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Shields may not be used as offensive weapons. NO contact between shield and the opponent's body is allowed.
Shape should be recognizable as a period style shield. Standard type to include: Heaters, Kites, Rounds. Bosses with no sharp projections or right angles are allowed. Any non standard shape must be approved though the KYCM prior to use.
There are several shapes that have been used as shields in the time period covered by the SCA. All are acceptable to use as shields in youth combat, provided that the shields are 2, 3, 11, sized and 13 are proportionally examples to the user. A of heater child is not shields allowed to use a shield that is too big for his body size. 8, 9, and 10 are examples of kite shields This not only frustrates opponents, which could result in safety issues, but it also could foster bad habits on the part of the child using the shield. I have included pictures of various shapes for shields. Round shields can have bosses, or not. Either is acceptable. However, it is important to note that sometimes center-gripped shields can be harder to control, particularly for a younger child. There have also been shields that were oval in shape. Some of these had bosses, as well. Others did not.
Two round shields. The one on the right has a “boss”. The one on the left does not.
4,5, and 6 are oval types
The key to shield size is making sure that the shield is proportional to the child using it. reflects the standard for this type of shield Round shield: The diameter of a round shield should be the same as the measurement from elbow to elbow. . or kept as part of a group’s loaner gear. assuming they are in good shape. but may not use a shield that is too large in proportion to body size. can be passed on to younger children to use. The rule already listed above. and puts his knuckles together. and new shields made to match. in italics. Heater shield: This is the most common shape currently used by youth in the kingdom. It is recommended that new measurements be taken regularly (every few months or so) as a child grows. Old shields. if a child makes a fist with both hands.Shield size: Shield size should be proportional in size to the user. As a general rule. A child is free to use a shield smaller than optimal. Over sized tower shields are not allowed. The maximum shield size should be the length of the child’s arm from the finger tips to the top point of the shoulder and two thirds that length for the width of the shield.
the width of a kite shield can be thinner. Incidentally. from the base of the palm to the fingertip. Then measure the hand. and not used to grip the shield. Add these two measurements together. if you choose. you will notice bosses in the upper middle of the shields. and you will have the length of the shield from top to bottom. this was probably primarily decorative. from elbow to fingertip. In the picture of the statuary. This should give a total length of approximately shoulder to knee. which is the correct proportion. . This should be the measurement of the widest part of the shield. In period. Double this measurement.Kite shield: measure the child’s arm. but the length should not be any longer than already described.
Three ways to strap a round shield Strapping a round shield. where a light. All other shield types were almost always strapped. A heavier shield will require stronger strapping material. One way to strap a kite shield. The guige strap is for hanging the shield around the neck. is pretty straightforward. Oval shields also could be center gripped. What you use will probably vary. entirely optional. or were strapped to the arm. depending on the material from which your shield itself is made. The pictures and drawings should give sufficient information. It is. Round shields either had a center grip. or strapped. and a kite shield. foam shield may only require simple cloth straps. of course. which required a boss. when not in use. There are many materials that can be used to create the grips or straps. . such as leather.Strapping of shields: There are several ways that a shield can be held.
After all. actual construction from various materials. or comments to: Padruig McTavish. safely. concerns. upper left for those who hold the shield in the right hand). Use this line to determine where the arm will be placed. hold the shield by the corner that the child’s fist will be the closest to when held (upper right corner for left hand shield. Draw a line down from the corner of the shield. in order to strap a heater shield correctly. and then strap accordingly.com . To do this. as it will be difficult to hold it correctly. Otherwise. the correct angle must first be determined. here follow some pictures that give examples of shield size. compared to body size. Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal. rayzentz@aol. but remember to always get something not covered here approved. when such an hope these thoughts for to of injury is preventable. Please feel free to address any thoughts. To provide another example of correct proportion. Always err on the side safety. we do not want any child injured. while you hold the corner (as shown). Let gravity pull the shield down. the intent of all of this is have fun.However. Also. it will be awkward for the child to use. I have been helpful. On the next page are the rules as they now stand. before using it. Feel free to experiment with other materials.
rafts. wires. wires. 4: Metal shields with rubber hose and foam padded edges (Recommended for the 13 to 15 age group) Cut a light weight metal to the desired shield shape. and then cover that with 1/2 inch of close cell foam. You can cover the foam with leather or thick cloth and attach it to the shield with cording.There are four types material that may be used for Shield Construction in Youth Combat 1: Solid foam shields with cloth covers This is the rigid white close cell foam used in floatation devices. 2: Wood shields with foam padded edges Cut the plywood to the desired shield shape. No bolts. The insulation foam for pipes works well for this edge foam.22 gauge mild steel or 20 gauge aluminum or equivalent. Recommend light 18 . (Minimum ¼” plywood) Attach the handle and arm strap if needed and then cover the edge with a 1/2 inch of close cell foam. wires. Kydex or equivalent) Attach the handle and arm strap and cover the edge with rubber hose similar a heavy shield. No bolts. or other objects may project more than 3/8 inch (9mm) from any part of a shield without being padded. or other objects may project more than 3/8 inch (9mm) from any part of a shield without being padded. and then cover that with 1/2 inch of close cell foam. or other objects may project more than 3/8 inch (9mm) from any part of a shield without being padded. (Minimum thickness 1 ½ inches) Cut the foam to the desired shield shape. 3: Plastic shields with rubber hose and foam padded edges Cut the plastic to the desired shield shape. this is to prevent the edge of the shield cutting through the edge foam. You can cover the foam with leather or thick cloth and attach it to the shield with cording. Attach the handle and arm strap and cover the edge with rubber hose similar to a heavy shield. No bolts. and kayaks. The insulation foam for pipes works well for this edge foam. You can cover the foam with leather or thick cloth and attach it to the shield with cording. . this is to prevent the edge of the shield cutting through the edge foam. and arm strap and then cover it with a cloth cover. attach the handle. Any projections should be rounded as to minimize damage to foam weapons or other fighters. Any projections should be rounded as to minimize damage to foam weapons or other fighters. The insulation foam for pipes works well for this edge foam. (ABS. Any projections should be rounded as to minimize damage to foam weapons or other fighters.