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Direct hits (worth up to 3 pts)
First contact: +1 pt
Clean or interception: +1 pt
Assault or defense bonus: +1 pt
Always 1 pt
Other scoring situations
Simultaneous: 0 pts
Messy/ambiguous exchange: 0 pts
Out of bounds: 2 pts
Disarm: 2 pts
Priority override: 1 pt
Anywhere on the fencer’s body, including head, legs, fingers, toes, clothing or armor, and the hilt of their weapon.
Notable exception: groin.
No point-attacks (ie thrusts, point-in-line)
No Extended Point Positions
Incidental physical contact only
Attacking with enough force to break, crack, dent, or kink your blade is a violation.
Matchpoint 8: 2m45s
Matchpoint 10: 3m0s
Matchpoint 12: 3m15s
Fencing mask or equivalent
Lacrosse, hockey, or equivalent gloves
Arm and/or elbow guards