Stamford Fencing Club will hold its first tournament of the 2020-21 season on Sunday, November 1st!
Please preregister your fencer to fence in this event. The event is open to both club and non-club members, but per USFA rules regarding Covid-19, only fencers from Region 3 may participate.
In order to comply with state and local laws with regard to Covid-19, registration is limited to 18 fencers. If you would like to participate but the maximum number of fencers has been reached, please contact the tournament organizers to be placed on a wait list. The wait list is first come, first served. If a spot opens up, we will email you to confirm your registration and you will have until the end of that working day to register. After that time, the spot will go to the next person on the list.
If you preregister for this tournament, the fee will be $40. If you do not preregister for this tournament, the fee will increase to $50 - NO EXCEPTIONS. Fees are payable by cash or check at the time of check-in. We will not accept payments by credit card, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle or via askfred.
Note that the preregistration period ends the day before the tournament, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. No preregistration entries will be allowed after 11:59PM on this date.
Please BE ON TIME. This means that you should arrive with enough time to get ready and check-in before the posted close of check-in. We will not hold bouts for you, as we are on a very tight schedule. Being on time also allows us to run timely tournaments, something that everyone appreciates!
To check-in, please bring your CURRENT USFA membership card (downloadable and printable from the USFA website). Your membership card must show a valid date of membership for this season, i.e. cards from previous seasons will not be allowed.
In addition, if your USFA membership card does not indicate that the birth date has been verified, you must also bring proof of the date of birth (e.g. birth certificate or passport). There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to the proof of birth date rule.
To comply with the new rules on Covid-19, fencers may NOT borrow equipment from the club. Fencers must bring their own equipment, including any extras that are needed.
There will be no equipment check. However, if your equipment is found to be faulty on the strip during a bout, you will be red-carded and your opponent awarded a point while you search for working equipment. Therefore, please make sure that any equipment you use is in working condition - e.g. no dead spots, etc.
Please park in the lot behind the club building, or along the streets.
Note that Crandall Street is a two-way street, so it is not advisable to stay in the middle of the street longer than it takes to let your fencer QUICKLY get out of the car. Police also enforce parking rules, so make sure that your car, if parked on the street, is facing the right way.
Please also note that the first spot along the curb on Crandall Street is NOT a parking spot. Please do not park or wait there, as it makes it very difficult for other cars to turn onto the street and for cars to turn out of the street. Parking authorities will ticket you if you idle or park in this spot.
In the past, people have parked in the Taco Bell lot, but we do not assume any responsibility if you are ticketed or towed.
The parking lot across the street belongs to Riley Auto and is not open to our use.
SPECIAL RULES WITH REGARD TO COVID-19
Fencers who register and participate in this event and persons who attend this tournament are attesting at the time of the tournament that they are not sick, do not feel sick, are not exhibiting symptoms of illness, have not been in close contact with a known positive Covid-19 person, have not traveled to any of the states on the CT state quarantine list in the past two weeks, have not been ordered by the Department of Health or their schools to self-quarantine, and are otherwise in good health.
All fencers and persons who participate and attend this tournament understand that the risk of contracting Covid-19 is increased when there is a public gathering such as this tournament and hold the tournament organizers harmless against the possibility of contracting the virus. We are not responsible for any health issues, medical care, expenses or other issues resulting from the possible contracting of Covid-19 from a tournament such as this one.
All fencers and visitors to our facility MUST wear a close fitting face mask AT ALL TIMES, including during warm-ups and bouting. The Leon Paul mask shield does not comply with this requirement. Masks may only be taken down briefly to drink water or to take a quick breath. Any person found in violation of this rule will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
The Locker Room is closed. Please come dressed and ready to fence. Fencing bags may be stored in the waiting room.
The water fountain has been closed. Please bring your own drinks. Food is not permitted anywhere in our facility. If you must eat, please eat outside of our building.
Only one person may accompany the fencer. NO ONE except fencers and referees are allowed on the fencing floor - this includes parents and guardians. Please do not crowd the door leading to the fencing floor. It is recommended that parents/guardians wait in their car or outside due to the risk of Covid-19 and the size of our facility. If at any time the tournament organizers feel that the facility is too crowded, parents/guardians/non-fencers will be asked to wait outside the building and will be expected to comply immediately with this request.
Upon entry, all persons must disinfect their shoes with our shoe bath solution, disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer, and have their temperature checked.
Once a fencer has finished fencing, he/she must leave the facility IMMEDIATELY. There will be no spectators for this event. Fencers who have been eliminated may not return to the fencing floor.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Coach Alex, Coach Oleg, or Linda.