At practice today, Coach mentioned three USFA (US Fencing Association) tournaments that are coming up in March.
Yellow Jacket Open
This is hosted by Georgia Tech at the Georgia Tech Student Center on 3 March. There are two épée events; both are mixed (men and women) and they are likely to be pretty competitive.
- At 9 AM there is an Open Mixed Épée event. Open means that all ratings from A (the highest) to E (the lowest) as well as unrated fencers may compete.
- At 1 PM there is a C & Under Mixed Épée event. This is a little less competitive as the A and B rated fencers are excluded, but will still likely be more competitive than a league tournament.
Dunwoody March Tournament
This is hosted by Dunwoody Fencing Club at Fellowship Christian School on 10 March. There are two events that at least some of the Pope fencers qualify for, and again both are mixed.
- At 10 AM there is a Y14 Mixed Épée event. Y14 is restricted to fencers born in 1997 through 2000, so four of our freshmen qualify (even though two are already 15).
- At 11 AM there is an Open Team Épée event. Teams consist of three fencers (or three plus an alternate), and the team match format is the same as the league’s Team Championship (45 touch relay). If you are interested in competing, you can either find two other fencers to join you in a team, or you can sign up as a single and be part of a team put together on the day of the tournament. I don’t know how putting together teams on the day of the tournament works, but I imagine that you might end up as the alternate and not fencing very much, so finding your own team is probably better.
Georgia Divisional Qualifiers
The location of this tournament is still to be announced (last year’s was at The North Georgia Fencing Center in Suwanee), but the dates should be 24 and 25 March. The top finishers in this tournament qualify for USA Fencing’s National Championship in Anaheim, CA. Events that Pope fencers can compete in should be:
- Separate Men’s and Women’s Y14 Épée. Y14 is restricted to fencers born in 1997 through 2000).
- Separate Men’s and Womens’s Senior Division III Épée. Senior means any fencer aged 13 or older, and Division III is restricted to fencers classified D or under (including those with no classification).
- Separate Men’s and Womens’s Senior Division II Épée. Senior means any fencer aged 13 or older, and Division II is restricted to fencers classified C or under (including those with no classification).
If you want to compete in any of these events, you will need to join USFA. For information about USFA, see the USFA page on our website. The cost is $60 per school year (membership ends 31 July no matter when you join). There is also a discount for prepaying for three years, and there are single day memberships (although I’m not sure how they work). You do not need to join a USFA club (such as Dunwoody) to be able to compete, but club members are likely to be coached by their club’s coaching staff.
Once you are a USFA member, you should create an account at AskFRED.Net (the clearing house for USFA tournament registration). AskFRED is where you can sign up to compete in the tournaments, in many cases you can also pay the tournament entrance fees (which are in addition to USFA membership) at AskFRED.
If you want to know about the level of completion at these tournaments or how to prepare for them, please ask Coach Eichler. If you have any questions about how to sign up please reply to the e-mail you should have received from Statsman.