(a) Be at least 18 years of age (b) Have completed an Informed Waiver of Consent which is on file with their Group Knights Marshal (c) Completed the Weapon and Shield Authorization and described in the Marshals Handbook (d) Be a paid member of the Society for Creative Aanachronism, Inc.The membership requirement is strictly for authorized participants only. You MUST be a member BEFORE you attempt the authorization (I.E., must be able to present a valid membership at the time of authorization) or you will not be allowed to attempt the authorization.
(1) If the Kingdom Minister of the Lists is present with a current fighting roster, he/she may act as proof of authorization as long as the name of the fighter needing the proof appears on the roster. At that point, though, the Kingdom MoL could issue the individual a fighting card clearing up the problem.Out of kingdom authorizations: We've traditionally had a great deal of confusion surrounding what to do with out of kingdom fighters who move to our kingdom with valid fighter cards from their old kingdom. In short - Once they are officially in the kingdom, their armour must meet out kingdom standards. If they are from a kingdom that has the same weapon authorization structure as ours, they may present a copy of their old fighting card to the MoL and they will get the styles one-for-one no questions asked. If they are from a kingdom with less weapon authorizations than ours, they get the ones that match automatically, and must pass a sparring type authorization for any additional weapon styles they desire to use. This sparring type of authorization is the same sort used for reauthorization after a lapse. It is just a mechanism for the marshals to insure the gentle has at least a basic level of skill with the additinal weapon forms he/she claims to be authorized in.
(2) If a warranted marshal is present who will vouch for the fighter's authorization, that marshal may fill out an authorization form as appropriate for the authorizations earned by the fighter in question and just sign it off writing in the word "VOUCHER" where the name of the List Official would normally go. In this case, the fighter does not have to physically reauthorize and the authorization forM will then act as a temporary fighting card until the fighter gets his/her proof of authorization. I expect any Marshal doing this for a fighter to write their name CLEARLY so any problems can be easily traced back to them..
(3) If the MoL is not present and no marshal can vouch for the fighter, the fighter must reauthorize in each of the forms he/she wishes to use that day. However, at the discretion of the marshals, the reauthorization may just be a series of sparring rounds in the various forms (especially if the fighter is obviously competent). The authorization paperwork must be filled out to act as a temporary authorization card. In most cases where the fighter's card has just been left at home or something similar, the authorization form does not need to be mailed in to the MoL. It's only purpose is to act as a valid fighting card until the fighter can produce his/her real card.