How to become an Official (Referee):

Refereeing Registration Form 2020


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:

  1. Theory examination
  2. Practical examination

Note: Both components require a grade of 70% or more to pass.

Theory Examination:

  • General knowledge of fencing rules.
  • Specific knowledge of a single weapon (of your choosing).

Practical Examination:

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

  1. Attitude of the candidate (/10)
  2. Decision making (/40)
  3. Hand signals (/10)
  4. Applying the FIE rules (/20)
  5. 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 a 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

Teaching Plan:

Starting Thursday, June 11, 2020. Practical portion to be conducted during the fencing season.

Content Time
Theory 04 hours
Practical using Video Arbitrage 06 hours
Practice (see recommendations) Training at club
– Provincial Team training
– Training at camps
Theory Exams 02 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
  • Terminology
  • Characteristics of the three weapons
  • Piste (surface of play)
  • Formula of competitions
  • Offences and their penalties
  • Refereeing and judging of hits
  • Video Arbitrage
  • Practice

Post-Program Recommendations:

  • 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

Refereeing Registration Form 2020


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