This is as per the CFF news post.
Rule changes from this years congress.
The following changes will be implemented starting January 1st , 2014 unless indicated otherwise:
At the Junior World Championships, the top 16 places in team competition will be fought for. From 17th place onwards teams will be classified within each round of the table, according to their initial places in the table. (This also applies for Junior World Cup competition.)
Junior Team World Cups â€“ the FIE has added Junior Team World Cups to their regulations. The official Junior team ranking takes into account a teamâ€™s four results in the Junior Team World Cup competitions, irrespective of continent, plus the junior team world championships and the junior team Zonal Championships.
During the 2014 Junior World Championships, they will be testing the shortening of the relay from 3 minutes to 2 minutes. (Each bout is five hits and 2 minutes maximum.) This rule was not passed but they will be testing it this year and they noted Junior World Championships specifically.
They will also test during the Junior World Championships the reduction of the direct elimination bouts from 3 to 2 periods with a one-minute rest in between for individual competitions in all 3 weapons. The rule being tested reads, â€śfor direct elimination bouts, 15 hits maximum 6 minutes divided into 2 periods of 3 minutes, with one minuteâ€™s pause between the two bouts.â€ť
They are also testing the reduction of pool bouts from 3 minutes to 2 minutes instead at the Junior World Championships.
As of March 1st, the FIE will â€śprohibit the use of masks with transparent visors in all weapons until a protocol is developed and instituted that will determine the integrity of the visors once they have been used.â€ť
They will now be issuing yellow cards, followed by a black card if repeated, for not wearing fencing clothing and equipment which conforms with FIE regulations during warm up or training on site at an official FIE competition.
They have added a new rule to clarify the beat attacks in foil similarly as in saber. The addition reads: Attacks by beats on the blade:
A) in an attack by beating on the blade, this attack is correctly carried ut and retains its priority when the beat is made on the foible of the opponentâ€™s blade, i.e. the two-thirds of the blade furthest from the guard. in an attack by beating on the blade, when the beat is made on the forte of the opponentâ€™s blade, i.e. the one-third of the blade nearest the guard, the attack is badly executed and the beat gives the opponent the right to an immediate riposte.
They have now cancelled the â€śabsence of blade contactâ€ť portion of the rule related to willingness to fight. It now simply reads, â€śExcessive distance (greater than the distance of a step-forward-lunge) during at least 15 seconds.â€ť They removed the wording â€śabsence of blade contact orâ€ť from the start of this ruling.
They have increased the number of volunteers needed for weapon control at World Cups or GP s to 4 for up to 100 fencers, 7-9 for 100-200 fencers and 9 for World and zonal championships up to 300 fencers.
Organizers will now need to pay for a FIE SEMI Commission member to attend their event, but this person can come from the same continent.
Non-maraging steel blades are no longer accepted for Homologation after January 1, 2014 and non-maraging steel blades with current homologation are acceptable for use until December 31, 2015.
Rule t 71 relating to sabre has been changed to read: â€śThe target comprises any part of the body above a horizontal line drawn between the tops of the hip bones and then horizontally round the fencerâ€™s trunk.â€ť This is to make it easier to enforce the rule regarding the lower extremity of the sabre target because it is generally ignored in competition.
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