From September 2016 new timings will be required for Sabre.
Please contact the equipment manufacturers to ensure that current scoring systems can be re-chipped to allow for this difference in timing.
As of February 2017 the FIE ruling on the revised sabre distance en-guarde lines has been revoked and the distance will now revert to the original 4m distance between en-guarde lines.
From Septemeber 2016 amendments to the rules governing competitions will be changing.
The rear shoulder must not come forward of the fencing arm......
Penalty Yellow for first instance, then red & point lost etc.
If the lateral boundaries of the piste are crossed by one foot, the offending fencer will be replaced where the infrigement took place, and then be rquired to move back 1m - the opponenet forward 1m, if this means that the offending fencer is placed over the rear boundary of the piste they will recieve a penalty hit against them and then be placed back on the en-guarde line.
All sabre gloves MUST be CEN2 800N.
Foil/epee gloves (if used) MUST be CEN2 with a sabre overlay.
In response to queries re. personal kit:
For Welsh Veterans Championship the following kit is acceptable:
Minimum 350N breeches & jacket
Non Fie blades are allowed.
Masks: No visor masks for any weapon. X-Change/contour fit (LP) Masks do not need to have the extra retaining strap. Foil masks must have the lame bib. Masks wires are required for foil & sabre.
800N Sabre gloves OR 800N foil/epee glove with sabre lame overlay.
For Commonwealths/European's/World etc.
Minimum 800N jacket, plastron, breeches. Surname & country must be on lames (foil & sabre) or whites (epee). Stripes: both arms and legs (Foil only), both legs and rear arm only (epee), both legs only (sabre). Stitching must be close enought that a pencil nib cannot pass through the stitches.
Masks: No visor masks for any weapon. Mask bibs MUST be minimum CEN 2, 1600N. LP x-change or contour fit (Disc type) masks MUST have the extra retaining strap. Allstar/PBT /Prieu/Blades masks with the L-bar and separate elasticated strap are fine. Foil masks must have lame bib. Foil & sabre mask wires are required.
Gloves: Sabre 800N or a foil/epee CEN2 (800N) glove with sabre lame overlay is acceptable.
Foil/Epee size 5 blades, must be FIE maraging and conform to FIE competition standards as laid out in the BF FIE competition handbook, for flexibility, resistance, length, curvature.
Sabre blades size 5, must be marked S2000 and conform to FIE competition standards as laid out in the BF FIE competition handbook.
Open Senior Competitions: A minimum of:
350N Jacket, breeches. 800N underplastron, knee length socks, Lame for foil and sabre.
Mask (no visor mask for sabre) foil bib for foil. Plain bib for epee. Mask wires.
Foil/epee glove, sabre glove overlay if not using a sabre glove. From 2014 new regulations will be enforced as to sabre gloves.
Size 5 weapons. S2000 blades for sabre.
FIE competitions. (e.g. Commonwealths/Worlds/European)
Country stripes must be worn,either GB for Worlds, European Team or Wales (Individual Europeans, Commonwealths)
Names on back of lames, jackets.
800N jacket, breeches, underplastron.
Lame for foil/sabre,
1600N mask, mask wires (foil bib for foil, plain for epee)
size 5 FIE weapons, sabre blades must be S2000
From 2014 Sabre gloves must comply with the new regulations (link)
FIE LETTER - MASKS
16th July 2014
British Fencing would like to draw your attention to a letter received from the FIE yesterday, also available on the FIE website here.
It states "We wish to inform you that starting from September 1st, 2014, only masks with two independent security devices will be allowed for use at all FIE competitions".
We will be updating this notice with regards the requirements of the European Fencing Confederation and their Cadet circuit as soon as possible.
This instruction only relates to the Leon Paul Contour Masks.
"British Fencing will not for the moment be extending this requirement beyond FIE competitions, there being no recorded accident in Britain, at least in recent years, arising from a dislodged mask".
Leon Paul have issued the following statement:
"From the 1st of September at FIE events fencers will be required to use masks with two independent safety systems. Current available options are a traditional mask with a metal back and elastic strap or the Leon Paul Contour fit Plus mask which has an elastic strap and a magnetically closed buckle.
Fencers can upgrade their existing X-change masks to conform to the new rules by purchasing a new bib and strap. They are available from the Leon Paul website and there is a video to help explain the new system here http://goo.gl/0UVUwa".