Vasaslaget 2015 Sword & buckler rules

General regulations

  • The competition is open for everyone over the age of 18

  • Matches will be fought to 9 points, or to the duration of 2 minutes. 10 seconds from the end the timekeeper yells “Last exchange” and the fighters are allowed to fight the last exchange without a timelimit, though if the referee deems the fighters passive he may at any time during those 10 seconds end the match by calling break. If that last exchange ends with a ”no exchange” judgement (the judges could not agree on what happened) the match is still ended.

  • Finals (including fight for third place) will be fought for 3 minutes with no point limit.

  • Sword simulators, but not bucklers, will be provided.

Judges, referees & judging

There will be one referee and three or four judges for each match.

Points are awarded for:

  • Hitting, thrusting or slicing with the blade.

  • Creating dominance in wrestling (a few seconds of clear dominance for example by pinning) or getting the opponent to tap out (three claps at whatever you can reach).

  • If your opponent steps outside the arena with both feet.

  • Pommel strike to the mask of the opponent.

  • Striking with the face of the buckler to the mask.

  • Disarming your opponent.

Weighted Scoring

Weighted scoring means that different target areas are worth different points. All of the scoring situations can be ignored by judges if they consider them harmless. This is not to encourage striking hard, but striking clearly.

  • Cut, thrust or slice to the opponent’s head = 3 points.
  • Thrusts to the opponent’s torso = 3 points.
  • Cuts, thrusts or slices with the weapon to the rest of the body (allowed target areas) = 2 points.
  • Forcing the opponent out of the fighting area = 2 points.
  • Pommel strike or buckler strike to the mesh of the mask = 2 points.
  • Dominance by grappling = 3 points. Grappling with the sword is scored as above.
  • Disarming the opponent = 3 points. A fighter is considered disarmed if he or she has losed control of the weapon and not closed to wrestling within one tempo. Remember that you should not hit a disarmed opponent, so making it clear that you are threatening is enough. Hitting an opponent that is closing to wrestling is perfectly fine and will score as a regular hit.

Afterblows and double hits

Afterblows (being hit within one tempo of hitting the opponent) and double hits (hitting the opponent with an attack that was initiated during an attack by the opponent and both being hit) are treated the same. In these cases the judges will show and the referee will call out the scores for each fighter, but only the difference in the score will be noted.

Illegal techniques

See the longsword rules.


See the longsword rules.

Giving up

See the longsword rules.


See the longsword rules.

Afterblow and double hits

See the longsword rules.

Penalty system

See the longsword rules.


See the longsword rules.

The spirit of the rule set

See the longsword rules.


There will be a coordinator on sight to check your equipment. If some part of a fighter’s equipment is not deemed safe by the coordinator we will try, as good as we can, to help to replace that piece of equipment.

  • No bare skin is allowed.

  • Fencing mask (at least CEN level 2 or 1600 N) with protection for the back of the head and neck. The fencing mask must not have any large dents or damages.

  • Separate throat protection.

  • Padded fencing jacket or gambeson that covers the full arm and has no gaps in the armpit.

  • Hard elbow and knee protection that also protects side of joint.

  • Good, thick, padded gloves with no or limited gaps at the fingers. Buckler hand may be slightly less protected. Gear will be cleared on site.

  • Metal gauntlets are not allowed

  • Cup for men and breast protection for women. It is recommended the women wear groin protection too and breast protection is suggested for men as well.

  • Hard protection for shins.

  • Padding for hip bone (usually covered by the padded jacket).

  • Bucklers can be of any materials as long as they hold no sharp edges or protrusions. Wooden bucklers should be covered in some way as not to allow any splinters. Bucklers should be no wider than 35 cm (14″) in any direction. All bucklers will be cleared at the equipment check

In the sword and buckler tournament, off the shelf lacrosse gloves except Brine Supercross are not allowed (lacrosse gloves needs to be reinforced and cover gaps). A few pairs of gloves might be provided to lend.

Remember, a steel tournament is full contact with a high risk for injury if the fighters are not properly protected. Every fighter is responsible for his/her own safety and you should make sure that you not only meet these requirements but also that your gear can take a good hit. There will be a coordinator on site to check your equipment. You are allowed more protective equipment as long as they follow our rules.

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