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2007-09-20 01:03 - Reminder of Recent FIE Rule Changes
Posted by Brillmartmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZReminder of recent modifications to the FIE rules (as of 19-09-2007) . . . Click here for more information
A) Article t.22.1
The use of the non-sword hand and arm to carry out an offensive or defensive actions is forbidden (cf. t.114, t.117. t.120). Should such an offence occur, the hit scored by the fencer at fault is annulled and the latter will be penalised as specified for offences of the 2nd group (red card).

B) Article t.43 Checking of equipment by the referee In pools, this checking must be done at the roll call of the fencers. For bouts in the direct elimination and the finals this checking must be done in the call room. The organisers of all official FIE competitions (junior and senior) must make provision in their set-up for a call room.

C) Article t.45.5 Checking of equipment by the referee If the conductive jacket does not conform to the rules, the fencer must put on a spare jacket that does conform to the Rules. If this jacket does not have his name and nationality on the back, the fencer has until the next stage of the competition (from the pools to the table of 64, the table of 32, etc) to get his name and nationality printed on it. If this is not done, and except in case of “ force majeure ” the referee will eliminate the fencer and he cannot continue to participate in the competition.

D) Article t.86.2
Before the start of the bout, the fencers’ hair must be fastened and placed inside the clothing and/or mask in such a way as to ensure :

- it does not cover a valid surface (and thus preventing a hit from being scored) ;
- it does not conceal the name and nationality of the fencer ;
- it does not need to be put back in place during the bout, thus interrupting it.

In the case of violation of this rule, the referee will apply the penalties for group 1 offences (t.114, t.116, t.120).

E) Article t.87.5 and following.
Individual events
a) When both fencers make clear their unwillingness to fight * during the two first periods of a direct elimination bout, the Referee will award a warning (yellow card) against each of the two fencers and will proceed to the next period, without the minute rest.

b) In case of repeated offence, the Referee will award at each time a penalty hit (red card) against each of the two fencers and will proceed to the next period, without the minute rest.
c) When both fencers make clear their unwillingness to fight * during the third period of a direct elimination bout :
i) if the offence was not committed during the course of the preceding periods, the Referee will award a warning (yellow card) against each of the fencer, and will proceed to the last minute * of the time allowed for the bout ;
ii) if the offence was already committed during the course of the preceding periods, the Referee will award a penalty hit (red card) against each of the fencer, and will proceed to the last minute * of the time allowed for the bout. This last minute*, which will be fenced in its entirety, will be decisive and will be preceded by a
drawing of lots to decide the winner should the scores be equal at the end of the minute.

Team events
a) When both teams make clear their unwillingness to fight * during a team match, the Referee will award a warning (yellow card) against both of the teams and will proceed to the next bout.
b) In case of repeated offence, the Referee will award at each time a penalty hit (red card) against both of the teams and will proceed to the next bout, and this up to the last bout.
c) When both teams make clear their unwillingness to fight * during the last bout :
i) if the offence was not committed during the course of the preceding bouts, the Referee will award a warning (yellow card) against both of the teams, and will proceed to the last minute * of the time allowed for the bout ;
ii) if the offence was already committed during the course of the preceding bouts, the Referee will award a penalty hit (red card) against both of the teams, and will proceed to the last minute * of the time allowed for the bout.

This last minute*, which will be fenced in its entirety, will be decisive and will be preceded by a drawing of lots to decide the winner should the scores be equal at the end of the minute.

Clear unwillingness to fight (non-combativity) *
If two of the criteria below are combined, there is unwillingness to fight :
1. criterion of time : one minute of fight without hit
2. absence of iron contact
3. excessive distance (superior to the distance of a step-lunge)

F) Article m.5.5 (new) Equipment and checking of weapons
a) At foil and epee, only traditional or homologated pointes d’arręt are accepted. No other kind of pointe d’arręt, notably new ones that are not homologated, will be accepted at the weapon control.
In order to make identification easier, please note that a traditional pointe d’arręt has two screws to fix the tip of the pointe d’arręt to the base, the whole is in metal, and there is no plastic in the base.

To make the checking of weapons easier and allow complete observation of the tip and its base, foil fencers are requested to present their foils for checking with bare points, not covered with
adhesive tape over the first 15 cm.

b) In order that the registering of hits by the contact of the point on the opponent be correctly registered by the scoring device, the pointes d’arręt must be clean. The electrical resistance measured in ohms must not exceed the limit of two ohms (m.5.4.a).

c) The blades, the guards at epee and foil and the guard at sabre must be totally in metal. Apart from at sabre where the part of the guard next to the pommel is insulated (insulating sheath), their exteriors must not be covered by any material (plastic or other).

The guard may not feature any advertising. This is also the case for the insulated part of the sabre guard.

d) The fencer or the person who tries to execute hits in a way that does not comply with the rules, either with the weapon or by manipulating the scoring device, will be excluded from the competition or from the competition zone and, after identification, will be liable to an additional penalty.

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