Australian Spar Specifications

SPAR SPECIFICATIONS

Current as of 22/06/2015

 

Contents

General Rules on Spar (Pompfen) Specifications

AJL National Tournaments

Standard Spars

 

Minimum Padding and Construction Requirements

Padding Requiremens

Spar Components and Construction

Variations

Legacy Equipment

 

Spar Specifications

Standard Spars

Full Chain

Aussie Chain

Dual Short Swords

Short Sword and Shield

Q-Tip

Staff

Longsword

 

Non-standard Spars

Spear

N-Tip

Flail

Other Non-standard Spars

 

Spar Dimensions Visual Guide

 

General Rules on Spar (Pompfen) Specifications

 

It is assumed that common sense is the leading cause of safety in all things. These rules give minimum amounts of padding, more padding is encouraged where striking of players is likely, or a player's style warrants it. Also, while it is understood that people are creative and want to make grand and interesting options for spars and their construction, common sense must override all choices. No equipment is allowed for use on a Jugger field or to be called a Jugger spar or equipment unless it passes safety check by the local safety officer or committee. If at any time a spar is thought to be unfit for play refer to your safety officer or local jugger committee to review on a case-by-case basis.

 

It is highly recommended that players consult their local club and safety officer before building anything unique or unusual, or that pushes the limits of the specifications. Unusual designs that, while technically within specifications, exceed the boundaries of what would be considered within the spirit of the rules, may be disallowed at the discretion of the local club or Tournament Organisers.

 

Ultimately it is the responsibility of the individual player to ensure the safety of their own equipment. Players must ensure that their equipment is built and maintained to satisfy the minimum specifications.



AJL National Tournaments

 

The rules below, unless otherwise stated, outline the required specifications for all Spars used in Australian Jugger League National Tournaments (hereafter referred to as AJL National Tournaments, or Tournaments) AJL National Tournaments are tournaments in which inter-state teams compete.

 

Equipment to be used in Tournaments must undergo a Specifications and safety check before each tournament begins.

 

Allowances to the Specifications

 

Tournament Organisers, with the approval of the AJL National Committee, may make certain allowances to some rules regarding Spar Specifications for a specific tournament.

Any allowances to Spar Specifications must be announced at least two weeks prior to the Tournament.

 

Any requests by players to use specific Non-Standard Spars should be made to the Tournament Organisers prior to the two week deadline.

 

Sections applicable to allowances include:

 

Standard Spars

Specific Non-Standard Spars may be permitted, and Standard Spar conditions may be relaxed.

 

All spars must still meet the following requirements:

  • Meet Minimum Padding and Construction Requirements

  • Meet the Specifications prescribed for it's Spar Type

  • Be approved by the local club safety officer or local committee

 

Variations

Specific Spar Variations may be selectively permitted.

 

Legacy Equipment

Legacy Equipment resulting from specific Specification changes may be permitted, especially if the Specifications change occurred recently before the Tournament.



Standard Spars

Only Standard Spars are permitted for use in Australian Jugger League Tournaments

 

Standard Spars must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Is on the Standard Spars list

  • Be straight and roughly cylindrical when viewed down the longest axis (Cored Spars).

  • Consist of a grip or club, a chain section, and a ball (Chains).

  • Be circular when viewed from the front (Shields)

  • Meet Minimum Padding and Construction Requirements

  • Meet the specifications prescribed for it's Spar type

  • Be approved by the local club safety officer or local committee

  • Is not considered Legacy Equipment

  • Does not include Variations

 

Anything that does not meet the above requirements is considered a Non-Standard Spar.



Non-Tournament Games

Some restrictions are relaxed for non-tournament and casual games.

All Spars to be used in Non-tournament Australian Jugger League games must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Meet Minimum Padding and Construction Requirements

  • Meet the Specifications prescribed for it's Spar Type

  • Be approved by the local club safety officer or local committee




Minimum Padding and Construction Requirements

 

Padding Requirements

 

Reasonable pressure

Holding a spar normally, press the surface against a vertical surface. The amount of push used is "reasonable pressure". This is defined as such to mimic the pressure used during normal play.

 

Minimum Padding

Where referred to, minimum padding must be made in such a way that the core or underlying structure will not cause injury on impact during normal usage, and the core or underlying structure cannot be felt under reasonable pressure.

This padding requirement is not designed to strike players, if played so that the minimally padded areas is consistently striking players, the spar is to be removed from play until padded safely and/or the player trained to the safety officer's satisfaction.

Padding for surfaces that are not a striking surface or grip and aren't already defined in the Spar Components below must meet minimum padding.

 

Striking Surface Padding and "give"

The striking surfaces of cores must be padded between the core and the outer surface of the padding such that under reasonable pressure the core cannot be felt, but also that the padding gives (compresses) under reasonable pressure. Thrusting tips require at least 40mm of padding past the end of the core with at least 20mm of give; around the core that is used for striking, at least 20mm of padding from the core with at least 10mm of give.

Any surface that is not a Striking Surface but that may consistently contact a player must be padded as if a striking surface. These surfaces do not count as a hit and must be clearly marked or otherwise differentiated from the actual Striking Surface.

All Striking surfaces, if not otherwise stated must be a minimum of 300mm in length, including the Thrusting Tip.

 

Chain Padding

At least the first 800mm of chain from the ball of a Chain Spar must be padded to at least 10mm thickness measured out from the chain. No full chain link is to be exposed within the first 500mm, and no more than one full chain Link is to be exposed in the remaining 300mm.

The Chain Ball must have at least 20mm of give.

 

Spar Components and Construction

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Core:

A rod or tube used to form the internal structure of the Spar.

Cores are to be of a material that will not break under normal Jugger usage.

Cores may not be made of:

  • metal

  • wood

  • anything that shatters or splinters dangerously when broken

Cores are not to be exposed.

 

Shield Frame:

Solid material used to form the internal structure of the Shield

Shield Frames are to be of a material that will not break under normal Jugger usage.

Shield Frames may not be made of:

  • metal

  • wood

  • anything that shatters or splinters dangerously when broken

Shield frames must not be exposed around the circumference or the front face.

 

Chain Sections

The material used to form the length of Chain spars that is not grip, club, or ball is to be made of 6mm or greater plastic/nylon Chain links, or other similar material.

Chain Links/chain length must not be made of:

  • rope

  • metal

  • anything that stretches, constricts or tightens dangerously under normal Jugger usage

  • anything that shatters or splinters dangerously when broken

Rope may be used in the construction, but not in a way that is unsafe.

For example; attaching the ball to the chain with rope results in large knots which would then be padded and not exposed. Small knots near the grip would not require this.

 

Chain Handle

Slack Chain handles/loops may be made of materials such as rope that do not stretch or constrict. The handle/loop must be made such that the chain can be released and not still be attached to a player.

For Rigid Handles, see "Grip" below.

 

Grip

The area that must be held on a Spar for a Hit or pin to be valid. Spars may have one or two.

Grips that may contact players must achieve a Minimum Padding, all other grips that during normal use will be covered by hands are exempt except where required for safety.

 

Pommel

Non striking end of a cored Spar. Must be capped and have minimum padding.

The Pommel is considered a part of the Grip for hand placement during play.

 

Thrusting tip

Thrusting Tips complete the striking end(s) of a cored Spar and are a part of the Striking Surface.

All cored spars must have a Thrusting Tip, which must:

  • have a minimum 70mm cross-section/diameter.

  • be flat or slightly rounded at the tip

  • not have sharp corners or edges

 

Collar

Is a section of the striking surface.

Collars follow the contour of the striking surface and are further from the core than the striking surface adjoining it.

Excessively large or irregular collars may be deemed to be an Extra Element at the discretion of the local committee and must be marked as non-striking surface.

Collars are optional .

 

Reach

Where defined, all Spars must not exceed their Maximum Reach

The reach is the length from the thrusting tip of the spar, includes the striking surface plus the adjoining grip. Defined measurements for maximum reach are the longest measurement that includes the grip, striking surface and thrusting tip.

 

Capping Cores

Cores must be capped in such a way that the core cannot pierce through the capping and pierce the padding. The capping must be sufficiently padded that the core and capping cannot be felt, and must meet minimum padding for a pommel, or end in a thrusting tip.

Capping must be fixed securely to the core.

 

Metal

No metal may be present in any Spars, including Chains and Shields, except under the following circumstances:

Shields:

  • Metal or alloy o-rings and D-rings or similar on the rear of the shield used to secure arm straps



Variations

 

Spars with Variations are not permitted for use in AJL Tournaments.

 

Variations are additional components to those listed under Minimum Padding and Construction Requirements, or significant alterations in the shape of all or part of the Spar.

Variations include, but are not limited to, those listed below.

 

Any Variation that is considered dangerous may be removed from play at the discretion of the Safety Officer or local committee.

 

Hammer Heads and Axe Heads

Spars made with a large head that comes out perpendicular to the core are defined as Hammers or Axes.

Must be padded with at least 20mm of Give.

Cannot be used for thrusting. Due to the large size of the head and the force used to wield it, this is considered dangerous play.

 

Extra Elements

Elements such as a crossguard may be added.

Elements must not be long/strong enough to injure another player while in play. eg not a tripping hazard, cannot hook player/their limbs and apply force etc

No additions that can capture a spar in such a way that the opposing player cannot easily retract their spar. (This does not refer to chain wraps.)

Extra Elements are not considered a part of a spar's striking surface, however Extra Elements that may consistently contact a player must be padded as if a striking surface.

All other Extra Elements must meet Minimum Padding Requirements.

Extra Elements cannot be added to the chain section of Chain Spars.

Extra Elements added to Shields must also adhere to the above requirements.

 

Shields Variations

Non-circular shields must fit within a 600mm diameter circle.

 

Legacy Equipment

 

Rules governing Spar Specifications may change over time. Spars built prior to a change in Spar Specifications that no longer match the new Specifications are considered Legacy Equipment.

Legacy Equipment may continue to be used in games:

  • until they require ANY repairs, at which point the spar must be repaired/rebuilt to match the current specifications

  • for one year from the date of Specification change coming into effect

Legacy Equipment may not be used after one year from the date of specification change unless approved by the local club.

Legacy Equipment may not be used in Australian Jugger League National Tournaments.

Subsequent Specification changes within one year do not extend the life of the Legacy Equipment





Spar Specifications

 

Where specifications indicate a range or minimum or maximum limit, the lengths of those sections may be varied within those limits.

 

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Standard Spars

 

Full Chain

Maximum total length (including ball and handle): 3200mm

Maximum Handle Length: 300mm

Minimum Ball Diameter: 200mm

 

A Full Chain consists of a ball, chain and handle.

Requires one hand holding the Chain Handle to score a valid hit.

SparVisualGuide fullchain 

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Aussie Chain

Maximum total length: 3200mm

Maximum Length of Ball and Chain section: 2700mm

Maximum Length of Club: 500mm

Minimum Striking Surface of Club: 300mm

Minimum Ball Diameter: 200mm

 

An Aussie Chain consists of a ball, chain and club.

The chain must come out of the non-striking end of the club.

The club is exempt from the minimum cross-section/diameter thrusting tip requirement. However it is still considered a thrusting tip and must be padded as such in all other respects.

Requires one hand holding the grip of the Club section to score a valid hit with both the Ball and Club sections.

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Dual Shorts Swords

Maximum Length: 850mm

Maximum Striking Surface: 650mm

 

Each Short Sword consists of a Grip and Striking Surface.

One Short Short must be held in each hand by the Grip at all times to score a valid hit.

 SparVisualGuide shortsword

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Short Sword and Shield

 

Short:

As per Dual Shorts (above)

 

Shield:

Maximum Diameter: 600mm

 

Front face must meet minimum padding requirements

Outer edges must be padded with 20mm of padding with at least 10mm of give.

The Shield must be held in one hand (or strapped to the arm) and the Short Sword held in the other hand by the grip to score a valid hit.

 SparVisualGuide shield

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Q-Tip

Total length: 1800mm - 2000mm

Maximum Reach: 1400mm

Minimum strike surface from end of grip to tip (each end): 400mm

 

The striking surfaces at each end of the Q-Tip must be of Identical length.

Maximum Reach for the Q-tip is calculated as length of grip + length of one Striking surface.

The entire grip must meet minimum padding requirements. Players are responsible for ensuring the grip does not hit players.

The Q-tip must be held with both hands on the Grip to score a valid hit.

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Staff

Maximum total length: 1800mm

Maximum Striking surface from middle grip to thrusting tip: 1000mm

Maximum Reach: 1100mm

 

It is not permitted to stab with the Staff.

The Staff must have two grips: one at the pommel and one in the middle of the spar. The sections of the Spar that are not grip or pommel are a valid hitting zones and must be padded as Striking Surfaces. A thrusting tip must be included in construction, for safety, even though a Staff cannot be used to stab.

Maximum Reach for the Staff is calculated as middle grip + striking surface from middle grip to tip. The middle padded section between the two hand grips is not included in calculating the reach.

The Staff must be held with one hand on each of the designated Grip sections to score a valid hit.

 SparVisualGuide staff

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Longsword

Maximum total Length: 1400mm

Maximum Striking Surface: 1000mm

 

The Longsword consists of a Grip and Striking Surface.

The Longsword must be held with both hands on the Grip to score a valid hit.

 SparVisualGuide longsword

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Non-standard Spars

 

Spear

Maximum total length: 1800mm

Striking surface: 350mm

Minimum Non-Striking Padded Surface length: 450mm

 

The Spear consists of a Grip, Padded Surface, and Striking Surface.

The Non-Striking Padded Surface between the Grip and Striking Surface must meet Minimum Padding requirements. If for safety or other reasons more than 300mm is padded as Striking Surface, the limit of the legal strike zone must be clearly marked. Players are responsible for ensuring the padded surface is not used as a striking surface. The total minimum length of padding on the spear, including Padded Surface and Striking Surface, is 750mm.

The Spear must be held with both hands on the designated Grip section to score a valid hit.

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N-Tip

See Q-Tip, except that the Striking surfaces at each end of may be of different lengths.

 

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Flail

Maximum total length: 3200mm

Minimum Ball Diameter: 200mm

Stave length: 1400mm - 1800mm

Stave Striking surface: 350mm

Minimum Staff pommel padding length: 200mm

 

A flail consists of a stave, chain and ball.

A flail is a substitute for the Full Chain, Aussie Chain, or other Chain type Spar.

The padded area of the stave around the section that adjoins the chain is not a striking surface but must be padded to striking surface specifications.

The entire grip must meet minimum padding requirements. Players are responsible for ensuring the grip is not used as a striking surface.

The Flail must be held with both hands on the Stave section to score a valid hit with both the Stave and Ball sections.

The chain comes out of the non-striking (the pommel) end of the Stave.

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Other Non-standard Spars

Players are permitted to experiment with other Spar designs not specified above. However, before they are permitted to be used in games they must:

  • have a clearly defined Striking Surface(s)

  • have a maximum reach of 1400mm

  • pass safety inspection by the designated safety officer

  • be approved for use by the local club committee

Non-standard Spars may be disallowed if:

 

  • they are considered dangerous

  • are only a slight variation on an existing Spar type, designed to gain an advantage not otherwise permitted by the Spar type

  • are considered overpowered when compared against the Standard Spar types collectively.

 

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