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2015 Virginia Kick Off DIV 1A ROC Sep 26, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
DIV 1A ROC - Registration fee $30, DIV IA Events $120. Read MORE INFO for all other info. Prizes include Gil Hibben limited edition swords & Damascus Steel daggers as always.
Fredericksburg Expo Center: Fredericksburg, VA
posted 07/25/2015
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The Virginia Kick Off DIV 1A ROC - Registration fee $30, DIV IA Events $40 each. Read MORE INFO for all other info. Prizes include Gil Hibben limited edition swords & Damascus Steel daggers as always.

Events Scheduled:
DIV 1A ROC Women's Epee 9/26 @ 11:00AM
DIV 1A ROC Women's Foil 9/27 @ 12:30PM
DIV 1A ROC Women's Saber 9/27 @ 10:30AM
DIV 1A ROC Men's Epee 9/27 @ 8:00AM
DIV 1A ROC Men's Foil 9/26 @ 8:00AM
DIV 1A ROC Men's Saber 9/26 @ 1:30PM


The Virginia Division is excited to offer it's annual Kick Off Open as a DIV IA ROC on September 26th and September 27th, 2015. 6 events and well over 600 fencers competed last year in Fredericksburg, this year now featuring 20+ grounded metal strips. Fredericksburg, Virginia is a 50 minute drive from Richmond International Airport and just about 60 minutes from Reagan National (DCA) and Dulles International (IAD). There are high traffic volumes on 95 as well as construction zones which will cause delays in getting to Fredericksburg. Please plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time to get to the competition.

Fredericksburg is a historic town with tons of great restaurants of all cuisines and price points. Really, there's too many places to list, but we'll provide information at the venue on where to go!

EVENT SCHEDULE (Events are expected to start within 30 minutes of Check In Close)

Saturday - September 26th
Men's DIV IA ROC Foil Sat 9/26 @ 8:00 AM
Women's DIV IA ROC Epee Sat 9/26 @ 11:00 AM
Men's DIV IA ROC Saber Sat 9/26 @ 1:30 PM

Sunday - September 27th
Men's DIV IA ROC Epee Sun 9/27 @ 8:00 AM
Women's DIV IA ROC Saber Sun 9/27 @ 10:30 AM
Women's DIV IA ROC Foil Sun 9/27 @ 12:30 PM

Registration Fee - $30 (one time)
DIV 1A EVENT Fee - $40 per event until 9/7

Registration Fee - $30 (one time)
DIV IA EVENT Fee - $70 per event between 9/7-9/21. After 9/21 $120 per event CASH or CHECK at the door!!! **

ALL FEES must be collected as part of your COMPLETED AskFred registration. ONLY WALK IN PAYMENTS will be accepted at the door. There is no ATM at the facility, and please make all checks payable to Virginia Division of US Fencing,LLC.

YES, Equipment check is a requirement and will start at 6:30am each day. We will be testing masks, all lame material, body cords, and mask cords.

The 2015 KICKOFF OPEN DIV IA will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Fredericksburg Expo Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

TOURNEY HOTEL(S): Walking distance to the Venue!

Hilton Garden Inn
1060 Hospitality Lane

Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg-at Celebrate Virginia
1080 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Homewood Suites by Hilton Fredericksburg
1040 Hospitality Lane

Absolute Fencing Gear

National Event level referees and Bout Committee staff. We will update this site with this info as we confirm attendees.


More to come!

Regional Open Circuit Qualification Path Information

Eligibility to Enter:
Div IA: Born 2002 or before (or on the Junior National Rolling Points List), with any rating
Div 2: Born 2002 or before, and with C, D, E, or U rating

ROC events function as qualifiers to the National Championships Division I-A, Division II and Veteran Categories, and may qualify fencers to other events, depending upon classification and status. The USFA Athlete Handbook contains detailed information on qualifying pathways and should be consulted as the appropriate reference document.

ROC tournaments are open to current USFA competitive members eligible to fence in Open competitions and to foreign fencers with current FIE licenses; however, foreign fencers are not eligible to compete in USA Fencing National Championship events. An athlete can fencer at any ROC and may earn points at any ROC. Regional points are awarded to 40% of the competitive field. Best 3 results from ROCs count toward Regional point totals on a seasonal point basis. In the event that a foreign fencer finishes within the qualifying group, the foreign fencer will be skipped.

Qualification Path to Nationals from the Vet ROCs
Fence in your weapon event(s) at any Regional Open Circuit during the current season.

Qualification Path to Div1A Nationals from the D1A ROCs
Placed in the top 8 at the previous season's Div1A National Championships, OR
Placed in the top 4 at the previous season's Div2 National Championships, OR
Be on the current season's Div1A ROC Regional Point Standings, OR
Be in the top 8 of the Div2 ROC Regional Point Standings

Qualification Path to Div2 Nationals from the D2 ROCs
Have classification of C, D, E, or U, at the time of the qualifying competition, AND
Be on the current season's Div2 ROC Regional Point Standings, OR
Be on the current season's Div1A ROC Regional Point Standings, OR
Place in the top 25% of your current season's Division Qualifier

*Note.. if a fencer meets the classification requirement at the qualifying competition and subsequently earns a higher classification, the fencer retains eligibility for that tournament

Regional Points – The ROCs award points to the top 40% of the competitive field in region (this is Region 6). Refer to the Athlete Handbook for more details on points. The ROC point standings are not used for seeding National level tournaments. ROC point standings are maintained at

ROC points are considered seasonal.

Liability waiver - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of the US Fencing and other applicable rules instituted by the Virginia Division of US Fencing, LLC (VA DIV). You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release the US Fencing and its sponsors,(VA DIV), and referees from any liability. With entry you give consent to the (VA DIV) to obtain medical care from any licensed physician, hospital or clinic for any injury or illness that may arise during activities associated with this tournament. Photography, filming, recording, or any other form of media of the athlete during the tournament can be used by the (VA DIV) and the US Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee.

• Entry is determined by 2015-16 USFA Birth year requirements and rating restrictions:
Div I-A: Born 2002 or before, or on the Junior National Rolling Points list

• USFA rules apply (

• Full USFA regulation uniform is required. Electric bib required in foil events.

• Must have at least two each of; working weapons, two body cords, and two mask cords.

• Current USFA competitive or other foreign federation membership required. Must present membership card at check-in. USFA cards can be reprinted at If no proof of membership you must complete and pay for USFA membership. Current membership list: You may join or renew USFA at the door (parent signature required if under age 18). Have separate check payable to USFA or use your credit card (preferred). Download USFA membership application at: :

• Seeding: Div I-A - Current National Senior Ranking within each classification, then classification/year. Div II - Letter ranking/ year
• Only official USFA ratings will be used. Ratings will be verified prior to the event. Check current ratings at
• Format: One round of pools (5-touch/3 minute bouts), then all fencers advance to direct elimination round (15 touch/9-minute bouts.)
• Prizes awarded to Top 8.
• Fencers are responsible for ensuring accuracy of all posted information and must report errors to the bout committee immediately. Fencer signature on pool score sheets and DE bout slip implies accuracy.

• Withdrawal during pools: If medical withdrawal occurs during pool round (fencer does not complete pool), then fencer has no results to report and cannot be used towards competitive field total to determine classification or qualification to championships.
• Withdrawal during DE: If medical withdrawal occurs after completion of the pool or during DE round the fencer keeps place in table to determine results and may be used towards competitive field total to determine classification and/or qualification to championships.
• A fencer receiving a black card (for failure to appear at strip or other penalty in accordance with the penalty chart) will be listed in the final results as “Fencer Excluded,” and results cannot be used toward competitive field total to determine classification and/or qualification to championships.

Any refunds due to any fencer that preregistered and paid for their events but were not able to compete, will be processed after the competition. Event fees for those individuals will be refunded for events that they had paid their event fee for, but were not able to compete in those events. When requesting a refund, type "REFUND" in the subject line. The $30 registration fees are non-refundable.

Preregistration opens on 07/25/2015.
Preregistration closes on 09/7/2015.