Organising and Running Tournaments

Prizes

We recommend that not a lot of effort should be put into prizes at a smaller, local level. Prizes should be commensurate with the size and prestige of the competition. If you are running a national competition with 40 or more attendees from several clubs across the country, then there certainly may be scope for large and expensive prizes. If your tournament has just 12 people from two or three clubs, then maybe expensive prizes are not entirely appropriate. Furthermore, depending how you arrange your prizes, you may need to comply with gambling legislation.

At the moment there are very few HEMA practitioners on the Scottish scene who are able to fight in a historically correct fashion with good technique and a range of skills. As a result, we should not be rewarding "poor HEMA", and we should be encouraging people to learn how to apply their skills better under the pressure of a competitive environment. Until we have a larger pool of active and skilful HEMA practitioners who compete in competitions, expensive prizes and grand titles are a little pointless.

At many of our tournaments here in Glasgow,the top three competitors receive the joy of knowing that they were the three best fighters in the room on the day, and we announce our recommendations for people who showed a high level of sportsmanship throughout the event. People feel good about doing well in the competition, and the competition can take place without the additional stress or motivation of fighting for an expensive prize.