August 1, 2012 marks the first day of the new foil target ruling applying to all levels of competition.
The 2011-2012 fencing season brings new qualification paths for the Division I-A Summer Nationals events in Dallas, TX. Now the Regional Open Circuit (ROC) events are the main qualification path. Some paths have seen small changes while others have been closed completely. Here is a summary of how to qualify for this event this season. [...]
What is the target area in foil for the upcoming fencing season? Will I need to purchase a mask with the foil bib as target for my events? At the FIE level the rule is already in place that a portion of the foil bib is now part of the target area. During the upcoming [...]
Here’s a video clip shared on the forums by FIE referee David Baker. Take a look at the clip and then think: should you award the touch to the fencer on the left. It’s recommended to watch the video full scree in 720p if you’ve got the bandwidth. Context: The is the final minute of [...]
An overview of the video replay system being used at USA Fencing’s North American Cup events. Just how does replay work, what can you do, and why you shouldn’t ask for a review on parry-riposte calls.
The FIE Congress met in December, 2010 and passed several rules changes. Among the changes are the removal of the Visor masks in sabre as a requirement. There are also changes to the way that non-combativity (formerly passvity) will be called on the FIE level. The FIE is the International Fencing Federation and is responsible [...]
The 2010 revision of the USA Fencing Rule Book is now online at the USA Fencing web site. The revision is a long time coming as prior instances of the US Fencing rule book contained errors and out of date rules that were no longer enforced (or rather, simply ignored.) Omar Bhutta led the editing [...]
The requirements for having your name on the back of your fencing jacket or lame (or on the rear leg of your fencing pants) have been updated as of the September 2010 USA Fencing Board of Director’s meeting. As of now, the following tournaments require you to have your name on your fencing uniform: USA [...]
This post comes by way of the Fencing.Net forums. In a discussion of foil right-of-way interpretations, the subject of the ending of the attack in foil came up. [relevant post here]. User Erik Blank emailed the USFA for rules clarification: From: Erik Blank I have recently been getting some rather confusing information about a ‘new’ [...]
The US Fencing Association and FIE have banned the use of the “visor” masks in foil and epee following the failure of a lexan visor mask at the European Junior Championships in Odense. This article contains portions of the lab report following the mask’s failure.