Credit to Darter (mka Ron Lutz)

Rapier/Fencing Combat

SCA rapier combat differs from traditional Olympic style fencing in several ways, including the use of a heavier blade called a schlager and the incorporation non-linear movements.

In addition, secondary weapons (such as daggers, extra swords and cloaks) can be used. Additional information about SCA rapier combat rules is here.

Rapier practice is typically every Wednesday at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion.

Credit to Viscountess Elashava bas Riva

Single Heavy Armour Combat

SCA heavy Fighting is open to Lords and Ladies of our Society and they engage in full speed and full force martial combat. This combat system is one based on the honor of the participants, as it is up to them to recognize and acknowledge which blows are valid.

Safety is important - weapons are made of rattan (a type of wood that frays instead of splintering) and protective armor is required to ensure safety of the fighters. Additional information about SCA Armored Combat can be found here.

Armored Combat usually takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion.

Credit to Kate Luthner, Pennsic 37

Group Heavy Armour Combat

Group Heavy Armour Combat, also known as melee combat, consists of large battles with many participants. It occurs on different occasions throughout the year, at many events and wars. Armies from different groups, households, and even whole Kingdoms wage war on open battlefields.

The largest of these events is Pennsic War and for two weeks a small city of 10,000+ people gather to put on the largest war of the year.

You can check our local events page or our kingdoms event page for events that have combat and many other activities occurring.

Credit to Beothuk

Combat Archery and Siege Equipment

These activities occur during Group Combat and is where archers and siege crew dressed in protective armor, like the heavy fighters, can participate in group combat.

Those who practice Combat Archery and Siege use special, blunted projectiles such as arrows, bolts, javelins and other various projectiles can turn the tide in many a battle.

Combat Archery an Siege does not occur at all events due to the space requirements needed however you are more likely to find combart archers then siege; additional information can be found here.

Credit to Dirk van der Kruis

Target Archery

Archery has existed either for sport, hunting or combat for thousands of years and is enjoyed by many in the SCA.

Modern construction and materials are not allowed. Thus, compound bows, fiberglass arrows, and metal shafted arrows are not permitted.

Archery Practice usually takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion.

Additional information can be found at Northshield Archery Resource Files

Credit to Caoilfhionn ingen Cheallaigh ui Mhordha

Thrown Weapons

Thrown Weapons include a variety of edged projectiles, such as Axes, Knives, and Spears. Axes and Knives are usually thrown at stumps of wood. Spears are typically thrown at softer targets like hay, to prevent them from bouncing back toward the thrower.

Though there are Thrown Weapon competitions at events there is an ongoing Inter-Kingdom Challenge held every year.

Thrown Weapons Practice is usually every other Sunday at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion or practice is canceled.