Introduction Of New Foil Target

INTRODUCTION OF NEW FOIL TARGET (INCLUDING PART OF THE BIB) – TIMING FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN COMPETIONS

The following chart shows the introduction dates approved by the Board for the new foil target (ie., including part of the mask) for various categories of competition in the UK, and therefore when fencers in foil competitions will need to be equipped with new or modified masks. 

These timings presuppose successful FIE implementation of the introduction for their senior competitions in January 2009.


Open/senior 

Junior 

Cadet 

All other size    5 blades

All size 3/2/0 blades

Mask type

FIE events (incl. Satellites)

January 2009


September 2009


September 2009


NA


NA

Full FIE specification

British Champion-ships

September 2009

September 2009 

September 2009

September 2010

No plan to implement

Full FIE spec OR mask update inc. wire *

 Open competitions

September 2009

NA

NA

NA

NA

Full FIE spec OR mask update inc. wire *

 All domestic   selection ranking events

 NA

September

2009

September 2009

NA

NA

Full FIE spec OR mask update inc. wire *

 All other competitions

September 2010

September

2010

September 2010

September 2010

No plan to implement

Full FIE spec OR mask update inc. wire *

* Mask update including wire:- retrofit conductive material covering the new valid bib surface on the outside of the bib, kit supplied by equipment suppliers and fitted by the owner of the mask.  The fencer will also be required to connect the mask valid target to the conductive jacket by an approved specification mask wire, as per the FIE specification.

Note:  The Rules definition of the revised bib to allow for the extended target is as follows (Article m.27.2):-

“The part of the bib that is beneath a horizontal line 1.5 - 2 cm below the chin, must be entirely covered with a material that has the same conductive characteristics as the conductive jacket”.