Maryland Jousting Tournament Association

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Welcome to marylandjousting.com. Home of the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association.
Explore our site and learn about the sport of ring jousting and its rich tradition in Maryland. Please join us at a tournament to learn more!!!

Tentative 2021 Maryland Jousting Schedule
Please check with the chairperson before attending these events!

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Postponed Harry Brooks Memorial Tournament
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. May 22, 2021
12 Noon
Shawan Valley Joust
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Sat. June 5, 2021
12 Noon
Founder's Day Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sat. June 19, 2021
11:00 am
Hall of Fame Tournament
Mount Solon, VA 22843
Sat. July 10, 2021
12 Noon
MJTA Memorial Joust
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Sat. July 17, 2021
12 Noon
George Kreutzer Memorial Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sun. July 18, 2021
12:00 Noon
100th Petersville Farmers Club Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Sat. July 31, 2021
1:00 pm
St. Mary's Catholic Church 146th Festival &
Joust
Barnesville, MD 20838
Sat. August 7, 2021
12 Noon
Jerusalem Mill Tournament
Kingsville, MD 21087
Sun. August 15, 2021
1:00 & 3:00 pm
Made in Maryland - Jousting Exhibition
Pasadena, MD 21122
Sat. August 21, 2021
12 Noon
Fairplay Day Joust
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Sat. August 28, 2021
12 Noon
154th Calvert Co. Joust & Dinner
Port Republic, MD 20676
Sun. September 12, 2021
12 Noon
WMJC Championship Joust
Brunswick, MD 21758
Fri. September 17, 2021
5:00 pm
Jousting Exhibition - Anne Arundel County Fair
Crownsville, MD 21032
Sat. September 18, 2021
12 Noon
AJC Championship Joust
Kingsville, MD 21087
Tue. September 21, 2021
11:00 am
Frederick Fair Exhibition
Frederick, MD 21701
Sat. September 25, 2021
12:30 pm
St. Mary's County Fair Joust
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Sat. October 2, 2021
11:00 am
Rain date Oct. 3rd
Maryland State Championship Joust
Crownsville, MD 21032
Sat. October 9, 2021
11:00 am
Rain date Oct. 16th
National Jousting Championship
Brunswick, MD 21758

View the full TENTATIVE 2021 Maryland Jousting Schedule here.

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The Sport of Ring Jousting ....

A traditional ring joust -- a test of skill and horsemanship where riders pass through a series of arches, attempting to spear three dangling rings and present them to the judges. There are three regulation rides for three rings, allowing a knight or maid to capture nine rings for a perfect score. Starting ring diameters range from one and three quarter inches for novices to one inch for professional jousters. Tie-off rides can be conducted with rings as small as one quarter inch in diameter.

MJTA hosts many jousting tournaments throughout the season, the Annual State Championship Tournament and an Annual Awards Banquet.

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"Maryland's Official State Sport"

Jousting is a sport synonymous with Maryland history. It has survived in Maryland since the founding of the original colony.

The people of Maryland enjoy this sport because of its colorful, friendly, traditional aspects. Men, women and children participate often in the same classes, and always under the same set of standard rules. A Maryland Jousting Tournament is unique in its own right, and depicts the motto of the Great Seal of Maryland. It is indeed a sport of “Manly Deeds and Womanly Words”.

During the special February session of the Maryland legislature in 1962, the Honorable Henry J. Fowler Sr., Delegate from St. Mary's County, introduced a bill into the Maryland House of Delegates giving recognition to the sport of jousting as the Official State Sport of Maryland. This bill passed both chambers of the Legislature by an overwhelming vote and was signed into law by Governor J. Millard Tawes. Thus, as of June 1, 1962, Maryland became the first state in the United States to adopt an official state sport. We are proud of the honor and of the opportunity to present for the fine people of Maryland, as well as the tourists and visitors from other states, what we proudly hail as the Official State Sport of Maryland.

Maryland Jousting Tournament Association

The Maryland Jousting Tournament Association (MJTA) was established in 1950.

The purpose of the organization

A. To govern a standard set of jousting tournament rules which are agreeable to the riders and which will be enforced at every tournament.

B. To act as mediator between sponsors in arranging suitable tournament dates that are not in conflict.

C. To notify each member in advance as to the time and place of each tournament.

D. To promote a better understanding between rider, sponsors and spectators.

E. To encourage good sportsmanship and good horsemanship among the members.

F. To encourage a friendlier relationship and mutual understanding among the members.

G. To make every effort to keep alive the quaint, colorful, ancient traditions of the Age of Chivalry which are associated with the sport, and to do as much as possible to make it unique in its own right.