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Great Pumpkin's Day Massacre Open & E Oct 29, 2017
Compete for the laughing pumpkin trophy. Custom medals and trophies to 3 places. Fees: On time, PRE-PAID registration - $30 + $15 per event. Late registration - $45 registration + $15 per event. Regular registration deadline is Oct 27, 2017.
Candlewood Fencing Center: Danbury, CT
posted 07/11/2017
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The 17th annual
Great Pumpkins Day Massacre

Compete for the laughing pumpkin trophy.
Candlewood Fencing Center (CFC) will utilize the proceeds from this event to continue its corporate focus of introducing the sport of fencing to students, at all levels and ages throughout Connecticut who would not have been able to enjoy the sport and all that it provides, including increased self-esteem, confidence and pride. CFC has helped enrich the lives of hundreds of young children and their families. Along the way our students have experienced exceptional success both athletically and academically. CFC is proud to have assisted so many students to earn scholarships for colleges including Division I programs not to mention the hundreds of students that have utilized the CFC network to assist in college acceptance and employment.

Candlewood Fencing Center (CFC)
272 White ST Danbury, CT, (use corner of White ST and Shalvoy’s Lane for GPS). CFC is conveniently located near interstate 84 in CT. Only a 1 1/3 hour train ride from NYC Penn Station (via Metro north train).

CFC is a fully equipped state-of-the-art fencing center. This 6,000 sf, air conditioned venue offers 8 grounded official USFA fencing strips with center scoring boxes, men’s and women’s changing rooms, FREE Wireless Internet service, on-site fully equipped Fencing Pro Shop, live results streaming of tournament information. Overhead monitors also display live results and tournament information.
For directions click the Directions link on the FRED tournament home page.

CFC prides itself in providing our competitors with qualified referees, an experienced Bout Committee and a friendly staff.
CFC is a member of the CT Division of the USFA

This event is sanctioned by the CT Division and ratings can be awarded. You can view the USFA ratings chart:

Urgent and important information will be communicated through the FRED e-mail system. It is the fencer's responsibility to verify that your FRED profile contains your correct e-mail address. (http://www.askfred.netthen go to "My FRED").

Registration and payment must be made through Registration is not complete until payment is made. If you are listed as an “incomplete” registrant on the askFred list, you will be charged the walk-in event fee. Payment at the door for walk-in registration must be made in cash or check only. (Please bring exact change)
USFA rules apply.

All fencers are REQUIRED to present the following documents at check-in:
1. MEMBERSHIP CARD that includes expiration date,
A valid competitive USFA, other fencing federation, or FIE Membership card. Obtain/renew membership at:
Please join PRIOR to arriving at the tournament.

New USFA memberships, new USFA card, or replacement USFA cards can be obtained via USFA. Print membership card
Proof of USFA membership on cell phones is acceptable.

Tournament fees must be paid at time of your registration (your entry is considered “incomplete” until your payment is made). Fees and deadlines are established by CFC. Credit card payments are taken on-line through

Regular entry fee period ends at midnight on the close of registration date posted on askfred:
Regular Registration Fee: $30 plus $15 per event fenced (nonrefundable). Registration is not complete until your full payment is made.
All registrations made after the regular registration date will be considered as walk-ins. Walk-in Registration Fee: $45. ALL WALK IN FEES WILL BE PAID AT THE DOOR IN CASH OR CHECK only.

Refund requests must be submitted to and will only be honored if received prior to midnight on 7 days prior to the start date of the tournament. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Any refunds will be net of surcharges from ask Fred (please include your mailing address).


Start times are subject to change - check for updates. Fencing will commence shortly after the close of check-in. Fencers should arrive at least 1/2 hour prior to the close of check-in time. This should provide you with ample time to properly warm-up.

•Full USFA regulation uniform is required
•The fencer’s name is NOT required to be displayed on their uniform for this event
•All events are conducted with electric equipment. A preliminary inspection will be conducted at the beginning of each pool and DE to ensure the presence of the following equipment: underarm plastron, weapons, body cords and all appropriate weapons check control marks. Athletes are subject to prohibition from fencing if these conditions are not met.
•Fencer must have at least two working weapons, two working body cords and two working head cords. Foil mask with conductive bib is required
•Events may be mixed if less than 6 fencers
•One round of pools with 100% promotion to Direct Elimination rounds.
•No fence-off for third place; Medals awarded to 3rd place.
•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.


** Liability waiver - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of the USFA and other applicable rules instituted by CFC and the Connecticut Division. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release the USFA and its sponsors, CFC and the Connecticut Division, and referees from any liability. With entry you give consent to CFC 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 CFC and the USFA. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee.

CFC is a member of the CT Division of the USFA

Seeding is based on the Current National Youth Ranking according to age group and weapon, then your letter ranking with year classification, then fencers with neither points nor classification are seeded on a random basis after the fencers who are seeded by the previous criteria.

CFC will ONLY use ratings and points standings that have been forwarded to and accepted by USA Fencing in advance of the tournament and then downloaded by us from USA Fencing. This information will be downloaded on three days before the event. Check your current points at:
Check USA rating at Fencers should verify their ratings and point standing prior to the event. Any discrepancies must be resolved with the USFA. Only an official e-mail response from USFA will override the ratings/points published on the USFA website.

Each event’s tentative seeding will be posted at the venue and on-line prior to the close of check-in. Final seeding will be posted after close of check-in. It is the fencer's responsibility to notify the Bout Committee of any discrepancies in posted seeding information before pool assignments are posted. Any mistakes in posted information throughout the tournament must be reported to the BC immediately (within 3 minutes of posting). 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.

Classifications (ratings) can be awarded, however youth events must exceed criteria in Group C1 or higher to award changes in classifications. Please refer to the USFA Classification Chart at:

Classifications are not finalized until the complete results and membership forms are received by the National Office.
Photography and filming is permitted, however NO flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions.

Withdrawal during pools: If a fencer withdraws, or is excluded, is scratched from the pool, and his results are annulled as if he had not taken part in the competition.

Withdrawal during DE: When for whatever reason a fencer cannot fence or cannot complete his bout, his opponent is declared winner of that bout. Note that per USA Fencing rules, fencers who are not present for their bout after having started a competition (for reasons other than a verified medical withdrawal) will be excluded from the competition, and national points and/or classifications that might have been earned for that competition will not be awarded. Further disciplinary action can be taken by USA Fencing.

USA Fencing rules apply.

Fencers who are not present for their bout after having started a competition (for reasons other than a verified medical withdrawal) will be excluded from the competition, and national points and/or classifications that might have been earned for that competition will not be awarded. Further disciplinary action can be taken by USA Fencing.

All events will be one round of pools comprised of the standard 5-touch bout in 3 minutes, with 100% promotion to direct eliminations. Pools of 6 or 7 will be used whenever possible. 100% of the fencers will be promoted to a DE tableau. Direct Elimination Tableau shall be established according to the results of the preliminary pool round. Events with fewer than 11 participants may be two rounds of pools to direct eliminations. There will be no fence off for third place.

Events will be mixed if there are less than 6 competitors of either gender.
Events that are posted as mixed will be gender-separated if at least 6 fencers of either gender enter the event.

We realize that there are many new fencers and parents in these events. We would like to recommend that you review the following guides prior to this tournament. We believe that they will provide assistance in understanding some likely fencing terms and give you a general understanding as to what to expect at a tournament. Guides are a courtesy of and the USFA.
Beginner's Tournament Guide (courtesy of
Parents Guide to Fencing (courtesy of
USA Fencing ParentGuidebook

Click the Directions link on the FRED tournament home page.

There is plenty of parking at the venue. There is parking in front of Federal Car Care, in the Catholic War Veteran lot, in front of Cutler Glass and in the sand lot past Cutler glass and in front of Classic Auto body. Do not block the doors of these buildings. Please do not park behind CFC in the Counterworks lot, at the gas station or in the Extreme auto body area.

CFC is conveniently located 1 mile from the Danbury train station. Please call 203-778-0808 if you need to be picked up.
Close of AF registration is 10/27/2017.

We accept Checks and cash for at door entries. Please bring exact change.

Events Scheduled:
"E" and Under Women's Epee
"E" and Under Women's Foil
"E" and Under Women's Saber
"E" and Under Men's Epee
"E" and Under Men's Foil
"E" and Under Men's Saber
Senior Women's Epee
Senior Women's Foil
Senior Women's Saber
Senior Men's Epee
Senior Men's Foil
Senior Men's Saber

Preregistration closes on 10/27/2017.
Please check before event. Payment accepted in cash or personal checks at door only. Pre-Payment is accepted using Paypal on askfred. No credit/debit cards accepted for at door payment, thank you.
Preregister help this event and be courteous and remove your name or advise me if you can't make it.