Join us for the 2014 Oregon Division Summer Nationals Qualifiers. The Summer National Championships are held this year the last week of June.
Doors open at 8:00 AM and registration and equipment check opens at 8:30 AM. Times listed are "close of registration." That being said, we encourage everyone (especially beginners to the sport) to be at the venue AT LEAST one half hour before the CLOSE of your event, to make sure you can sign in and get your equipment checked and approved BEFORE the close of registration for your event.
Fencers that wish to fence in two events on the same day must report to the strip when called or they may be scratched from the event. We will try to accommodate people as best we can, but we will not delay events if a fencer is still fencing in another event.
All competitors must be current (2013-2014) members of the USFA and must be members of the Oregon Division; fencers from other divisions are not eligible to compete. Y14 fencers must fall in that age bracket OR the athlete must be on the national rolling point standings in the next younger age bracket.
Permanent residents who have not represented another country in the last three years may participate. If you are auto-qualified for the SN, you are still encouraged to fence! (Fees waived for you, please still register on AskFred by deadline.)
BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD! All fencers must be current USFA members and be able to provide proof of membership. You may complete the application at the door, however the division STRONGLY encourages you to apply on-line at http://www.usfencing.org before the event and print out the receipt to show as proof of membership. Members without proof of membership will need to pay for another membership at the door. One-day memberships are not valid for this tournament.
In each event, the top 25% (rounded up) who were not previously qualified (i.e. through a ROC) will qualify for SNQ, with a minimum of 3. If 3 or fewer fencers show up for an event, the event will not need to be fenced for qualification purposes (it can be fenced for the sake of awarding medals.) Fencers that earn qualification at the DIV II events will automatically for the corresponding DIV III events event (if rating-eligible.)
Pre-registration on FRED is REQUIRED by 11:59pm on Friday night, March 28, 2014. Also, at this point, we only accept cash or checks at Division events - NO credit/debit cards. Please make checks out to the Oregon Division/USFA.
Fees: Discounted registration fees are $15 per fencer, plus $10 per event (i.e., a total of $25 for one event) for those that preregister on AskFred by the deadline. After this time, fencers are welcome with late fees, if board notified prior to midnight of 3/28.
If you want to both register for the tournament and the event in the week following the deadline, triple reg fees ($45) and double event fees ($20) will apply. If you are pre-registered on time but want to add another event after the pre-reg deadline, double event fees for that event will apply (i.e. $20 per event.) Walk-ins the weekend of the event (i.e. 4/5/14): $90 registration and $60 per event. Save yourself money and pre-register in time.
If you are auto-qualified for your desired event at the SNQs (i.e. Div 2 men’s foil), you are still encouraged to fence! (Fees waived for you for that event, but please still preregister on Askfred by the deadline. Please consult with bout committee at check-in to see if your presence will be needed.) Registration fees are non-refundable, but the per-event fees will not be charged if an event is not fenced.
Full USFA uniform is mandatory, including mask, jacket, plastron (underarm protector), fencing knickers, knee-length socks, lame, and glove. Each fencer will be required to have two working electric weapons (foil, epee, or saber, as appropriate), and two working body/head cords as needed. Foil events require conductive foil masks. No jeans or sweatpants allowed. Names on the uniform are not required for the qualifier.
To facilitate the equipment check, we anticipate that division volunteers will be present the evening of April 4 at the NWFC to check the equipment of fencers who are competing Saturday. If you are fencing Sunday, please come by on Saturday to get your stuff checked and approved, and help us reduce lines the day of your event. Thanks!
Here are additional important notes:
Healthy, fencer-friendly snacks are sold through a self-serve concession area.
Our qualifier is entirely staffed (with the exception of the referees) by volunteers, without whom this event would not take place. Please email nwhitson(at)gmail.com if you can help fill a shift or two.
The sport of fencing could not exist without our referees, whose role it is, is make sure that everyone is having fun (by fencing) and ensuring safety. With this and every division-sanctioned event, we expect the following from all participants (which includes all athletes, spectators, and coaches):
• Respect of the referees and non-interference during bouts.
• Direct your questions and complaints only to the head referee, not the referee on the strip.
• Replays on your Ipad are not legal and won't change the referee's call.
• Spectators are welcome to train and become referees themselves if they think they can do better. The Oregon Division will be hosting another referee seminar on Saturday May 24 and May 25 for the accompanying tournament.
• “Disturbing order” from the sidelines is against the rules and could get you a warning (yellow card) or ejected (black card). ANY referee or head referee can card ANYBODY in the gym. But we don’t want that, so please show good sportsmanship.
As a last note, in 2013, the USFA Board of Directors adopted the USFA SafeSport policy, which outlines new requirements for all individuals who have frequent contact with minors. This includes coaches, referees, division officers, bout committee members, etc. Everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the policy, which can be found here: http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/892379-safe-sport.
------------------ Important Info: -------------------
Tournament: Oregon Division Summer National Qualifiers
Date(s): 04/05/2014 - 04/06/2014
Location: NorthWest Fencing Center
For directions, visit http://www.nwfencing.org
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Preregistration closes on 03/28/2014
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