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2014 Rule Changes
During the 2013 FIE Congress, a number of rule changes were introduced, effective as at 1 January in most cases. Subject to selected local changes, the AFF uses the FIE rules. Fencers should note the following, referring to the FIE rules noted below for the exact text of the rule or rule change:
* In foil, beats on the lower third of the blade will now be considered parries by the opponent - t.56.4.
* The absence of blade contact will no longer be a criterion for non-combativity - t.87.4.2.
* There will be no penalty for simple corps a corps for foil and sabre, but the referee still calls "Halt!" - t.20.2 / t.20.3.
* Visor masks will be forbidden in all weapons - Material Rules Annex A.2.1.2.
* Insulting a referee will be an immediate Group 4 offence (Black card) - t.82.3(b).
* Violently or dangerously throwing one's mask is a Group 4 offence (Black Card) - t.87.3(b)
* Fencers passing each other on the strip must do so completely before the referee calls "Halt!" - t.21.3
* Foil and sabre fencers must have a spare mask wire at the side of the strip - t.45.
* Foils and epees must be made of maraging steel - this is generally the case at the moment.
Full information about AFF rules can be found on the Documents and Policies web page (click here). These rule changes will apply at AFC1.
Sabre fencers should also be aware of the requirement for 800N cuffs (click here), which have only very recently become available from overseas suppliers (click here). As this is only a relatively recent homologation, this requirement will only be applied in Australia from AFC2 onwards, but local fencers competing overseas should be aware that this is a requirement in FIE-sanctioned events now.
Veterans Endowment Fund
In 2012, International Charitable Foundation "For the Future of Fencing" incorporated the Specialized Fencing Veterans Support Endowment ("VSE") and funded it with USD 10,000,000. The fund is expected to become available for distribution in April 2014.
The VSE Board meeting is scheduled to take place in April 2014 to begin to allocate the fund in accordance with the following priorities:
- to provide fencing veterans with access to medical services (co-financing expensive treatment, surgeries, medication, etc.);
- to provide fencing veterans with access to medical insurance;
- to assist fencing veterans in complicated circumstances (e.g. in order to resolve material problems; home repairs, vehicle repairs, etc.); and
- to finance programs and events for the social support of fencing veterans.
The VSE's primary goal is to provide fencing veterans with medical assistance and to improve their conditions of living.
The VSE will provide assistance to fencing veterans upon receipt of written requests and, when required, supporting documents from national fencing federations.
Timetable for 2014 DH McKenzie
The AFF presents the following timetable for the 2014 Australian Fencing Circuit #1 Tournament - the DH McKenzie, to be held at the State Fencing Centre, North Melbourne (click here).
Friday – 21 March (updated)
Saturday – 22 March
Sunday 23 March
Venue will open 7am - 7pm daily; venue strips will
Please note that there will be a refereeing seminar held from 9am - 11:30am on Friday 21 March:
9.00 Intro and rule changes
9.20 Sabre refereeing - current practice (video analysis)
10.10 Foil refereeing - current practice (video analysis)
10.55 Epee refereeing - discussion of when to annul a hit and video examples of some of these situations
11.20 Reiteration of rule changes
Local and overseas competitors should refer to the Competitions / Frequently Asked Questions on this web site for additional information. Fees associated with registrations can be found on the AFF Fees and Charges page (click here). To register, click on the links below. Note that normal registrations for this event closed on March 6, but late registrations are still being accepted:
|Australian competitors||Open / Vets Registration||Fencer List|
|Overseas competitors||Open / Vets Registration||Fencer List|
Information about location, transport and accommodation can be found on the Fencing Victoria Website (click here).
2014 Asian Junior and Cadet Zone Championships
The AFF congratulates the following fencers who have been selected to represent Australia at the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Amman, Jordan from 7 to 16 March, 2014.
Cadet Men’s Epee
Cadet Women’s Epee
Cadet Men’s Foil (from 51)
Cadet Women’s Foil
Junior Men’s Epee
Junior Women’s Epee
Junior Men’s Foil
Junior Women’s Foil
Junior Men’s Sabre
Junior Women’s Sabre
Team Manager: Andrew Ius, Team Coach: Pieter Leeuwenburgh
Assistant Team Manager: Angela Bensted
Detailed event information (including the competition schedule) is available on the FIE web site: click here
(Last Updated: 12 March)