The European Fencing Confederation (EFC) has provided information about the modification of rules and regulations relating to EFC competitions for season 2023-24, which has financial and operational implications for fencers and BF alike.
What does this mean ?
Further details to note (taken from EFC letter to National Federations)
EFC U-14 Project: No changes, same rules as 2022 23. One additional event will be added in the U14 calendar – “U14 Festival” in 3 different countries, on one weekend for all 6 weapon individual and team categories. Details to follow.
EFC U17 (Cadets):
a) In all weapons 8 competitions per weapon are included in the Calendar, selected according to different criteria: 4 largest competitions from previous seasons statistics, geographically spread across Europe, and some limitations on the number of competitions per country.
b) In all competitions, both individual and team events will be organized.
c) For the EFC ranking only 4 best results in individual and team events will be counted.
d) Quota of referees in individual competitions:
Quota of referees in team competitions:
e) If a nation does not have a referee, the penalty is: 500 euros /per day/ per missing referee.
f) Referee age limit is minimum 18 and maximum 60 years.
g) The number of referees from the host country can NOT be more than 50% from all referees officiating in the competition.
h) All referees MUST be registered online in our EFC Service portal. No (last minute) registration of referees on the site of competitions is allowed by the DT of organizers.
i) The deadline for inscriptions is changed to 14 days before the date of the competition. It has to be strictly respected.
j) One individual and one team competition can be organized in the same day.
k) After one or two seasons the last competition in each weapon automatically will be scratched from the Circuit, to be replaced by a new candidate. Also, the evaluation criteria of the circuit competitions would be combined with evaluations provided by the EFC Refereeing delegates.
1) The initial ranking of teams in the team event will be based on:
a) Sum up of results of 3 fencers in teams from the individual competition in case the team event follows the individual competition
b) Sum up of rankings of 3 fencers in teams from the EFC individual ranking in case the team event precedes the individual competition
c) Only one team per country will be considered in the EFC teams ranking, which will serve for the awarding of the Cup for the team winner of the season 2023 -2024.
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