NOTE: Rules vary by
state. Rules are available from representatives of
the Member Clubs
of the National Jousting Association.
Riders may enter and ride in only one class-the one for which they are
qualified. If he has moved up to another class in his own club, he may
not ride in the former lower class at the National Joust. Any dispute on
a rider's class standing will be referred back to the club delegate and
club president for resolution prior to the beginning of the class. Any
present State Champion must ride in the Professional Class.
All registrations of riders and title in each class must be completed by
the time the first ride is beginning in the particular class. Standard
height of rings will be 6'8 1/2" stationary. It is requested that
all registration in all classes be completed by 9:45
a.m. if possible. No rings may be hung for practice riding.
The Hall of Fame Joust will begin promptly at 11:00
a.m. The National Championship will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Both
jousts will follow the schedule agreed upon. Horses may be schooled on
the course until 15 minutes prior to the schedule start time. NO
introductory or trial rides will be given in any class.
Any rider that rides between classes will have that ride counted as an
official ride and the rider given a score of zero rings, unless a trial
ride is pre-approved by the judges. There will be no practice
rides in the track area once the track is closed or between classes.
Any rider that violates this will have the ride count as an official
ride and that rider will be given a score of zero for each ride taken,
unless a ride is pre-approved by the judges.
There will be an entry fee of $10.00
for the Hall of Fame Joust and the National Championship per
rider in each class.
Lead Line riders will receive two rides. Novice, Amateur, Semi-Professional and Professional riders will receive three rides in their class prior to tie-offs.
A time limit of 8 seconds for 80 yards will be enforced, but there will
be sufficient distance before the first arch so that horses used to
greater distances and speeds will have no problems. Once the rider
passes the timer, the ride is considered official. Time will not be
counted in Novice class. All horses, however, must maintain a gait
greater than a walk in this class. Lead-line or assisted riders
are eligible for participation awards only.
Riders not making the allotted time will be allowed to re-ride one time.
Only the rings taken on the first ride may be ridden for on the re-ride.
If, on any succeeding rides, the time limit is not met, the rings on
that ride will not count.
A rider may have 1 false start. A false start is passing the timer but
pulling up before the first arch or he may lower his lance only once of
his own volition. A rider who lowers his lance is entitled to ride only
for the rings he did not try for and time has no bearing.
Rings must be returned to the judges' stand on the lance in order to
count. Rings must be caught on the inside of the circle in order to
count. If a ring is speared through the cover, it must be shown to the
judges before being touched by anyone else. Then the ride continues.
Classes and ring sizes will be as follows:
1 - Novice: Three rides for 1 3/4" rings; Tie-offs on 1 1/4";
1"; 3/4"; 1/2"; 1/4"
2 - Amateur: Three rides for 1 1/2" rings; Tie-offs on 1";
3/4"; 1/2"; 1/4"
3 - Semi-Pro: Three rides for 1 1/4" rings; Tie-offs on 3/4";
4 - Pro: Three rides for 1" rings; Tie-offs on 1/2" and
conducting tie-off rides, the rings remain at the first size specified
for tie-offs in that class until two or more riders have each taken
three rings at that size in the same ride; whereupon the rings are
reduced to the next smaller size specified and so on through to one
quarter inch if results so dictate.
The Hall of Fame Champion will be the winner of the Professional Class.
The National Jousting Champion will be the winner of Professional Class.
There will be five
places awarded in each class.
must be provided for each class, and any problems should be taken up
with him. He, in turn, will present the matter to the Judges for a
decision. Judges will have final decisions on all rides and riders. At
least three (3) Judges must be on duty on the stand at any time. The
Judges must be appointed by the president of their club. Each state will
provide a non-partisan judge for each class. These appointments will be
made the morning of the joust to ensure eligibility of the judges. In
the event a state cannot provide a non-partisan judge for any class, the
delegates from that state will appoint a representative from another
state that meets the requirements.
On the date of the joust, if any club or any individual has a concern
about the accuracy or legality of the jousting course as prepared, it is
the responsibility of that club or person to bring the matter to the
attention of one or more of the officers of the National
Jousting Association prior to the starting time. No complaints
concerning the layout of the course will be given any consideration once
the Joust has begun
Any complaints by any participants shall be presented to the Judges in a
respectful manner by a delegate to the National Association appointed by
the club or by an officer of the club to which the individual belongs,
or by the Marshall and not by the grievant him/herself. Any abuse or
disrespect shown toward officials of the Joust will not be tolerated;
nor will any other form of unsportsmanlike conduct, which may at the
discretion of the Judges, result in the expulsion of a participant from
Final decisions regarding any of these rules or of situations which may
arise that are not covered herein will be left to the discretion of the