BC: Jousting: High School Sport? You will learn about how jousting is dangerous and why it is not a high school sport. Weapons, armor, and an overview of jousting are explained. Even though jousting never was a high school sport, I think you will agree that it never should be.
FC: Jousting: High School Sport? A Sport From the Past
1: Why is jousting not a high school sport? Well, it is extremely dangerous. Many deaths were recorded during the medieval times. Take King Henry II for example. He didn't have his helmet on correctly and a lance hit him in the eye. The tip went through his eye and into his brain. He didn't die immediately. I don't think coaches would like to be held accountable for a death.
5: Imagine this picture, but replace the trained, strong knights for two average teenage kids. The horses wouldn't be the chargers or the stallions they used in this picture, because these horses were bred for war. The horses the teenagers would use would have none of the same skills. There would be a much greater chance of death than there was back then.
6: The armor used in the Middle Ages was very heavy duty. It could potentially save a knight's life if worn correctly. If not worn correctly, it may be a fatal mistake. Back then, they had blacksmiths, silversmiths, and goldsmiths all make them their armor. It took a while to make. The metal smiths had a certain way of making it; a certain way that would prevent death. Nowadays, I think metal companies could make armor that is safe, but even if it is made very safe, it could be made to heavy and shatter the lance onto the opponent.
7: The impact could quite possibly break his arm. The armor the metal smiths made was was made in a sleek and protective way. Not protective that it would snap an opponent's bone, but sleek. If it was sleek and light the lance could penetrate the breast plate and make the tournament more interesting. I don't think the metal companies would be able to duplicate the advanced work the metal smiths had created.
9: The armor used, would look very much like this, except the real knights would be holding shields and lances. Notice how the slits where the eyes are are so small. This is what would happen if the knight leaned forward. If the knight sat straight up, the slits would get bigger. This was a safety precaution. King Henry II wasn't wearing right, so the slits never came down.
10: The weapons that would be used were very dangerous. First, there was the lance. The lance was used to knock your opponent off his horse. Next there's the sword. The sword was sharpened and deadly. The knights would swing at each other with this. The mace was a stick with a ball on the end. The ball was attached to a chain which was attached to the stick. The dagger was used for the same thing the sword was used for, as was the battle axe. Lastly, the shield was used for blocking all of these deadly weapons. If this was a high school sport, would you want to see two teenagers swinging deadly weapons at each other to the death?
11: This is what the lances looked like.
12: Works Cited Ehow. ehow.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2011.
13: Thank you for reading! Special thanks to Wyatt for helping me with this and Mrs. Stephens for helping me with the idea.