The attached document details the rules specific to the National competitions run under the auspices of the Australian Fencing Federation. This document should be read in conjunction with the Weapons Control Policy (click here).
* Video refereeing will be introduced at AFC events during 2016. At those events, and in those bouts where it is active, rule at.1 does not apply.
* FIE rule t.17 (change to sabre en guard position) - this rule will not be applied locally until the TMC reviews the FIE decision in this area after the end of December 2016.
* FIE rule t.18.5 (card offence for reversing the line of the shoulders in foil) - to be applied from 1 January 2017.
* FIE rule t.33.1 (reduction of injury time to 5 minutes) - this rule will not be applied locally until the TMC reviews the FIE decision in this area after April 2016.
* From AFC3 onwards, the change in sabre timing (from 120ms to 170ms) as outlined in the FIE rule changes in the Material Rules Annex B will apply. States hosting AFC events will be required to notify the DT at the event as to which scoring boxes contain the computer chip allowing the new timing. AFC3 was selected as the chosen start event so that our local athletes will be accustomed to the new timing prior to commencing the FIE season in October 2016. It is also strongly recommended that States convert all of their scoring boxes to the new timing as soon as possible for the same reason(s), and in turn make similar recommendations to their affiliated clubs. The sabre timing rule change will not apply to Veterans (Masters) events at AFC3.
* The AFF has recommended that all hosting States for 2016 have available for the semi-final and final bouts scoring apparatus which conforms to FIE Material Rules m.51.8(a), allowing display of time remaining to tenths of seconds during the last ten seconds of a bout.
* The double-substitution rule in Team events (o.44.10(a)) is now active.