Tournament Rules

The following rules represent the standard ruleset for Tournaments being held by Royal Arts fencing academy. This includes: Ascalon, Blue Box, Looking Sharpe, and Hemmageddon

Required Equipment & Safety

2.1 - Importance of Safety

Safety is of utmost importance. Failure to comply with equipment and safety standards may result in warning penalties up to the possibility of expulsion.

2.2 - Inspection

All fencers must have an armory inspection prior to competition.

2.3 - Weapons and Gear Supply

You must supply your own weapons and gear. See the list below for approved weapons.

2.4 - Fencing Masks

Fencing masks with back-of-head protection must be worn by all competitors. The mask must be free of defects, dents, broken support pieces, etc.

2.5 - Gender Protection

Women are encouraged to wear chest protectors.

Men are required to wear an athletic cup.

Regardless of how safe you think you are or that "it's never happened before," it only takes one mistake to cause serious injury. Don't take that chance.

2.6 - Jackets and Body Protection

Fencing jackets or protective jackets are required. Armpit gaps are not permitted.

Gloves are required. They must have rigid and padded protection.

Some form of rigid neck protection that covers the larynx must be worn.

Elbow/knee protection is required. The items must completely cover the knee and elbow.

Fencers must wear closed-toe shoes. Flip-flops, sandals, crocs, etc will not be permitted.

Long pants are required.

2.7 - Unsafe, Unethical, or Intent to Injure

The Director will penalize an athlete for clear safety violations.

  • Offenses deemed highly unsafe or unethical by the Director or Tournament Technical Director will result in a black card expulsion.
  • A dangerous, violent action whether vindictive or unintentional will result in a red card and verbal warning. Further repetition may result in black card expulsion.
  • Anyone disturbing the order of the ring, intentional or otherwise may be penalized with a yellow card and continued instances with a red card.