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 FEN i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

FEN ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

FEN ii.i The Fencing Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of British Fencing. For both the Individual and Team Championships, full British Fencing Licences are required by all competitors.  FIE Licences will not be accepted.

 FEN iii The minimum number of fencers required for the fixture to start is three. 

A Team Championships

FEN 1 Competition Structure

 

FEN 1.1 Ten teams, selected on merit from the previous season’s competition, will compete in the Premier Leagues. Only first teams may compete in the Premier Leagues. All other teams will compete in the Conference Leagues.

 

FEN 1.2 Teams will be selected on merit, from the current season’s league programme, to participate in a knockout competition. Qualification details will be provided at the top of each league on the BUCS Website.

 

FEN 1.3 Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match. BUCS recommends that a minimum of 3 hours hall time is booked. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will forfeit any outstanding hits that cannot be completed within the allocated time.

 

FEN 1.4 All players shall hold current Full BF licences. FIE licences are not acceptable.

FEN 2 Premier Leagues

 

FEN 2.1 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League matches and should comply with national governing body regulations for matches of this standard. Specific attention should be paid to the quality of electric equipment and hall lighting.

 

FEN 2.2 Electric equipment must be used for all matches.

 

FEN 2.3 Where possible Institutions shall obtain the services of an independent Referee for all matches.

 

FEN 3 Matches

 

FEN 3.1 Matches will include Foil, Epee and Sabre. For each weapon, teams will be of 3 fencers plus the option of a nominated reserve. A weapon match will use the relay formula. Should there be a tie on hits at time, then an extra minute will be fenced with one team being given priority on the toss of a coin. The next hit or priority at the end of the minute will decide the weapon victory. The winning team will be the team with the highest hits total over the three weapons. The winning team will be awarded three points with the losing team receiving no points.

 

FEN 3.2 In the event of a tie on hits after the three weapons, the winner will be the team that has won the most weapons.

 

FEN 3.3 The two captains, in advance of the match, shall agree the order in which weapons are fought.

 

FEN 3.4 In the event of lack of agreement there shall be a draw for the order of weapons. The order of fights shall conform to BF regulations.

 

FEN 3.5 Independent referees are preferred for all matches. If an independent referee is not available then the refereeing duties shall be shared between the two teams.

 

FEN 3.6 Electrical apparatus shall be used for all matches.

 

FEN 3.7 Competitors clothing and equipment shall conform to BF regulations.

 

FEN 3.8 Team Captains are required to check the BF licences of the opposing team prior to the start of each league match. Fencers should bring a print out of their confirmation on the BF website.

 

FEN 4 Incomplete Fixtures

 

FEN 4.1 In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any hits not completed or unplayed.

 

FEN 5 Tie on Points in a League

 

FEN 5.1 In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 9.9. If the BUCS Office does not consider the score sheets satisfactory, then the teams that tie shall fight off.

 

FEN 5.2 Tie on Hits in League Matches & Knockout Rounds including Semi-Final and Final. In the event of a tie on hits, the winner shall be the team that has won more weapons.

 

FEN 5.3 Semi-Finals and Finals: Members of the BF Panel of Referees shall referee the Semi-Finals and the Final of the Championship and the Final of the Trophy.

B Individual Championships

 

FEN 6 Events: Individual Championships shall be held annually for both Men and Women at foil, epee and sabre.

 

FEN 7 Rules: Electrical apparatus shall be used for all events. Competitors clothing and equipment shall conform to BF regulations.
    
FEN 8 Information: All relevant information shall be circulated in the autumn term.

 

C General

 

FEN 9 All competitors in the sabre discipline in league and events must wear 800 Newton Glove. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of that match.

 

FEN 10 Advancing the non-sword arm shoulder in front of the sword arm shoulder is now a Group 1 offence in foil. Failure to comply will be dealt with in accordance with Group 1 offences under British Fencing rules.

FEN 11 The cut out time on boxes for sabre will be 170 ms. 

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