Becoming a Youth Combat Marshal
A list of the currently warranted Youth Marshals of Æthelmearc appears at the bottom of this page.
One of the surest ways to make sure your kids think of the SCA as their hobby, and not just something you drag them to, is to get them involved in SCA activities that they find fun. An excellent way to do that is to start a youth combat program in your group.
You do not need experience as a fighter in the SCA to be a Youth Combat Marshal. Many YC marshals are moms and dads who’ve never worn armor or swung a stick. All you need is the willingness to work with kids and adults, and some enthusiasm to impart to the youth fighters.
To run youth combat practices as part of your shire or barony’s official activities, you must follow these steps:
- Be a paid member of the SCA.
- Get approval from your local Knight Marshal and Seneschal to become your group’s YC Marshal. Have them email their acceptance to the Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
- If you wish to be a Youth Marshal but not for a specific SCA group, you can be a Youth Marshal-at-Large. Just have a warranted Youth Marshal or your local group Seneschal email the Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal letting him know that they vouch for you.
- Email the Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal asking to become a local YC Marshal. Send him the following information:
- SCA Name
- Real Name
- Phone number
- Email address
- SCA membership # and expiration date
- Get an SCA background check.
- After you send the info in step 3 above, the Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal will email you the form. It typically takes 4-6 weeks from the time you submit the paperwork for the SCA Corporate office to complete the check. You will receive a letter from the SCA, Inc. letting you know when your background check is approved or rejected.
- If you live in Pennsylvania, get the required PA clearances.
- If you need the Federal FBI Background Check (only required for people who have lived in PA for less than 10 years) in addition to the PA state clearances, save a receipt along with your proof of completion and then fill out this form to be reimbursed for the cost of the FBI check.
- Submit copies of the PA and FBI clearance certificates to the Kingdom Youth Marshal.
- Read the Kingdom Youth Combat Policies.
- Read the Æthelmearc Youth Marshal Handbook.
- Once you pass your background check (and PA clearances, if applicable), get a Marshal-in-Training (MIT) form from the Kingdom Youth Marshal and work under the guidance of a warranted youth marshal to gain experience inspecting armor and weapons, marshaling bouts and melees, and running youth authorizations. Contact Mistress Arianna for information on a warranted marshal near you with whom you can train, or check the list at the bottom of this page.
- After completing your training period, getting the required sign-offs on your MIT form, submit the form to the Kingdom Youth Marshal so you can be warranted.
- Send your SCA member number and expiration date to the Earl Marshal and ask be added to the Kingdom Roster of Marshals.
Once you are warranted, you can run practices and marshal tournaments. We appreciate it if local YC Marshals help out with marshaling youth combat at big events like Æthelmearc War Practice and Pennsic, where Æthelmearc traditionally sponsors the popular Youth/Adult Tag Team Tourney. If you’re on Facebook, you might also want to join the Æthelmearc Marshals group. You must also complete quarterly reports. You can also sign up for the AEthelmearc Marshals’ Yahoo Group to receive email reminders when reports are due.
Remember to keep your SCA membership up-to-date, Send renewal information to the Earl Marshal. You must also renew your SCA background check (and PA clearances, if applicable) periodically. Check the expiration dates on all of your clearances, and make sure to begin the renewal process at least two months prior to expiration to allow time for processing.
There are a number of things to learn before you can become a Youth Combat Marshal, but many resources are available to help you. The Society Youth Combat Marshal’s web page has lots of articles with information on how to train youth fighters, marshal tourneys and melees, and make and inspect armor and weapons.
Running a Youth Combat program can be a lot of work, but also very rewarding. If your group has kids interested in learning how to swing a sword, and you’re willing to help them get started, please contact the Æthelmearc Kingdom Youth Marshal, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, for more information on how to become a youth marshal.
Roster of Youth Combat Marshals of Æthelmearc as of 9/14/2016
Note: Marshals-in-Training may only run youth practices and tournaments under the supervision of a warranted Youth Combat Group Marshal or Marshal at Large.
KINGDOM YOUTH COMBAT HIGH MARSHAL Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
REGION 1 DEPUTY MARSHAL VACANT
REGION 2 and 3 DEPUTY MARSHAL Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir
REGION 4 and 5 DEPUTY MARSHAL Baron Edward Harbinger
Region 1 Marshals
Lord Garreth Whytbull Group Youth Marshal, Ballachlagan
Lady Elektra of Sylvan Glen Group Youth Marshal, Sylvan Glen
Region 2 Marshals
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope Group Marshal, Debatable Lands
Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen Marshal at Large, Debatable Lands
Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir Marshal at Large, Debatable Lands
Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter Marshal at Large, Sunderoak
Lady Fenna Rioux Marshal-in-Training, Sunderoak
Lord Metheus Weasel Group Youth Marshal, Hunter’s Home
Lord Mael Daine Marshal-in-Training, Riversedge
Region 3 Marshals
Duke Timothy of Arindale Marshal-in-Training, Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
Jean-Phillipe Marshal-in-Training, St. Swithin’s Bog
Lord Battista di Lupo Speranza Group Youth Marshal, St. Swithin’s Bog
Region 4 Marshals
Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower Marshal at Large, Rhydderich Hael
Region 5 Marshals
Baron Edward Harbinger Group Youth Marshal, Delftwood
Baroness Anastasie Lamour Marshal at Large, Delftwood
THLady Gytha Oggsdottir Group Youth Marshal, Myrkfaelinn
Dyryck Hastings Marshal-in-Training, Angel’s Keep
Out-Kingdom Citizen Marshals
Master Morien MacBain Marshal-in-Training