The Georgia High School Fencing League (GHSFL) has announced details of its 2011-12 season. There are some changes to the way the schedule is set up and the way standings will be calculated.
There will be seven regular season tournament dates (one more than last season). There will be two tournaments on each date (down from three last season) with half the schools competing in each tournament. As usual, the first tournament date will be restricted to experienced fencers.
The season will start and end about a month earlier than last season in an attempt to reduce the conflict with spring sports. There will be regular season tournament dates in each month from September through January, with two tournament dates in October and two in January (bringing the total to seven). There will also be two championship tournaments in February (Individual Championship and Team Championship). This season’s schedule has managed to largely avoid conflicts with SAT and ACT testing dates, the only conflict is the Team Championship which is on an ACT testing day.
The schedule, which is available for viewing here, should be considered as tentative. Not all designated host schools will have booked facilities yet for the requested dates. You will see that Pope has been asked to host one tournament on 29 October. Last season, tournament dates and locations changed even after the season started and were not confirmed until a month before each tournament, so be aware that this information can change.
Points will be awarded to the top 16 finishers in each event (last season it was the top 12), but fewer points will be awarded this season for ninth place and below. Also fencers must advance to the second (Direct Elimination) round in order to earn points. The new and old points for each place are shown below.
Final Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
2011-12 Points Earned 64 52 40 na 32 30 28 26 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11
2010-11 Points Earned 64 52 40 na 32 30 28 26 25 24 23 22
During the season, individual standings will determine by the number of points earned. Those standings will, in turn, determine initial seeding at tournaments. All fencers who earn points will qualify for the Individual Championship provided they have also competed in three regular season tournaments. The final individual standings for the season will be the place earned in the Individual Championship.
The total number of points earned by each sex at each school will be calculated and the five teams with the most points will qualify for the Team Championship. The final team standings for the season will be the place earned in the Team Championship.
Foil and Sabre
This season, for the first time, the league will have foil and sabre events as well as epee. Whether a particular tournament offers foil and sabre events will be up to the tournament host.