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Capitol Clash SYC and Cadet 2012 Feb 3, 2012 - Feb 5, 2012
NEW Cadet events added! NEW Combined luxury hotel/expo venue! All Net Proceeds To Fencing Charity NFFDC.ORG.
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center: National Harbor, MD
posted 10/03/2011
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FROM THIS POINT, ALL ROOM RESERVATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED DIRECTLY WITH THE GAYLORD HOTEL. To confirm the discounted room rate of $169.00 per night, plus tax, please reference the Capital Clash event and group code S-FNC12. The hotel's call center is available 24/7 at 301-965-4000. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night's deposit (room and tax) to guarantee the reservation at the time of booking.

The Capitol Clash Super Youth Circuit is back -- and it is bigger and better than ever . . . .

NEW THIS YEAR:

CADET (under-17) EVENTS ADDED! Top quality competition and a perfect tune-up 3 weeks before Junior Olympics. Fence Y14 and Cadet!

HUGE 35,000 square foot EXPO-SIZE venue in the SAME BUILDING as the GAYLORD NATIONAL RESORT!

Luxury rooms an elevator away from the competition floor (with free wi-fi in room and the event floor). Fantastic restaurants in the same building and even more in the huge development just steps away outside. And everything is still just minutes from DC attractions and National Airport, or a short drive from Dulles or BWI (look for great air discounts with Southwest and others at BWI).

Check out the venue and reserve your discounted rooms online right now!


HOTEL RESERVATIONS NOW ONLY THROUGH THE GAYLORD. SEE TOP OF THIS MORE INFO PAGE

PSA Hotel Information Page --> http://goo.gl/39vlM
(PSA also can help make easy airline reservations for you!)

Learn more about the Gaylord National --> http://goo.gl/Dh06Y
Hotel amenities for all --> http://goo.gl/HO8On
Special fun for kids --> http://goo.gl/CbNaO

Once again, live seeding, pool and strip assignments, results are more will be available during the competition at http://live.nffdc.org (on monitors and smartphones with our free wi-fi)

We can't wait to see you and hand out our signature Jefferson Cup awards. We are expecting another top event! And remember, by joining us at the hotel and competition you are helping us send all net proceeds directly to charity. See http://WWW.NFFDC.ORG

Feel free to contact egrass@mac.com if the information on this page does not answer your questions.

HOST HOTEL and COMBINED VENUE:
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

Driving Directions: As National Harbor is a new development and may not register on some GPS systems, please follow these driving directions for best results. Take the Capitol Beltway I-495, then take Exit 2A toward National Harbor. This is the first exit on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Once on National Harbor property, turn right on St. George Street. Follow signs to Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.

Airport: National Harbor is located approximately:

    • 8 miles from Reagan National Airport (DCA)
    • 35 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
    • 42 miles from BWI Marshall Airport (BWI)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Registration fees and deadlines have been set by USA Fencing and are as follows:

Regular registration period runs through January 7, 2012
$45 Registration plus $35 per event

From January 8, 2012 through January 30, 2012
TRIPLE FEES PER USA FENCING
$135 Registration plus $105 per event

Registration will close at midnight after January 7 but will re-open on January 8 for late registrations.

*** IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED AND WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE OR ADD AN EVENT, THIS CANNOT BE DONE THROUGH AskFRED. CONTACT egrass@mac.com OR dsapery@gmail.com TO MAKE CHANGES ***

After January 30, 2012, registration cannot be done through AskFRED. Furthermore, any registrations after this date are subject to a $200 surcharge, per USA Fencing guidelines. Contact Ed Grass at egrass@mac.com for more information or to register after January 30.


Birth year requirements for the 2011-2012 season
- Youth 10 event 2001-2004
- Youth 12 event 1999-2002, or on Youth 10 NRP List
- Youth 14 event 1997-2000, or on Youth 12 NRP List
- Cadet event 1995-1998, or on Youth 14 NRP List

Format: One round of 5-touch/3 minute bout pools. 100% advance to direct elimination rounds, however Cadet events with more than 64 entrants may be subject to an 80% cutoff at the discretion of the Bout Committee. For Cadet and Y14, direct elimination bouts are 15 touch/9 minute bouts. For Y10 and Y12, direct elimination bouts are 2 of 3 5-touch encounters.

All other USA Fencing rules control, as set forth in the USA Fencing Rulebook and as discussed further in the USA Fencing Athlete Handbook.

USA Fencing Rulebook - http://usfencing.org/pages/3814

Athlete Handbook - http://usfencing.org/resources/documents/athlete-handbook

CLOSE OF CHECK-IN SCHEDULE:

CDTMF Fri 2:00 PM
Y10WE Fri 3:00 PM
Y10ME Fri 3:00 PM
Y14WE Fri 3:00 PM
Y14MS Fri 3:00 PM
CDTWF Fri 3:00 PM
Y14WS Fri 5:00 PM

Y10WF Sat 8:00 AM
Y12WS Sat 8:00 AM
Y14MF Sat 8:00 AM
CDTWE Sat 8:00 AM
CDTMS Sat 8:00 AM
Y12WE Sat 10:30 AM (REVISED TIME)
Y10MF Sat 11:00 AM (REVISED TIME)
Y12MS Sat 1:30 PM
CDTME Sat 1:30 PM
Y12ME Sat 3:00 PM
Y14WF Sat 3:00 PM
CDTWS Sat 4:00 PM (REVISED TIME)

Y10WS Sun 8:00 AM
Y12MF Sun 8:00 AM
Y14ME Sun 8:00 AM
Y12WF Sun 10:30 AM
Y10MS Sun 11:30 AM

Reminder: All of the above times are CLOSE of check in. Each event will open for check-in one hour prior to the time listed. Please plan accordingly to avoid disqualification.

Cadet competitions being held in conjunction with the SYC are sanctioned by the Capitol Division USFA. No points are awarded in the Cadet events.

FENCERS MAY ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE EVENT PER DAY

CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DAY OF EACH EVENT
The competition portion of the venue will open for fencers at 1:00pm on Friday February 3 and at 7:00am on Saturday February 4 and Sunday February 5.

Fencers must check in each day that they compete, within the indicated hours of check-in, or they will be withdrawn from that event.

IN ORDER TO COMPETE YOU MUST CHECK-IN AT THE COMPETITION FLOOR OF THE VENUE BEFORE THE LISTED DEADLINE WITH THE FOLLOWING IN HAND:
1) the fencer is required to show a USA Fencing membership card (valid for the current competitive season); AND
2) the fencer is required to provide a fully-completed waiver form that has been signed by a parent or legal guardian; AND
3) the fencer is required to show a birth-certificate (copy acceptable) or other government-issued identification showing a birth date.

To help us speed registration, please download the waiver form, print it, read it, sign it, and bring it to the table with you. This is especially critical if the fencer does not have a parent/guardian at check-in. No one will be allowed to fence without a signed waiver form.

Waiver Form .PDF --> http://askfred.net/Committee/Downloads/fileDL.php?file_id=499

New USA Fencing memberships and new or replacement USFA cards should be obtained through the USA Fencing website before the tournament.

http://usfencing.org/us-fencing-membership

Athletes arriving without proof of USA Fencing 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 USA Fencing as appropriate.

Fencers who fail to register by the published deadline will be removed from the event and refunds will not be made.

Note that per USA Fencing rules, fencers who are not present for their bout after having started a competition (for reasons other than a verified medical withdrawal) will be excluded from the competition, and national points and/or classifications that might have been earned for that competition will not be awarded. Further disciplinary action can be taken by USA Fencing.

UNIFORMS REQUIREMENTS
All USA Fencing uniform requirements apply. NAMES ARE NOT REQUIRED ON THE UNIFORM. CONDUCTIVE FOIL BIBS ARE NOT REQUIRED.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS AND INSPECTIONS
Y10 fencers must fence with weapons NO LONGER than 32 inches (also known as "2" or "0" blades).

Equipment check will be open each day of the competition at 7:00 am (1:00 pm on Friday for initial events that day and 4:00 pm for later events). Equipment check will test the mask, lame jacket, gloves and body cords. Items that have passed 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." All events are conducted with electric equipment. A preliminary check will be conducted at the beginning of each pool and DE bout to ensure the presence of: Underarm plastron, 2nd weapon and body cord, weapon check control marks. Athletes are subject to prohibition from fencing if these conditions are not met.

Parents and fencers should expect significant lines for equipment check between 2-3pm on Friday and between 7-8am on Saturday and Sunday. Please plan accordingly. Those fencing Saturday or Sunday can have their equipment checked Friday anytime after 5 pm.

Weapons will not be inspected or marked in advance, but failure to have the proper number of working weapons and other equipment at the strip is subject to penalty according to relevant USA Fencing rules.

Note that Absolute Fencing will be on site to sell new equipment and repair services, but fencers ultimately are responsible for having all necessary equipment in working order.

POINTS, RATINGS AND SEEDING

Seeding is based on current national rolling point standings according to age group and weapon, then letter ranking within year classification. Fencers with equal classification will be randomized among themselves.

The Capitol Clash will ONLY use ratings and points standings that have been forwarded to and accepted by USA Fencing in advance of the tournament and then downloaded by us from USA Fencing. You can check your USA Fencing rating by downloading and searching for your name here -- http://usfencing.org/us-fencing-membership/current-membership-listing. You can check your points here -- http://usfencing.org/national-points-standings/current-national-points

This information will be obtained from USA Fencing on Thursday, February 2. Any discrepancies regarding classifications or points earned must be resolved by this date.

Each event's tentative seeding will be posted at the venue prior to the close of check-in. It will also be posted at http://live.nffdc.org.

It is the fencer's responsibility to notify the Bout Committee of any discrepancies before the close of check-in and before pools are posted.

COMPETITION INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS

Failure to report to a strip timely for the start of a bout subjects the fencer to disqualification according to USA Fencing rules.

No flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions. Be advised that we expect to have press and other media at this event and to have video, photography, and sound recordings being made. The waiver form includes a release regarding this.