Tips From the Road: Wait, There are Rules for a Mosh Pit?

Yes! That’s the answer to the question: Are there rules for moshing? Then again, rules just sound like a chore and no one likes chores. Let’s just call the following read, common sense. From early

Yes! That’s the answer to the question: Are there rules for moshing? Then again, rules just sound like a chore and no one likes chores. Let’s just call the following read, common sense.

From early on I’ve had my share of fun in the pits. When I first started going to local shows, they were mostly hardcore bands. The first time I ever saw the way those kids were dancing had me wide eyed and saying wtf to myself. But soon I got more comfortable and instead of standing off in the back, I’d make my way closer to the middle of the crowd of 50 kids, being okay with knowing at any point some of them were going to break out arms and legs swinging. And then I started going to shows where the kids mostly just pushed each other around. I realized I was much fonder of that then getting a fist to my face because I was looking in the wrong direction for a moment to long. This all brings me to the first rule. 

  1. Know your limits. Depending on the type of pit that’s happening, you may be ready to throw yourself all in. But if you’re not up to it, don’t become a hazard for everyone else. If you keep falling and can’t hold your own then you open the gates for accidents and others getting hurt. Being in a pit is fun but if it’s too aggressive, step back to the outside of the circle and help contain the perimeters. 
  2. And speaking of falling, it happens to the best of us and is inevitable! If someone falls, pick them back up! If they’re looking disoriented, help them get out. If they are laughing it off, pat them on the back and keep moving. I think this is easily the number one rule and hopefully just a natural human reaction to ensuring your punk mates live to see another show. 
  3. Don’t be a dick. Do I need to elaborate? Everyone is in the pit for one reason, to have fun. If you’re there because you’re hoping to hurt the people around you then you shouldn’t be in a punk rock pit. They’re are plenty of heavy, thrash, etc metal bands out there that will tell you to “kill each other”. 
  4. Even without trying to hurt each other mosh pits get violent. The bigger the pit the more likely someone is going to get hurt. So this rule is the pull out. If you see someone struggling and needing to get out, pull them out if you can. If you don’t think you can, enlist others. There is someone around you that will be able to help.
  5. Finally just respect anyone who is in the pit, man or woman. It’s not hard. Don’t use the pit as an excuse to cop a feel. You know who you are, you freaks. People see you and you’ll take a fist eventually if you haven’t yet. 

I’m sending virtual high fives to all you boys and girls out there getting into the smallest of pits to the most mouth dropping monstrosities! As long as you know your limits, help your fellow punk and respect each other, you’ll get out alive. Or ignore all the above and let chaos ensue, your choice. 

Now get in and have fun!!


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