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Thrust Fall ROC- Div 1A/Div 2 Nov 4, 2017 - Nov 5, 2017
Qualifier to National Championships (Div1-A, Div 2, Div 3, Vet)...Regular fee entry deadline Oct 22, 2017...Current competitive USA Fencing(or other fencing federation) membership required...Read "more info" before e-mailing with questions
Rockland Community College: Suffern, NY
posted 04/16/2017
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THRUST FALL DIV 1A/DIV2 REGIONAL OPEN CIRCUIT (ROC)
November 4-5, 2017

The Eugene Levy Fieldhouse
Rockland Community College
145 College Rd
Suffern, NY 10901
http://www.sunyrockland.edu/campus-life/athletics/athletic-facilities

Free Parking, 60,000 sf venue, comfortable spectator seating, free Wi-Fi

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***Saturday Nov 4, 12 Noon Thrust Panel Discussion ***
Developing A Championship Philosophy For Fencing & Beyond.

Special Olympian Guests:
Keeth Smart - 2000, 2004, 2008 US Olympian
2008 Olympic Silver Team Medalist
First American Men's Sabre Fencer to hold #1 World Ranking 2003
Madrid World Cup Champion
2014 USFA Hall of Fame Inductee

Ivan Lee - 2004 US Olympian
2003 Pan American Individual & Team Champion
2001 Junior World Sabre Team Champion
2014 USFA Hall of Fame Inductee

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REFEREES: If interested in refereeing, e-mail Lisa Campi-Sapery at lisasapery@hotmail.com.

COMMUNICATION: Important tournament information will be communicated through the FRED e-mail system, including any event time changes. Take time to verify that your FRED profile contains an up-to-date e-mail address (log in and check My FRED).

WEBSITE: Live tournament seeding and results (during competition): http://www.escerimeresults.com/thrust

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REGIONAL OPEN CIRCUIT (ROC)
The Regional Open Circuit (ROC) is designed to promote and develop strong regional tournaments for the Open/Division I-A fencer who seeks competitive opportunities beyond the local and division levels but below the NAC Division I level. Other competitive opportunities in the ROC tournaments are provided for Veteran (40 & Older) and Division II (C, D, E or U) fencers. ROC tournaments are open to current USA Fencing 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. In the event that a foreign fencer finishes within the qualifying group, the foreign fencer will be skipped and only the highest-finishing eligible domestic fencers will qualify.
In each ROC category (Division I-A, Division II, and Veterans) competitions will award points to the top 40% of the competitive field (rounded up to the next higher integer) to a maximum of 64th place, using the point tables for regional competitions found in The Athlete’s Handbook Appendix 2.5. Only the best 3 results, in each respective category, count towards the point total. These points may qualify D1A, DV2, and Veteran ROC fencers to the USA Fencing National Championships in D1A, DV2, DV3, and Veteran. The ROC point standings are not used for seeding National level tournaments. Only ROC events award regional ranking points.

• Entry is determined by 2017-18 USA Fencing birth year requirements and rating restrictions:
Div I-A (any rating): Born 2004 or before, or on the Junior National Rolling Points List
Div2 (C,D,E or U rating): Born 2004 or before

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TOURNAMENT STAFF
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Escrime Management: George Janto, David Sapery, Cheryl Delaney, Lisa Campi-Sapery
Referee Coordinator/Head Referee: Lisa Campi Sapery (If interested in working as a referee, contact Lisa at lisasapery@hotmail.com)
Armory: Armory services available (for fee)

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REGISTRATION AND EVENT FEES
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Tournament fees must be PAID for entry to be complete (your entry is “incomplete” until payment (or payment arrangement) is made. If alternate payment arrangement (other than via FRED) is requested, you must e-mail the organizer prior to Oct 22, 2017 for payment instructions.

REGULAR fee entry/payment period: thru Oct 22, 2017: $30 registration fee plus $50/event
LATE fee entry/payment period: Oct 23-28: $60 registration fee plus $100/event. On-line registration closes Oct 28, 2017.
WALK-IN entry/payment period: Oct 29-Nov 5: $90 registration fee plus $150/event

***Entries listed as “incomplete” and presenting to compete must pay late fee plus $20

REFUND POLICY

Registration fee and any AskFred surcharges are non-refundable. Event fee will be refunded if refund request received no later than Oct 28, 2017. Send refund requests to: Mika’il Sankofa at thrustfencingacademy1@gmail.com and include a mailing address. After the deadline, there will be no refunds of the event fees, no exceptions. Refunds will be processed within 2 weeks after the tournament.

On tournament day, fencers who fail to check-in at the registration desk before the posted close of check-in time for their event will be withdrawn from the competition, and no there will be no refund of entry fees.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:
In the event of necessity to reschedule the tournament due to most extreme circumstances, such as unforeseen extreme weather or catastrophe (USA Fencing determines need to cancel/delay/reschedule a Regional Tournament in the best interest of the membership) all fees paid will be applied to rescheduled event. Regional tournaments which are cancelled due to no fault of the Organizer will be rescheduled by USA Fencing, if possible, within the season for which the tournament was awarded. In the event a fencer is not able to attend a rescheduled event, a full refund will be issued. Note, delay of start times not caused by extreme weather or catastrophe does not qualify as valid refund criteria.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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CLOSE OF CHECK-IN TIMES:
Times are subject to change.

We strongly encourage you arrive at the venue at least 1 hour before close of your event registration. Fencers not checked in at posted close of check-in time will not be permitted to compete, and no refund of entry fees will be issued. Fencers must check-in each day they fence.

SATURDAY
Times are subject to change. Check FRED prior to event.

C & Under Senior Women's Epee 9:00 AM
Div 1A Senior Men's Epee 9:00 AM
Div 1A Senior Women's Saber 9:30 AM
C & Under Senior Women's Foil 11:30 AM
C & Under Senior Men's Foil 12:00 PM
Div 1A Senior Men's Saber 3:30 PM

SUNDAY
Times are subject to change. Check FRED prior to event.

Div 1A Senior Women's Foil 8:30 AM
Div 1A Senior Men's Foil 8:30 AM
C & Under Senior Women's Saber 9:00 AM
Div 1A Senior Women's Epee 12:00 PM
C & Under Senior Men's Epee 12:30 PM
C & Under Senior Men's Saber 3:30 PM

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TOURNAMENT ENTRY
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Liability waiver - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of USA Fencing and other applicable rules. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release the following from any and all claims and/or liability in any way related to or arising out of this tournament to the fullest extent allowed by law: USA Fencing and its sponsors, New Jersey Division of USA Fencing, Thrust Fencing Academy, Rockland County Community College, Escrime Management, tournament staff, tournament volunteers, and referees. With entry you give consent to Cobra Fencing Club and its representatives (including without limitation any tournament personnel) to obtain medical care from any licensed physician, hospital, EMS personnel, 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 tournament organizers and USA Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee. Thrust Fencing Academy and Rockland County Community College are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

• Entry is determined by 2017-18 USA Fencing birth year requirements and rating restrictions:

Div I-A (any rating): Born 2004 or before, or on the Junior National Rolling Points List
Div 2 (C,D,E, or U rating): Born 2004 or before

• The USA Fencing Athlete Handbook (http://www.usafencing.org/athlete-handbook) contains detailed information on qualifying pathways and should be consulted as the appropriate reference document.
• Results posted at the venue and on FRED are not official; results must be verified by the national office for final determination of qualification.

• USFA rules apply: http://www.usfencing.org/athletes-usa-fencing-rule-book
• Full USA Fencing regulation uniform is required. Electric bib required in foil events.
• Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords.

• Current USA Fencing competitive membership, FIE, or other foreign federation membership, required. Must present membership card (or proof of membership payment) at check-in. To join/renew or print your membership card visit: http://www.usfencing.org/membership. If no proof of membership you must complete and pay for USA Fencing membership at the venue.

TOURNAMENT DAY CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS

• Venue opens at 7 a.m. each morning.
• Fencers are required to check in each day they compete
• Fencers are required to have equipment checked (only required once if fencing more than one day)
• Present to registration desk with proof of fencing federation membership (USA Fencing, FIE, or foreign federation).

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TOURNAMENT FORMAT/RULES
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• USA Fencing rules apply. http://www.usfencing.org/athletes-usa-fencing-rule-book
• Equipment check required (mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords). 800N Saber Glove is mandatory. Armorer will be on-site for repairs (for fee). Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the RJCC
• Full USA Fencing regulation uniform required. Name is NOT required on uniform. Foil mask with conductive bib required. Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk. Fencers are responsible for ensuring arrival at the strip with working equipment.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Uniforms (jacket, pants, knee-high socks, fencing glove): Standard fencing uniforms; cannot have any rips, tear, or holes. Warm-up pants or jeans are not allowed. Fencing glove must cover half of the forearm. 800N Saber Glove is Mandatory.
Plastrons (underarm protectors): Standard fencing plastron; required with every uniform
Chest Protector: Required for females
Masks: 12K punch test; sewn in bib. Conductive Bib in foil is required. Elastic strap at back of mask is required
Blades: Standard blade length of 30-35” permitted. Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords when reporting to the strip.
Weapon Handle: Any attachment to a weapon’s handle must fix the hand in one position such that the top of the thumb is no more than 2 cm from the inner surface of the guard.
Names on Uniforms: Not required.

• Ratings can be awarded if criteria met. See USFA ratings chart at: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0103/2516/2016-2017_Athlete_Handbook_12.16.16.pdf.- page 137)

SEEDING

The format for all ROC events is one round of pools maximized to 6 and 7 fencers as possible, with 100% promoted to a direct elimination table. Fencers from the same club will be separated as much as possible in the first round of competition.

Only ratings and points standings listed on the USA Fencing website will be used (ratings posted on FRED are not official). It is the fencer's responsibility to ensure that USA Fencing has properly recorded any necessary changes or corrections prior to this date. Current ratings: https://member.usafencing.org/search/members . Current point standings: http://www.usfencing.org/current-point-standings

DV1A:
1. Current Senior national rolling point standings regardless of classification
2. Classification and year
3. Athletes with neither of the above are seeded on a random basis after the athletes who are seeded by the preceding factors.

DVII
1. Classification and year
2. Athletes with neither of the above are seeded on a random basis after the athletes who are seeded by the preceding factors.

FORMAT
• One preliminary round of pools (5-touch/3 minute bouts), then all fencers advance to direct elimination round (15 touch/9-minute bouts.). DE tableau shall be comprised according to the results of the preliminary pool round. Fencers are seeded by their results in the pool round wherein the results of fencers in all the pools are ordered by best results to poorest results: highest ratio of victories vs. bouts fenced, touches scored vs. touches received. During the 1-minute break, ONE PERSON designated by the fencer (team-mate, coach, or parent) may be on the strip with the fencer.
• There is no fence-off for third place.
• Medals awarded to Top 8.

• Fencers are responsible for ensuring accuracy of all posted information and must report errors to the bout committee (BC) immediately. This includes club affiliation, division, classification, date of birth, gender, spelling of name, etc. Errors in posted pool results must be reported to the BC immediately (within 5 minutes). Once DE round starts and tableau is posted, the pool results are final and no adjustments will be made. Check all scores before leaving the strip. Fencer signature on pool sheet and DE slip implies accuracy.

• Photography and filming is allowed, however NO flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions.

WITHDRAWAL DURING TOURNAMENT:
• Withdrawal during pools: The pools must be fenced through the last bout. A fencer who withdraws, or who is excluded, is scratched from the pool, and his results are annulled as if he had not taken part.

• Withdrawal during DE: When for whatever reason a fencer cannot fence or cannot complete his bout, his opponent is declared winner of that bout. A fencer who withdraws does not lose his place in the overall classification of the competition.

SPECTATORS:

Everybody taking part in or present at a fencing competition must remain orderly and must not disturb the smooth running of the competition. At no time is anyone allowed to criticize the Officials or their decisions, to insult them or to attempt to influence them in any way. Coaches and spectators are allowed to give advice to fencers, but in all situations, coaches and spectators must not disturb the order of the bout. The referee and/or the Bout Committee can decide to expel from the competition venue, with or without warning, any person who by gesture, attitude or language disturbs the good order or smooth running of the tournament.

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EQUIPMENT CHECK
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Arrive early to allow time for equipment check. Equipment will be inspected and marked (mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords). Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the ROC. Names not required on uniforms.

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EQUIPMENT VENDOR
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Blue Gauntlet Fencing Gear ( http://www.blue-gauntlet.com) will be on-site for equipment sales.

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FOOD
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Food and beverage concessions will be available.

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QUALIFICATION INFO
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http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0089/9298/2017-2018_Qualification_Tables.pdf

Results posted at the venue and on FRED are not official; results must be verified by the national office for final determination of qualification.

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NEARBY HOTELS
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Crowne Plaza Suffern- Mahwah http://www.cpsuffernhotel.com

Hampton Inn and Suites – Mahwah http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-jersey/hampton-inn-and-suites-mahwah-MAHWHHX/index.html

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott – Mahway - http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrfm-fairfield-inn-and-suites-mahwah/

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THE TIME - Nyack - http://www.thetimehotels.com/nyack/

Courtyard by Marriott Montvale http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrmv-courtyard-montvale/

Howard Johnson Suffern http://www.hojo.com/hotels/new-york/suffern/howard-johnson-inn-suffern/hotel-overview

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER

Thrust Fencing Academy
35 South Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960
http://thrustfencingacademy.com
917-371-5603
e-mail: thrustfencingacademy1@gmail.com

Thrust Fencing Academy takes pride in providing families an affordable haven for kids and adults to learn one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Located at the historic YMCA in Nyack, New York, Thrust Fencing Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of students age 5- young adult through the Olympic sport of fencing. Coach Mika’il Sankofa (Three Time Olympian, Hungarian Honors Maestro’s Degree) has over 20 years of experience teaching students fencing at beginner, National, and World class levels.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward the Thrust Athletic Foundation - a 501c3 organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of athletes involved in the sport of fencing in the Rockland and Westchester areas.