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Virginia Division Referee Clinic     Dec 17, 2016
The Fencers Club: Falls Church, VA Virginia Division Referee Clinic hosted by The Fencers Club is taught by Matthew Cox.
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   Map to 3431 Carlin Springs Rd., Suite E Falls Church VA 22041
posted 10/14/2016
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Virginia Division Referee Clinic hosted by The Fencers Club is taught by Matthew Cox, Internationally licensed referee. The change of presenters is due to the prior scheduling conflict.


Preregistration opens on 10/14/2016.
Preregistration closes on 12/17/2016.

Location: The Fencers Club
3431 Carlin Springs Rd., Suite E.
Falls Church, VA 22041

Start Time: 12:30pm
End Time: 7:30pm goal (extended if necessary)

Cost: $75 per person payable to The Fencers Club at the door. The fee includes evaluation at the December 18th Tournament at The Fencers Club.

Evaluation: December 18th Tournament at The Fencers Club.


Matthew Cox is a Certified Referee Instructor from Durham, NC, and holds an international license in both sabre and epee.
Having specialized in sabre refereeing for almost 15 years, Matt has refereed at many Grand Prix and World Cup events, and has been a regular fixture at North American Cups. Matt has been both a club owner and coach, which informed his collaborative approach to referee education.
Matthew is a member of USA Fencing Referee Development committee.

Cost of the Clinic
The cost of the clinic is $75/person payable to The Fencers Club. Checks or cash must be paid at the door.

About the Referee Development Clinic
The Referee Development Clinic will provide you with a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee, as well as refine your sense of right of way, timing, and application of the penalties.

Attending an official FOC-sanctioned clinic is a prerequisite for becoming a certified USA Fencing referee, along with successful completion of a written exam. Once a passing score (90%) has been achieved on the written exam (both the general section and one or more weapon-specific sections) a referee receives a rating of "P" in each weapon passed. Further ratings improvements (1-10) can be obtained at a later date by being evaluated in a practical setting at tournaments.

Written Exams
The written test is now offered online and typically taken shortly following the clinic, though it may be taken in advance:
http://fencingofficials.org/test/

If you plan to sit the exam, please make sure that you have adequately prepared by going through the Study Guide:
http://www.fencingofficials.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/StudyGuidePDFMay_2014_Edition.pdf

Who should attend
This clinic is recommended for:
- Aspiring referees - who want to learn how right of way and rules are being applied at a national and international level;
- Athletes - who want to improve their games and get a more complete understanding of their sport;
- Coaches - who want to maintain their grasp of current interpretations and rules updates;
- Parents - who want a better understanding of tournament format and the basics of sport fencing for their children; and
- Current referees - who need to fulfill their yearly requirement for seminar attendance or further their personal development.