Attention USA International Foil Fencers The FIE has approved making the bib target in foil. The proposed timetable is that the FIE will require the conductive bib in Senior competitions starting January 2009 and for Juniors starting the following season in September 2009. As of yet there are no models or prototypes available. A retrofit overlay system on existing masks is being accepted. Be prepared to have a saber-like mask connecting cord to run from the new conductive mask bib to the lame and to get your mask retrofitted if you intend to compete in FIE competitions. The implementation date of this change for USFA has not yet been determined. The USFA will wait and see how this develops before implementing it here for our domestic events. Other major countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Britain and Spain have various timetables for their domestic implementation. To the best of our knowledge the following is the schedule of implementation for the following countries: Great Britain - Seniors in January 2009, Juniors in September 2009), Germany - Jan. 1, 2009 for seniors, post-Belfast for Junior/Cadets). Italy - Jan. 1, 2009 for seniors, post-Belfast for Junior/Cadets) France - September 2009 for all events Spain - Yet to decide.