Ud fra tilmeldingerne vil deltagerne blive seedet i puljer. Hver pulje kæmper indbyrdes og de bedste fra hver pulje går videre til eliminationsrunderne søndag.
Som noget nyt vil vi i år om søndagen også lave en eliminationspulje for de lavest rangerede fra lørdagens puljekampe. Dermed får også de uøvede fægtere mulighed for at få mere erfaring.
Derudover vil vi i år forsøge med en anden banestørrelse, samt kun at benytte 2 dommere per bane. Der vil ikke blive taget tid, men en kamp kommer til at bestå af 8 “træfninger”. Dette med inspiration fra en del østeuropæiske turneringer, som f.eks. “Tyrnhaw” i Slovakiet.
For at deltage i turneringen kræves følgende udstyr:
- Fægtemaske med baghovedbeskytter: minimum 350N, men helst 1600N
- Fægtejakke: For kvinder kræves derudover brystbeskytter. HEMA Esbjerg har 2 af disse til udlån.
- Handsker: Fuldkontakthandsker. Red dragon handsker er tilladt, men anbefales ikke. Lacrossehandsker er ikke tilladt.
- Skridtbeskytter påkrævet for mænd.
- lukkede sko
Alt udstyret skal være intakt og uden større skader. (Specielt masker).
Generelt gælder at alt udstyr skal godkendes af kampansvarlige. HEMA Esbjerg er desværre ikke i besiddelse af generelt låneudstyr. Det er tilladt at låne udstyr af andre deltagere.
Conduct of bouts
The fencers participate at their own risk and discretion. Fencers are expected to follow the spirit of the tournament rules. Each bout should maintain a polite quality and instructions from tournament officials should be respected.
The fencers will receive red and blue armbands before the bout, and will be known by their colours during it.
The fencers will start the bout in their corners. The bout begins when the referee calls “fence”. When the referee calls “break”, the fencers must separate and return to their corners, until the referee calls “fence” again.
Bouts are fought to 8 exhanges.
If the score is equal when the bout ends, the bout is a draw. In case of a bout ending in a draw during the elimination round the bout will continue in a sudden death.
A sudden death is fought until one fencer scores at least one point more than the other fencer.
2. Bout time
A bout goes to 8 exchanges and no time count will be made.
The following targets are illegal, and are worth no points:
- Back of the head
- Back of the knee
- Achilles tendon
If the bout limit is reached, the table will call “match”, and the referee will end the match. After this the table will announce the score to the referee, who will officially announce the winner of the match and the final score.
Only attacks with the edge, point or pommel score points. Strikes with the crossguard are not allowed. All strikes must be executed in a controlled fashion.
- A strike to the head (either a cut with the blade or a thrust) above the level of the chin is worth 2 points
- A thrust to the torso is worth 2 points
- All other legal targets and pommel strike are worth 1 point
- Any strike made outside grappling with only one hand holding the sword is worth 1 point, regardless of the target.
At the first hit, judge or referee will call “point”. After giving time for an after-blow, the referee will call “break”. When “break” is called, the fencers must cease attacking, separate, and return to their corners. After this, the referee and judge decide hit and points. The scoring will indicate the highest scoring blow for each fencer that happened within one tempo of the initial hit. This means that if the fencer who struck first can hit a higher-scoring target within one tempo, this hit is valid.
The referee announces the points for both fencers to the scorekeeper. The scorekeeper then subtracts the lower score from the higher score, and announces the final score.
To clarify: after-blows and simultaneous hits are treated the same and both can score regardless of who struck first. The hits from both fencers are scored independently by the judges; the scorekeeper is responsible for calculating the final score of the exchange.
Incidental strikes, cuts with questionable edge alignment, very light cuts with the point and cuts made with a very small arc does not score. It is up to the fencers to demonstrate “good” hits.
Only indicating attacks with sword or body due to safety reasons will still score, for example indicating a strike to the back of the head during a grappling situation.
3.3 Scoring in grappling
In a grappling situation, a fencer can score by striking with the weapon(s) or by specific grappling actions. These special situations are scored by the referee alone; the judges only score strikes with the sword. The referee will halt the action in case of a judge calling “point”, if there is a scoring grappling technique, if the referee thinks there is a safety issue or if the grappling is at stalemate (ca 5 seconds without anything happening)
Grabbing and maintaining a hold on a stationary sword is allowed.
The following techniques score in grappling:
- If a fencer pushes both feet of his opponent outside the mat, and remains inside with at least one foot. Likewise, if a fencer accidentally leaves the mat with both feet, his opponent is awarded 1 point. Strikes with the sword by a fencer outside the arena do not score, while strikes with the sword against a fencer outside the arena do score as normal
- If a fencer loses his weapon for any reason, and grappling distance is broken, his opponent will score 2 points.
.Takedowns that place any other part of a fencer but his feet on the ground, the fencer that remains standing scores 2 points. If both fencers go to the ground, no score is awarded. Likewise, if a fencer falls outside grappling distance, his opponent will score two points.
- Front kicks to the torso are allowed, but will not score. Note that kicking any other part of the body but the torso is disallowed.
- Throws are not allowed.
- All strikes with any part of the body are disallowed, with the sole exception of the front kick to the torso are disallowed, and will be penalized.
4. Double hits
After the scoring, the referee is obliged to decide if the action was a double hit. A double hit is defined as an exchange where both fencers hit each other simultaneously. If so, it still scores, but the double is noted by the secretariat. Every two double hits in a single match lead to the removal of 1 match point for both fencers.
5. Errors and penalties
Each bout should be conducted in a safe and respectful manor. The penalties for errors against these guidelines are:
- Penalty hit
- Loss of match points
The referee will rule according to the tables below.
|Format of the bout||First time||Second and following times|
|Not present during bout call||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Non regulatory equipment||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Leave the mat without permission||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Addressing the referee before the final score for the exchange is announced||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Unwarranted suspension of the bout||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Request of suspension of the bout due to injury that is not accepted||Penalty hit||Penalty hit|
|Safety||First time||Second and following times|
|Turn the back to the opponent before the referee called “break”||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Take the mask off before the referee called “break”||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Striking after the referee called “break”||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Uncontrolled fencing||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Violent, dangerous or vindictive action||Penalty hit||Penalty hit|
|Sportsmanship||First time||Second and following times|
|Refusal to obey the referee||Warning||Penalty hit|
|Refusal to salute the opponent before the bout||Warning||Disqualification|
|Refusal to salute the opponent after the bout||Warning||Disqualification|
|Refusal to face contestant that is duly registered||Warning||Disqualification|
|Person that interferes with the order on the mat||Warning||Disqualification|
|To favour the opponent or benefit from unauthorized agreements||Disqualification|
|Violation against sportsman spirit||Disqualification|
A warning is valid for the bout at hand. If a fencer commit an error that should result in a warning after already have received a warning the opponent receives 1 point regardless of which the second error is.
Each warning is recorded in the bout protocol.
If a fencer, second or member of the audience is disqualified he or she must leave the premises immediately.
Violation against the sportsman spirit includes, but is not limited to, using foul language, throwing equipment and threatening tournament officials.
In cases where an offense cannot be properly addressed by the referee during the bout it is possible for the referee or any of the fencers to make an appeal to the tournament manager. The manager has the opportunity to remove match points from a fencer for a violation that hasn’t been fully addressed during the bout.
If a fencer is injured during the bout, the referee will call a time-out and the medical staff will examine the fencer. If the medical staff clears the fencer to continue, and the fencer wishes to do so, the bout can proceed.
If the bout cannot continue within 3 minutes the injured fencer will have forfeited the bout.
8. Equipment failure
The referee will call a time-out when equipment being broken or displaced is noticed. If a fencer or judge notices an equipment failure, they should point it out to the referee.
If a piece of personal protective gear is broken, the fencer has 3 minute to find a replacement. If this is not possible the fencer will have forfeited the bout.