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Referee Seminar w/ Alex Gioiella & Patrick Webster     Apr 11, 2020
Columbus Fencing & Fitness: Dublin, OH This is the first in a series of seminars and clinics being sponsored by the Midwest Sabre CIrcuit
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   Map to 4150 Tuller Road, Suite 236 Dublin OH 43017
posted 01/11/2020
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This is a Certified Referee Seminar and meets one of the requirements for becoming a certified fencing referee for USA Fencing. This clinic is an all-day event open to all ages regardless of membership status with USA Fencing. The cost is $75.00 per person, $45 for current college or high school students (Must bring valid student ID) to be paid at the seminar.



The seminar will begin at 10 am, and there will be a break for lunch. The goal is not to go past 6pm, but questions will always be answered, and there is no hard stop time.

We like to make this interactive, so if you'd like to bring some fencing stuff, we can really dig into some actions in all 3 weapons.

Seminar Instructors

Patrick Webster - Mr. Webster is currently the Referee’s Commission Vice-Chair for Domestic Referee Development. He has consistently reffed foil and epee at the national level and often serves as a national level assigner and referee coordinator. He has been involved in the sport for over 25 years.

Alex Gioiella - Ms. Gioiella currently serves as a member of the Domestic Referee Development Committee, with her primary focus being grassroots referee development as well as specifically saber referee development. Ms. Gioiella referees all three weapons at the local and national levels while refereeing sabre internationally. Before moving to the Midwest, she was instrumental in regional referee development in the NY/NJ/CT area.


What To Expect

For those looking to become referees, this clinic will prepare the attendee for taking the test and for observation as a referee.

For parents and fencers, this clinic will give a better understanding of calls and the rules of the game.

Topics Will Include:
- Role, Responsibilities, and Duties of the Referee
- Rules of the Sport
- Analyzing the Action
- Exam Preparation
- Improving Referee Rating

Attendees intending to take the exam and be observed should make themselves familiar with the rules of fencing and plan on taking the exam online. A copy of the rulebook and penalty chart can be found here.
https://www.usafencing.org/usa-fencing-rule-book

Attendees intending to take the exam should review the National Referee Examination Study Guide

The referee examination is a three step process. Steps 1 and 2 may be completed in any order and must both be completed before step 3.

Step 1 is taking the official referee clinic from a Certified Referee Instructor (like this course!)

Step 2 is passing the written referee exam online with a score of 90% in the general section and 90% on at least one of the three weapon-specific sections

Step 3 is passing a referee practical observation. Referee practical exams are available from CRIs and CRO's at Regional and Local events in and around Region 2 throughout the season.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will practical observations be given at this clinic?
No practical exams will be conducted at this clinic. I have found that unless the candidates are extremely well prepared, and basically only taking the certification course to check off a box, candidates do better taking the practical exam at a different time than the clinic. Also, this will give you time to study the rulebook and take your time passing the exam.

There is a sabre event the following day, which will allow those who wish to be observed in sabre to take a practical.

I am not interested in refereeing just yet, but I want to know more about the rules. Should I attend this clinic?
Absolutely! The official referee clinic is one of the best ways to get up-to-date rules interpretations from an experience national/international level referee instructor.

Can parents attend?
Yes. Parents are more than welcome to attend.