BRITISH FENCING ASSOCIATION - TECHNICAL RULES & REGULATIONS

SAFETY STANDARDS

The Board believe that ultimately the BFA safety standards should reflect the new CEN regulations, adjusted to the needs of particular standards of fencing. However, the safety record of the BFA does not warrant an immediate introduction and justifies a lead-in time of 5 years (January 2006). During that period the current safety standards will remain in force.

The safety standards to be in force from January 1, 2006 are:-

A) Those fencing with size 3 or smaller blades, electric or non-electric, all 3 weapons (both fencers) AND those fencing with non-electric foil blades (both fencers)*

Jackets Plastrons Trousers/breeches Masks
Either

CEN 1

350 Newtons

CEN 1

350 Newtons

Trousers with openings/pockets zipped/sewn/taped closed, or fencing breeches - not shorts

CEN1

(350N.bib)#

or 350 Newton + integrated 350 Newtons plastron As above

CEN 1

(350.bib)#

or

CEN 2

800 Newtons

NA as above

CEN 1

(350.bib)#


 

B) FIE A-grade competitions

   
 

CEN 2

800 Newtons

CEN 2

800 Newtons

CEN 2

800 Newtons

CEN 2

(1600N.bib)#


 

C) All other fencing, all weapons

   
  Jackets Plastrons Breeches Masks
  CEN1 CEN2 CEN1 CEN1
  350 Newtons 800 Newtons 350 Newtons (350N. bib)#

 

'Non-electric foil blades' does not mean dummy electric foil blades fitted with a button. To qualify for this level of clothing standard, both fencers must be using the traditional lightweight 'steam' foil blade as, for example, used universally before the invention of electric foil.

#All masks must be fitted with safety back straps.

800 Newton plastrons will be required for elite (as defined by the International Committee) and British Championships (those events open to Over 16 year olds, excluding the British Intermediate Foil Championships) as of 1 January 2003.