2016 SC Division Summer Nationals Qualifier

SC Division Announcement

*** NOTE: CHANGE OF VENUE !!! ***
Our venue has changed from Winthrop University to Foothills Fencing Academy in Piedmont (Greenville), SC.
We sincerely apologize for this last-minute change. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we lost the West Center at Winthrop. In light of this, we are waiving the late fee for any registrations. The final deadline for online registration and payment will be 4/1/2016 and there will be no late-fee charges.

If you have any questions about this or have any problems, please contact the SC Division chair.

The SC Division Summer Nationals Qualifier is scheduled for April 16th at Foothills Fencing Academy in Piedmont, 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 Division Qualifier for SC has 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, April 16th. 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 Summer Nationals. 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, April 17th. 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 Foothills Fencing Academy in Piedmont, SC.
  • Note that the final cutoff for online registration is TWO 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. Note that if circumstances change, we may push the cutoff to a later date. *** A NOTE TO FENCERS who have not yet gotten their competitive USFA memberships – fencers who buy their memberships AFTER April 1st get the added benefit of having their memberships also covered for the next season. For those who want to take advantage of this offer, please go ahead and register (and pay) on askFred before the 4/1/16 deadline and wait until after April 1st to get your membership. We will work with you so that you can sign up for this tournament and also be able to get the benefit of buying a membership after April 1st.
  • All fencers must pre-register AND pre-pay online on askFRED. There will be NO WALK-INS permitted.
  • The SC Division annual meeting will be held at the venue immediately following the tournament.

    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.

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.

TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS SCREENED & DOCUMENTED

2015-2016 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

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 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.