st! This is el Tigre’s third time as Kingdom Champion.

Congratulations also go to Daichi, chosen Most Chivalrous fighter by the marshal.

Their Majesties address the fighters at the start of the tourney. Photo by Arianna of Wynthrope.

Their Majesties address the fighters at the start of the Champion’s tourney at War Practice. Photo by Arianna of Wynthrope.

Youth combat is a program for SCA youth from ages 6 to 17 to engage in a kid-friendly version of adult heavy combat. The calibration levels (how hard they hit) vary from “touch” for Division 1 (ages 6-9) to “positive force” for Division 2 (ages 10-13) to “light force” for Division 3 (ages 14-17). Armor standards are similarly lighter than for adult combat.

Kids in youth combat not only get the fun of whacking each other with padded weapons, they also learn physical coordination, self-defense, and less tangible skills like teamwork, chivalry, and service.

Click the links at the top of the page for more information, or you can email the Æthelmearc Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal.


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