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Equipment requirements - Guide for 2006 Commonwealth Youth Champs
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A GUIDE TO EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

Summary:    This guide is designed to give members an overview of the regulations for equipment that will be enforced and controlled at the Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2006.

Basic Requirements:

FIE Clothing — Jackets, breeches, underplastron
Masks — FIE labels
Blades — conforming to FIE standards.
Uniform — Name & Country (three letter code) on Lame / Jacket

In order to compete in the Commonwealth Championships (as with the Olympic Games, World Championships, F.I.E. World Cups, and other international events), athletes must have equipment and uniforms that conform to the F.I.E. standards, except where stipulated below. Details of these standards are found in:  F.I.E. Rules for Competitions

Note:    The BFA English version, The FIE Rules For Competitions is the Official Rule Book for CFC and mandates the requirements for such equipment. The following is a brief overview. It is not a substitute and must be used as a guide only.

ITEM
   
Clothing
1. The jacket, the plastron, and the fencing breeches must carry an FIE label certifying that the material is able to resist perforation by a force of at least 800 Newtons of force,.
2. The FIE advertising rules will be strictly enforced
3. National stripes on the legs are not a requirement, but if worn must be the FIE approved design for the national federation. i.e. GBR nations would wear the GBR approved stripes.
           
Mask   
1. The mask must carry an FIE. label certifying that the design meets the FIE design criteria, including having bib material that will resist 1600 Newtons of force.
2. Masks carrying a design - proof must be produced that the design is one approved by the FIE

Foil   

Lame    1.    The maximum electrical resistance between any two points on the electrically conductive material is 5 ohms
    2.    The cut of the metallic vest must be a straight line between the point of junction at the groin and the two points corresponding to the tops of the hip bones.
    3.    The minimum height of the collar must be 3 cm.
    4.    The band of non-conductive material passing between the legs must be at least 3 cm wide
    5.    The competitor’s name and country code must appear on the back of the metallic jacket in dark blue. or blue-black and in block Roman with letters between 8.0 and 10.0 cm high.  NB Country Code must be as for the CGF.  E.g. England fencers must wear ENG not GBR

Body Wires   
    1.    The electrical resistance of any one wire must be less than 1.0 ohm.
    2.    There must be at least 40 cm of free wire between the alligator clip and the 3-prong plug.
    3.    The wire from the alligator clip to the 3-prong plug must be soldered to the alligator clip. The SEMI Committee of the F.I.E has approved no other method of attachment.
    4.    The alligator clip jaws must be minimum of 10mm wide with a minimum space inside the jaws 8mm deep and 3mm high when open.

Foils:    1.    The maximum length of a foil is 110 cm. The maximum length of the blade is 90 cm, and the maximum length of the handle is 20 cm.
    2.    The maximum weight of a foil is 500gm.
    3.    The handle, if orthopaedic, must fix the position of the hand on the grip in one, and only one, position, no more than 2 cm from the inner surface of the guard.
    4.    The handle should be electrically insulated.
    5.    The maximum diameter of the guard is 120 mm, what about minimum diameter of 95mm.
    6.    The convex surface of the guard must be smooth, so that it can neither hold nor catch an opponent’s point, nor present a safety hazard.
    7.    The guard and handle must be able to pass through the 120mm x 150mm test cylinder blade parallel to the central axis of the cylinder. Nothing, such as electric sockets must be protruding beyond the guard.
    8.    The blade must carry the FIE stamp certifying that it meets the material and manufacturing criteria of the FIE.
    9.    The maximum curvature of the blade must be less than 1 cm.
    10. The edges of the blade must be chamfered
    11. The blade must be mounted with the groove uppermost.
    12. The flexibility of the blade, when tested with a 200gm weight must be between 5.5 cm and 9.5 cm.
    13. The body of the point and the foil blade for a length of 15 cm must be electrically insulated.
    14. The blade wire must be insulated with a single piece of tubing from the point where the wire enters the guard to guard socket.
    15. The electrical resistance of the foil must be less than 2.0 ohms
    16. The tip spring must be able to lift a 500gm weight

Epee

Epees:    1.    The maximum length of an epee is 110 cm. The maximum length of the blade is 90 cm, and the maximum length of the handle is 20 cm.
    2.    The maximum weight of an epee is 770gm.
    3.    The handle, of orthopaedic, must fix the position of the hand on the grip in one, and only one, position, with the extremity of the completely extended thumb no more than 2 cm from the inner surface of the guard.
    4.    Any material that may hide a switch cannot cover the handle.
    5.    The maximum diameter of the guard is 135 mm; its maximum depth is 5.5cm; its Maximum mounting eccentricity is 3.5 cm.
    6.    The convex surface of the guard must be smooth, so that it can neither hold nor catch an opponent’s point, nor present a safety hazard.
    7.    The guard and handle must be able to pass through the 135 mm x 150 mm test cylinder with the blade parallel to the central axis of the cylinder. No item such as cross bars or electric sockets may protrude  beyond the guard.
    8.    The blade must carry the FIE mark certifying that it meets the material and manufacturing criteria of the F.I.E.
    9.    The maximum curvature of the blade must be less than 1.0 cm
    10. The blade must be mounted with the groove uppermost and the wires are in the groove.
    11. The flexibility of the blade, when tested with a 200 g weight, must be between 4.5 cm and 7.0 cm.
    12.    The blade wires must be insulated with separate pieces of tubing from the point where the wire enters the guard-to-guard socket.
    13.    The tip must have a chamfered edge.( It can also have a rounded edge.)
    14.    The electrical resistance of the epee must be less than 2.0 ohms
    15.    The tip must be held in place be two screws or other method approved be the SEMI Committee of the FIE
    16.    The tip pressure spring must be able to lift a 750gm weight.
    17.    The 1.5 mm gauge must fit between the tip and the body of the point.
    18.    The lighting stroke must greater than 1mm with the further course of travel must be less than 0.5mm.

Sabre

Mask:   
1. The mask must carry an FIE label certifying its design and its bib material capable of resisting a force of 1600 Newtons.
2. Vision masks are NOT required for any weapon

Conductive Jacket and Over-Glove:
1.     The over-glove must have at least a 5.0 cm “turn-under” and an elastic band or similar device to ensure good electrical contact with the sleeve of the conductive jacket.
2.    The maximum electrical resistance between any two points on the conductive jacket is 5.0 ohms.
3.    The conductive jacket must have a conductive tab or pocket 2 cm x 3 cm, attached to the middle of the back, below the collar for the attachment of the mask cord.
4.    The minimum height of the collar must be 3 cm.
5.    the band of non-conductive material passing between the legs must be at least 3 cm wide.
6.    The competitor’s name and country code must appear on the back of the metallic jacket in dark blue or blue-black, with Roman letters between 8.0 and 10.0 cm high.
Sabres:   
1.    The maximum length of a sabre is 105 cm. The maximum length of the blade is 88 cm, and the maximum length of the handle and pommel is 17 cm.
2.    The maximum weight of a sabre is 500gm.
3.    The handle, the pommel and the inside guard must be electrically insulated.  There should be no insulation on the convex face of the guard. 
4.    The maximum size of the guard is 15 cm x 14 cm.
5.    The convex surface of the guard must be smooth, so that it can neither hold nor catch an opponent’s point, nor present a safety hazard.
6.    The guard and handle must be able to pass through the 15 cm x 14cm test cylinder.
7.    the maximum curvature of the blade is 4.0 cm in the horizontal plane
8.    The minimum width of the tip is 4mm in both the plane of the cutting edge and the plane at right angles to it.  There is a maximum button size of 6 mm and both dimensions must not be more than 3mm from extremity of the point.  The blade minimum thickness must be at least 1.2 mm at the base of the button, and the minimum depth (in the cutting edge plane) of the blade must be at the tip and greater than or equal to 4mm.
10.    The minimum thickness of the cutting edge of the blade must be 1.2 mm.
11.    The flexibility of the blade, when tested with a 200gm weight, must be between 4.0 cm and 7.0 cm.
12.    The maximum electrical resistance of the sabre is 1.0 ohm.

H J Ramsay
Technical Commission



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