What can the Ombudsman do for You? A Year in Review

The job of the Ombudsman group is to provide an independent platform for the concerns of the referee cadre to be addressed. Our group shares these concerns, and recommendations regarding them, directly with the Referee Commission (RC) and, in some cases, with broader constituencies that affect the cadre. While we are not a group that … More What can the Ombudsman do for You? A Year in Review

Repost: USA Fencing’s Commitment to SafeSport in America

This is a repost of US Fencing’s publication: http://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/889577?referrer_id=2272806 ——— Dear USA Fencing Members, Nearly five years ago, USA Fencing introduced its Safe Sport Policy, which codified our commitment to, among other things, a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical and social development. The Safe Sport program has grown and evolved to include educational … More Repost: USA Fencing’s Commitment to SafeSport in America

Repost: Call for Nominations for Vice-Chair Positions for the Referees’ Commission

The following is a repost of the article published by US Fencing here: http://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/886700?referrer_id=2272806 ——— The Referees’ Commission (RC) is taking applications for the three positions listed below. To see a job description and eligibility requirements for the position, please click on the link provided. Vice-Chair of Domestic Assignments Vice-Chair of International Assignments and Development … More Repost: Call for Nominations for Vice-Chair Positions for the Referees’ Commission

RC Blog Repost: Falling

This is a repost of the RC Blog located here: http://www.refereescommission.org/blog/2018/02/rules-blog-falling/ ——————————- Both fencers and referees often ask about what constitutes “falling” during fencing and when it should be penalized. An oft-heard refrain is “aren’t I allowed three points of contact with the strip?” and “isn’t four points of contact falling?” Why we have a … More RC Blog Repost: Falling

Complaints of Improper Behavior Follow Up

The RC has asked the Ombudsman to post the following message originally posted here: http://www.refereescommission.org/blog/2018/02/message-from-sam-cheris-chair-usa-fencing-referees-commission-re-complaints-for-improper-behavior/   A number of you were at the meeting that was held at the December NAC in Portland regarding the conduct of referees who were also coaching at events.  The specific in the Referee Code of Ethics was that “Referees … More Complaints of Improper Behavior Follow Up

Notice to USA Fencing Coaches and Our Feedback

The RC has asked the Ombudsman Committee to post the following to our website: USA Fencing has recently seen an increase in the number of complaints related to coaching behavior at all levels of competition. Often, the information provided describes situations of coaching behavior that are inappropriate and disruptive to athletes and others at the … More Notice to USA Fencing Coaches and Our Feedback