Mixed Weapon - Team Relay

Mixed Weapon - Team Relay

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  • Full Event Registration Required
  • Team Tournament - Club Recognition
  • 3 Team Members - Each Must Register Seperatley
  • Registration is Open

The goal of the Mixed Weapons - Team Relay tournament is to promote school / club spirit and healthy competition between groups, rather than just between individuals.

This tournament is geared towards clubs / schools who have the ability to fight multiple weapons and field a team of fighters.

Please register each attendee individually when possible.

When Registering for SoCal Swordfight 2023, please be sure to choose the registration type that fits with the activities you are going to participate in at the event (See below for Details).

If you have selected Full Event Registration, you will be asked which tournaments you would like to participate in. Where applicable select the level that you want to compete at and press the "+add" button to place them in your cart for checkout.

You will have the opportunity to review your selection on the "Cart" page, if everything is correct, please select the "Check Out" button to proceed.

Next you will be asked to complete registration form for the person attending the event, name, contact info, club or school affiliation, and to sign the Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement.

If you are registering for a minor that you are a parent or legal guardian of, please fill out the registration with their name. The waiver will switch to asking for parental consent once you put in their date of birth. 

Once you have complete the registration form and signed the waiver, press the "Submit" and "Checkout" buttons to proceed to the payment form.

Once you have paid for your registration, you will receive an email receipt as well as an additional email to access your tickets electronically.

Should you have any troubles through this process please do not hesitate to connect with us either through the chat button or emailing us at info@socalswordfight.com.

 

The goal of this rule set is to promote a style of fencing that is skillful, artful and martial. 

These are the rules for all tournaments regarding fighter conduct, safety standards, quality standards, target definitions, and timing.

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Team Composition

A team is composed of three individuals from the same school/club. Mixed school/club team entries are not allowed. Prior to the commencement of the tournament we will gather all individuals with no team who wish to compete, and form teams randomly from this pool.

Each team of will consist of:

- 1 Longsword fighter
- 1 “Saber” fighter*
- 1 “Rapier” fighter**

The members must report to the match with their weapons already chosen, however they may elect to change who uses which weapon between matches.

* The saber fighter may use a messer.

** The rapier fighter MUST use gloves which meet the longsword / saber standards.
** Must use an offhand. Dagger, buckler and cloak are allowed.
** They may elect to use any single handed straight bladed sword (ie Arming Sword) should they not have a rapier which can fit such a glove.


Match Conduct

A match shall consist of a series of 1v1 matches between the team members. Members must report to the match having already determined which fighter will use each weapon.

he order of fighters will be random and declared at the start of the match (ie: Rapier->Longsword->Saber).

Each team will start with 0 points. At the end of every exchange the points a fencer is awarded will be added to their team score. 

Once a team exceeds 5 points they will force their opponent to switch to their 2nd fighter

Once a team exceeds 10 points the opposing team will switch to their 3rd fighter. 

The first team to 15 points wins

Example

Team A has 3 fighters (A1, A2, A3) and Team Z has 3 fighters (Z1, Z2, Z3). The order of the match is Saber->Rapier->Longsword

A1 and Z1 fight, saber vs saber.

Team A reaches 5 points. Z1 leaves and Z2 enters. It is now Saber vs Rapier

Team Z reaches 5 points. A1 leaves and A1 enters. It is now Rapier vs Rapier.

Team Z reaches 10 points. A2 leaves and A3 enters. It is now Longsword vs Rapier.

Fighter Z2 is amazing with rapier, and Team Z reaches 15 points before Team A gets to 10. Team Z wins with Z3 never even fighting.

Scoring Actions

Scoring shall be fully weighted doubles, with full points assessed against each team. (Think “Nordic rules but only doubles and no afterblows”).

Point values are as follows:

2 Points:
Thrust to Upper Opening or Torso, Cut to Upper Opening*, Takedown w/ retaining Weapon

1 Point:
All other valid longsword/saber point scoring actions*.

*Point values for all rapier cutting actions are reduced by one. Cuts by the rapier will still draw a hold, even if not point scoring actions.

The rapier may thrust with the dagger for full points. Buckler punches are not permitted.


Illegal Actions

Same as individual tournaments.

Approved Equipment for Tournament Participation at SoCal Swordfight

All of the tournaments are considered to simulate ‘blossfechten’. In the interests of promoting a professional HEMA image, and to encourage fighters to respect the weapon simulators, heavy armor (breast plates, etc.) or fantasy-styled armors are not permitted.

All protective equipment and weapons must be inspected prior to competition. A fighter must show up to gear check wearing their equipment.

The following equipment is required for all sparring tournaments:

  • Masks with back of the head protection are required.
  • Trachea protection that protects the throat from a direct thrust is required.
  • Testicle protection is required.
  • Rigid breast protection is recommended but not required.
  • Hard elbow protection, that covers the 3 points of the elbow.
  • Hard knee protection that covers the knee.
  • No exposed skin will be permitted.

The equipment standards for the following are dictated by the weapon tournament:

  • Gloves
  • Jacket
  • Shin/Forearm

All protective equipment and weapons must be inspected prior to competition. A fighter must show up to gear check wearing their equipment.

Protective Equipment - Specific to Longsword Tournaments

All equipment from above is required, in addition to the following:

  • Heavy HEMA Gloves (Sparring Gloves, SPES, Koning, ProGauntlets, Superior Fencing, Etc). Lacrosse & Red Dragon Gloves explicitly not allowed.
  • Heavy padded HEMA jackets 
  • Shin protection is not required but recommended.
  • Forearm protection is not required but recommended.

Approved Weapons

Blackfencer Synthetic Longsword will be provided for the Synthetic and Teens' Longsword Tournaments.

All other (steel) longsword tournaments require fighters to provide their own feders.

  • Albion: Meyer
  • Arms & Armor: Fechtbuch, Fechterspiel
  • Aureus: All feders
  • Blackfencer: All feders, Sparring longsword
  • Castille Armory: Standard Feder
  • Comfort Fencing: Dobringer
  • Darksword Armory: Feder
  • Ensifer: All feders
  • Mac Arms: All feders
  • Pavel Moc: All feders
  • Regenyei: All feders except Strong
  • SGT Blades: All feders
  • Sigi Forge: All standard and shorter models

More feders from different manufacturers may be added later on with the approval of the tournament organization staff. Other makers' feders can be considered, but may be disallowed and are up the the standards of the officiating staff.

Due to safety and quality concerns, the use of any Hanwei feders will be prohibited during this tournament.

Some blunt (non-feder) swords will be allowed, however they will be assessed on a sword-by-sword basis. 

All swords and equipment will be checked prior to the event for edge thickness (at least 2mm), damage, durability, and flexibility (director’s discretion).

SoCal Swordfight is under no obligation to allow you to use the sword you have brought.

Three Team Members on
Your Team

A team is composed of three individuals from the same school/club. Mixed school/club team entries are not allowed. Prior to the commencement of the tournament we will gather all individuals with no team who wish to compete, and form teams randomly from this pool.

Each team of will consist of:
1 Longsword fighter
1 “Saber” fighter*
1 “Rapier” fighter**

see tournament specific rules above for more details.

How is it a Relay?

A match shall consist of a series of 1 vs. 1 matches between the team members.

Members must report to the match having already determined which fighter will use each weapon. The order of fighters will be random and declared at the start of the match (ie: Rapier->Longsword->Saber).

Each team will start with 0 points. At the end of every exchange the points a fencer is awarded will be added to their team score.  Once a team exceeds 5 points they will force their opponent to switch to their 2nd fighter. Once a team exceeds 10 points the opposing team will switch to their 3rd fighter. 

The first team to 15 points wins