The BF Committee reminds members, clubs and coaches to follow the BF Safety Guidelines in relation to clothing and equipment as fencing restarts.
updated 20th September 2021 for clarification marked ** below
This guidance is now out of date – please see current guidance here.
For the past nearly a year and a half most of us have been concentrating on how to stay safe in this COVID world.
Now that fencing is opening up again BF would like to remind you of the regulations that help you to stay safe on the piste, whether at competitions or in the club, in particular regarding clothing (and of some other rules of which you may not be aware).
For all British competitions, including warm up sparring, and in the club you must wear:-
An exception is made for competitions and clubs where both fencers are using size 3 or smaller electric blades or non-electric foil blade (the traditional lightweight type) when fencers may wear:
Fencer’s clothing must always comply with the BF clothing rules that can be found on this website as Appendix 1 to the BF Safety Guidelines.
For official FIE competitions (and EFC European Championships) fencers must wear:
* Also compulsory for EFC cadet, U-14 and U-23 circuits. Note that as the FIE rules for chest guards were introduced in 2018 it is also possible that local organisers of EFC competitions, especially U23 circuit events, may expect fencers to be wearing FIE approved chest guards.
Note also for FIE competitions at all 3 weapons,
Remember – safety – yours, your opponent’s and that of those around you – is your first priority
Enjoy your fencing
BF Safety Committee
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