This section is written for simplicity. Always check the rules document for your upcoming competition.

RULES CHANGES

SUMMER 2018

  • Self-contact rules added:

    • Brief and incidental self-contact is permissible and DOES NOT earn points for the opponent.

    • Prolonged and/or direct self-contact-- such as resting the blade on one's shoulder, holding the saber by the blade or half-swording-- is ruled as a self-kill and DOES earn points for the opponent.

  • Mass-to-length regulation added:

    • Saber hilts must weigh a minimum of 25 grams per inch of hilt length, batteries included.

WINTER 2018

  • Elbow or arm guards now required.

  • New rules sections added:

    • Etiquette (salutation)

    • Non-combativity

    • Slow-motion replay review

    • No-score actions

      • "Whipping" and "flicking" now classified as "No-score"

      • Leaving the box as a result of attack momentum now classified as "No-score"

  • "Assault" added as a disqualifiable violation

WINTER 2017

  • Dropping your saber now only worth 3 points.

FALL 2017

  • Disarmaments now only count as a result of blade action.


ESSENTIAL RULES

Equipment

  • Fencing mask, lacrosse gloves, and arm or elbow guards required.

  • Blades must be 3/4" OD. Maximum length: 36".

  • Maximum hilt length: 12.5".

Scoring

  • The first fencer to hit gets one point.

  • If the fencer hits without getting hit back, they get three points instead.

  • If the fencers hit simultaneously, they each get one point.

Target area

  • Every part of the fencer's body (EXCEPT THE GROIN) and their hilt is a valid target for scoring. This includes hands, fingers, feet, and the weapon emitter.

Illegal movements

  • No point-attacks (ie thrusts, point-in-line)

  • No physical contact

  • Striking with enough force to break, crack, dent, or kink your blade is a violation.