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FEN i The BUCS Fencing Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the Rules of British Fencing. Further event specific requirements, rules, and regulations will be contained within the entry and pre-event information for each Championship.

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

FEN iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the Rules of British Fencing, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


FEN 1 Championships BUCS will host annually the following Championships:

FEN 1.1 Individual Championships The programme shall include the events listed in Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’), subject to entry numbers.

FEN 1.2 Team Championships The programme shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

FEN 2 Dispute at events In line with REG 4.6.3, should a dispute occur at an event, the event appeal panel for Fencing shall comprise of the Tournament Director and a BUCS Staff Member.

FEN 3 Memberships British Fencing memberships are required by all competitors; FIE (International Fencing Federation) Licences will not be accepted. For Individual Championships all competitors require a ‘Compete’ membership. For the Team Championship all competitors require a minimum of ‘Recreational’ membership. (Note ‘Starter’ memberships are classed at the ‘Recreational’ level).

FEN 4 Fencing Safety Equipment All competitors clothing and equipment shall conform to current British Fencing regulations:

Jackets Plastrons Breeches Masks Gloves Socks
CEN 1, 350 Newtons CEN 2, 800 Newtons CEN 1, 350 Newtons CEN 1 (350N.bib) Sabre: FIE 800 Newtons Sabre Glove Long socks covered by the bottom of the breeches.
All masks must be fitted with safety back straps. Foil and Epee: 350 Newtons Glove

 


Individual Championships

FEN 5 Tournament structure and entries See Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) for all competitions offered as part of the BUCS Fencing Individual Championships. All competition specific event information will be available in the event entry information and pre-event information.

FEN 6 Electrical apparatus shall be used for all events.

FEN 7 A competitor’s clothing and equipment shall conform to British Fencing regulations and will be subject to a safety check. Any items failing a safety check will be removed from usage for the event.


Team Championships

FEN 8 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women.

FEN 9 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be 3.

FEN 10 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 11 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 1 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 3 points with the losing team receiving 0 points.

FEN 11.1 In the event of a tie on hits after the 3 weapons, the winner will be the team that has won the most weapons.

FEN 12 The 2 team captains, in advance of the match, shall agree the order in which weapons are fought.

FEN 12.1 In the event of lack of agreement there shall be a draw for the order of weapons. The order of fights shall conform to FIE (International Fencing Federation) regulations.

FEN 13 Referees Independent referees are preferred for all matches. If an independent referee is not available then the refereeing duties shall be shared between the 2 teams.

FEN 13.1 The Finals of the Trophy, and the Semi-Finals and Finals of the Championship, shall all be officiated by a British Fencing Registered Referee.

FEN 14 Electrical apparatus shall be used for all matches.

FEN 15 Team captains are required to check the British Fencing memberships of the opposing team prior to the start of each league and knockout match. Fencers should bring a print out of their confirmation on the British Fencing website or be able to demonstrate their membership online.

FEN 16 Incomplete fixtures

FEN 16.1 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 16.2 In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to an institution booking insufficient facility time as per FEN 10, their opposition may claim any hits not completed or unplayed.

FEN 17 Tie on hits in league and knockout matches In the event of a tie on hits, the winner shall be the team that has won more weapons.

FEN 18 Tie on points in a league In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a league the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 11.9.

FEN 18.1 If the BUCS office does not consider the scoresheets satisfactory, then the teams that tie shall fight off.

FEN 19 Additional Premier League/Championship specific requirements

FEN 19.1 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier League/Championship matches and should comply with British Fencing regulations for matches of this standard. Specific attention should be paid to the quality of electrical apparatus and hall lighting.


*Advanced warning of new regulation to be introduced*

British Fencing have delayed the introduction of the new FIE mask rule until January 2020 and BUCS is reviewing when to adopt this, with an expectation of this to be prior to the 2020-21 season.

The new FIE mask strap ruling: “There must be a secondary security strap on masks with a metallic tongue and for the main backstrap on masks without a metallic tongue.”

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