“All martial authorizations and marshal warrants (including armoured combat, rapier combat, youth combat, archery, thrown weapons and equestrian) that were valid at the beginning of the Covid shutdown (March 7, 2020) and have expired since, will have their expiration date set for [date TBD], 2022.” (note: the TBD date is 30 July 2022)
This means that re-authorizations are not required for those whose authorizations expired during the Pandemic shutdown. This applies to both fencing and armoured combat.
Having said that, our first responsibility as Marshals is always safety. Marshals should be extra-vigilant as rusty combatants resume the field, and work with their groups to facilitate a safe and easy transition from Covid couch potatoes back to the warriors that still reside within us.
Also, once tournaments restart, it is recommended that the Marshal-In-Charge schedule in substantial extra time to allow for warm-ups, to allow the participants to ease back into the rhythm of competitive combat.
Be safe out there, and I look forward to seeing you back on the list field.
Kingdom Earl Marshal