LR Code of Conduct for Competitions

Code of Conduct for Competitions
run by the London Region of England Fencing

1. GENERAL BEHAVIOUR 

All fencers, parents and coaches are expected to act in a responsible and respectful manner at all times at the competition venue.

2. PUNCTUALITY
Fencers should make every effort to be punctual as late arrivals delay the start of the competition. The London Region provides a mobile number so that anyone experiencing delays can let the organisers know. (See entry form). While the organisers will try to accommodate late arrivals it may be necessary to scratch a fencer from the competition if they miss the check-in deadline.

During the competition fencers should make every effort to be aware of announcements, to get to the right piste on time and to be ready to fence when expected.

3. SAFETY & EQUIPMENT
Fencers, coaches and parents should observe safety announcements made during the day and should obey all reasonable instructions from officials. Fencers must wear appropriate clothing and have the correct equipment with them in good working order and, where necessary, have access to spares in case of equipment failures.

4. EQUITY and DISCRIMINATION
All fencers, parents and coaches should respect the rights of every person, regardless of age, ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural background or political affiliation. Discrimination will not be tolerated in any form.

5. ALCOHOL & SMOKING
No alcohol is permitted at any London Region competition. Fencers are not permitted to smoke or be in possession of any tobacco products. Parents and coaches who smoke may only do so outside the buildings.

6. BFA MEMBERSHIP
All fencers must have current BFA membership and, if they have elected a regional affiliation, this must be to the London Region unless the rules of the competition allow otherwise.

7. RUNNING OF TOURNAMENTS
The competition organisers will have sole discretion in interpreting the rules of the competition and for refereeing individual bouts. The competition organiser may eject people from the competition (both fencers and guests) for inappropriate behaviour.

8. ITEMS NOT COVERED
The organisers of the competition have the right to make reasonable additions to this Code of Conduct and to take decisions on any matters not covered. Any updated Code will be posted on the London Region website.

Last amended: November 2010