Join us on the Battlefield for Youth Combat!

Youth combat is open to all youth fighters ages 6-17. We strive to provide a safe and fun environment where the youth of the SCA can participate in martial activities, mirroring adult Armored Combat, at an age appropriate level. The goal is to introduce and reinforce the ideals of chivalry, honor, courtesy, service, and heraldic pageantry, both on and off the list field. The program stresses good sportsmanship and parental participation.

Parents and Guardians please understand this is a contact sport!

Important Information for Parents/Legal Guardians:

Although we strive for safety at all times injuries may occur, therefore parents/guardians must remain present!

  • Each participating youth must have their site token to show the appropriate waivers have been completed.
  • Only parents or guardians may sign their child in. Children under the age of 13 will be released to their parent/guardian.
  • Participants must have closed toe shoes and suitable clothing.
  • Per SCA rules- Parents /guardians are requested to remain present while their child is participating in a youth combat activity. Youth combat is not a babysitting service. (Present is defined as within sight and sound)
  • Parents/guardians and other observers are expected to act with courtesy and behave in a respectful and responsible manner towards the fighters, marshals and other adults when in the list area.
  • Parents/Guardians are encouraged to help. We cannot do this without you! Please sign-up at iVolunteer.  Volunteer hours will be given for those helping.

Armor & Weapons:

Loaner gear is VERY limited in quantity and size!

Providing your own weapons and armor are encouraged!

Youths with their own weapons and armor will enter the field with their division and remain there at the marshals discretion. A weapons and armor inspection will take place prior to each youth entering the field. Armor and weapons standards are based upon the May 2019 Caid Youth Handbook and its errata. The MIC has the authority to disallow anything that does not conform to SCA rules or deemed inappropriate or unsafe.

Loaner Gear:

We realize having your own weapons and are is is not always feasible, therefore, we do have some loaner gear available. However, be advised our loaner gear is very limited both in size and quantity! Loaner gear will be swapped out throughout each session beginning with the Division 1 fighters and moving up into the other divisions. Fighters using loaner gear will be limited as to when and how long they may remain on the field based upon the number and ages of fighters at each session.

Battle Scenarios:

All scenarios will be run with Division 1 (6-9 years) first, followed by Division 2 (10-13 years) and then Division 3 (14-17 years). Start times for each division will vary based upon the number of youths present and the availability of loaner gear. Higher divisions will be rotated in throughout most events. This allows for more time on the field for everyone. Fighters may remain in mixed ages battles at the marshals discretion. The mixed-age battles will be run by the guidelines for the youngest members on the field. Parents/guardians of younger children will be asked for their consent to allow their child to remain on the field with the mixed age groups.

Scenarios may include Castle Battles, Bridge battles, Mad Dog and Resurrection scenarios as well as other games. These will be determined by the Youth Combat Marshals based on the number of combatants, weapon types, and skill levels present.


It is expected that fighters participating in youth combat at Potrero have had some youth combat experience. We strongly encourage you to seek out a youth combat practice before coming to war to familiarize your child with the rules. However, we understand not all youths have this opportunity. Unfortunately, we do not have time to give sufficient training to each youth prior to each event. Therefore, a “brief” field authorization will take place prior to the youths entering the list.

Rules of the List, and Armor and Weapons standards will be based upon the current rules set forth in the May 2019 Caid Society Youth Marshal Handbook ps://wp.sca-caid.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Youth-Martial-Handbook-for-CAID-rev-May17-2019-1.pdf and its errata https://wp.sca-caid.org/youth-marshal-handbook-errata/

For more information or any questions about youth combat or on armor and weapons please contact the Youth Combat Marshal.

Volunteer Information

Parents we cannot run youth combat without your help! We can use help assisting with things like sign-in/out, passing out loaner gear and helping the children gear up. This frees up the marshals to be on the field running the games. Authorized Youth Combat marshals and MiT’s are always welcome. Volunteer hours will be given for your help. Please sign up on War Volunteer Sign-Up page or talk to the MIC. Thank you in advance for your service.

Youth Combat Schedule

Please note the new changes to Potrero War 2020 Youth Combat Schedule. This is subject to change with more details following as we get closer to War.

Friday

3 pm Youth Participation in the Charity Tournament-details TBA

Saturday

11 am-1 pm Mixed Ages melees at the Adult Battlefield-details TBA

Sunday

9 am Monster Quest-NOTE: There is NO loaner gear available for this event! This event is sponsored by the Plunder and the Barony of Calafia. Youth combat provides the marshals only. Details TBA

12-2 pm Mixed Ages Melees at Eric by the stone table/merchants area-details TBA