This year registration for tournament participation will work a bit differently than it has previously. Axel Pettersson explains how it works:
This year at Swordfish we will introduce tiered registration for the tournaments. It will work like this:
The top 100 ranked through HEMA Ratings (counting from the data of April 30) in every weapon category will get the chance to register 2 weeks before the rest. Then the registration will be open to everyone. This means that tournament registration for the top 100 ranked in each weapon category will open June 1, and for everyone else June 15.
The reason this is done is simple: at Swordfish we have a limited amount of slots we can allocate to each tournament, and we want to make sure that the top fencers get a chance to register and not lose the opportunity to compete due to missing registration. The HEMA Ratings is the one tool the community has to manage this. Earlier years we have allowed for known top fencers to register later to make sure they have a slot; the HEMA Ratings statistics allows us to be less arbitrary with this selection. It is not perfect, but it is what we have. Basically, Swordfish is the arena where the community gets a chance to see the top fencers face off and produce the best fencing we as a community can offer, and we don’t want to lose that through the best fencers missing registration.
Axel Pettersson & the Swordfish crew
The detailed pool timetable for Saturday is now live. The pools are final as posted.
Pools for the Swordfish XI bladed tournaments are live, and can be found under the tournaments menu option. The tournament management reserve the right to make changes as necessary. Detailed timetable and finalized pools (if changes have been required) are posted tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
We remind all participants in the longsword, sabre, rapier & dagger and sword & buckler tournaments that gear check for the pool you are in will take place 15 minutes before the pool is scheduled to start, and ask you to inform us as soon as possible if something has come in the way of your participation.
Information for all tournament participants:
A change this year is that gear checks for the various tournaments at Swordfish XI no longer are held in their entirety at the beginning of the tournaments. Gear checks will instead be performed for by the tournament managers (Carl Ryrberg and Magnus Lundberg) at the head secretariat table for individual pools 15 minutes before those pools start. No more being forced to get up early even though you’re in a late pool! (You’re welcome.)
If you are uncertain of the state of your gear, you can find and talk to Carl and/or Magnus about it on Thursday evening.
The tournament managers will check that you have a Swordfish wristband during gear check – in other words you need to have registered your arrival in the reception prior to competing.
The rule set (including weight categories and equipment requirements) for the wrestling tournament has finally been published – we apologise for the delay! It can be found here.
Registration for participation in tournaments at Swordfish XI has now closed. You can still register for general participation and workshops up until one week before the event, though. so don’t let this hinder you from coming!
Registration for tournament participation at Swordfish XI as usual closes one month before the start of the event. This year that means October 4th. Make sure to register before then if you plan on competing!