>>...[earlier dialogue deleted]... FAQ, USFA web site, etc.).
>> Most of us can "Look it up in the Rules Book", but who knows how to
>> "Look it up the in the FIE Directives"? What can be done to make
>> this important information more openly available to the fencing
>> public? If this important information is publicly available (by this,
>> I don't mean back issues of American Fencing), how do we get it?
>Well stated! This is a most serious problem. The United States Fencing
>Association's Fencing Officials Commission will be publishing a "Handbook
>for Referees" within a month. This booklet includes information on such
>things as the point in line along with how one becomes a rated referee.
>When the "Handbook for Referees" is finished, I'll post it to
>rec.sport.fencing and it will also be available on the usfa web page.
Many thanks for this major endeavor of the USFA FOC! Sure wish we
could have had this sort of thing sooner. Making it easily available
on the USFA Web site in a form easily downloaded or sent as a
message or document will hopefully have high priority. The site is a
godsend for getting needed, up-to-date info in a hurry.
E.g., was informed by a fellow ref at a recent major tournament that,
in tied bouts where all time has run out (basic & extra minute),
those bouts are now scored as 5-5 or 15-15, w/victory to person
w/priority (from coin toss at end of time). Another e.g., heads for
coin toss is always to ref's right.
Refs have found out about these things only because a fellow ref was
at a USFA-run national level or higher tournament, was somehowe
informed about these updates/changes at that meet, and happened to
mention it in passing to other refs at Sectional, Divisional, and
other tournaments. Leaves one to wonder how rules can be interpreted
in any manner if they aren't even known!
Again, congrats on getting the new 'Directives' brochure/pamphlet
produced. It has obvioiusly been sorely needed! All the best,
PS - Trust your team did well in the recent NCAA Regionals; good to
have seen you at the NJ chamjpionships (maybe they'll run them closer
to civilization next time!).