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Plan, But Validate Your USFA Rankings Are Official

Plan attending USA Fencing National Championship, But Wait Until Your USFA Rankings Are OfficialThe next two weeks are the last to be qualified for summer nationals in some categories via a regional tournament or divisional qualifier.  In other words, this is your last chance to evaluate your current standings including how many regional points your child has, which events you need to register for, and if there’s a chance for you to improve your standing by attending another event.

Parents, it’s important that you make a careful plan for the next steps of attending Summer Nationals, as time will quickly run out if your fencer still wants to qualify.

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Tournament seeding – what it is and how it is done

Fencing Tournament SeedingTournament seeding in fencing can be a confusing and complicated concept to grasp and understand. Especially for a first time competitor or new spectator to the sport. Hopefully I can help you break down what you need to know in a simple and concise way.

Seeding is conducted several times throughout a competition. There is a preliminary seeding that happens before the pools begin, and another seeding after the pool round.

Seeding occurs in order to create a sense of balance and order. Stronger opponents will be scattered equally amongst other less strong fencers. If there is no seeding, it’s possible that all of the stronger fencers could be fighting against one another within one single pool or the same branch of a tableau. Spreading them out in this way allows for a more fair competition, and allows other less higher seeded players to compete against the higher seeded fencers.

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New Rule Change in Foil Regarding Plastic Chest Protector

New Rule Change in Foil Regarding Plastic Chest ProtectorRecently, the FIE officially approved a rule change that would allow wearing only a specific type of chest protector in the foil category of fencing, which was also adopted by the USFA. The rule is dictated by the following:

Per Section m.25.4(c):  

“At all weapons, the use of a breast/chest protector (made of metal or some rigid material) is compulsory for women and optional for men. At foil, this breast/chest protector must be worn below the protective plastron. At foil, the protector will have the following characteristics: The entire outside of the chest protector (the side facing the opponent) must be covered with a soft material such as E.V.A. (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) of four mm thickness and density of 22kg/m3. (The material can be attached to the current plastic models or incorporated into the manufacture of new chest protectors). The material must have the SEMI technical mark at the center of the upper edge.”

Anytime there is a new rule in fencing, it’s important to understand why the rule has been put in place, and how it will ultimately affect you.

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How to Determine Your 2018 National Fencing Championship Qualification via Regional Path

How to Determine Your 2018 National Fencing Championships Qualification via Regional Path

The final stretch leading up to USA Fencing Summer Nationals is here! Most of the qualifying tournaments are behind us, which means that most fencers know where they stand in the path to qualification. But there are a few qualifying events still left!

There are some general ways for fencers to qualify for the Summer Nationals or the July Challenge, and those boil down to qualification via National Points, Regional Points, or making it through a Divisional Qualifier.

However we find that there are a lot of parents who are still confused about what their children have qualified for and what the exact rules are. This post is here to outline what exactly you need to know to determine whether your child has qualified via the REGIONAL PATH.

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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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