Friday, February 21, 2014

Updated Rapier Marshal Handbook!

This office is happy to announce the publication of the updated Rapier Marshals Handbook (v. October 2013).  The PDF of the rulebook has been posted on the following page: .  (Note, there is also a link to Appendix 6 - which lists exceptions to the allowed blades rules.)

The main thrust of this revision was to remove the list of "approved blades" and replace it with an easy to execute "field test".  Below is a summary of the changes incorporated into this version of the rules:

Page - 2 / Paragraph - 1.E: Remove reference to retired Appendix 5.
Page - 5 / Paragraph - 2.A: Establish that objective criteria will be used to determine allowable blades in lieu of appendix 5.
Page - 5 / Paragraph - 2.B: Definition of objective criteria for allowable blades.
Page - 7 / Paragraph - 1.C: June 2012 changes to match the standard international equivalence.
Page - 7 / Paragraph - 1.D: June 2012 changes to match the standard international equivalence.
Page - 11 / Paragraph - 1.B: Doubled the weight and the deflection to aid measurement in the field. Added flexibility criteria for Cut and Thrust. Provide flexibility criteria in a table for easier reference.
Page - 20 / Paragraph -  5: Retired Appendix Section 5.
Page - 21 / Paragraph - 6: New appendix to track exceptions to the allowed blade criteria, such as fiberglass blades and plastic foils for Youth Rapier.

Please download and become familiar with the new standards.

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