First of all, of bayonets and bayonet charges, the NWTA safety regulations state the following:
NWTA Regulation #02-04- Edged WeaponsThat said, here is how to correctly perform a bayonet charge according to Timothy Pickering:
A. Bayonet points will be rounded so that no point is present.
NWTA Regulation #02-07- HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT, INFANTRY
The aim of this regulation is to establish minimum standards of safety.
1) CLOSE COMBAT: Bayonet fighting in close combat by individuals or by regiments is prohibited unless such combat has been rehearsed and agreed to by both participating parties, and approved by the Safety Officers as part of the battle script or demonstration.
C. BAYONETS: Bayonets are not to be fixed except within those regiments programmed to "close". (See NWTA Reg. #02-07.) Regiments not programmed for hand-to-hand combat will not close.
2) BAYONETS: Bayonets will only be fixed in regiments with prior approval of Safety Officers before each battle.
"As soon as they have fired, they must come to a recover; and then the commanding officer will give the word,
Note the text highlighted in bold. All too often our re-created bayonet charges become a free-for-all with individual units racing down the field to "get there first". The strength of a bayonet charge lies in numbers. The ultimate goal is to have every point in the line reach the enemy at precisely the same instant. Running out ahead of the battalion (besides being an unsafe practice) simply weakens the impact of the charge.
The easiest way to ensure the bayonet charge is performed correctly, safely and effectively is to simply watch your right-hand man and do as he does. The far right-hand man will typically be an nco or an experienced re-enactor, so if everyone matches the step, dress and level of the bayonet of the man to their right you really can't go wrong!