King's and Queen's Rapier Championship (Updated 12/11/17)

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Hosted by Barony of Buckland Cross - Newtown, PA

Event date: December 16th, 2017

Event Last Modified: December 11th, 2017

Event details

The Shire of Buckland Cross is honored to host the King's and Queen's Rapier Championship.


10:00AM Site Opens & Tournament Registration Begins
You must show your site token to sign-up with the MOL, so please troll in first.
11:00AM Tournament Registration Ends and Morning Court Begins
11:30AM Tournament Begins
1:00PM Dayboard will be served
4:00PM Tournament Ends & Evening Court Begins
6:00PM Site Closes


TOURNAMENT RULES from Don Lupold Hass, the current King's Champion of Rapier
The Overall structure of the day will consist of the perenial favorite of round robin pools followed by a 16 person double elimination tournament, followed by a set of finals with rotating, non-repeating call and response weapons forms.

This tournament is heavy rapier default.  Light rapier may not be used.  C&T is a special consideration, noted below.
Two handed swords may not be used in conjunction with secondary items.
With the active agreement of both combatants, any bout may be fought as Cut and Thrust.  However:
Both combatants must proactively inform the marshal that it is a C&T bout.
I don't want to hear about anyone trying to badger folks into fighting C&T if they really don't want to.  I will take a very dim view of this.
Combatants are expected to be mindful of the rest of the tournament when armoring for C&T.  Excessive time spent armoring up that causes a delay may result in forfeiture of the bout.
There will be no recentering.  If you are on the ropes or in a corner, we expect that you wanted to be there or have been placed there by your opponent and you will need to deal with that.

Ideally (space permitting) we'll have 8 pools, so the top two fighters from each pool can advance.  In this portion of the tournament:
Dead Is Dead.  Double kills are counted as a loss for both combatants.
Bring your best form.
Fights are one and done.
If there are ties to determine who advances, we'll initially resolve them by who beat who.  In other words, if two fencers are tied for second but one beat the other in the pool, that fencer will advance.  If that doesn't work due to double kills, we'll have fightoffs to advance.

The sweet 16 will be a standard double elimination tournament.  In this portion of the tournament:
Those fighters who remain undefeated should display their prowess with single rapier.  Should you take a loss, you may fight with whatever you see fit.
Each pairing will be determined by the best of three passes.
Double kills at this point will be refought for a clean result, so we can keep the tourney tree from becoming a non-Euclidean mess.

In the finals, losses are forgiven, and both final combatants start off on even footing.  It will be the best three of five bouts, with rotating non-repeating call and response weapons forms:
A coin toss will determine which fencer calls their form for the initial bout first.
Forms that can be chosen by combatants consist of Single Rapier, Rapier and Dagger, Case of Rapier, Rapier and Rigid Parry, Rapier and Non-Rigid Parry, and Two-handed Sword.  Single rapier must be used at least once - so if a combatant has not used single rapier by the fifth pass, they are required to use it then.
Forms need not match.
Double kills are refought for a clean result.  Please parry.



1.  This site is Dry, NO ALCOHOL permitted

2.  NO PETS allowed with the exception of service animals.

3.  There are both Men's and Women's Locker Rooms located near the Gymnasium for changing.

4.  Since this event is held in a gymnasium, the seating for both the tournament and for court is BLEACHER SEATING.  If you would like to bring your own chair to sit in, or stadium cushions for the bleachers to be more comfortable, please feel free to do so.  We just ask that you make sure that your chair has rubber "feet" to protect the gym floor.

Site Opens: 10AM
Site Closes: 6PM

Event Website


Event Location

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA  18940
Google Map


Directions to BCCC Newtown Campus:

From I-95:  ( I-95 North from Philadelphia/ I-95 South from New Jersey)
Take I-95 to Exit 49 - Newtown - Route 332.  Proceed West towards Newtown and follow this road straight to the College entrance, approximately 5 miles on left.  From the Pennsylvania Turnpike:  PA Turnpike to Exit 28- Philadelphia.  Proceed to Route 1 North to Route 413 North and follow directions from Lower Bucks.

The following link will take you to a map of the BCCC Campus:

PLEASE USE THE WEST CAMPUS ENTRANCE, which is located on the bottom right of the campus map.

PLEASE PARK IN VISTOR LOT V1 and EVENT LOT S2 as shown on Campus Map.
Troll (Gate) will be located in the Lobby of the LINKZS PAVILLION (Location 14 on campus map)
Tournament and Court will be held in the GYMNASIUM (Location 13 on campus map)
All Vigils will be taking place in 3 classrooms off the main lobby located in the ROLLINS CENTER (Location 11 on the campus map)

Registration Fees

Registration Fees (includes Dayboard)

Adults:  $20 ($15 with Member Discount)
Children recieve discounted registration as follows:
Children 6-17:  $8.00
Children 6 and under are free

Pre-registrations must be received by no later than December 9th, 2017.  Please mail all pre-registrations to the Event Steward (see address below)

A Dayboard is planned, but there will be no Feast.
Dayboard is included with your Registration Fee.
Please remember your feast gear, as paper goods may not be available.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA Inc.  - Shire of Buckland Cross

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lady Sigridh Bengtsdotter
(mka Kirsten Becker)

Send Reservations to:

Kirsten Becker
741 Cherry Lane
Southampton, PA 18966

Other Contact Information:

Please contact the Event Steward for any additional information.