Pentathlon Rules

Regarding the 2021 Ice Dragon Pentathlon:

The modifications to the Ice Dragon Pentathlon are continuing this year.

  1. The pent this year is on line. It is virtual only.
    1. Items must be photographed and submitted.
    2. Entrants may enter multiple photographs, but must designate one as primary.
    3. Documentation must be submitted in Word or PDF format.
    4. Because of the nature of the competition, documentation is required.
    5. Releases to publish info are required for entry, and links to the required documents are posted on the main Pent page.  They must be signed and uploaded with your registration.
    6. The competition cannot be “blind”. As such, items published must include SCA name and modern name on both the entry and the documentation. Any photographs must also be credited.
    7. The Performance Category will be in a Zoom format.
    8. Comestibles Categories (Food and Drink insert correct category names) must be arranged with the Pentathlon Coordinator in advance of the deadline and can only be accommodated if we can find judges local to the entrant AND can follow COVID precautions.
  2. The list of categories HAS CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY.
    1. There Are No Sub-Categories
    2. The rules HAVE CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY or have been expanded upon.
  3. The scoring system and judging criteria have been updated and are available on this page.

An article on using criteria to create and documenting your entry is also available.

Most notably, as stated above, we are removing the sub-category level. Instead, we will be working with the Major Categories only. This in turn changes the rules about how many items you may enter in each. Previously, you could enter two items into each sub-category and the highest scoring item in all the sub-categories won the Major category. There was no “win” for sub-categories. Only your top scoring item in the Major category counted toward your overall Pent score.

Instead, you will now be able to enter up to five items in any Category (Used to be Major Category). The best scoring item will win the Category. Only your top scoring item in the Category will count toward your overall Pent score. The individual arts that have comprised the sub-categories  will still be listed as examples of what you may enter into each Category.

Please read this article completely and address any questions to Cori at

Judging is also changing this year. There is a summary detailing these changes below, and there will be separate articles regarding these changes.

Pentathlon Rules

1. No Kits.

If, historically, an artist would have used tools and material from other sources, this is NOT considered a kit. An example of something that is not a kit is needlework patterns. Another example of something that is not a kit is a paint set or pigments for painting. It is strongly suggested that entrants thoroughly document their resources and work.

2. Entrants are limited to ONE cross entry of ONE item only into ONE additional Category.

When cross entering you must upload the item and its documentation into each category you are entering it into.

3. Entrants are allowed up to FIVE entries in each Category.

Examples of arts appropriate to each Category are listed for inspiration for our artisans. Except where specifically noted, the final decision to enter any item in a specific Category is the entrant’s choice. However, the Pentathlon staff is happy to assist in getting items into appropriate Categories. If the judges determine that an entry in a Category is inappropriate, the Pent Coordinator will discuss it with the entrant. Please bear in mind that items in an inappropriate Category will not be judged as effectively and this may be reflected in the scoring and commentary.

Any Category may be deleted, expanded or combined to meet the needs of the entrants and/or judges.

4. Standings will be published after the event.

Written permission to publish information is now a requirement for entry and is part of the registration process. Individual score sheets will be forwarded to entrants.

5. We will be using electronic registration this year.

It is to your benefit to register early as it gives us more opportunity to tailor our judging recruitment.

The timelines for entry and judging can be found below.

If You Do Not Receive Confirmation That We Have Your Electronic Registration, WE DO NOT HAVE IT.

If you are unsure whether or not we have received your registration, do not hesitate to contact us.

6. Group entries are allowed in both individual categories and in the Grand Pentathlon.

The Individual Grand Pentathlon and the Group Grand Pentathlon are separate competitions. The Category competitions are not separate.

The Group entries are defined as entries in which each item entered has been worked on by all members of the group with generally equal contributions. For group entries into the Grand Pentathlon, all members must provide generally equal contributions to all items the group enters.


  • Acceptable Group Entry:
    Jack, Jill, and Joan work together on a loaf of bread, a piece of clothing, and a song.
  • NOT Acceptable Group Entry:
    Jack makes a loaf of bread, Jill makes a piece of clothing, Joan sings a song.

An individual’s participation in a group entry may NOT be used as part of the individual’s entry in the Grand Pentathlon.

All participants have to fill out the entry paperwork with the publication agreements.  It’s strongly urged that people follow their local COVID protocols if working on a group project.

When filling out forms for a group entry, pick a group name and make sure everyone uses it in lieu of SCA name.  Include SCA names in the notes section of the registration form.


The exception to this rule is: If the final project has a cohesive objective, separate pieces may be made by separate individuals. 

Examples of this include:

  • A Wardrobe (undergarments, shoes, jewelry, etc.)
  • A sailboat (woodwork, metal fittings, ropes, sails, etc.)

Documentation must include support for why these separate items belong together.

7. You may not enter an item which has previously WON a CRITERIA-BASED COMPETITION.

This is any competition in the SCA that has an advanced published criteria set or rubric.


  • If you won the Grand Pentathlon, those five items used to calculate your score may not be entered again.
  • If you won the Woodwork Category at Ice Dragon 2019 with a chair, do not enter the same chair. If you won the Culinary Category with your loaf of bread, do not bring the same loaf of bread. (Please do not bring the same loaf of bread!)

However, you may use the same bread recipe and you may use the same set of construction plans for your chair.

8. There are no requirements as to time frames items were created in.

9. We are including Novice entries.

A novice entry is one in which the entrant has been engaged in the specific art for less than two years AND never won any kind of competition.  You may enter multiple Categories with some designated as novice and others not.

10. We are including Youth entries.

Minors will enter the same categories.  They may choose to compete either as Youth or adult. If they choose to compete as Youth, they will have a seperate set of judges and scoring. We will attempt to group entrants in appropriate age brackets but this will be dependent on the number of entries we get.  All minors, whether competing as Youth or Adult, must have permission from their parents.  No one’s age will be referenced in any way on the website.