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Cobra SYC (Super Youth Circuit) 2012 Mar 30, 2012 - Apr 1, 2012
Arrive appx. 1 hour prior to close of check-in for equip check and warm up... Fencers not presenting by posted close of check-in time will be scratched... Present waiver, USFA card (or copy), copy of birth certificate or other ID with DOB at check in
St. Peters College: Jersey City, NJ
posted 09/02/2011
More Info
Live tournament feed: http://cobrafencing.com/2012syc
Note - currently posted seeding is preliminary and subject to change.

2012 Cobra Super Youth Circuit (SYC)
March 30 April 1, 2012


Elite competition opportunity providing national youth rolling points and is a qualifying path for summer nationals for Y14, Y12, and Y10 age categories. National Points will be awarded to those placing in the top 40% of the competitive field regardless of where the cut occurs, with no rounding up, to a maximum of 32nd place. Fencers must fence in at least one Regional or Super Youth Competition in the current season to be eligible to enter the same category and weapon at Summer Nationals.

Be sure your e-mail is correct in the FRED system (go to "My FRED"). This is our only means to contact you.

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Equipment bags will be stored in a designated storage area and not permitted in the fencing venue. Do not leave any valuables like IPads, IPhones, wallets, headphones etc in your equipment bags. Cobra Fencing Club and St. Peter's College are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

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Meet USA Olympians !! Stop by the Absolute Fencing Gear booth on Saturday and Sunday to meet US Olympians Tim Morehouse and Daryl Homer (and possibly others!). They will be signing autographs and have T-shirts, and other cool stuff for sale to help support the US Fencing Olympic Team.
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VENUE
The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center
St. Peters College
870 Montgomery Street(entrance is located on Montgomery St., between Kennedy Blvd. and West Side Ave.)
Jersey City, NJ 07306

REGISTRATION

Registration fees and deadlines:
Credit card payment taken on-line through askfred.net. If you prefer to pay by personal check, e-mail organizer for registration and mailing instructions. NO ON-LINE REGISTRATIONS AFTER March 27. All incomplete entries (i.e. not paid) will be removed from published entry list. Fees are non-refundable after March 27 (see refund policy below).

Regular fee registration/payment period: September 2, 2011-March 21, 2012: $40 registration plus $35 per event
Late registration/payment period: March 22-27: $120 registration fee plus $105 per event (subject to space)
Walk-in (registration at-door) March 28-April 1: $320 registration plus $105 per event (subject to space)

Refund policy:
100% refund if notified by March 15, 2012.
Event fee only refunded if notified March 16-March 27; registration fee is not refunded.
No refunds if notified after March 27.

2011-12 USFA age eligibility:
Youth 10 2001-2004
Youth 12 1999-2002, or on Youth 10 NRP List
Youth 14 1997-2000, or on Youth 12 NRP List
If you are on the NRP list and your entry is rejected for age, contact us and we will handle your entry.

EVENT SCHEDULE
All times are CLOSE of check in. Arrive in time for equipment check and proper warm-up. Fencing begins shortly after close of check-in. Fencers must check in each day they compete. Fencers can only compete in one event per day.

Friday
2:00 Y10 ME
2:00 Y10 WE
2:00 Y10 MF
2:00 Y10 WF
4:00 Y10 MS
4:00 Y10 WS

Saturday
8:00 Y12 MF
8:15 Y12 WS
11:00 Y12 ME
11:15 Y12 WE
12:30 Y14 WF
2:00 Y14 MS

Sunday
8:00 Y12 WF
8:15 Y12 MS
11:00 Y14 ME
11:15 Y14 WE
1:30 Y14 MF
3:00 Y14 WS

Check-in requirements:
Having all required entry paperwork ready will speed registration process. Fencers are required to show at check-in:

Valid USFA or other fencing federation membership card. New USFA memberships, new USFA card, or replacement USFA cards can be obtained at usfencing.org. USFA membership can also be obtained at the venue. Athletes arriving without proof of USFA or other fencing federation membership must fill out all appropriate forms and pay for membership at registration (even if already a member). Refund requests can later be made with USFA as appropriate. Download membership form at: http://assets.usoc.org/assets/documents/attached_file/filename/44701/2011-12_Individual_Membership_Application.pdf. Have completed at arrival to check-in. Current USFA membership list: http://usfencing.org/us-fencing-membership/current-membership-listing
Copy of birth certificate or other government-issued identification showing a birth date
Waiver of Liability. A completed waiver form signed by a parent or legal guardian is required. Click "Download Waiver," then read and sign it before you arrive in the check-in line. Note, photography, filming, recording or any other form of media of the athlete during the tournament can be used by Cobra and the USFA. If you wish to opt out of media coverage, you must present the waiver form in person to the Bout Committee.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
Seeding:
Current National Youth ranking within classification (filters down the entire list), then letter ranking with year classification, then fencers with neither points or classification. Fencers with equal classifications will be randomized within each classification.
Only official ratings and points will be used (i.e. published on the USFA website). Check your rating and your point standing prior to the event and if there are discrepancies you must resolve the issue with USFA. Only an official e-mail response from USFA will override the ratings/points published on the USFA website. Current national points: http://usfencing.org/national-points-standings/current-national-points
It is the fencer's responsibility to notify the Bout Committee of any discrepancies in posted seeding information before pool assignments are posted. Any mistakes in posted information throughout the tournament must be reported to the BC immediately (within 5 minutes of posting).
Errors in posted pool results must be reported to the BC immediately. Once DE round starts pool results are final and no adjustments will be made.
Check all scores before leaving the strip. Fencer signature on pool sheet and DE slip implies accuracy.

Format:
Only events with fewer than 5 entries of one gender will be mixed. For events with less than 6 fencer and/or are fenced mixed, national points are not awarded. (Athlete Handbook 3.2.2 - Senior, Junior, Cadet, ROC, SYC tournaments are required to have at least 6 competitors for points to be awarded and cannot be a mixed competition. If there are less than 10 competitors there must fence off 3rd place).

Each event consists of two rounds (pools and direct elimination)
Pools: One round of 5-touch/3 minute bouts. 100% advance to direct elimination rounds.

Direct Elimination: For Y14, DE bouts are 15 touch/9-minute bouts. For Y10-Y12, DE bouts are 2 of 3 5-touch bouts. During the 1-minute breaks, ONE PERSON designated by the fencer (team-mate, coach, or parent) may be on the strip with the fencer.

No fence-off for third place. Medals awarded to Top 8. If there are less than 10 competitors there must be fence off for 3rd place.

SYC competitions award points to the top 40% of the field regardless of where the cut-off occurs, i.e. if there are 17 fencers 40% of 17 is 6.8 - only the top 6 finishers (not top 7) earn points. SYC tournaments are required to have at least 6 competitors for points to be awarded.

Classifications (ratings) can be awarded, however youth events must exceed criteria in Group C1 or higher to award changes in classifications. View USFA Classification Chart at: http://assets.usoc.org/assets/documents/attached_file/filename/15801/Classification_Chart_2009.pdf

Withdrawal:
Withdrawal during pools: A fencer who withdraws, or who is excluded, is scratched from the pool, and his results are annulled as if he had not taken part (o.20)
Withdrawal during DE: When, for whatever reason, a fencer cannot fence, or cannot complete his bout, his opponent is declared winner of that bout. A fencer who withdraws does not lose his place in the overall classification of the competition (o.25)

Uniform/equipment requirements:
USFA uniform requirements apply. Names are NOT required on uniform.
Y10 fencers must fence with weapons NO LONGER than 32 inches (i.e. 2" or "0" blades).
Equipment check will be open each day. Fencers must present to the armorer for testing of mask, lame jacket, gloves (saber) and body cords. Items passing inspection will be specially marked. Masks that do not pass the 12-kg punch test will be impounded or given a visible mark to signify that the mask is "not approved for use."
You must arrive at the strip with at least two working weapons and two working body cords. Fencers are responsible for having working equipment prior to arrival for competition. Two vendors will be on site to sell new equipment and repair services.

SPECTATORS
Spectators are obliged not to interfere with the good order of a competition, to do nothing which may tend to influence the fencers or the Referee, and to respect the decisions of the latter even when they do not agree with them. They must obey any instructions which the Referee may deem necessary to give them (cf.t.82.3/4, t.118, t.120)

VENDORS
Absolute Fencing Gear - http://www.absolutefencinggear.com
Blue Gauntlet Fencing Gear - http://www.blue-gauntlet.com

ARMORER
Armorers will be available Friday 1 pm - 6 pm.
Sat/Sun - open at 7 a.m.

FOOD

Since many of you have asked, we are happy to announce that the food concession stand at the SYC will be featuring the famous Cobra pulled pork sandwiches and macaroni and cheese among other food and beverage items. So don't feel the need to haul food and drinks to the venue.

DIRECTIONS
The Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center
St. Peters College
870 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306

General Driving Directions:

NJ Turnpike: Exit 14 C (Holland Tunnel Exit)--Exit on "Jersey City" ramp; straight through traffic light and make a U-Turn. At the light, turn right onto Montgomery Street. Continue up the hill on Montgomery Street, which will level off for a few blocks until the intersection of Montgomery Street and Kennedy Blvd. Our campus is on that intersection and Yanitelli Center is on Montgomery St., between Kennedy Blvd. and West Side Ave.

Exit 15E--Follow signs for Rte. 1-9 North; cross over two draw bridges and straight at the intersection with Rte. 440; you are on Communipaw Ave., with Lincoln Park to your left; proceed to West Side Ave. traffic light and turn left; at the 4th traffic light on West Side Ave., turn right onto Montgomery St. Yanitelli Center is to your left.

Holland Tunnel: Immediately out of tunnel, bear left (Route 1 and 9). Remain near the middle, as you will be exiting soon. After the Route 1 and 9/New Jersey Turnpike divide, bear right and then exit at ramp for "Jersey City, Kennedy Blvd."; proceed straight on the state service road until it ends at Kennedy Boulevard. Turn left (south) onto Kennedy Blvd. Follow it through Journal Square to Montgomery St. and turn right onto Montgomery Street. Yanitelli Center is on the right.

Lincoln Tunnel: Exit tunnel to NJ Turnpike and follow directions above; or, exit tunnel to Route 1-9 South and go to Tonnele Ave. traffic circle and then to Kennedy Blvd.; or, exit tunnel to Kennedy Blvd. and proceed south on Kennedy Blvd. to Montgomery Street, where you turn right and Yanitelli Center will be on the right.

Pulaski Skyway, Route 1-9 and Belleville Turnpike
All feed into the Tonnele Ave. traffic circle. From the circle go to Kennedy Blvd. and turn right (south); go a few blocks south to Montgomery Street and turn right; Yanitelli Center is on the right.

From Central New Jersey: GS Parkway North to Exit 142/Route 78 East. Take 78 East to Exit 58B/Route 1-9 North. Continue approximately 5 miles to Broadway (left hand exit ramp). Proceed down ramp to light. Make right onto1-9 Truck Route. Make first left onto Sip Avenue. At second light, make right on West Side Avenue. Continue to first light and make left onto Montgomery Street. Make left into Parking Deck.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

PATH: Trains have several stations in Jersey City, with rails running west to Harrison and Newark Penn Station and east to the World Trade Center and on a separate line to the east, terminating at 33rd Street in Manhattan, near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden

From Newark - At Newark Pennsylvania Station board a PATH Train bound for Journal Square. Once at Journal Square exit the PATH platform by ascending the stairs (one flight). Proceed through the turnstiles. Go up one flight of stairs and proceed straight through the glass doors into the NJ Transit building. Veer towards the right and walk the length of the floor until you see the Platform D doors on your left. Proceed to Platform D (at street level) and board the #10 bus (which runs between Jersey City and Bayonne). Remain on the bus until it reaches the Montgomery Street stop on Kennedy Boulevard.

From New York City - 1) take a PATH Train to Journal Square (trains marked "Journal Square" or "Newark"). At Journal Square exit the PATH platform by ascending the stairs (one flight). Proceed through the turnstiles. Go up one flight of stairs and proceed straight through the glass doors into the NJ Transit building. Veer towards the right and walk the length of the floor until you see the Platform D doors on your left. Proceed to Platform D (at street level) and board the #10 bus (which runs between Jersey City and Bayonne). Remain on the bus until it reaches the Montgomery Street stop on Kennedy Boulevard. OR 2) from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (at 8th Avenue and 42nd street in NYC) take the #99S bus directly to campus, exiting at the Montgomery Street stop on Kennedy Boulevard.

PATH: http://www.panynj.gov/path/fares.html
NJ TRANSIT: http://www.njtransit.com.

PARKING
Free parking in Lot #3: (Rec Center building) Located next to the Recreational Life Center on Montgomery Street between Kennedy Blvd. and West side Avenue. There is also a lot at corner of Montgomery/West Side Ave. In addition, street parking is available (may be metered).

RECOMMENDED HOTELS
Hilton Double Tree by Hilton (2.5 miles); negotiated rate $139 through Feb 29(mention fencing tournament)
455 Washington Blvd
201-499-2400
http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/EWRWTDT-DoubleTree-Hotel-Suites-by-Hilton-Jersey-City-New-Jersey/index.do

Hyatt Regency (2.12 miles); rates start at appx. $200
2 Exchange Place
201-469-1234
http://www.jerseycity.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

Candlewood Suites (2.4 miles); rates start at appx. $180
21 Second Street
201-659-2500
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cw/1/en/hotel/ewrjc

Westin Jersey City Newport (2.5 miles); rates start at appx. $225
479 Washington Blvd
201-626-2900
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3049

ABOUT JERSEY CITY, NJ
http://www.destinationjerseycity.com