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Sword Safety
[04/01/2002] [Bear]

For the last few weeks I've heard complaints about certain weapons hurting, or weapons leaving little black and blue marks.

If the weapons are hurting people, why are we letting them on the field? According to the rulebook, a legal weapon shouldn't leave marks. And yet weapons like this are making it onto the field every week.

I hear about arrows being so hard or so badly made that, when the hit, they feel like someone has just punched you, or swords that are so hard that every time you get hit they leave a welt. And every week those same weapons get checked and still they are deemed legal, because they're bigger then an eye socket or they're made just like the rulebook says.

So does this mean that if I went out and made the hardest sword I possibly could and made it totally legal BY THE RULEBOOK it would be legal? NO! Hell no, in my hands I could put someone in the hospital without even trying. But yet if it passed by rule book standards I could take it onto the field and hit someone with it.

We also need to get more padding on weapons, as in more foam and less shaft. I know they're fine in some people's hands, but we ALWAYS get that one dumbass that sees that weapon and tries it and cores the fuck out of everyone because they don't know how to control the weapon. Zulu spears aren't all that bad as long as there's courtesy padding all the way down the shaft.

I think that this all comes down to what we'll let people get away with on the field. Are we letting people get away with too much?

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