One of the largest topics of discussion among referees in the USA is the Referees Commission (RC) meeting that takes place after Summer Nationals, typically around Labor Day in Denver Colorado. By having a fresh set of eyes and ears on the meeting, we as ombudsman feel that there should be some visibility into it. … More The RC meeting, past and present.
Beginning in September 2019, per the updated USOC/ NGB Background Screening Policy, USA Fencing will no longer be able to accept travel cards, such as Global Entry, Nexus and Sentry, in lieu of a Background Screen. Our records indicate that you provided a copy of your Global Entry or Nexus Card to satisfy the background … More Changes to background screening requirements for Safesport
This is a repost of the full text from the following source: https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/991685?referral=rss All USA Fencing members are advised that t.124 of the USA Fencing Rulebook, “Unwillingness to Fight” has been updated and will be in use at all USA Fencing events beginning on Feb. 14, 2019, including the 2019 Junior Olympic Championships. This rule … More Unwillingness to Fight Rule to Go Into Effect at USA Fencing Competitions Beginning Feb. 14, 2019
The following is a repost of an article on the RC rules blog published on 01/03/2019: http://www.refereescommission.org/blog/2019/01/rules-blog-no-adoption-of-new-non-combativity-rule-for-charlotte/ As you may be aware, the FIE adopted a significant change to the rules governing “Unwillingness to Fight”, or non-combativity, at the Congress meeting on 8 December 2018. You can find the summary of the Congress’s decisions as published … More No adoption of new non-combativity rule for January 2019 Charlotte NAC
The following is a repost of the following article published by US Fencing on 12/17/2018: https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/978210 Beginning Monday, December 17, 2018, the USA Fencing Referee Exam and the Referee Wheelchair Exam will be located in the USA Fencing Store found at Member.USAFencing.org. The exams are available to those interested in becoming a USA Fencing referee … More USA Fencing Referee Exam Now Available Through the USA Fencing Database
As a followup to our post earlier last week, Executive Director Kris Ekeren reached out to the RC Ombudsman Committee and informed us that the US Fencing national office does track black card sanctions, in the following statement: The USA Fencing National Office currently tracks black cards given at national events as well as those … More National Black Card Sanctions Database Update
In US Fencing, there has been a trend to standardize operations. Many of these moves are good for our sport. Some examples with historical context to our audience, are the referee rating system, originally conceived by George Kolombatovich and Ralph Zimmermann, and the referee seminar, conceived by Jon Moss, which has proven so successful the … More National Black Card Sanctions Database