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1.18 What are the latest rule changes?


This article is from the Fencing FAQ, by Morgan Burke with numerous contributions by others.

1.18 What are the latest rule changes?

The FIE Rules of Competition were completely revised for the 1998
season. Although the wording of the rules is for the most part
similar, the article numbers and locations of particular rules
are completely different.

- Crossing the boundary of the piste with one or both
feet results in a halt, and the loss of 1 metre of ground by
the offending fencer. Hits launched before the halt by
the offending fencer are valid only if one foot remains on the
piste. If both feet leave the piste, only the hit made by
the opposing fencer is counted, and only if one of their feet
remains on the piste. (2002)
- Falling is no longer an offence. (2002)
- Immediate penalty (Group I/yellow card) if a fencer
signals he/she is ready to fence with an illegal bend to
their blade. (2002)
- Only team members and trainer are permitted inside the
designated team zone during team competitions. Penalties
for violating this rule are directed against the team, and
remain valid for the duration of the match. (2002)
- Leaving the piste with one or both feet earns a verbal
caution for first offense, and group 1 penalties
thereafter. (1998) [This rule replaced by a new
out-of-bounds rule, above, in 2002.]
- In sabre, any action in which the rear leg is crossed in
front of the fore is a group 1 penalty, with the hit annulled.
A correctly executed touch from the opponent is still valid. (1994)
- Salute of opponent, referee, and audience is mandatory
at the start and end of the bout. Failure to do so is a
group 3 penalty (if by one fencer at start of bout), group 4
penalty (if by both fencers at start or end of bout),
suspension (if by loser at end of bout), or annullment of
hit (if by winner at end of bout). (1994)

- Scoring lamps must indicate who scored the touch, not
who received it. (2000)
- FIE2000 sabre blades required. (2000)
- Clear masks required in all FIE foil and epee events. (2000)
- 800N underarm protector (plastron) is required in addition
to the regular 800N jacket. (1994)
- Clothing may be of different colours, but those on the body
must be white or light-coloured. (1994)
- Minimum width of the strip is now 1.5 metres. (1994)
- The proposed rule extending the foil target to include
the bib has been dropped.

- Pool and relay bouts are now of 3-minute duration. (2002)
- At sabre only, the first period of an elimination bout
will end when 3 minutes have elapsed, or the score of one
fencer has reached 8 touches. (2002)
- Coin flip to determine winner in the event of a tie shall be
made at end of regulation time, and one additional minute
shall be fenced. The winner of the coin toss shall be
recorded as the victor if the bout is not resolved by sudden
death in the extra minute. (1994)
- No more 1-minute warning, although fencers can request the
time remaining at any normal halt in the action. (1994)
- Fencers shall be placed at the en garde lines at the
commencement of each 3-minute period in 15-touch elimination
bouts. (1994)

- When time runs out, scores are recorded as is, rather than
elevating the winner to 5 and the loser by an equivalent
amount. (1997)
- Following pools, fencers are sorted by V/M, HS-HR, HS. (1997)
- In sabre, simultaneous attacks that both arrive on the valid
target do not result in any points being scored. (1994)
- In the team relay, the first pair of fencers fence to 5
points or 4 minutes, whichever comes first. The next pair
continue from this score up to 10 points within 4 minutes,
and so on up to a total score of 45 points. (1995?)


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