In general, fencing competitions have a format of one round of pools, followed by a Direct Elimination.
Pools normally contain between 5 and 7 fencers, and everyone fences every other fencer in their pool. In pools, each bout is to 5 hits, with a maximum time limit of 3 minutes. It should be noted, however, that this time limit relates purely to fencing time. 'Non-fencing' time (eg after a hit is landed, when the referee awarding the point) is not included in the time limit. If time expires before either fencer has scored 5 hits, then the fencer with the highest score is the victor.
After the first round, fencers are ranked according to their results in the pools. A Direct Elimination (DE) table is drawn up, in which higher ranked fencers compete against those with lower rankings.
Direct Elimination bouts are to 15 hits, or a maximum fencing time of 9 minutes. As soon as a fencer loses a Direct Elimination bout, he/she is eliminated from the competition.
In some larger events, a number of fencers may be eliminated after the round of pools. However, in FencingSA and AFF competitions, all fencers proceed from the pools to the DE.
Depending on the number of fencers, the first round of the DE may be an 'incomplete tableau', in which the higher ranked fencers have byes.
In fields of six or fewer, the defeated fencers of the semi-finals will have a fence-off match for 3rd place. Ranking points and medals will be awarded as normal.
FencingSA reserves the right to change the format of competitions on the day as it sees fit to facilitate the best fencing experience for it's members.
Team Tournaments are fenced between teams of three fencers. Each of the three fencers from one team shall fence each of the fencers from the other team. During each bout the fencers shall have to try to reach a target score, which shall increase by five points each bout. When either fencer reaches that score the bout will end, and two new fencers will fence, trying to reach a different, higher target score.
During the tournament each team shall fence every other team exactly once, in accordance to the draw, which will be published by the Tournament Management Committee prior to the start of the tournament.
After the round robin has been concluded, a final of two or four teams may take place depending on the number of teams entered and the amount of time available.
A team may have a maximum of four fencers.
Every team tournament shall have a maximum number of teams permitted to compete. The number shall be decided according to the amount of time available to run the tournament.
Any fencer may fence for any team, on the condition they do not compete for more than one team during any given tournament.
EquipmentEquipment rules for a team event are the same as for the same category individual event.
The School Competition format will vary from year to year, depending on the number of schools running fencing programs, and at the direction of the FSA Board.
FSA aims to deliver an Individual and Team event for school fencers at least once per year.
Team events will be fenced round robin whenever possible, but depending on number of entries and time constraints the events may be fenced knockout from the first round.
Refer to the Categories page for details. A fencer must be attending either a primary or a secondary school, and must be affiliated with FencingSA.
A team may have a maximum of four fencers (3 plus one substitute), and must all be participating in the same school program (or, members of the same club if the event is opened to school-age fencers).
Refer to Equipment for details.
All State and National age bracket events are calculated upon your age at 1st January of that year.
The 'U' before the number stands for 'Under', thus: U15 means 14 or younger.
This year, Derek's age is 12 on 1st January. He turns 13 in August.
He is eligible for the U13 competitions all year (even after turning 13!)
Next year, Derek will be 13 on 1st Jan, therefore ineligible for the U13 bracket.
Event Gender Format Policy (updated 1 July 2021)
Where there is a total less than 4 fencers (combined gender) that register for any category/weapon, then that event will be cancelled. Where more than 4 fencers have registered for an event but less than 4 fencers of either gender has registered, the following table will be used to determine the format of the event.
* Where there is a min of 2 fencers of a gender, if ALL parties agree and at the discretion of the DT, the format may be changed to "Mixed Pool, M/F DE".