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2019 Maine Fencing Season Opener & Flea Market Sep 14, 2019
See more information page for details. Contact: John Krauss,Down East School of Fencing 207-974-8461(cell/text/facebook Messenger)
Jewett School & Community Center Gym: Bucksport, ME
posted 09/04/2019
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Sponsored by Down East School of Fencing & the Northeast Division USFA

2019 Maine Fencing Season Opener & Flea Market

Events scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2019:
(See Eligibility below for more info.)

Check-in Times:
9:00 AM Mixed Youth Development Foil (Ages 11 and younger) Practice
10:00 AM Mixed Y14 & Youth Development Saber (Ages 14 and younger) Practice
10:30 AM Mixed B & Under Saber (Open to all fencers except highest level A fencers)
10:30 AM Mixed Y14 & Youth Development Epee (Ages 14 and younger) Practice
11:00 AM Mixed B & Under Epee (Open to all fencers except highest level A fencers)
11:00 AM Mixed Y14 & Youth Development Foil (Ages 14 and younger) Practice
12:00 PM Mixed B & Under Foil (Open to all fencers except highest level A fencers)
1:30 PM Mixed E Foil (Open to all fencers E and Unclassified)
1:30 PM Women’s Foil E & Under (Open to all fencers E & Unclassified)
3:00 PM Mixed Teen Foil (Ages 12 - 16) Practice
3:00 PM Mixed Adult Foil (Ages 17 and older) Practice

USA Fencing Events Eligibility (as per USFA Rules):
Must be a USA Fencing Member or Canadian Federation Member and events are conducted with electric gear.

You can join USA Fencing at the tournament or on-line at Recommended that you renew your membership before the tournament on-line. Present your printed membership card when you check-in. Joining at the tournament using a paper form requires an extra $10 processing fee.

Please review the USA Fencing Age Class Chart for eligibility in all events:

USA Fencing Events: B & E, Y14
B & E Events - Must be born 2006 or earlier. In any tournament where children can fence with adults, the fencer must be 13 by January 1 of the competition season (August - July). Y14 Events = Fencers with Birth Years: 2005 - 2008 may participate.
B & Under Events = B,C,D,E,U classifications may participate.
E Events = E & Unrated fencers may participate.
Electric gear is required for all USA Fencing Events.
Mixed = Men & Women combined.

Attention: For USA Fencing Events, a padded chest guard is required for foil competition.

DESF Practice Events:
Y10/Y12 Youth Development Practice Events = Fencers ages 11 and younger may participate.
Teen Practice Event = Fencers ages 12 - 16 may participate.
Adult Practice Events = Fencers ages 17 and older may participate.

Youth Development Practice Round Robins: DESF practice tournaments for youth. This format is designed to assist youth to have a fuller learning experience at fencing tournaments and to address youth events that have had historically low turnouts. The format involves fencers as volunteer mentors to assist in creating bouting opportunities for youth with the goal of developing a stronger local field of youth fencers. For more information, contact DESF at or 207-974-8461.

DESF Practice Round Robins (Adult/Teen): These events may be conducted non-electrically with judges, or with electric equipment depending on availability. These events are sponsored by DESF as practice events for new fencers, or fencers who are fencing for fitness and enjoyment. For more information, contact DESF at or 207-974-8461.

Pre-registration & Entry Fees:

USA Fencing sanctioned events:
Proof of membership for the USA Fencing sanctioned events:
Please show your USA Fencing membership card at check-in for proof of membership. All official members must be on the USA Fencing on-line members list by the date of the tournament. Those without proof of membership or not on the list will need to fill out a written membership form with payment information.

Entry fees:
$20 per event at the door. $15 per event if you register on Ask-FRED by the close of pre-registration on Friday, 9/21/18 by 9:00 PM. These fees only apply to DESF hosted tournaments.

Youth Development & Novice events: $15 per event per person.

Courtesy of pre-registration is highly encouraged, but those wishing to register at the door are welcome. When appropriate, incentives (i.e., discounted entry fees) will be offered to encourage additional participation in low turnout events to increase fencing opportunities. The tournament manager reserves the right to determine the type and amount of these incentives on an individual event basis.

Medals for the top three finishers will be given for each event. Any classifications in USA Fencing Events will be awarded according to USA Fencing tournament rules and conditions. Fencers this season (2019- 2020) will receive points for attendance and placement at our DESF tournaments toward an end of the season prize (Down East Season Point Challenge). Please inquire regarding details of the system. Rules and standings will be posted at each tournament. Last season (2018 - 2019) Point Challenge Awards will be given at this event.

The Fencing Flea Market:
DESF will provide tables for a flea market for fencing equipment. Fencers are welcome to bring used or new equipment they wish to trade, sell or donate. Price your own items, or John will be available to help you price any used equipment if you need assistance. Please ensure that the equipment you sell is clean and in good shape. If you are not sure if your used equipment is in good condition, bring it anyway, and we can evaluate its condition. Important: Please provide contact information (name, telephone, e-mail) at the table, so that buyers may be in touch with sellers. Many new fencers may be looking to purchase used equipment for the first time. Contact information is important in case the buyer will want to contact the seller directly.

Jewett School & Community Center Gymnasium
66 Bridge Street
Bucksport, Maine 04416
Parking is behind and across street from school. Entrance is behind the building.

Tourist Info: Venue very near to Bucksport Harbor Walk, Downtown, Fort Knox, Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory.

Special thanks to Bucksport YMCA for hosting this event. The USFA Events above are sanctioned by the Northeast Division USFA. See for a division events. Youth Development and Novice events are hosted and sponsored by Down East School of Fencing.

Contact and host club:
John Krauss
Down East School of Fencing
207-974-8461(cell/text/facebook messenger)

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