Society Equestrian Marshal

Wooden Lance Experimental Jousting Program

Updated July 2017

PDF version of the Wooden Lance Experimental Jousting program details.
To take part in the program, please contact Sir Alexis via email


1. The SCA is devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a knight in full armour on horseback charging down the tilt lane with a lance to joust against an oncoming opponent is the epitome of most people's view of the Middle Ages. The experimental wooden lance jousting program extends the SCA's entry level jousting into advanced levels, and provides an opportunity for SCA members to more accurately re-enact medieval jousting by breaking wooden lances.

2.The potential risk is not inconsequential, and so the standards to participate are much higher.
  1. Upper level horsemanship skills are required for riders.
  2. Upper levels of equestrian training is required for equines.
  3. Higher levels of armour, with participants having a holistic armour system that works together in conjunction with all the other pieces, is required.
  4. More advanced martial skills (to safely handle the typically heavier lances) is required.

Society Administration

The experimental wooden lance jousting program is administered at the society level. As such, the SEO has a specific deputy in charge of the program, the Wooden Lance Jousting deputy will identify the marshals who will oversee participation, which marshals can authorize participants, maintain the list of authorized participants, and collect reports.


In addition to the appropriate armour (covered separately) lances and shields are required for this activity.
1. Lances have a base with a replaceable "frangible" (breakable) tip.
  1. Lances shall be 8-10 feet in length, as measured from the top (forward edge) of the rider's hand to the tip.
  2. The replaceable breakable tip shall be 3-feet in length and 1-1/4 inch diameter. The tips shall have "coronel" on the end.
  3. The tips shall socket into an aluminum "ferrule" on the end of the base, and shall extend at least 3 inches into the ferrule.
  4. The base section may be made of any non-brittle material.
2. Shield
  1. Shields must be constructed of rigid, non-brittle, materials. Recommended is 3/4-inch plywood. The edges should be blunt and corners rounded.
  2. Jousting shield sizes vary but must be an area of at least 168 sq-inches (about 12" x 14").


1. Kingdoms may choose whether to participate in the experimental wooden lance jousting program (by hosting wooden lance jousts). Kingdoms should know which of their riders are approved participants in the experimental wooden lance jousting program.
2. Participants are approved by the program's authorizing marshals, who will inspect the armour system, and then evaluate rider ability and safety through a variety of training/practice sessions against both quintains and live opponents and then report back to society wooden lance jousting deputy.


A marshal designated for this activity must be present for jousting to take place. This marshal shall arrange appropriate ground crew and scoring judges.