Under certain circumstances two fencers can now fence for a maximum of 5×5 hits or 2×15 hits in a single session.
Adapted sparring between two individuals in the group can take place up to 2 x 15 hits OR 5 x 5 hits, up to a maximum of 20mins of fencing time and 30 mins of elapsed time, PROVIDED THAT
In the event the requirements for increasing the limits are not met, clubs should continue to follow the existing/previous limits: Adapted sparring between two individuals in the group can take place and is limited to 1 x 15 hits OR 3 x 5 hits, up to a maximum of 10mins of fencing time and 15mins of elapsed time. (This means, for example, a group could choose to run a poule unique of 6 fencers where everyone fences each other once only to 15 hits and each bout takes no longer than 10mins of fencing time and 15mins elapsed time). When it is not possible to count hits (eg adapted pairs training), elapsed time must be strictly adhered to.
The updated BF Return to Fencing Guidance for England can be found here. Please note that for standard club fencing activity groups must still adhere to the ‘rule of six’.
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