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

Virginia Beach NAC and Payment Calculation Information

Referees encountered extra travel days en route to and from Virginia Beach for the January NAC. There have been reports that those extra days were not accounted for in perdiem payments. Those who work an event for US Fencing and are paid by direct deposit are only informed of the amount that they are paid. … More Virginia Beach NAC and Payment Calculation Information

Using Video Replay Guidelines and Recommendations

Devin Donnelly, RC Vice-Chair of the Rules and Examinations Committee, has made a post to the RC rules blog on video refereeing: http://www.refereescommission.org/blog/2017/11/rules-blog-using-video-replay/ We thank Devin for the post, and in addition would like to request that US Fencing make efforts to limit the influence on referees and video consultants by limiting access to the … More Using Video Replay Guidelines and Recommendations

RC Domestic Development Election Feedback and Request For Outreach

Many of our posts have served as a place to make recommendations and point out our perceived deficiencies in the way a tournament is run or a decision was made. For a change of pace, we are congratulating USA Fencing on running, and Patrick Webster winning, the election for the VP of Domestic Development on … More RC Domestic Development Election Feedback and Request For Outreach