At the end of pools, fencers must sign the score sheet to show that they agree with the scores on the sheet.  It is easy for a referee or scorekeeper to make a mistake when recording the scores, so be sure to check carefully before you sign.  Once you have signed, it is too late to correct any mistakes.

The scoring section of Tournaments 101 has a full description of how scoring works and what the pool score sheet looks like.  We also have a personal score sheet that you can download and use to track your results.  The following is just the bare minimum you need to do to check for mistakes in the pool score sheet.

Each pool usually consists of 5 to 7 fencers and each fencer fences one bout against every other fencer in the pool, so each fencer fences 4 to 6 bouts. The important thing you should make a note of is the score of each bout in the order they were fenced. To make it easier to check the score sheet, you should also add up your number of wins, touches scored and touches received. That could be as simple as a scrap of paper that looks like this (“V” is for victory, “D” is for defeat):

Me Him
V5 D3
D2 V5
D4 V5
V5 D4
V4 D2
My wins 3
Touches I scored 20
Touches scored against me 19

When you check the score sheet the main things that are important are the three totals, “my wins”, “touches I scored” and “touches scored against me”, you just need to know how to find them on the score sheet.  Here is what the score sheet might look like for the pool whose totals are listed above:

Example pool 3

You are fencer number 4 and your scores are in the row outlined in green. As you are fencer number 4, your opponents’ scores are in column 4 (outlined in red). The first entry in your row (D4) is what you scored against fencer #1 (Zhou). Fencer #1’s score against you (V5) is in column 4 (your column) of row 1 (fencer #1’s row). The other scores work the same way, the second score in your row is your score against fencer #2,and so on.

When you are asked to sign the sheet, check the totals against your notes:

  • Add up the number of “V”s in row 4 and you see that you have 3 victories, which matches your notes.
  • Add up the numbers in row 4 and you see that you scored 4+5+4+5+2 for a total of 20 touches, which matches your notes.
  • Add up the numbers in column 4 and you get 5+4+2+3+5 for a total of 19 touches scored against you, which also matches your notes.


You won’t have fenced the other fencers in the order they appear in the scoring grid (that is you didn’t fence fencer number 1, then 2, 3, etc.), so don’t be concerned when the scores are not in the same order as in your notes – it’s the total that is important.

Take your time, don’t be rushed as you could make a mistake.  If the victories, touches scored and touches received on the score sheet are correct, sign the sheet. Otherwise, don’t sign the sheet but politely tell the scorekeeper that the score sheet doesn’t match your notes. He or she will be happy to work with you to check the results.


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