2016-2017 Schedule (click for details)
August 12, 2016. Effective immediately "a foil fencer who reverses the line of his/her shoulders (bringing the shoulder of the non-weapon arm forward of the weapon arm shoulder) is now subject to a Group 1 penalty (a yellow card). Much like other penalties (such as corps-a-corps to avoid a touch or substitution of non-valid target), any hit scored by the fencer committing the penalty will be annulled." (text from USA Fencing announcement of rule.)
The announcement from USA Fencing: http://www.usfencing.org/news_article/show/677548?referrer_id=2337618
This rule applies to foil only; it does not apply to sabre or epee.
September 13, 2016. Addendum: Clarification of interpretation of this rule from the referee's commission: http://www.refereescommission.org/blog/2016/09/rules-blog-interpreting-reversing-the-shoulders-in-foil/
August 6, 2016. Effective immediately, the NFC will adopt both the use of the new timing for electric sabre, and changing the start position in sabre such that competitors start with their rear feet placed on the en garde lines. Both of these rules have been adopted by USA Fencing and the NCAA, and the rules will be the same for the NFC.
USA Fencing announcement regarding these rules: http://www.usfencing.org/news_article/show/647982
The "lockout timing" has been changed to 170ms (+/- 10ms). Schools are responsible for upgrading their sabre scoring machines to handle the new timing. Any machines that are not upgraded will be ineligible for use at NFC events. Information on upgrading machines is available in the USA Fencing announcement.
May 8, 2016. The Northeast Fencing Conference will allow epees to be wired with our without the wires passing through the “tunnel” found in some brands of epee sockets. This brings the NFC consistent with the application of the rule as adopted for USA Fencing by the Fencing Officials Commission on 5 May 2016.
Notice from the Fencing Officials Commission:
Founded in 1992, the Northeast Fencing Conference's mission is to support intercollegiate fencing in and around New England. The league organizes a round-robin schedule of dual meet competitions for the fencing programs at all member institutions. The member institutions are a mix of both NCAA varsity programs and student-organized club programs.