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Updates and Rulings

Society updates

Current Society-wide rulings and news can be found on this page.

New Society Marshal's Handbook - July 2020

A new edition of the Society Marshal's Handbook was released in July 2020. These rules will only apply in Lochac once they have been approved by the Board of SCA Ltd Australia and the Committee of SCANZ Inc, and incorporated into our own Lochac handbook.

New Society Fencing Marshals' Handbook - April 2020

A new edition of the Society Fencing Marshals' Handbook was released in April 2020. These rules will only apply in Lochac once they have been approved by the Board of SCA Ltd Australia and the Committee of SCANZ Inc, and incorporated into our own Lochac handbook.

UPDATE: 1 May 2021 The rules relevant to Lochac are fully incorporated into Lochac's Fencing rules


Lochac updates

Updated authorisation and participation forms - 30 July 2021

Following the changes to the Armoured Combat Fighter's Handbook and Marshal's Handbook, the authorisation forms for adults and minors have been updated.

There are also now participation forms for minors to show that they have their parent/legal guardian's permission to take part in training activities.

Inspection requirements during COVID-19 - Updated 25 July 2021

In Australia

In addition to any requirements of mundane health orders in your location, marshals conducting inspections must sanitise their hands before and after each combatant's inspection. This can be using hand sanitiser, or proper washing with soap and water.

In New Zealand

At Alert Levels 1 and 2, inspections may be conducted as normal. Face coverings are not required.
SCA combat activities are prohibited at Alert Levels 3 and 4.

Updated Lochac Armoured Combat Fighter's Handbook and Marshal's Handbook - 10 July 2021

On July 10th, after announcement by the Crown, changes to the Armoured Combat Fighter's Handbook and Marshal's Handbook came into effect.

All combatants and marshals must read, understand and apply these rules, and look through the change logs to see what is different.

Angele de Savigny, Earl Marshal

New Lochac Fencing Handbook - 1 May 2021

To the members of the Lochac Fencing community, greetings.

Today, being the First Day of May A.S. 56, Their Majesties have proclaimed new rules for fencing in the Kingdom of Lochac.

The Lochac Fencing Combat Handbook is available in HTML and PDF versions at the SCA NZ Wiki.

All fencers and marshals are instructed to familiarise themselves with the new rules.

This marks the end of a long process of change, and I appreciate people's patience while getting this done. I especially thank my Deputy, Master James, our Kingdom Earl Marshal, and numerous members of the community who commented during the drafting process.

Yours in Service
Owain Cantor ap Hughe
(From today) Kingdom Fencing Marshal

Inspection requirements during COVID-19 - Updated 25 July 2021

In Australia

Marshals conducting armoured combat inspections must sanitise their hands before and after each inspection.

In New Zealand

At Alert Levels 1 and 2, inspections may be conducted as normal. Face coverings are not required.
SCA combat activities are prohibited at Alert Levels 3 and 4.

Reporting

Send your reports for your field to the relevant Kingdom Marshal as well as any other requirements for your group.

Reports are due according the schedule found in Kingdom Law

New authorisation form - May 2021

Following updates to the categories for fencing authorisations, there is a new authorisation form covering all of our martial activities (including equestrian) - click here

Ramin - Staged discontinuation of use as a timber for combat arrows in Lochac - July 2015

From 7 July 2015, no one is to purchase ramin from timber merchants for the purposes of making SCA combat arrows. Those SCA participants who currently have stocks of legally imported ramin may use and sell what remains of their own stocks, though please consider a more permanent use than combat arrows if possible.

All groups to include in your quarterly reports (via your group heavy marshal) on the number of ramin combat arrows in use among your participants, as well as what stockpiles of ramin shafts remain to be turned into arrows. The rate at which the supply is depleted will help us determine when a complete ban on ramin combat arrows will be implemented.

We are currently investigating other sustainable timber types to add to the allowed timbers for combat arrow shafts. If you have examples of timbers that may be suitable and are willing to assist with testing, please contact the Deputy for Archery directly - archer@lochac.sca.org

Previous Lochac armoured combat rulings no longer in place can be found here

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