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NJFA December Challenge Dec 1, 2018 - Dec 2, 2018
Regular Fee Registration Deadline is July 27 2018. YOU MUST REGISTER AND PAY VIA US FENCING website Register online via USFA events portal HERE https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/3196
New Jersey Fencing Alliance: Maplewood, NJ
posted 07/05/2018
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Regular Fee Registration Deadline is November 10 2018. YOU MUST REGISTER AND PAY VIA US FENCING WEBSITE REGISTER ONLINE VIA USFA EVENTS PORTAL:

https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/3196




New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA)
50 Burnett Ave, MAPLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY

REGIONAL JUNIOR / CADET CIRCUIT (RJCC) (Region 3) (all weapons and both genders) will be held on December 1 - 2, 2018 at NEW JERSEY FENCING ALLIANCE.

New Jersey Fencing Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which 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 New Jersey who would not have been able to enjoy the sport and all that it provides, including increased self-esteem, confidence and pride. NJFA 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. NJFA 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 NJFA network to assist in college acceptance and employment.

VENUE:
New Jersey Fencing Alliance is the largest fully equipped state-of-the-art fencing sale complete fencing venue in the country offering 19 grounded official USFA fencing strips, each strip is equipped with overhead center scoring boxes as well as repeater lights at each end of each strip. Men's and women's locker rooms are provided. The venue offers FREE Wireless Internet service, live results streaming of tournament information on overhead monitors, an on-site fully equipped Fencing Pro Shop and PLENTY of FREE PARKING.

Located at 50 Burnett Avenue, Maplewood, NJ (use 54 Burnett Avenue for MapQuest).
NJFA is conveniently located near all major highways in NJ, NY, CT, and Pennsylvania. Just off Springfield Avenue (via Vermont St). Only a 30-minute train ride from NYC Penn Station (via NJ Transit Mid-Town Direct) http://www.nitransit.com).

NEAREST AIRPORT:
Newark Liberty International (approximately 10 miles from the venue)

NEARBY HOTELS:
Numerous hotels at Newark Liberty International Airport (approximately 20 minutes away

About the Regional Junior Cadet Circuit (RJCC)
• The Regional Junior Cadet Circuit (RJCC) is designed to promote and develop strong regional tournaments for Junior/Cadet aged fencers who seek competitive opportunities beyond the local and division levels but below the NAC Junior/Cadet levels. Please check the events calendar for more tournament dates.
• RJCC tournaments are open to current USA Fencing competitive members eligible to fence in Open competitions and to foreign fencers with current FIE licenses.

How to Earn Regional Points:
• Please refer to Chapter 3 of the Athlete Handbook for more details on points.
• Fencers only earn points at RJCCs within their home region (your Region is assigned based on Division affiliation). Only the best 2 results count towards the point total. These points may qualify Cadet and Junior fencers to the USA Fencing Junior Olympics and July Challenge. Points earned at Regional Junior/Cadet tournaments are not considered in determination of national point standings; they are only reflected in regional point standings.
• Using the formula below, RJCC tournaments will award points to all participants:
o ((# entries - place + 1) / # entries) x 100 points
• The winner of each RJCC, regardless of size of field, will earn 100 points. The size of the participant field is based on all athletes in the event, regardless of region. Regional RJCC Points are only earned in the fencer's own region.
• RJCCs must have at least 2 competitors and cannot be fenced with mixed gender.

Qualification Path to JO's from the Junior RJCCs
• Earn 110 Junior Regional Points by the regular entry fee deadline
Qualification Path to JO's from the Cadet RJCCs
• Earn 110 Junior Regional Points by the regular entry fee deadline
• Earn 110 Cadet Regional Points composed by the regular entry fee deadline
Please make your registrations early to avoid complications.


REGISTRATION AND TOURNAMENT FEES
TOURNAMENT FEES MUST BE PAID THROUGH THE USFA EVENTS PORTAL FOR ENTRY TO BE COSIDERED COMPLETE


• Regular entry period (until November 10th 11:59 PM): $30 registration fee plus $45 per event (registration fee is nonrefundable).
• Late fee period (November 11 – November 26th 11:59pm): $30 registration fee plus $65 per event
• Walk-in Fee (November 27th) $90 registration fee plus $135 per event.

REFUND POLICY
• Registration fee and any surcharges are non-refundable. 100% of the Event fee will be refunded if the Bout Committee is contacted with a refund request prior to November 10th 2018. Submit refund requests to blairstar48@aol.com (please include your mailing address, weapon & event and name). There will be NO exceptions.
• If approved, refunds will be processed within 3 weeks after the tournament.

JUNIOR QUALIFICATION PATH TO JO'S
• Fencers must meet age eligibility AND Be on the Junior national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
• Be in the top 16 of the Cadet national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
• Top 25% on your region’s Junior RJCC Regional Point Standings, OR
• Earn at least 110 regional points on the Junior Regional Point Standing, OR
• Be in the top 25% (round up) of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition

Cadet Qualification Path to JO's:
• Fencers must meet eligibility AND Be on the Cadet National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
• Be in the top 25% of their region’s Cadet Regional Circuit Point Standings at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
• Be in the top 25% of their region’s Junior Regional Circuit point standings at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
Earn at least 110 regional points on either the Cadet or Junior Regional Point Standing, OR
• Be in the top 8 of the Youth 14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
• Be in the top 25% (round up) of their division’s Cadet JO qualifying competition, OR
• Be in the top 25% (round up) of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition. Junior event must occur first

Junior Qualification Path to July Challenge:
• Fencers must meet age eligibility, AND on Junior NRPS (Age out after JOs) by entry deadline, OR
• On Cadet NRPS (Age out after JOs) OR
• Be in the top 50% of your region’s Junior Regional Circuit Points, OR
• Earn at least 65 regional points on the Junior Regional Point Standing OR
• Be in the top 25% of the Youth 14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR
• Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard as defined in Section 2.2.5

Cadet Qualification Path to July Challenge:
• Fencers must meet eligibility, AND Be on Cadet NRPS (Age out after JOs), OR
• Be in the top 50% of the Y14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline, OR
• Be in the top 50% of your region’s Cadet Regional Circuit Points, OR
Top 50% of their region’s Junior Regional Circuit Points, OR
• Earn at least 65 regional points on the Cadet or Junior Regional Point Standing, OR
• Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard as defined in the Section 2.2.5

Entry is determined by 2018-19 USA Fencing birth year requirements and rating restrictions;
Junior events: Born 1999-2005, or on the National Cadet point standings
Cadet events: Born 2002-2005, or on the National Youth 14 point standings
If your entry is rejected for any reason, please contact Blairstar48@aol.com.

Regional points will be awarded to the competitors from Region 3 ONLY! Points will count towards qualification to the July Challenge and to the 2018-19 Junior Olympics.

RJCC points are considered seasonal. The USFA Athlete Handbook (https://www.usafencing.org/athlete-handbook) contains detailed information on RJCC qualifying pathways and should be consulted as the appropriate reference document.

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

EVENT SCHEDULE NOTICE:
• Please note that event times listed are the close of registration. Fencers are required to be checked in by this time. Fencing will typically begin shortly after registration closes. It is recommended to leave yourself ample time for travel, check-in, and equipment check prior to the close of registration of your events. Arriving at the venue at least 1 hour before the close of your registration is recommended.
• Event times are subject to change.
• Fencers must check-in each day by close of registration of their event that day.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
Saturday
Cadet (U16) Women's Epee, (Saturday 8:00 AM)
Junior (U19) Men's Foil, (Saturday 8:00 AM)
Cadet (U16) Women's Saber, (Saturday 10:00 AM)
Junior (U19) Women's Foil, (Saturday, 10:30 AM)
Cadet (U16) Men's Epee, (Saturday 11:45 AM)
Junior (U19) Men's Saber, (Saturday 1:30 PM)


Sunday
Junior (U19) Men's Epee, (Sunday 8:00 AM)
Junior (U19) Women's Epee, (Sunday, 8:00 AM)
Cadet (U16) Women's Foil, (Sunday 10:30 AM)
Cadet (U16) Men's Foil, (Sunday 1:15 PM)
Cadet (U16) Men's Saber, (Sunday 1:15 PM)
Junior (U19) Women's Saber, (Sunday 3:15 PM)


TOURNAMENT ENTRY
• VENUE will be open on Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 AM.
• Fencing will commence shortly after close of check-in, so please give yourself plenty of time for equipment inspection and proper warm up.
• Fencers are only permitted to fence in one event per day. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the Bout Committee and Tournament Organizers. Fencers who are approved to fence in two events on the same day must report to the appropriate strip when called or they may be scratched from the event. We will try to accommodate you as best we can, but we will not delay events if a fencer is still fencing in another event.
• Entry is determined by 2018-2019 USFA Birth year requirements and rating restrictions, found (https://www.usafencing.org/usa-fencing-rule-book)

• Full USFA regulation uniform is required. Electric bib required in foil events.
Must have at least two working weapons, two head cords and two body cords.
Current USFA competitive or other foreign federation membership required.
Must present membership card at check-in.
• USFA cards can be reprinted at https://www.usafencing.org/page/show/698114-individual-memberships. If no proof of membership you must complete and pay for USFA membership.
Current membership list: https://member.usafencing.org/search/members.
• 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: https://www.usafencing.org/page/show/698114-individual-memberships
• Times listed denote the Close of Check-In and are subject to change.


TOURNAMENT SEEDING / FORMAT
• The Bout Committee must use the current rating and points information found on the USFA website for seeding purposes. Please verify that your rating and points standing are correct with the USFA, and contact the National Office to resolve any discrepancies prior to the tournament. Current ratings can be verified here: https://www.usafencing.org/current-point-standings Current points standings can be verified at the same link
• Seeding will be determined by your USFA Letter Ranking with year classification. Athletes of the same classification/year will be seeded randomly within their criteria.
• Each event consists of two rounds (pools and direct elimination), Pools: One preliminary round of pools comprised of the standard 5-touch bout in 3 minutes. If the event exceeds 80 fencers, 80% then advance to direct elimination round. Direct Elimination Tableau shall be comprised according to the results of the preliminary pool round. DE bouts are 15 touch / 9-minute bouts. No fence-off for third place. Medals will be awarded to 8th place.
• Ratings can be awarded. View USFA classification chart at: https://www.usafencing.org/usa-fencing-rule-book
• 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. Any mistakes in posted information throughout the tournament must be reported to the Bout Committee immediately (within 5 minutes of posting). Once DE round starts, pool results are final and no adjustments will be made. Check all results before leaving the strip. Fencer signature on pool sheet and DE slip implies accuracy.
• Photography and filming is allowed; NO flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions.

Eligibility Information:
• Fencers competing must be current competitive members of the US Fencing Association, registered with the USFA. To become a member or renew your membership, please visit https://www.usafencing.org/page/show/698114-individual-memberships Please note that all memberships expire on July 31st, so if you have not renewed since July 31st you are not a current member. One-day memberships are not valid for this tournament. If you do not have a membership at check-in, you will be required to sign up for one on the day of the tournament. Your USFA membership card will be checked during check-in, so please make sure you have it with you!
• Fencers must follow the age and classification restrictions set forth by the USFA. These restrictions can be found here: https://cdn2.sportngin.com/attachments/document/6065-1589602/2018_2019_Age_and_Classification_Chart.pdf

Uniform Requirements:
All USA Fencing uniform requirements apply. This includes the mandatory use of knickers, long socks, and underarm protectors. Names are NOT required to be on the uniform.

CONDUCTIVE FOIL BIBS ARE REQUIRED. As of August 1st, 2012, all tournaments nationwide will be required to use the conductive foil bib.

The Armory Equipment Check will test the mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords and body cords. Items that have passed inspection will be specially marked, and directors will be checking for these marks prior to the start of fencing. Full Armory Equipment Check is required for all competitors, with no exceptions. Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the RJCC.

WITHDRAWAL
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.

EQUIPMENT CHECK
For your added convenience, NJFA will be offering an equipment check at its facility located at 50 Burnett Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040 on Friday, November 30 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM as well as prior to close of check-in for each event. Please arrive at the venue with ample time to check your equipment and warm up.