Fencing Piste - Raised Final Strip

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Fencing Piste (Raised Final Strip) measured with length and width

A variation of the traditional Fencing Piste, the Raised Piste is often used for final matches that deserve more attention—thus raising the fencers to a more prominent height. Fencing pistes are used for fencing matches and training either in groups or individually. The different types of pistes include rubber conductive pistes, aluminum section pistes, and metallic pistes. Five lines are drawn clearly at right angles and a centerline cuts across the whole width with each side of the centerline having two en-garde lines on each of the center.

At the rear limits are two lines with clearly distinguishing colors to make the fencers aware of their position on the piste. Each fencer will stand 4 cm apart on guard lines after each touch. If the lines are not available, fencers can stand apart where the blades touch when they extend fully to both ends.

Scaled illustration of a Fencing Piste (Raised Final Strip) compared to other sports competition areas

Raised Fencing Pistes maintain the regulated competition length of 45.93’ (14 m) and width between 4.92’-6.56’ (1.5-2 m), but add additional length to accommodate ramps on both sides of the piste. The height of a Raised Fencing Piste is typically 19.69" (50 cm). Fencing en-garde lines are 78.75” (2 m) from the center and warning zones are 78.75” (2 m) from the end of the piste. The total contest area of a Fencing Piste is 21-28 ft² (2-2.6 m²).


*Under Development*

19.69” | 50 cm
4.92’-6.56’ | 1.5-2 m (Contest)
45.93’ | 14 m (Contest)

En-garde Lines: 78.75” | 2 m (from center)
Warning Zones: 78.75” | 2 m (from end)
Runoff Extension: 59”-78.75” | 1.5-2 m
Safety Border: 9.84” | 25 cm
Side Clearance: 9.84’ | 3 m
End Clearance: 13.12’ | 4 m
Ramp Extension: 8.2’ | 2.5 m
Overall Area (Clearance): 2836 ft² | 263.5 m²
Surface Materials: Rubber conductive, aluminum sections, or woven metal



Drawings include:
Fencing Piste (Raised) plan, side elevation (fencers)


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Fencing is the combat sport where fencers fight with the traditional skillsets of swordsmanship. The goal of fencing is to accumulate points by touching your opponent with your sword. There are three types of fencing weapons and each type of sword has a rule set and special technique to use.