Thrown Weapons Practices Reopening

Thrown Weapons Practices Reopening

Greetings Throwers of Carolingia.

After much work, we are ready to reopen the Carolingian thrown weapons ranges during this time of COVID, but there are additional rules and guidelines that we must follow in order to do our best to keep everyone safe.  See the attachments below for guidelines given to us by the kingdom.  See the bullet points below for the additional guidelines regarding the Framingham and Carlisle ranges. At the very end of the message there are links to the two sign-up sheets, one for each range.  The ranges will be open starting Saturday April 10th for Framingham and Sunday April 11th for Carlisle.

All of these guidelines must be followed, so please read them carefully.  You may only come to the range during official practice times if you feel comfortable following all of these guidelines.  As we progress, the guidelines for the ranges will evolve and change as the world around us continues to change.  People can opt in to coming to practice, as long as they are willing to follow all of the guidelines that are in effect at the time.

Here are the additional guidelines for the Framingham and Carlisle practices.

  • Any throwers and/or marshals who are entering or returning from outside of Massachusetts are advised to quarantine for 10 days before participating in a practice.  Travelers in the following categories are exempt from this quarantine advisory:
  • Travelers who have received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  Travelers may also test out of the quarantine advisory after arrival in Massachusetts, as long as they quarantine until receiving a negative test result.
  • Anyone who is entering Massachusetts for fewer than 24 hours
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after being out of the State for fewer than 24 hours
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) during required commuting to or from work and while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.”
  • Masks are Mandatory at this point for everyone on the range. Individuals with a documented medical condition or disability that makes them unable to wear a face covering will have the option to not wear a mask.
  • Practices will be divided up into two 90 minute long sections instead of one 3 hour long practice.  
    • Marshals can sign up to run both 90 minute slots, but are not required to.  
    • Throwers can only sign up for one of the two slots on the same day.
  • All targets available to throw at will be spaced out at least 8 feet apart from each other.
  • There will be no bathroom available for the foreseeable future.
  • Throwers may only pick up and handle their own weapons.  The Marshal in charge of that time slot can choose the best way for themselves how to handle inspecting other people’s weapons as long as a decent effort is made to check if the weapons are safe.
  • Loaner Gear is available, but must follow the following guidelines.
    • Only one “pod” will be allowed to touch the specific loaner gear being used.  If more than one “pod” wants to borrow loaner gear, then they need to take separate pieces out of the loaner gear supplies.
    • If there is no marshal present that belongs to the “pod”, then the people in the “pod” will have to handle the loaner gear while the marshal does a visual inspection and talks the thrower through physically checking the item for safety.
    • Once the loaner gear is finished being used, then the thrower must use disinfectant wipes (provided by the range) to clean the entire surface of the weapon.
    • The cleaned weapon must be placed away from the rest of the unused loaner gear and must not be used again until the beginning of next week’s practice.
  • There will be an electronic sign-up sheet for the throwers in addition to the Marshal in charge, and the total number of people allowed on the range at one time will be 5 people. 
    • That number includes the Marshal, so 1 Marshal and 4 throwers is an example.  People need to sign up in advance in order to be allowed on the range.
  • Throwers must sign up in advance of the practice in order to make sure that we do not go over the capacity of 5 people max per time slot.  
    • Walk-ins are not allowed at this time.  
    • Sign-ups will be for people who intend to throw only to start.  Spectators will not be allowed on the range.  We might change this rule later on, but I don’t want a spectator to take a spot from a thrower if we fill up.
    • Throwers must sign up on the sign-in sheet by midnight the night before (Friday night for Framingham, Saturday night for Carlisle) or they must contact the Marshal in charge of that time slot directly to see if the Marshal is willing to let them sign up at the last minute.  
    • When signing up on the sheet, throwers should only provide their name (SCA or Modern.)
    • THROWERS DO NOT FILL OUT ANY CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE SIGN IN SHEET.
      • The sign in sheet is separate from the contact tracing information. Do not use the sign in sheet as your contact tracing information.
    • If you sign up for a practice and then need to cancel that reservation, please remove your name from the sign in sheet as soon as possible so that someone else may go to that practice.  
      • If the same person repeatedly signs up for a slot and then does not show up, or deletes their name at the very last second repeatedly, then I reserve the right to block that person from taking a throwing slot for a period of time of my choosing.  I will take this issue on a case by case basis.
  • The Marshal in charge of that time slot must provide their name and at least one form of contact information.
    • If there is no Marshal assigned to a specific time slot by 10pm the night before, then practice for that time slot is cancelled.  I will do my best to send out an announcement when a practice for a time slot is cancelled.
  • Everyone who wants to throw and doesn’t have a blue card to present either has to bring an already signed waiver form to the practice, or send me or the Marshal in charge of the time slot an electronic copy of the signed form before practice begins.  A copy of the waiver form is attached at the bottom of the email.  My email is thrown-weapons-marshal@carolingia.eastkingdom.org
    • Blue cards are acceptable in place of a waiver.
  • Everyone who shows up to the range will have to present contact tracing information to the Marshal in charge of that time slot.  THIS IS SEPERATE FROM THE SIGN IN SHEET. This is a requirement to attend practice.
    • The contact tracing form can come in any shape (physical or electronic), but must have the following on it:

(i) Full legal name

(ii) Society name

(iii) Current phone number or email address

(iv) Minors will be signed in under their parent’s contact information

  • If you find that you have been exposed to, or contracted COVID-19, please contact the Marshal(s) from the practice(s) you have attended as soon as possible.  

I hope that we can all stay healthy during this time while continuing to enjoy the activities that we all love.  Please remember to wash your hands and I hope to see you all in person as soon as it is safe to do so.

Here are the sign up sheets for Framingham and for Carlisle.

Framingham: ttsu.me/pygbce

Carlisle: ttsu.me/8pbn9g

YIS

Arngeirr Refskegg

Kingdom guidelines for reopening: https://thrown-weapons.eastkingdom.org/wordpress/re-starting-practices/

Single Adult Waiver Form

Multi-Adult Waiver Form

Minor Waiver Form