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What are the Junior Olympics in Fencing?

What are US Fencing Junior Olympics and How to QualifyThe Junior Olympics are not just a little Olympic Games!

The name is just a nice name (and many US sports use this name for their respective championships). A nice name that confuses people who are new to the sport, but again this competition is not intimately tied to the big Olympic games that happen every four years.

If you’re new to fencing, then something you probably want to know pretty quickly is what all of these big championships are. What is the big deal with these competitions? How can someone new to the sport make sense of them?

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Black Card in Fencing: What it is and What it Means

Black Card in Fencing: What it is and What it MeansThe rarest and most serious penalty in fencing is the black card.

Novice fencers might not understand the consequences of a black card. For instance, if a fencer gets a black card for acting out after a match that they lost anyway, what does it matter? First off, it matters because points are an issue. When a fencer leaves on a black card, they forfeit any points that they might have gotten for that tournament. That’s going to affect their standings and their potential qualification for other competitions.

A black card doesn’t just affect the match either – if a fencer gets black carded in a medal round then they lose their medal. So if you’re competing in the gold medal match, you’d get a silver if you lost. But not if you get black carded! The important thing to emphasize here is that a black card does NOT just affect the one match, it affects the whole competition and even beyond!

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New Epee Fencing Rule Aims to Makes Epee as Aggressive as Sabre

new epee fencing rule addresses non combativityChange is coming to the world of epee.

A recent meeting of the FIE rules committee saw a proposal that will drastically affect epee fencing. The proposal was accepted and will begin to be integrated into international competition starting this coming January 2018 through the Senior World Championship in Wuxi, China next summer. The temporary adoption of this rule change will allow the new rules to be tested, to see whether these should be permanent changes and what tweaks might need to be made for these new rules.

It’s a massive shift for epee fencers, but one that promises be positive for the long term.

In a nutshell, the major change in how non combativity is going to be treated. Per the current rules, which are applicable only to the DE bouts, if there are no touches scored in the course of about 1 minute, the referee stops the bout and advances it to the next period without a 1 minute break, or to the full priority minute if this non-combativity happened in the last period.

The new proposal makes a rather dramatic change to this. The referee alternates priority with each touch between two fencers. If there is no touch scored within 45 seconds, then the fencer with the priority is awarded a point and the bout resumes.

This change is rather extremely dramatic and will change the way epee fencing is done.

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USFA update about Division 1 Fencing

USFA Changes in Division 1 FencingEvery year, the USFA makes changes in national level events in an effort to make national fencing more competitive at the international level. These changes do contribute to the significant improvement of USA fencing and we love seeing them. This year one of the most dramatic changes in the national event format came to Division 1.

Actually there are two big changes that are coming to Division 1 Fencing in the 2017-2018 season, and they’re changes that we’re very excited to see!

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Infographic – How to Qualify for 2018 US Fencing Summer Nationals

How to Qualify for 2018 US Fencing Summer NationalsIt’s that time of year again – time to figure out the qualifying paths for US Fencing Summer Nationals! Every year there are tweaks to the rules that mean we all need to bone up on what’s going on. This year there aren’t too many changes, and really the ones that we have are pretty solid.

Not only do the actual qualification paths change every year thanks to USFA’s constant pursuit of getting things right, but kids ages change every year. Those birth years are important for fencers who want to qualify, because they don’t stay the same every year as we all get older! Age brackets change every year, so we need to update things with each passing season. Always keep in mind that fencers can qualify outside of their specific age division under certain circumstances.

You’ll find every bit of information that’s included in this infographic on the USFA website, but it’s scattered around in various places. That’s why we created this infographic to help everyone make sense of it all! It’s great for novice parents and for seasoned fencers.

This is our third year including this infographic for 2018 US Fencing Summer Nationals qualification, and it’s become a useful tool in our experience. Please dig in and learn what you need to know to qualify!

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