2016 SC Division Junior Olympic Qualifiers

SC Division Announcement

The SC Division JO Qualifiers are scheduled for December 19th in Columbia, SC. Below are some general details about the tournament. The tournament has also been posted on askFRED. Go to the SC Division Calendar Page and click on the tournament listing in the Calendar Table.

  • Historically, the JO Qualifiers for SC have been small enough to be fenced on a single day. With that in mind, we plan to list everything on a single day which is Saturday, December 19th. Actual event times will not be listed until pre-registration is closed and we know which events will be fenced. Any event with fewer than four fencers will not be fenced. Any fencers pre-registered for those unfenced events will auto-qualify for the JO’s. In the event of high pre-registration numbers making the tournament too large to fence in a single day, we may need to expand it into Sunday, December 20th. If that becomes necessary, we will make every effort to consult with the fencers that are signed up to determine which ones can make the switch to Sunday. Again, we see this as a highly unlikely possibility.
  • The tournament will be held at The Harbison Recreation Center in Columbia, SC.
  • In light of the fact that this date falls in or near the time of final exams for some people, we have set an early pre-registration cutoff date. At this time, we plan to make the final cutoff for late fee registration TWO WEEKS prior to the tournament, and the regular fee deadline THREE WEEKS prior to the tournament. This is so that fencers will know sufficiently in advance whether their event is being fenced and can make travel arrangements. Making the cutoff closer to the date might make such arrangements difficult to secure so close to Christmas. Note that if circumstances change, we may push the cutoff to a later date.
  • All fencers must pre-register AND pre-pay online on askFRED. There will be NO WALK-INS permitted.

    See the MORE INFO page for the tournament on askFRED for complete details. If you have any specific questions please address them to the division chair.



Effective October 1, 2015, the National Office has mandated that all Tournament Organizers of Sanctioned Tournaments MUST comply with the following process for submitting Tournament documentation and validating background-checked Officials.

  • Beginning October 1, 2015, all Tournament Organizers will be required to submit a list of officials who worked their event. At this time, this list ONLY needs to include the referees working the Tournament.
  • The Division will submit the list of officials when the classification report is sent to the USA Fencing National Office. YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS LIST WITH YOUR TOURNAMENT DOCUMENTS GENERATED FROM FENCING TIME to the Division Secretary/Division Chair WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE CLASSIFICATION CHANGES TO SUBMIT.
  • All officials (to include Referees, Bout Committee members, Armorers and any other Professional Members working the Tournament) are required to be background screened for USA Fencing sanctioned events (see the current Green-Light list on this page.).
  1. If a non-screened official is used, the tournament organizer will receive a warning letter.
  2. On the second offense, the tournament organizer will not be allowed to host a Sanctioned event for a period of six (6) months.
  3. On the third offense, the tournament organizer will be referred to the NATIONAL Board of Directors for investigation and potential disciplinary action.

NOTE:  The requirement does not include self-directed events or apply to individuals who are under the age of 18.

Tournament Organizers are ultimately responsible for validating that their hired Officials are within compliance of the Professional Membership and Background Check requirements. Please ensure your Officials are valid and screened using the required SafeSport process and the USA Fencing-approved . For more information, see the Policy Documents posted on the SafeSport page at USFencing.org.