Aztec Atlatl Battle Instructions

Aztec Atlatl Battle is a field game that pits two teams consisting of eight atlatlists against each other. Each team will have one person designated “Chief” and one person designated “Shaman”, all other players are designated “warriors”.

The 12 yard by 80 yard playing field represents a section of causeway that once linked the Aztec city of Tenochchitlan with the mainland. Each atlatlist must have an atlatl and three darts. In addition each contestant must be represented by a target made from ethelfoam or similar material that is 24″ square and two inches thick. Radiating concentrically from the center, the targets must have a 6″ inner circle of blue, around that is a twelve inch circle of red , and outside that is the final ring of 20 ” in yellow. The targets are held off the ground by hardwood tripods three feet high. The tripods should be of a design to be able to be easily moved with “feet” that allow them to be planted sturdily into the ground yet hold the target center 3 feet from the ground.

The field of play is cordoned off with rope or tape in a rectangle 12 yards by 80 yards inside a safety zone 50 yards by 120 yards. The playing field is divided into eight 10 yard sections called zones.

The play occurs in rounds. In each round each person shoots the amount of darts allotted to him or her from directly behind his or her respective target.

Each person starts with 3 darts. Regardless of the order of shooting everyone gets to shoot all of his allotted darts for that round. For safety’s sake only one shooter is allowed on the field at a time. The order of shooting is of no importance and may be determined by the Judge. Everyone must be ready to take his or her turn as it comes to keep the game moving.

After everyone has shot, the round is over and the “dead” are removed from the field. The wounded give up one or two of their darts.

  • Those hit in the yellow ring give up one dart and those hit in the red must give up two darts. Anyone hit in the blue is considered dead.
  • The Shaman reside in their respective end zones. Shaman are not allowed to move to any other zone but they may move to any location in the end zone that they desire.
  • Chiefs are allowed to move to any zone except their opponents end zone, at the end of a round. No one may move beyond or into a zone occupied by a “live” opponent. In other words a person may not move past the “war front”. However after a round where all opposing soldiers are killed in a particular zone the zone may be occupied by any one who is in position, when the round is over.
  • Warriors may be in any zone except the end zones, however they must move only one zone at a time between rounds.

At the beginning of the game the Chief and Shaman start in the end zone and two warriors start in each of the other zones at their respective ends of the field, so two contestants will occupy each of the zones at first. The Shaman may allow the Chief to shoot his three darts if he so desires, as long as the chief is alive. The Chief may shoot the Shaman’s darts from behind his own target regardless of his location on the field.

It is the duty of the Chief to direct his team, be he dead or alive.

At the beginning of the game the chief determines the placement of his team members targets. A very important part of the game is the strategy and game plan. Each team should be constantly trying to devise a plan to foil their opponent.

It is recommended that each team provide their own tent on opposite sides of the field for shade from the sun. It will also make it safer than to have people roaming around if people stay in the general area of their tent.

A field judge shall be chosen who is familiar with the rules of the game and general safety rules of the sport. All decisions of the Judge are final as to scoring. In addition to this the Judge has the right to dismiss anyone violating safety rules from the field. The Judge may appoint a Safety Assistant to watch the field for safety problems. Both the Judge and his Assistant shall have a whistle, which when blown shall stop all shooting. After the safety issue has been resolved, the Judge may resume play with a verbal signal.

This is a preliminary draft of the rules of this game. The rules may need to be changed as necessary to assure the safety first of all and the fairness of play.

This game is authored by Robert S. Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl, Copyright 2000.

Aztec Atlatl Battle Instructions Released

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July 4th Atlatl Competition
Find out what happened at the Independence Day throw in Candor, New York! The world’s top atlatlists including former world champions Ray Strischeck, Terry Keefer, Doug Majorsky, Gary Fogleman, and Pascal Chauvaux – who flew in from Belgium – were all present at this contest, and some new records were set!

July 4th Atlatl Contest (2000)

Billed the “Olympics of Atlatl Contests” or “Clash of the Titans, the Independence Day Contest was all that and more July 4th, 2000 in Candor, NY.

The four champions of the International Standard Accuracy Contest since its inception – Pascal Chauvaux, 1996 Champion of Belgium; Ray Stricheck, 1997 Champion from Ohio; Gary Fogelman, 1998 Champion of Pennsylvania and Terry Keefer, 1999 Champion, also of Pennsylvania met for the first time to compete in an ISAC together.

Robert and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl, hosts for the Candor 4th of July contest, were delighted to find out early in the year that Pascal Chauvaux, his wife, Carin, fellow atlatlist Andre and his wife, Marie, would be able to begin their United States tour in Candor. Pascal’s decision to arrive early paved the way for the meeting of the champions!

Despite some complications with luggage, Pascal and crew managed to arrive in time for the July 4th contest. The next question was who would be the fifth person competing with the champions? The answer was easy – Doug Majorsky of Pennsylvania – last year’s youth champion – who is now competing as an adult.

Not that it unnerved the champions (or at least these calm athletes failed to show it!), but an intent hush overtook the grounds as the champion battle began. The battle was not without its intense moments – Pascal Chauvaux still on Belgium time competing with an atlatl and darts he had only briefly become acquainted with and Gary Fogelman, a champion right hander, throwing with his left arm because of an injury.

Dana Klein handled the score keeping while Scott Van Arsdale fashioned a hand drawn sign to keep the crowd informed of the action on the field.

There is no question, it was one of the most enjoyable ISACs any had seen. The skill level of these five is amazing.

The scores of this special ISAC were as follows:

  • Pascal Chauvaux, 80;
  • Ray Strischek, 86;
  • Gary Fogelman, 69X;
  • Terry Keefer, 94XXX
  • and Doug Majorsky, 91X.

Three days later with some of their lost luggage retrieved, although Pascal’s darts and atlatls never showed up, the European contingent was ready to continue their journey across the United States and with a variety of atlatl contests awaiting them. The first stop was Michigan where host Jim Gilligan awaited their arrival.

One stroke of luck was that a couple of years ago Pascal sent Bob Berg the specifications for making his darts. Bob made about 14 pre-forms and completed three darts. The 11 pre-forms sat in Bob’s shop in a dusty corner until this year when Pascal was able to finish them up to use in competitions throughout the United States. Fortunately, Pascal’s generosity in sharing his dart technology with Bob a couple of years ago ended up making the loss of his darts in transit not a total tragedy. Bob found it very interesting to watch Pascal work and to learn techniques from a person with highly developed skills. The newly completed darts were packed up and sent on to Jim Ray in Montana for competition in upcoming atlatl contests.

As did everyone who met our friends from Europe, everyone on the East Coast truly enjoyed meeting Pascal and crew!

Topped by the Clash of the Titans, the Candor 4th of July contest in Candor, NY, never slowed its pace. The weather was great, sunny and warm with hardly a breeze and the company was great.

All these worked together and ended in some fine scores including an 80X by Sharon Keefer of Pennsylvania giving her the top woman’s score in the ISAC! Congratulations Sharon.

Other ISAC scores over 70 for men; 50 for women and 40 for youth were as follows:

  • JoAnne Fogelman, Turbotville, Pa. – 58;
  • Margie Takoch, Wintersville, Oh. – 59;
  • Don Roberts, Wintersville, Oh.,- 66;
  • Sharon Keefer, Fort Loudon, Pa., – 80X;
  • Lori Majorsky, Derry, Pa. – 56;
  • Bob Rowe, Sayre, Pa. – 80 (age 16);
  • Ken McIntosh, Vestal, NY – 84;
  • Tom Goble Sr., Waverly, NY – 71X;
  • Martin Strischek, Marville, Ohio, – 70;
  • Frank Takoch, Wintersville, Ohio, 82X;
  • Chuck Butorajac, Ligonnier, Pa., 85;
  • Denny Bard, Fort Loudon, Pa., 79;
  • Jeremy Bard, Fort Loudon, Pa, 79X;
  • Toni Roberts, Wintersville, Ohio, 58;
  • Chris Pappas, Hancock, NY, 86;
  • Dana Klein, Belfast, NY, 74;
  • Scott Van Aradale, Otego, NY, 76X;
  • Dennis Lantz, Ulster, Pa., 82X;
  • Brandon Anderson, Waverly, NY, 83X;
  • Bob Berg, Candor, NY, 88XX.

Ray Strischek of Ohio won the Grand Champion Award with a score of 78 on the local contest. Second place for the men went to Chuck Burtorajac of Pennsylvania with a score of 75 and third place went to Gary Fogelman, also of Pennsylvania, with a score of 69. It should be noted that Gary who normally throws with his right arm used his left arm for this competition because of an injury. Lori Majorsky won first place with a score of 41 for the women and Toni Roberts came in second with a score of 31. For youth, Zachary Wilhelm, 9, of New York won first place with a score of 28. Many made long trips to Candor to compete – Thank You all!

Information provided by Bob and Cheryll Berg, Written by Cheryll Berg.