Don Eldrich Gaiman, Captain EK Champions Melee Team, has recently released the Pennsic melee champs tryout schedule for the first round.
Below is his email. Eastern fencers interested in being considered for the team should fill out the sign-up form (listed below) and check out the team selection process that we published previously.


Greetings, Eastern fencers!

Based on the responses to the sign-up form (which is still available at http://tinyurl.com/ekrapier2017 ), I will be running the first round of tryouts for the Champions Melee Team at the following events through May.

Southern Region Practice — Settmour Swamp February 5, 2017 Barony of Settmour Swamp
Central Region Practice — Anglespur February 26, 2017 Barony of Anglespur
Central Region Practice — Smoking Rocks March 4, 2017 Barony of Smoking Rocks
Central Region Practice — Carolingia March 5, 2017 Barony of Carolingia
Mudthaw March 25, 2017 Barony of Settmour Swamp
Balfar’s Challenge April 22, 2017 Barony of Dragonship Haven
Maybe May 13,2017 Barony of Iron Bog


Once again, my intent is to use these tryouts to identify the twenty or so finalists for the team. These finalists will be asked to participate at practices and events in the remaining time before Pennsic so that the team can train together, and so I may choose based on my observations which ten fencers will be asked to take the field for the Champions Melee battle in August.

I ask for everyone’s understanding, as this schedule is subject to being changed for many potential reasons (event changes and weather being the main fears). I will do my best to announce modifications as they happen, including possible additions to this list.

I encourage anyone interested in making or supporting the team to sign up at the link above if you haven’t, and to attend as many of the tryouts as you can comfortably attend.

Yours in Service to the East,
Don Eldrich Gaiman, Captain EK Champions Melee Team

P.S. I ask that you help disseminate this schedule by posting it to your local practices and local rapier community forums. Thanks!