OK. I didn't get a chance to ask this of the officials that were in
Tucson, but I felt like it was being called this way. George, if you are
still reading this group for some reason please answer my question.
Walid Mahran, my coach, was recently in Vienna and told us when he came
back that one can now lunge with a point in line without it being ruled a
counterattack and that one didn't need to break open distance, but only
had to have the line established for three or more 'steps' (footwork
movements) for it to become an established line. He said that this is
how the line is now being called internationally.
Now George, before I tell this to people and begin to perpetuate a
'myth', I'd like to hear what you were told at the referee's meeting
regarding the line and where my uderstanding of the current
interpretation of the rules is not on par with the officiating climate at
the upper levels of national competition.
Thanks, and Happy Holidays,