for those not on rapiernet:
The (current) forecast for Ice Castles is sunny, with temps around 40. I've been watching it closely, and it's been switching back and forth between mostly sunny to clear. Updates here: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USVA0273?from=36hr_topnav_undeclared
We will be fighting outside unless the field conditions are such that I feel it is unsafe. There is plenty of indoor room if we need it.
Don't forget, 3 person teams, limit of one provost or two free scholars per team for some nifty prizes starting at 10:00. Tourney format will most likely be round robin, but may change based on number of teams. Finals will be two out of three. It will be followed by a novice tourney run by our own Antonio (for which there is also a nifty prize), which will in turn be followed by all the pick-ups you can handle.
Somewhere in there we are going to have the illustrious Turvon fighting his prize for elevation to free scholar. Authorizations will start at 9:00 am, so hopefully we can have everybody concerned ready by 9:30 and get the prize playing done before the tourney. I'll leave that up to his sponsoring provosts to schedule with me.
The key here is time. Everything is designed so that pickups should start no later than 12:45, so that we have most of the afternoon to wear yourselves out, playing with folks that hopefully you don't get to fight very often. I'm told we have a good number of folks coming down from the northern end of the Kingdom so hopefully we will have a matching response from the south =). In that light, If you have a team, would you please write me off list so I can go ahead and get the cards made up this week. I just need team name and the folks that are on it. If you do not have a team, please let me know as well and I will set up a list of folks to make things easy for you to find each other and get ready quickly the morning of the event.
The rapier field will be open until Court.