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Somehow, I missed finding the answer to this one and I think it's the fact that it's a team event that is confusing me.
During the second bout of a team match, both fencers are not actively attempting to score. The Referee should:
a. Call Halt and warn the fencers.
b. Call Halt! Award each fencer with a yellow card. Continue the bout.
3. Call Halt! Award each team a yellow card. Proceed to the next bout.
The USFA web site is down (probably
On the trading floor, a dead cat bounce is a term used to describe stock rising after a spectacular fall. "Even a dead cat will bouce if it falls from a great height."
I was never that high, BUT, I had a spectacular skill decline after last year's Richmond due to returning to competitive fencing too soon and just as I was beginning to recover enough to think I could be competitive at the Summer Nationals, I developed tennis elbow.
Picture Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.
Looks like I'll be going to Santa Clara for training two weeks before the NAC C. I toyed with the idea of looking on Ask Fred to see if there were any competitions coming up and then sanity prevailed.
I'd have to get permission to travel early, take annual leave, get a rental car, etc.
Besides, AskFred.net was down when I checked and I took that as a sign.
Or maybe not.
It doesn't make me feel very optomistic about the healing process when I go in for my yearly check-up and my doctor tells me that he's had tennis elbow for the last 15 years.
He gave me the standard brochures for tennis elbow and shoulder pain and a brochure for back pain. He also (at my request) had me scheduled for an MRI. [Because I'm paranoid, that's why.]
He said I should continue using heat for the lower back pain. He also advised heat and exercise for the shoulder
Since my tendonitis didn't take me out at Vanderbilt, I decided to sign up for Stomring the Fort in Ft. Wayne next weekend. It will be a small competition and some of our fencers will be in Dallas so the timing seems good for this one.
This time, I need to remind myself NOT to fence to win, but to fence to learn in preparation for fencing at Richmond.
Step BACK when parrying. Use the entire strip. Attack is NOT the only possible or even necessarily best fencing action.