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South Coast Mary Rafanelli RYC/RJCC - Region 4 Jan 19, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018
Welcome to the 16th Annual South Coast Invitational! This competition is a Region 4 RYC (Youth-10/12/14) & RJCC (Junior events only).
California National Guard: Long Beach, CA
posted 10/06/2017
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Welcome to the 16th Annual South Coast Invitational! Our fencing community has helped to make this one of the largest youth competitions on the west coast with over 750 entries last season. This year, we will be holding a REGION 4 Regional Youth Circuit (RYC) with Youth-10, Youth-12 and Youth-14 events as well as a REGION 4 Regional Junior/Cadet Circuit (RJCC) with Junior events (no Cadet). Please note that this is a three day tournament (Friday - Sunday) held over the weekend of January 19-21, 2018.

Last year, we were saddened by the loss of Mary Rafanelli, our office manager and surrogate parent to all of our SCFC students, to cancer. Her passing left a huge hole in our fencing community and we are dedicating this tournament to her memory.

Live results:

California National Guard
2200 Redondo Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90809

A note on age and qualification policies unique to this competition, per the National Office:

Since this RYC/RJCC will be held after the JO deadline, the age restriction for Junior events is open to 1998-2005 (as opposed to the usual 1998-2004 for this season). Points from this competition will count toward the July Challenge 2018 and the 2019 JOs (qualify lists for the 2018 JOs will have already been set).


NOTE: Several check-in times have been adjusted slightly to accommodate registration numbers. Be sure to check your event times)

Youth-10 Women's Epee (Friday 12:00pm)
Youth-10 Women's Foil (Friday 4:00pm)
Youth-10 Women's Saber (NOW Saturday 11:30am) * previously scheduled for 11:00am
Youth-10 Men's Epee (Friday 4:30pm)
Youth-10 Men's Foil (Friday 4:00pm)
Youth-10 Men's Saber (Saturday 12:00pm)

Youth-12 Women's Epee (Sunday 11:00am)
Youth-12 Women's Foil (Sunday 1:30pm)
Youth-12 Women's Saber (Friday 1:30pm)
Youth-12 Men's Epee (Sunday 8:00am)
Youth-12 Men's Foil (NOW Sunday 12:30pm) * previously scheduled for 12:00pm
Youth-12 Menís Saber (Friday 10:30am)

Youth-14 Women's Epee (Saturday 1:30pm)
Youth-14 Women's Foil (NOW Saturday 10:30am) * previously scheduled for 9:30am
Youth-14 Women's Saber (Sunday 9:30am)
Youth-14 Men's Epee (Saturday 8:00am)
Youth-14 Men's Foil (NOW Saturday 3:30pm) * previously scheduled for 2:30pm
Youth-14 Men's Saber (NOW Sunday 4:00pm) * previously scheduled for 3:30pm

Junior Women's Epee (NOW Sunday 3:30pm) * previously scheduled for 2:30pm
Junior Women's Foil (Friday 2:30pm)
Junior Women's Saber (Saturday 8:00am)
Junior Men's Epee (Sunday 8:00am)
Junior Men's Foil (Friday 10:30am)
Junior Men's Saber (NOW Saturday 4:30pm) * previously scheduled for 4:00pm


Normal Registration deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018
(Registration: $30 + $25 per event)
Late Registration (double fees): January 6-12, 2018
(Registration: $60 + $50 per event)
Late registration (triple fees): January 13-14, 2018
(Registration: $90 + $75 per event)

NOTE: There will be no at-the-door registration available. Registration is not complete until payment is made through AskFred.

The Regional Youth Circuit (RYC) is an important component of Youth fencers qualification path for the April North America Cup (NAC) and for National Championships each season. For information on how fencers qualify through RYCs and how points are awarded, please go to the USFA's site:

There will be a food booth on site throughout the day, serving light breakfast items, sandwiches, fruit, snacks, coffee, etc. The food booth opens at 9:30am on Friday and at 7am on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fencing Post will be the designated equipment vendor for the tournament. They will have a booth on-site and will be stocking a wide range of gear. For more information on their inventory, visit


We have a fantastic t-shirt designed for you designed by local artist Henri Brownell. Competitor names will be incorporated into the back design (competitors must register by January 5th to be included in the shirt design). You can pre-order your t-shirt when you register for the tournament. AskFred will give you options for sizing and quantity at that time.

Check-in will be open for the hour before the stated time of each event. For example, if you event is scheduled for 10am, you should sign in at the registration check-in between 9am and 10am. The event will start shortly after the close of check-in; please keep in mind that actual start times may be affected by number of entries, seeding issues and strip availability.

Prior to fencing, you must have your fencing gear passed through control. Be sure to visit the armorer's booth to have them certify your equipment BEFORE your event. Allow yourself enough time to check in, get your equipment tested and warm-up prior to your event. The following equipment will be checked:
- mask
- body cords/mask cords
- lames
- ALL gloves (foil, epee and saber)

Note that weapons will NOT be checked. It is the responsibility of the fencer to ensure that they are in working order and pass all necessary weight/shim tests.

SEEDING:Seeding for Events shall be based on the following order:1. Current national rolling point standings according to age group and weapon. 2. Letter ranking with year classification 3. Athletes with neither of the above are seeded on a random basis after the athletes who are seeded by the preceding factors.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT All events will be one round of pools with 100% promotion to direct eliminations tableau. There will be no fence off for 3rd place for individual events.

Participation at an RYC qualifies fencers for Y10 events at the January & April NACs as well as Summer Nationals.

There are several airports in the greater Los Angeles area. The Long Beach airport (LGB) is located approximately 5 minutes from the venue. The John Wayne airport (SNA) is located approximately 20 minutes south of the venue. The Los Angeles International aiport (LAX) is located approximately 30-90 minutes north, depending on traffic.

From the 405 freeway, exit Lakewood Blvd going south. After approximately 1/2 mile, turn right onto E Stearns St. The parking lot for the venue will be on your right approximately 1/3 mile down Stearns and will be marked. There is no charge for parking.

There are several hotels very close to the venue (approximately one mile away):

Residence Inn Long Beach by Marriott
4111 E Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 595-0909

Holiday Inn - Long Beach Airport
2640 N Lakewood Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 597-4401

Extended Stay America Hotel - Long Beach Airport
4105 E Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 989-4601