Polish Reeds

by Ed Carthall aka Earl Edward Ian Anderson, KSCA. OL

History

We can document the reeds game in the Middle East  and I have been able to document a lane and spin game that was played in Poland in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was used to train the hussars to ride into a pike block, strike the 1st rank and then spin and go back and get a new lance. I have combined the two games to make one that should be challenging and fun to do.

Objective is to ride down the lane knocking off the reeds with a sword as you go by. Enter the circle and spin your horse around and then ride back down the lane to the starting line. (rollbacks, pirouettes, and just stopping and turning are all "legal" depending on skill level.)

Set up

  1. Set out a start line with chalk or flour.
  2. Set up a lane that is 4 feet wide and 120 feet long.
  3. At the end make a circle that is 10 feet in diameter.
  4. Place the reeds on each side of the lane from largest to smallest.

Running the game

Get set and make sure that the lane is clear let the timer know that you are ready.  Start the run removing the reeds as you pass with the sword.  Enter the turn area and return to the start you may remove any reeds you missed on the way in.  If you removed all the reed on the way into the turn around you will get a bonus points.  Your time stops when you pass the start line.

Scoring

Scoring the game consists of a reed score + bonus + timing score penalties = total score.

Counting the reeds

There are 126 total possible points from the reeds.

Counting the time

Sec Points   Sec Points
10 .1 100   20.1  60
10.6   98   20.6 58
11.1  96   21.1 56
11.6  94   21.6 54
12.1 92   22.1 52
12.6  90   22.6 50
13.1  88   23.1 48
13.6  86    23.6  46
14.1  84   24.1  44
14.6  82   24.6  42
15.1  80   25.1  40
15.6 78   25.6  38
16.1  76   26.1  36
16.6 74   26.6  34
17.1 72   27.1  32
17.6 70   27.6   30
18.1 68   28.1   28
18.6 66   28.6   26
19.1 64   29.1   24
19.6  62   29.6  22

 

Scoring the Penalties

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