Besides, as Amanda says, "jousting is an awesome sport". Are you ready to joust?
Competitors will joust in the Geminedeutsche-Gestechstyle. This is jousting with wooden targes (the 48 toothed LEGO® gear) and frog-mouthedhelms, passing left shoulder unto left shoulder, crossing the lance (a #2 Pencil) over the horse's (robot's) neck and attempting to strike the other knight's targe. This is the traditional German joust (shown in this photo).
Produce a video to show Sir John De Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford, that explains the challenge and would encourage other students to participate in this challenge in future years. As an alternative, provide an oral report.
Touching Opponent's Jouster with Tip of Lance
Striking Target with Tip of Lance
Striking Target and Activating Touch Sensor
Tip to Tip Strike
3 points to each Jouster
Shield to Shield Strike
3 points to each Jouster
Striking wheels or below top of wheels
-2 points (penalty)
Leaving the list (off of line) or moving away to avoid contact
-2 points (2 points to opponent)
Criteria and Constraints
The LEGO® Jouster must comply with the following criteria and constraints:
Extra parts or materials may be used for decoration only (e.g., to make the frog-mouthed helm).
The sound sensor (used to listen for the starting signal) may be mounted anywhere.
The 48 toothed gear in the kit mounted on the touch sensor is the target shield.
The face of the shield must be vertical and oriented forward.
The center of the shield must be 3 ½ to 4 ½ inches above the surface.
The light sensor must be in line with the target so that the target runs above the near side of the center line.
Lance is an unsharpened #2 pencil. Strike with the eraser end.
Rubber bands may be used to hold the lance, but glue or tape may not be used.
The tip of the lance must be within 6 inches of the shield.
The tiltyard consists of a suitable light colored surface (like a table-top). The list has an 8 foot centerline that is an 1 7/8 inch wide black line (or black duct tape). The start lines are green lines (again, may be tape) running perpendicular to the center line and they are 6 feet apart.
Conduct of Each Joust
Before each set of four passes, Jousters will be given ample opportunity to adjust their lance to the opponent's shield. This is necessary to ensure fairness.
Each Jouster must have a squire assigned to observe points scored.
The Marshal of the List will decide disputed points.
With the Jousters behind the start line, the Marshal of the List will call for "Lances UP" and then "Jouster's Ready".
Jousters must start with the lance pointing upward.
When both operators have started their program, the Marshal of the List will make a loud noise to start the Joust.
Gentle passes (no points scored) may be rerun at that time or at a later time by acclimation of the multitudes in attendance, signaled by the conventional "More Passes" hand sign.
Within the four passes against the same opponent Jousters cannot modify the build or reprogram. They may, however, adjust their lance or re-attach parts which have fallen off.
If a Jouster is unable to answer "Lances UP" because of injury or damage the Marshal of the List will allow up to 3 minutes for repairs. If the Jouster is unable to answer "Lances UP" after 3 minutes their opponent will be awarded 3 points for each missed pass.
Before their first joust, teams are encouraged to appoint a herald to announce their Jouster's name and titles, creative boasting being encouraged. The best herald may be utilized to announced the rules of the joust to the assembled multitudes.
In the first and second rounds, each Jouster will run against one other Jouster for four passes (tries).
Fifth place and below will be determined by total points scored in the first and second rounds.
The top four scoring Jousters will advance to the semi-final round with the first place against fourth place and second against third, again four passes each.
The losing Jousters will then compete for third and fourth place in the consolation round.
The winning Jousters will then compete for first and second place in the Championship round.