Youth Rapier

Rules for Gulf Wars Youth Rapier:

All eligible youth rapier fighters ages 6-17 are invited to join us on the battlefield at Gulf Wars.  Any current kingdom authorizations will be accepted.  Note: Any Div. 3 that has crossed over to adult combat will not be allowed to compete in tournaments.  Per Society: Section 5 (D).  

Youth Rapier is NOT a babysitting service!

There will be (3) youth combat divisions:

· Division 1 (ages 6 to 9)

· Division 2 (ages 10 to 13)

·  Division 3 (ages 14 to 17)

Gulf Wars will follow the current society youth rapier rules, with these exceptions:

  • Due to the nature of mixed division melees, at the minimum, Division 1 will be required to use Division 2 armor and weapon standards. Plastic blades and face shields will not be allowed.
  • Any combatants using excessive force or force sufficient to leave a bruise or injure an opponent will, after ONE warning, be removed from the field of combat. This is NOT flexible.


There will be NO AUTHORIZATIONS AT GULF WARS. Because this is the first year for organized youth rapier at Gulf Wars, authorizations are preferred but will not be required. Any youth rapier fighter who does not have an authorization card but wants to fight must attend the Monday pick-up fights and demonstrate knowledge of the rules and safe conduct on the field to be allowed to participate. Those with an authorization card or form completed by a local youth marshal can bring card/paperwork when their child comes for the initial inspection. Youth fighters MUST have access to gear, owned or shared. No loaner gear will be available. 


Weapons and armor will be checked before each day and throughout the day. Equipment not meeting standards will not be allowed on the field.  The marshal is not responsible for fixing gear. Each fighter and parent/guardian will be responsible for any fixes needed.


Parents/Legal Guardians are to understand that this is a contact sport and injuries can occur. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring the youth’s clothes/armor meet with the youth rapier inspection/safety requirements. Please ask an inspecting marshal if you have any questions.

At least one parent/guardian/responsible adult must be always present for children under 10. Children over 10 do not require an adult while the participant is involved in youth rapier.  “Present” is defined as within visual or vocal range of the child and attentive to the combat activity.