Last Updated: 13th January 2023
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER AS A COACH/PARENT/SUPPORTER
WHAT ARE THE FIELD OF PLAY RESTRICTIONS?
DO I HAVE TO HAVE FOP ACCREDITATION IF I AM JUST COMING TO THE EVENT?
No, there is a spectator seating/viewing area on the balcony for the duration of the competition.
WHY HAVE YOU STARTED INTRODUCING FOP ACCREDITATION?
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.
FoP accreditation is in place at all BF Domestic Events.
WHO IS FOP ACCREDITATION FOR AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACH ACCREDITATION AND PISTE SIDE HELPER ACCREDITATION?
There are two types of accreditation:
Piste Side Helper:
CAN BOTH ACCREDITED PISTE SIDE SUPPORTER AND ACCREDITED COACH SUPPORT A FENCER PISTE-SIDE AT THE SAME TIME?
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 only if it is absolutely necessary.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE REFEREE WITH REGARDS TO ACCREDITATION?
DOES FOP ACCREDITATION ALLOW ME TO ACCESS ALL FOP AREAS AT ANY TIME?
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 team. As stated 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.
WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT COLOURS ON EVENT ACCREDITATIONS?
This is to help officials see from a distance who is on the FoP and in what capacity.
DO I NEED TO BE A BF MEMBER TO HAVE FOP ACCREDITATION?
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.
WHO CAN COLLECT MY FOP ACCREDITATION?
Coaches – the named coach must collect their accreditation in person providing a form of identity, eg credit card, driving licence.
Piste Side Helper – the named person must collect their accreditation in person providing a form of identity, eg credit card, driving licence.
WHERE/WHEN DO I COLLECT MY FOP ACCREDITATION?
These will be available for collection next to the check-in desk.
HOW DO I KNOW MY FOP ACCREDITATION REQUEST HAS BEEN RECEIVED?
The application system generates a Thank you email automatically. If you can’t see it please check your Junk mail.
HOW DO I KNOW MY FOP ACCREDITATION HAS BEEN GRANTED?
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.
CAN I APPLY ON THE DAY?
We are unable to process applications on the day.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28th February 2023 at 5pm
CAN I GIVE MY FOP ACCREDITATION TO SOMEONE ELSE?
Coaches/ Piste Side Helpers 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/ Piste Side Helper or the person who was using their accreditation.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING FOP 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.
WHAT ARE THE FIE RULES I NEED TO OBEY?
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
ARE THERE ANY PENALTIES IF I GET IT WRONG?
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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ACCREDITED COACH NEEDS TO MOVE BETWEEN PISTES TO SUPPORT OTHER FENCERS, CAN AN ACCREDITED PISTE SIDE HELPER TAKE THEIR PLACE?
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.
DO PISTE SIDE HELPERS NEED SEPARATE ACCREDITATION FOR EACH DAY OF THE COMPETITION IF THEIR FENCERS ARE TAKING PART ON BOTH DAYS?
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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