LEVEL 1 – Introduction to Refereeing

Level 1 is designed to be an introduction to the rules of fencing for those new to the sport either as a fencer or coach, parents and other supporters.  It is envisaged that it will help parents support their fencers and spectators or supporters to understand how fencing is refereed, why competitions run the way they do, why some hits are awarded and others not, what referees are looking for during matches and why safety and rules of behaviour are so important for fencers, spectators and coaches alike.

Whilst Level 1 is no longer classed as a referee qualification, this is still a useful and helpful introduction for parents, new fencers and coaches into understanding how referees score hits, awards penalty cards and what a fencers needs to be aware of during their first few competitions.

Level 1 and 2 are run by the Home Countries – you can contact the lead referee for your Home Country here

The next step on your referee journey is attending a Level 2 course and assessment 


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