No, there is a spectator seating/viewing area on the balcony for the duration of the competition.
FoP accreditation was in part introduced to control and improve the quality of the immediate environment around the fencer when they compete. Over the years an increasing number of parents, coaches etc have wished to support fencers by occupying spaces closer and closer to the piste which can cause safety issues and make refereeing more difficult. Importantly fencers tell us that they do not like this overcrowding and it makes it harder to concentrate.
There are two types of accreditation:
Piste Side Helper:
Taking point 3 into consideration, we would like to minimise the number of people piste-side during the competition. Ideally, we would encourage only the accredited coach to be piste-side and for the Piste Side Helpers to enter the FoP if it is absolutely necessary.
No. You are only allowed to access the FoP if your team are fencing. We would also encourage Coaches and Piste Side Helpers to only enter the FoP if it is absolutely critical for the fencer. As stated in point 3 above, fencers have developed resilience to be able to fence without a coach/parent/supporter present piste-side.
Individuals applying for accreditation (Coach and Piste Side Helper) are accepting that they are personally responsible for upholding the FoP rules and should not wait until an official reminds them they are required to leave a FoP.
This is to help officials see from a distance who is on the FoP and in what capacity.
Yes. By being a member, we know that you are bound by the policies, codes of conduct and rules of BF and covered by BF insurance.
Coaches – the named coach must collect their accreditation in person providing a form of identity, eg credit card, driving licence.
Piste Side Helper – either the named fencer or the listed Piste Side Helpers may collect their accreditation. In the event that the listed Piste Side Helper is collecting the accreditation, they must supply a form of identity, eg credit card, driving license.
These will be available for collection next to the check-in desk.
The application system generates a Thank you email automatically. If you can’t see it please check your Junk mail.
Coaches – If your BF coach registration is up to date you can assume that your request will be granted. We will attempt to contact you directly via email if there is a problem so please check your emails.
Piste Side Helper – If you have a valid membership you can assume that you will be granted accreditation.
We will only contact you if we have a question about your application.
We do not recommend that you apply for accreditations on the day as we cannot guarantee we will be able to process them before you wish to use them.
If we are able to process applications on the day, the same original conditions apply (BF membership, Coaches Register). There will be a charge.
If you wish to be given a Piste Side Helper Accreditation, the fencer must accompany you to the accreditation desk. If you are not the parent or guardian of the athlete and the athlete is a minor, it is your responsibility to have sought the permission of any parent/guardian present to act in this capacity.
Yes, although we may not be able to re-issue replacements immediately and there will be a charge (part-refundable if the original is found and returned prior to the last final).
Coaches may not give their accreditation to someone else. If an official notices that someone is wearing an accreditation not issued to them the accreditation will be removed immediately. BF reserve the right not to re-issue any FoP accreditation to either the coach or the person who was using their accreditation.
Piste Side Helper – If the accreditation lists more than one Piste Side Helper name, all those named may use the accreditation. Otherwise the same rule applies as per the coaches accreditation.
Any event official may request to see FoP accreditation. Referees will check at the start that the person acting in a piste-side capacity has a valid accreditation.
If you follow the instructions of the referee, sit/stand where you are told, and only coach your fencer during the break you are unlikely to break any rules (and the referee will probably try to give you a friendly warning if you start to look like you might!).
Otherwise, if you want to know details there are a number of rules about ‘disturbing good order’.
t.109, t.110, t.111, t.132.2, t.133, t.137.3/4, t.168
If Piste Side Helpers or Coaches remain in the FoP despite being asked to leave by an event official, they will have their accreditation removed. Referees and event officials have the right to remove accreditations from people in these instances.
Referees have the ability to use yellow and black cards (note that there is no red card for non-fencers).
Any accredited individual who receives a black card (for any reason) will have their accreditation removed and will be automatically banned for 2 months from attending BF competitions in an accredited capacity.
Yes, as long as there is only one accredited team Coach and one Piste Side Helper on the FoP at any one time. Remember, just because someone can take the place of the coach, it does not mean they have to – the wishes and the development needs of the fencer must be the priority in this situation. We encourage Piste Side Helpers to have a conversation in advance with the coaches/fencers to decide what will happen in these scenarios.
No. You will be asked in the application process to state which days you need an accreditation for and you will be issued with one accreditation valid for the days you have requested.
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