Now that American referees have heard back on their ratings updates or renewals, we think it's probably a good idea to start getting feedback on the pros/cons of our current ratings system, and open the dialogue on ways that the system could be improved.
So, fire away, guys. There is no wrong answer, but you may be asked to show your work.
I didn't think it was sabres, because of the scoring/style. I'm not good enough to tell epĂ©e from foil, though...anyone?
Something a little different. A call from the 1989 World Championships.
You can watch the match starting with this touch online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WftsbRlV6Ts#t=2627 Don't forget that at this point the lights were reversed! Lights signified a touch against, not a touch for.
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Hover over the spoilers here to see what the call is now. The call is Attack Right.
Hover over the spoiler here to see about the call then. Here the referee is clearly visable making the call Attack in Preparation from the Left. I can't say for certain that this call was indicative of how this call was made at the time, since I didn't even start my own fencing career until more than a decade later, but I hope that it's clear that this is not how this action should be called today. This feels like a super heavy punishment to the fencer moving forward without their arm extended. But FotL doesn't make an attack into this "preparation". They don't even fully extend either! Even if FotL had made this same action, but earlier, there is no way that would be called Point in Line today
It's an example (although maybe not a perfect one) of a shifting focus in how priority is called. Following these trends and how they develop over time is crucial to a successful competitive fencing career. Today, it's widely recognized that scoring a valid touch on the attack in foil is extremely difficult. A lot of risk is taken by being the attacker. This is why you see so many fencers in lower levels of fencing being successful by simply being patient, waiting for their opponent to make a mistake in their attack, and then just counter-attacking into them. You see a ton of counter-attacks and remises at this level of fencing.
So, modern interpretations reward the fencer who takes these risks if they successfully make the attack. Often times, this is done by determining which fencer stepped into the critical distance. Here, that is FotR. FotL responds by counter-attacking.