How to become an Official (Referee):
Starting Thursday, January 20, 2022 (Registration deadline- January 17th)
This program is designed to certify individuals for provincial-level officiating, in addition to providing the foundation for national, and international officiating. Theoretical teaching as well as practical training will be incorporated.
Who Should Attend:
- Aspiring referees who want to learn how right-of-way, and rules are applied at a local, national, and international level.
- Athletes who want to improve their fencing and get a more complete understanding of the sport.
- Coaches who want to maintain their grasp of current interpretations and rule updates.
- Parents interested in bettering their understanding of tournaments and the basics of sport fencing.
- Current referees for further personal development.
- Must be at least 14 years of age.
- Open to coaches, athletes, parents, referees, and other MFA members.
Certification involves 2 components:
- Theory examination
- Practical examination
Note: Both components require a grade of 70% or more to pass.
- General knowledge of fencing rules.
- Specific knowledge of a single weapon (of your choosing).
Only candidates who pass the theory exam are eligible for the practical examination.
The candidate must officiate at the 4 local competitions where he/she will be observed by an evaluator. Program participants will receive feedback for his/her work following each tournament.
Refereeing at a regional tournament, such as the Militia Open in Saskatchewan, may also be a required and will be included in the syllabus if applicable. The overall practical performance at these tournaments will decide the result.
Characteristics of Practical Evaluation:
See details in the Evaluation Document
- Attitude of the candidate (/10)
- Decision making (/40)
- Hand signals (/10)
- Applying the FIE rules (/20)
- Phrase d’armes (/20)
In cases of evaluation conducted through Video Arbitrage the candidate will:
- wear a classic suit for his or her exam
- face the Video Arbitrage that will be shown on-screen
Fencing actions will be played to the candidate, once in real speed, and once with a 10 second review in slow-motion:
- preside 4 to 6 bouts of 15 hits
- preside over specific/unique fencing situations
Starting Thursday, January 20, 2022. Practical portion to be conducted during the fencing season.
|Practical using Video Arbitrage||6 hours|
|Practice (see recommendations)||Training at club
– Provincial Team training
– Training at camps
|Theory Exams||2 hours|
|Practical Exam||Local competitions or online by Video Arbitrage
– Golden Boy competition
– Regional competition (as required)
Areas covered in course:
- Classification of fencing actions
- Characteristics of the three weapons
- Piste (surface of play)
- Formula of competitions
- Offences and their penalties
- Refereeing and judging of hits
- Video Arbitrage
- Practice at your club at least once a week
- Take opportunities to practice at the provincial level (a good referee must continue to practice refereeing – more practice ensures better results)
- Officiating at least two provincial team camps