New Sabre Rules 1 August

Sabre in the weapons rackUSA Fencing has just announced significant rules changes for Sabre in all USA Fencing tournaments effective 1 August, and all FIE tournaments starting in October.  These changes will be evaluated by the end of December 2016 for FIE decision as to whether they will be made permanent:

(1)  lockout time will be 170 milliseconds.

(2) fencers will come on guard at the start of the bout and after each touch with their rear foot on the on guard line.

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