Tracking Martial Participation

Tracking Martial Activities: Getting number we can track.

We have set up an online event/practice tracking form to help marshals develop a better sense of how many participants we have in all martial activities. The event/practice tracking tool entry form can be found here (http://bit.ly/martial-event-report-form).

If you wish to view the data that has been collected you can access the form here.

This form is not intended as a replacement for recording scores, etc, but simply an additional tool for tracking overall participation.

What are the potential benefits?
Numbers! Many people show up at practices and events, but we don’t always know how many. If we start tracking and gauging, our marshals and staff can make more informed decisions about creating space for that martial activity. We can track year over year growth or shrinkage. Are people migrating from one martial activity to another? Picking up a second or third? Is there a new activity that needs local group support due to growth?
Autocrats (or event stewards) can benefit. We can take numbers to autocrats and make a case as to expected numbers, and space requirements. In some cases there may not be a drive to have a particular activity. One can make the case that a budding group needs to promote a martial skill because there are a few participants, but could grow if assisted. The more we talk to autocrats and communities, the better we represent our communities, and the staff recognize and respect same.
We can map and gauge activities across the known world. Is there thrown weapons in Lochac? Darts in Artemisia? If not, why not? Are there emissaries in one Kingdom that can reach out and assist another? In this way we hope it will open lines of communications across sympathetic disciplines.

What will it require from marshals and staff?
Each event or practice might require a sign in sheet.
At the end of each practice or event, the number of participants will need to be entered into the form. It need not be done on site, but perhaps as a post event wrap up.
If there is a Royal Round, or other kind of competition,  the scores would need to be entered into their respective existing form(s). In many areas, sign in sheets are a standard, we are simply looking to spread the standard, and add basic reporting. Yes this creates slightly more ‘paperwork’. We think the amount of work is minimal compared to the potential benefits, but the final decision of course, is yours, and your groups.

The scores site has a form for tracking participation, but it requires each individual to be entered, this is an attempt to simplify that aggregation.

What we hope to achieve is to allow the Society, and martial activities to see across the known world, in one place, who is doing what, and where. We deeply believe in the benefits. Adopting this initiative can have substantive effect numbers to reflect on, and share. By tracking, we can make informed decisions, and better promote the things we love.

Please comment and share!

Your thoughts on the Martial Peerage branding?

Greetings friends and supporters of the Valiance Proposal and the Martial Peerage.

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Our collected efforts and attention is important to this Society and I hope we all continue to be active.

A quick poll to gauge interest in the branding of the Martial Peerage, please share and participate.

When it comes to branding for the Martial Peerage whats more important?

  • We all have the same icon for unity (45%, 17 Votes)
  • We all have the same icon for ease of recognition (16%, 6 Votes)
  • In the end it will likely change, not important (13%, 5 Votes)
  • It doesn't matter one way or the other (13%, 5 Votes)
  • Separate icons for each discipline to show diversity (11%, 4 Votes)
  • We should always show multiple/all icons together (3%, 1 Votes)
  • We all have the same icon, no particular reason (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Separate icons for each discipline for no reason (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The colors are the most important (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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This is not an official polling and is in no way affiliated with the authors of the Proposal.

Watch where you point that thing! Thrown weapons place in the SCA

thrown weapons
thrown weapons

It came up that thrown weapons are handled differently from Kingdom to Kingdom. For instance I recently learned that in Meridies, a combat archery cannot use thrown weapons. This is apparently only for ‘heavy’ or ‘rattan’ fighting use.

So how many variances are there in the combat community? Does it make sense that CAs or siege engineers cannot use throwing axes, maces, knives?

Im curious about the debate for and against. Society law is pretty clear about who can and who cannot. Clearly a CA cannot engage in melee unless specific conditions are met, and then only if the combatant is authorized appropriately.

Please comment below with your thoughts!

You’re gonna poke an eye out with that thing!

Construction and standards of Thrown Weapons.

example of a throwing mace
example of a throwing mace

After constructing a few throwing maces, I got some good hands on experience, and wasted a little money, but in the end the ones I made need to be disassembled.  Alas the Schedule 40 PVC I was using exceeded the PSI but didn’t conform in other ways. It doesn’t remain flexible enough and can shatter. Thanks to Godai and Otto they have set me on the right path.

I want to share that information with you all now.

Siloflex: A brand-name polyethylene tubing made from PE3408 resin and conforming to ASTM D2239 standards. The material is approved for various uses throughout the rules in pressure ratings ranging from 75 PSI to 200 PSI. Please check the standards in the appropriate area of the rules for what is allowed.
Siloflex equivalent: other tubing or pipe, typically made for drinking water applications, made from polyethylene resins with the ASTM classification of PE 3408 and produced to the ASTM D2239 standard.

This was the mojo I needed! If you do a search for ‘ASTM D2239‘ suddenly you get tons of hits. Try doing a search for ‘Sil-o-flex‘… [crickets chirping].

 

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The 1″ Pipe I’m getting in lengths so I don’t have to straighten it out. The inner 3/4″ pipe is in a coil, but I have to worry less about the straightening as it will be inserted and glued inside the 1″ pipe.

I hope this helps others who find themselves on the path to making thrown weapons! Now that you have some technical specs to compare, it will make using any other comparable product easier to find!

Perhaps Ill save one of these PVC maces for martial classes for the ‘how to fail’ section!

Cheers friends!


references:

3/4″ Pipe at Lowes
1″ Pipe at Lowe’s
Construction Kits from White Wolf