Becoming a Youth Marshal

Becoming a Youth Combat Marshal is a worthy commitment. The program allows youth to engage in research and recreation while learning and playing in a safe environment.

To become a youth combat marshal, you need to begin as a Marshal-in-Training.

Marshal in Training

There is a process to becoming a Youth Marshal. To begin, a candidate expresses interest to the appropriate Regional Youth Marshal. That candidate is assigned a training marshal and becomes a Marshal in Training (MiT).

Marshals in Training must learn the rules of the varying divisions of Youth Combat, list conduct and decorum, and demonstrate the ability to interact properly with youth, parents, and onlookers. MiTs are expected to assist at events and practices run by full marshals until they have accumulated sufficient experience and have demonstrated their ability to act independently.

Following the MiT phase of training, the candidate will be asked to complete a Society-sponsored background check in accordance with East Kingdom Law. Please be aware that despite any previous experience with youth and/or with combat, a candidate can not become a full Youth Combat Marshal without a valid background check. The background check process typically takes about a month, although it can sometimes take longer.

After being promoted to full Marshal status, you can supervise youth combat activities at events and practices in accordance with the Youth Combat rules and relevant Kingdom and Society policies.

How Long Does Training Take?

The time spent along this road is variable. Marshal training is interactive and experience-based. The more time given to learning, the less time it takes to move through the process. Someone who only participates in Youth Combat at one or two events per year, for example, will experience a longer warranting process than someone more available.

Fast Track Program

The Fast Track program accelerates the process of warranting adult marshals for Youth Combat. Those eligible to participate are members of the Chivalry, heavy list marshals and parents of warranted youth combatants. The Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat and the First Deputy are available to conduct the Fast Track classes and approve youth marshals via the Fast Track Program. To apply to the program, please contact the Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat.