Duels at High Noon

A Tucson HEMA Event

Duels at High Noon is an ambitious 4 tournaments over the two days in Tucson, Arizona. The event will take place over the weekend of November 11-12 and will be held at the Tucson Convention Center.

On Saturday, we will be running our Open Longsword and Open Sword and Buckler pools, with the Dussack and Smallsword tournaments being run Sunday morning. In the classroom hall next door, we will be running classes, coached sparring, and have space for freeplay available throughout the day. There will also be a covered outdoor space, which will be open for adhoc classes and more freeplay. After lunch on Sunday, we will be running a Longsword Martial Challenge (inspired by the challenge run by John Patterson and the Phoenix Society for Historical Swordsmanship) followed by the eliminations and finals for all our tournament events.

Our current anticipated schedule is below:

Saturday
  Room 1   Room 2 Courtyard  
9:00:00 AM LS Class Free Play SB Class Public Demo  
10:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn LS Tourn ?? Class ?? Class
11:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn LS Tourn Free Play Free Play
12:00:00 PM SB Tourn SB Tourn LS Tourn Free Play Free Play
1:00:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
2:00:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
3:00:00 PM SB Tourn SB Tourn SB Tourn ?? Class ?? Class
4:00:00 PM SB Tourn SB Tourn Free Play Free Play Free Play
5:00:00 PM LS Tourn LS Tourn Duss Class Free Play Free Play
6:00:00 PM LS Tourn LS Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
Sunday
  Room 1   Room 2 Courtyard  
9:00:00 AM Duss Tourn Duss Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
10:00:00 AM Duss Tourn Duss Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
11:00:00 AM Free Play Free Play SS Class ?? Class ?? Class
12:00:00 PM SS Tourn SS Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
1:00:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
2:00:00 PM Martial Challenge   ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
3:00:00 PM LS Elims SB Elims Free Play Free Play Free Play
4:00:00 PM Duss Elims SS Elims Free Play Free Play Free Play
5:00:00 PM Finals   Free Play Free Play Free Play
6:00:00 PM     Free Play Free Play Free Play

Each tournament will be run in two parts, a round-robin pool followed by an elimination bracket. The elimination bracket will be sized proportionally to the pool, with a minimum assumed bracket of 8, which may expand to a bracket of 16 if tournament participation exceeds 30 individuals.
The round robin pools may, if attendance necessitates it, be divided into two pools, each with an equal number of competitors advancing to the elimination bracket.

Matches shall be officiated by two judges and a ring official to administer the ring.

- Pool matches will go for 15sec, stopping for judging calls
- Elimination matches will go for 90sec or to 9 points, stopping for judging calls
- Single point will be awarded for a clean entry and withdrawal, and the exchange continues until a withdrawal is at least attempted.
- The exception for this is in the case of a successful grapple or disarm, in which case the point is awarded for the successful control of the opponent
- Afterblows and doubles are recorded both recorded as a blow against each competitor
- Elimination brackets will be drawn from the pools based on total points across matches, followed by fewest doubles.
- In the case of a tie in determining elims, decision will be made based on the fencer who gives up the least points across all matches
- Elimination matches will proceed to sudden death, pool matches will not
- Throwing your opponent to the ground is forbidden
- Any level of contact deemed malicious by a judge or ring official is grounds for immediate dismissal from the event.


Event specific rules:

Longsword:
- Single-handed blows are not permissible outside of the bind

Smallsword:
- Cuts are not counted
- Blows to the offhand side are not counted


Equipment must be in good condition, and must comply with HEMAA Safety standards and policies. Metal gauntlets are not permitted for any competitors, and all equipment will be checked by a ring official prior to the start of an event.


Instructors:

James Harvey Grant: Henry Angelo's Smallsword
Alex Munroe: Introduction to Joachim Meyer's Dussack
Richard Marsden: TBA

And more to come!


Registration:
Registering for the event gets you access to anything and everything available over the weekend, with the exception of the Longsword Martial Challenge. Currently, we are working on a logo and shirts for attendees, and those will (sadly) not be included in the registration cost. As we get closer to the event being announced, other items like the Martial Challenge or an event luncheon or dinner will be disclosed in more detail.


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