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Cobra Challenge SYC, RCC and Y8 Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018
Registration is closed...Walk-ins accepted (at triple late fee) ONLY if space permits, and you must query organizer no later than 5 p.m. on Nov 22...SYC: $105 registration fee plus $150 per event... RCC/Y8: $90 registration fee plus $135 per event
Meadowlands Exposition Center: Secaucus, NJ
posted 06/28/2018
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The ongoing construction on NJ-495 can affect your travel time to the venue, and you should plan accordingly. The Jets have a home game at 1pm on Sunday. We cannot delay the start of events due to traffic conditions. If running late call the Bout Committee at 929-398-5644; we will try to accommodate, but there are no guarantees.

Preliminary seeding has been posted at Report any errors in classification, division, or club representation. National points are based on the 11/14 rankings and will be updated Wednesday or Thursday.

There is free garaged parking adjacent to the venue. No spectator fee.

There is no Wi-Fi in the venue; internet access is via your cell phone or other provider.

Please respect our venue and place all trace in trash receptacles.

Photography is allowed, however NO FLASH photography is allowed near active fencing.

Arrive early. We suggest arriving at least 1 hour prior to close of check-in for your event. Venue opens at 6:30 a.m. .. Lines for equipment check will be long. We will monitor the lines and will not start an event until all fencers for that event have cleared equipment check. We encourage Saturday/Sunday fencers to come to the venue on Friday (before 5:30) to have equipment checked.

WHERE SHOULD I GO FIRST? Scan USA Fencing membership card at the self-check-in station, then have equipment tested by the Armory. Print membership card on-line at If you wish to take advantage of the age verification process, see the staff member at check-in and provide a copy of passport, birth certificate or other government-issued identification. After checking in, verify your seeding information on-line or on the monitor tower and report any discrepancies to the Bout Committee (BC) before close of check-in time for your event.

Do not bring your bag into the armory line. Find a location for your fencing bag inside the venue (do not block doors, aisles, walking areas, or fire exits). Weapons check will test foil and saber lame, mask, 2 body cords, 2 saber mask cords, saber cuff. Masks that do not pass the 12-kg punch test will be impounded or given a visible mark to signify that the mask is “not approved for use.” In foil, the use of a conductive bib is required in all competitions. Padded Chest Protector is required for all female foil fencers. Have your lame right side out and zipped up. Untangle and straighten body cords and mask cords, and remove any tape from previous tournaments. Equipment check can be done by someone other than the fencer.

All times are close of check-in. We strongly encourage you to arrive at the venue at least 1 hour before close of your event registration. Venue opens at 6:30 a.m. Fencers failing to check-in by the published deadline will be removed from the event and refunds will not be made. Fencers must check-in each day they fence.

POOL ASSIGNMENTS (if not listed will be posted at the venue):
8:00 - Y14 ME – A, B, C, D
8:15 - CMF – J, K, L, M, N, P
8:15 - CWE – F, G, H
12 noon - Y14 WF - B,C,D,E
12 noon - Cadet MS - F, H, J,K,L
1:00 - Y8 Mixed Epee - P
1:00 - Y10 MF - A,G,L,M
3:15 - Y10 MS -A,B,H
3:15 - Y12 WS -E,F,G

8:00 - Y14 MF – A,B,C,D,E,F,N
8:15 - Y10 ME – G,H
8:15 - CWF – J,K,L,P
12:30 - Cadet WS - F,G,H
12:45 - Cadet ME - C,D,E
12:45 - Y10 WF - J,K
1:00 - Y8 MS- P
1:00 - Y8 WS- M,N
2:00 - Y12 WE
3:30 - Y14 MS

8:00 - Y12 MF – G,H,J,K,L,M,N
8:15 - Y10 WE – A,P
8:30 - Y14 WS - A,B,C,D
12:15 - Y14 WE
12:30 - Y8 MF
12:30 - Y8 WF
1:00 - Y12 WF
1:00 - Y12 ME
2:30 - Y10 WS
3:00 - Y12 MS

WHEN WILL I START FENCING? Each event consists of 2 rounds (pools and then direct elimination (DE)). Typically pools begin approximately 15-30 minutes after close of check-in, tournament conditions permitting. Occasionally there will be unforeseen delays, and if this should occur we appreciate your understanding. To avoid delays resulting from incorrect seeding of pools, it is vital you verify all information after you check in and report errors (misspelled name, wrong club, wrong rating/ranking) to the BC before close of check-in time for your event.

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHERE I WILL BE FENCING? Listen for announcements, and shortly after check-in closes for your event pool strip assignments will be posted on-line at and on monitor tower located near the Finals Strip. There is no wi-fi in the venue; internet access is through your cell phone or other provider. Take spare weapons and body cords with you when reporting to the strip for your bouts. USA Fencing Rules apply (

WHAT DO I DO AFTER MY POOL IS FINISHED? After finishing all your pool bouts, the referee will show you the pool score sheet. You must check scores for accuracy, then sign the pool sheet and thank the referee. If there are any errors, do not sign until the error is corrected. Once the pool sheet with fencer signatures is submitted there will be no changes made. When ALL pools for your event are completed the results for the entire field are ordered by best to poorest (highest ratio of victories vs. bouts fenced, touches scored vs. touches received), and the DE round is seeded from these results.

Once pool round results are posted you must again check these for accuracy and report errors immediately to the BC. Do not leave the venue after the pool round, as there is 100% promotion to the DE round. The DE tableau will be posted and you then report to the strip(s) indicated for your event and listen for the referee to call you. Notify the referee if you need to leave the strip area for any reason. You are allowed 2 calls to the strip, then if not present at the 3rd and final call you will be scratched. The DE round continues as winners advance until the final bout. Medals will be awarded to Top 8 finishers. Medals are awarded at the Finals strip.

• USA Fencing rules apply.
• 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 SYC.
• Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords when reporting to the strip.
• 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.

t.15 1. Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk.

• 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. All women's FOIL fencers are required to wear a padded chest protector. Men are not required to wear a chest protector; however, if they do, it must have acceptable padding. All chest protectors must be worn under the plastron.
• Masks: 12K punch test; sewn in bib. Conductive Bib in foil is required. Elastic strap at back of mask is required
• Blades: The maximum blade length permitted for Y8/Y10 competitions is 32.5 inches. For Y12, Y14, Cadet competitions, standard blade length of 30-35” permitted.
• 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 at SYCs

• Ratings can be awarded, however youth events do not use the E1 or D1 classifications. This means that these events are NR until they achieve C1 level or higher. See USA Fencing classification chart at:

• SYC Competitions award national points to the top 40% of the field.
• RCC events award regional points to fencers residing within Region 3.

• Medals awarded to 8th place. Medals presented at the Finals Strip.

• 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.



The Athletes Handbook ( is the definitive reference document regarding points and qualification paths. Results, points and ratings earned at this event are not official until processed by USA Fencing National Office.

USA Fencing Rule Book

•** Liability waiver - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of USA Fencing and other applicable rules instituted by Cobra Fencing Club. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release USA Fencing and its sponsors, Cobra Fencing Club, Meadowlands Expo Center, Escrime Management, and referees/staff from any liability. With entry you give consent to tournament organizers to obtain medical care from any licensed physician, EMS personnel, 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 Cobra Fencing Club and USA Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee.** Cobra Fencing Club and Meadowlands Exposition Center are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

SPECTATORS: Unless reporting errors, please keep questions directed to the Bout Committee to a minimum. The BC is usually extremely busy ensuring the efficient running of all events, and any questions directed at them can cause delays in tournament flow. Answers to almost all questions can be found on the attached information sheet or posted at the venue; if not, please wait until you notice a seemingly quiet time and then any member of the BC will be happy to answer any of your questions

We will adhere to the USA Fencing code of conduct for athletes, parents, and spectators. Everybody present in the venue must remain orderly and not disturb the smooth running of competition. No one is allowed in the strip enclosure during pool round. During the DE round each fencer may have 1 person inside the enclosure, and this person (coach, parent, teammate, etc) must remain at the back of the strip, and all other spectators outside the draped rail.

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 must not disturb the order of the bout. The Referee and/or the Bout Committee on their own authority, or at the request of an official, can decide to expel from the venue, with or without a warning, any person who by gesture, attitude or language disturbs the good order or smooth running of the event.


Blue Gauntlet Fencing Gear will be on-site for equipment purchases. Proprintwear will be on-site for fencing merchandise.

Armory services (for fee) will be available.

Food concession is provided by the Expo Center.

Present your USA Fencing Membership card to receive discounts at these restaurants: Cheeseburger in Paradise (15%), Outback Steakhouse (10%), Houlihans (10%, Red Lobster (10%), Buffalo Wild Wings (10%). Also, if staying in complex hotels, other restaurants offer 10% discounts (some do, some do not, so ask). You would need to present your room key to receive the discount.