Red Head shots
Lots of people complain about head shots from reds. lots of people have complained about being injured from red shots to the head, myself included. what can we do to address this perceived issue with our sport? do we need a change in some of the rules language? Is this something that we need to encourage classes on to encourage a change in culture?
As CY stated, authorizations along the lines of what SCA does would do a bit in helping get trained red users on the feild and not John Doe with a big stick, but to be fair across Dagorhir as a whole we would probably need to add authorizations for ALL weapons styles, which would be a bit difficult to get set up and be universally run and tracked.
You will never be able to 100% control what happens on the field. If the possibility of head shots is of particular concern (such as myself I find people hit my head trying to reach over my shield blindly but hey I'm 6'5") I recommend a good steel helmet. Then you need only chuckle quietly to yourself when your head makes a bell sound when struck with a full force red shot meant for someone else.
I like the idea of a rule that Red wielders take a death after hitting somebody in the head... In theory. In practice, I think we would see a certain type of player who intentionally blocks red swings with their head, because it doesn't do them any game damage and kills the red fighter.
I'm more in favor of proper red training, and watchful heralds who pull dangerous fighters.