As the 2018-2019 season gets underway, I’d like to highlight some changes to the USA Fencing Rulebook for the upcoming season. These changes reflect decisions made at the most recent FIE Congress, and were adapted to conform to the USA Fencing Rulebook by the tireless efforts of our rule book editor, Bradley Baker.
Taken broadly, these changes consist of:
In addition, USA Fencing’s Referees’ and SEMI Commissions have collectively decided not to adopt the FIE requirements for mask fitting systems for the 2018-2019 season. If a mask was legal at a NAC event last year, it’s still legal this year.
Reduction in Injury Treatment Time
USA Fencing has adopted a change made at the FIE level reducing the time for the designated sports medicine professional to treat an injury. Treatment time is now 5 minutes. As was previously the case with this rule, the allowed treatment time begins at the time the sports medicine professional confirms the injury, and the break is reserved exclusively for injury treatment (i.e., if treatment has concluded after three minutes, the competitor may not continue to rest for the remaining two).
Restructuring and Renumbering of Rules
The Technical and Operational Rules (Books T and O) have been largely restructured and rearranged. This means that several rules now have new numbers or have changed location in the rulebook.
We’ve made these changes to stay in step with the FIE’s effort to restructure the T and O rulebooks, as detailed in the FIE Congress 2017 report. Please review the changes and familiarize yourself with the new rulebook layout.
Miscellaneous Rewordings and Clarifications
Several technical and operational rules were re-worded and clarified by the FIE Rules Commission and those changes were codified in the international rule book; we have adopted them in the USA Fencing rulebook as well.
These changes largely do not affect the substance of the rule, but may provide some additional guidance or simplicity in application. Some of the more pertinent changes are as follows:
As always, please ensure that you’re familiar with the latest updates to the rule book prior to the season; knowing the rules helps minimize protests, answer questions quickly, and helps to ensure smooth-running competitions for our athletes.
Good luck out there,
On behalf of the Rules Committee and the Referees’ Commission
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