Four County Youth Epee Championships

Introduction

With the expansion of Youth Epee in the Oundle, Peterborough & Stamford area over the last few years it was decided that running separate County Youth Epee Championships for Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland was impractical due to the lack of available weekends in the fencing season or let alone available venues.

In 2020 we will run a combined event to cover the four counties together, so giving the opportunity to run a bigger event, which should mean less requirements to combine age-group categories.

To make best use of the facilities in 2020 we will also run a Four County Veteran event on the same day to help expand events available for our Veteran fencers.

County Eligibility

This is a ‘closed’ county championship so all fencers taking part must either, have their main home, go to school, or fence in a County based club (or official feeder school to that club) within the Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire or Rutland counties.

Communication

Information will be placed on this site, including entry lists, check-in times and general information on events. Please check the website just after entries close for confirmed check-in times etc.

Weapon Sizes

The Under 10 age-group will be using size 0, Under 12 and Under 14 events will be using size 2 Epees (guard to tip 82.5cm max) with the Under 16 & U18 event using size 5 weapons. Depending on numbers in the Under 8 event, Size 0 Epoils may be used (combination of foil & Epee Parts to make even lighter weapon), however if so the event organiser will supply these for the event.

Fight times / durations

Poule fights in the Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 age-groups will be to 5 hits, with a 2 minute fight duration. Direct Elimination fights will be to 10 hits with 3 periods of 2 minute duration (with a minute gap between periods).

Poule Fights for Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 age-groups will be 5 hits, with a 3 minute fight duration. Direct Elimination fights will be to 15 hits with 3 periods of 3 minute duration (with a 60 second gap between periods).

Equipment regulations

All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). In the Under 16 and Under 18 events size 5 weapons will be used so 350N breeches and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons may be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel; however due to the use of communal weapons by a large number of the entries, cards will not be issued for failed weapons (in this regard). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case. Fencers in Girls events are required to wear chest-protectors.

Prizes

‘Four County Championship’ Medals for 1st, 2nd and =3rd place for each category will be presented.  In addition a County Youth Champion medal will be presented to the highest ranked fencer from each category from each county.

Food/Drink

We are planning to have teas, coffees, cold drinks and snacks at the event.  There is not planned to be a full catering facility. Note that food cannot be consumed in the hall and no open cups can be used in the hall (only bottles/cups with lids).

Data retention, Publishing of Entry lists and Results online

By entering these competitions you agree for entry lists and results to be published on our facebook page, website and linked results page (British Fencing, Epee.me etc) and that data (including contact data) can be held by the event organisers to assist in future competition arrangements (including contacting you to inform you of future events).

Photography

The organizers will be arranging for some photography/videoing to occur during the event within the fencing hall. These photos may be used for publicity and may be posted on the internet. If you do have any issues with your child being included in these photos please contact the organizer. Individuals may video/take photographs during the event (no flashes please), however you must register with the organizers on the day.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email eliteepeeevents@hotmail.co.uk or call Chris on 07887 522714.

Elite Epee Veteran’s Open

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Following the huge success of the Elite Epee Men’s & Women’s Events over the last few years, it was thought that we could expand to include a Veteran’s event to expand the range of Epeeists the Elite Epee set up caters for.

We plan to run Veteran events within ‘Big Weekends’ with Senior Series, Junior Series and Veteran Events taking place or as stand alone events in smaller venues.

The events are being supported by Allstar/Uhlmann UK, BladesBrand UK, OPS Epee Club and Redhill & Reigate Epee Club who will all be helping with the kitting out of the event.

Email eliteepeeevents@hotmail.co.uk to reserve a space.

Format

We will plan to use the Traditional Open format to allow a single wave of poules in a venue.

Please note – There is no plate competition at this event.

Closing Date/Late entries 

The main closing date for all events will be 2 weeks prior to the event date (or may be earlier/pushed back in some cases). At this time byes etc will be set. Entries will be still be accepted up to the receipt of post the Saturday of the weekend before the event with an late entry fee (£11.00 on top of normal entry fee), subject to the total entry cap. No entries will generally be accepted in the week preceeding any event.

Venue

We have been able to secure the use of Millfield School Tennis Centre for our initial 2018 Event, and run within our bigger Elite Epee weekend to date, with Mens, Women’s, Juniors and Veteran events running over the weekend.

Equipment regulations

All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). 350N breeches (minimum) and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons will be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel and cards will be given for failures (and if spare weapons/bodywires are not with you by the piste). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case.

Prizes

Initially, as this is an ‘Open’ Veterans event there will be just Medals for the overall podium winners. If entry numbers make it financially viable we will then buy trophies for return at future events for the winners of both Men’s and Women’s events and look at age-group prizes.

Special Rules for this event

‘Double spooling’ may be used in the first round of this event where possible if it is needed to speed up change-overs. As such fencers must be attached to the spare spool and ready to get on the piste immediately after the previous fight finishes. Referees will be asked to Yellow card repeat offenders who are delaying the poule. Poule fight orders will be posted at the end of the piste so there is no excuse for not being ready. This technique will save over 30 minutes on a poule of 7 and is required to give us all the later start time.

Age qualification

To compete as a veteran you must be 40 or older at the end of that year, as such someone born in December, can fence almost a full year whilst still 39.

Equipment Stand

There will only be a limited kit stand at the event (via the Armourer) for pre-ordered kit and emergencies (socks, bodywires, blades etc), this is due to the lack of sales usually made at single weapon Epee events and the additional cost/time that it would take to have a full stand. If you have specific items from the BladesBrand or Allstar/Uhlmann range, please contact Chris to confirm this is available at an event and then Graham at the Allstar shop on 01784 255522 to order so those items can be taken along (please give enough time for stock to be shipped in if out of stock).

Seeding

Seeding for the event will be based on the Senior Epee Rankings available on the British Fencing website as of the Thursday prior to the event. Foreign fencers with world rankings in the top 150 of the world rankings will be seeded at closing date by comparing their world ranking to the British fencers and slotting in accordingly.

If the BVF do produce rankings for Veteran events we will look to use these if they are deemed more reliable than the Senior British Rankings.

Finance

We hope to be able to pay all referees and organisers approximately £50 to £60 for a full day helping to cover expenses etc in attending. Some specialist positions may receive a higher amount (first aid etc).

Withdrawals/Refunds – As we encourage fencers to enter our events as early as possible, we will offer fencers refunds of their entry fees if they do need to withdraw from the event. However to receive a refund the request to withdraw must occur at least 4 weeks prior to the event in question as otherwise staffing and other costs would have been planned with certain entry numbers and the event risks its financial viability. Refunds will be subject to a ₤5.00 administration fee.

Refreshments

We plan to run a refreshments stall with sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks at all events in the series.

Data retention, Publishing of Entry lists and Results online

By entering these competitions you agree for entry lists and results to be published on our facebook page, website and linked results page (British Fencing, Epee.me etc) and that data (including contact data) can be held by the event organisers to assist in future competition arrangements (including contacting you to inform you of future events).

Elite Epee Events Data Privacy Notice

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the event, please email me at eliteepeeevents@hotmail.co.uk.

Senior Women’s Elite Epee Series

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Outline of the Elite Epee Women’s Series

Following the huge success of the Elite Epee Men’s Events over the last few years, plus the new expanded series this season, and requests by the Women’s epee scene, the first Women’s event ran successfully in July 2013 and it is planned for events to be run on at least an annual basis in future.

For 2019 we are going to run 4 Women’s series events followed by a Grand Final to match in with the Elite Epee Grand Finals weekend.

The events are being supported by Allstar/Uhlmann UK, BladesBrand UK, OPS Epee Club and Redhill & Reigate Epee Club who will all be helping with the kitting out of the event.

Format

Event Format will depend on entry number to each event. If there are well over 64 entries in an event the World Cup format will be used, however for events with less than 64 fencers we will plan to use the Traditional Open format to allow a single wave of poules in a venue.

Bigger Events (over 64)

Top 16 Byes to last 64
One round of Poules of 7 (or 6), all fencers promoted
Top 16 in poules straight into Last 64
Remaining fencers fight off for remaining 32 last 64 spots
Last 64 DE to final

Smaller Events
One round of Poules of 7 (or 6), all fencers promoted
Direct Elimination to Final

Please note – There is no plate competition at this event.

Point Race and Grand Final

A certain amount of points will be allocated to each fencer competing at any Elite Epee Women’s event depending on the placing they achieve at that event as per the below spreadsheet. Points will be added together with all events counting towards your overall points race total.

The points race for any season can be found at www.epee.me

The Grand Final will generally take place in December in Peterborough/Oundle, where the top 8 available fencers will be invited to attend the Grand Final (no entry fee for the Grand Final). The format of the event will be a poule of 8 followed by Direct elimination to decide the Grand Final Champion. 

If a tie exists after all the qualifying events are completed (for the final qualifying place) the place will be decided by the best two positions gained by those fencers (addition of those placings), if there is still a tie the place will be decided by who has the highest placed single result. If after that there is still a tie, the fencer with their best result counts, then using event size where best score secured, then if still a tie by British Ranking as at Invite date.

Venues

We will use various venues which may change from season to season.  We are trying to successfully expand to differing areas around the country, however as with so many things, if certain venues fail to attract entries, they will stop being used in future years.

Equipment regulations

All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). 350N breeches (minimum) and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons will be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel and cards will be given for failures (and if spare weapons/bodywires are not with you by the piste). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case.

Special Rules for this event

‘Double spooling’ may be used in the first round of this event where possible if it is needed to speed up change-overs. As such fencers must be attached to the spare spool and ready to get on the piste immediately after the previous fight finishes. Referees will be asked to Yellow card repeat offenders who are delaying the poule. Poule fight orders will be posted at the end of the piste so there is no excuse for not being ready. This technique will save over 30 minutes on a poule of 7 and is required to give us all the later start time.

Equipment Stand

There will only be a limited kit stand at the event (via the Armourer) for pre-ordered kit and emergencies (socks, bodywires, blades etc), this is due to the lack of sales usually made at single weapon Epee events and the additional cost/time that it would take to have a full stand. If you have specific items from the BladesBrand or Allstar/Uhlmann range, please contact Chris to confirm this is available at an event and then Graham at the Allstar shop on 01784 255522 to order so those items can be taken along (please give enough time for stock to be shipped in if out of stock).

Minimum Age

All fencers must comply with the current British Fencing regulations for children fencing in adult events. As of January 2018, all fencers must be 13 as of the date of the actual competition taking place.

Entry Priorities

All 3+ niff fencers (GBR top 30 as of 01/03/2017 for example for April 2017 event) are guaranteed entry as long as their entry is received by closing date (subject to overall entry limit). All other entries are allocated on a first come basis (on entry received date). Please note if you leave it to the last minute and you are not in the top 30 you are likely to miss out. We will have reserves so if you realise after entering that you can not attend the event (even the day before), please inform me so I can give your place to another fencer.

Seeding

Seeding for the event will be baed on the Senior Epee Rankings available on the British Fencing website as of the Thursday prior to the event. Foreign fencers with world rankings in the top 150 of the world rankings will be seeded at closing date by comparing their world ranking to the British fencers and slotting in accordingly.

Finance

With the change to a series structure all prize funds will be combined for the Grand Final. As such though there will be the Trophy (which is returned for following event) and Medals, there wil be no other prizes at those events. Referees, helpers etc will be offered a small payment for their time taken in attending.

To attract the highest niff possible to the event, all 10 niff ranked fencers as at the date of the event will have their entry fee cheques returned if they compete at the event.

We hope to be able to pay all referees and organisers approximately £50 to £65 for a full day helping to cover expenses etc in attending. Some specialist positions may receive a higher amount (first aid etc).

Withdrawals/Refunds – As we encourage fencers to enter the senior Open events as early as possible, we will offer fencers refunds of their entry fees if they do need to withdraw from the event. However to receive a refund the request to withdraw must occur at least 4 weeks prior to the event in question as otherwise staffing and other costs would have been planned with certain entry numbers and the event risks its financial viability. Refunds will be subject to a ₤5.00 administration fee.

Closing Date/Late entries 

The main closing date for all events will be 2 weeks prior to the event date (or may be earlier in some cases). At this time byes etc will be set. Entries will be still be accepted up to the receipt of post the Saturday of the weekend before the event with an late entry fee (£11.00 on top of normal entry fee), subject to the total entry cap. No entries will generally be accepted in the week preceding any event. If someone who would have been seeded in the top 16 enters after byes are allocated (for World Cup format events), they will only be able to enter if another fencer with a bye drops out before the event. 

Grand Final Prizefund

The prizefund will come entirely from entries for the Women’s series events, taking into consideration the costs etc involved in reunning those events. As such the more entries to events the bigger the likely prize-fund pot will be. Series Points race to qualify for the Grand Final can be viewed at www.epee.me.

Data retention, Publishing of Entry lists and Results online

By entering these competitions you agree for entry lists and results to be published on our facebook page, website and linked results page (British Fencing, Epee.me etc) and that data (including contact data) can be held by the event organisers to assist in future competition arrangements (including contacting you to inform you of future events).

Elite Epee Events Data Privacy Notice

Refreshments

We plan to run a refreshments stall with sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks at Event 1 of the series in Oundle. Proceeds from this stand will go into the OPS Charity fund to assist with cost for OPS fencers attending International competitions.. We are hoping that the other venues will be running refreshments for the other venues.

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the event, please email me at eliteepeeevents@hotmail.co.uk.

Senior Men Elite Epee Series

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Elite Epee Men’s Series Points race can be viewed here

Background of the Elite Epee Men’s Series

Following consultation with many of the top GBR Epeeists, it was decided that there was sufficient interest for the Elite Epee Senior Events to commence back in 2010. In the first year we ran only one men’s event in Surrey, which expanded to 2 events in 2012 and for the 2013/14 season there were three Elite Epee Men’s events.

From September 2016 rather than running unlinked individual events, the events will now be combined into a 6 event per calendar year series (with a Grand Final each season), spread around the country (SE, Midlands, NW and NE), with the 2016-17 season actually running from September 2016 to December 2017, which will in total will include 9 events and a Grand Final, with following seasons running on a January to December season from 2018 onwards.

The events are being supported by Allstar/Uhlmann UK, BladesBrand UK, Redhill & Reigate Epee Club and OPS Epee Club who will all be helping with the kitting out of the event.. 

Thanks also to The Epee Club for supplying the Elite Epee Senior Men’s Trophy.

Point Race and Grand Final

A certain amount of points will be allocated to each fencer competing at any event depending on the placing they achieve at that event as per the below spreadsheet. Points will be added together with all 9 events counting towards your overall points race total.

The points race for any season can be found at www.epee.me

The Grand Final will generally take place in December in Peterborough/Oundle, where the top 8 available fencers will be invited to attend the Grand Final (no entry fee for the Grand Final). The format of the event will be a poule of 8 followed by Direct elimination to decide the Grand Final Champion. 

If a tie exists after all the qualifying events are completed (for the final qualifying place) the place will be decided by the best two positions gained by those fencers (addition of those placings), if there is still a tie the place will be decided by who has the highest placed single result. 

Closing Date/Late entries 

The main closing date for all events will be 2 weeks prior to the event date (or may be earlier in some cases). At this time byes etc will be set. Entries will be still be accepted up to the receipt of post the Saturday of the weekend before the event with an late entry fee (£11.00 on top of normal entry fee), subject to the total entry cap. No entries will generally be accepted in the week preceeding any event. If someone who would have been seeded in the top 16 enters after byes are allocated, they will only be able to enter if another fencer with a bye drops out before the event. 

Format

It will be run on a World Cup Basis with a limited entry (and slight adaptation). Overall entry limited generally to 93 entries (or less depending on venue size to allow a single wave of poules) Top 16 seeds receive bye direct to L64, with later check-in time (bye must be taken – no opt out). After 1st round (poules of 7 ideally), all fencers are promoted with the top 16 ranked from the poules receiving byes to L64 (17th to 32nd spots in Tableux), the remaining fencers (17th seed onwards from poule round) fight of the Direct Elimination Preliminaries to secure 33rd to 64th spots in the last 64 tableaux, The top 16 seeds will join the event at last 64 stage and direct elimination is run to the final.

If there are insufficient entries for a complete last 64, we reserve the right to adapt format to traditional open format (i.e. all fencer in first round). This choice will be made near the date of any event (usually on entries close date).

Please note – There is no plate competition at these event.

Venues

Address details can be found on the entry form and include Millfield School in Somerset, CLFS in Surrey, Moulton College in Northants, Newcastle Fencing Centre and the Manchester Fencing Centre

Equipment regulations

All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). 350N breeches (minimum) and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons will be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel and cards will be given for failures (and if spare weapons/bodywires are not with you by the piste). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case.

Special Rules for this event

‘Double spooling’ may be used at this event if it is needed to speed up change-overs. As such fencers must be attached to the spare spool and ready to get on the piste immediately after the previous fight finishes. Referees will be asked to Yellow card repeat offenders who are delaying the poule.

Entry Priorities

All 3,5 and 10 NiF fencers (inc World top 200, GBR top 70 as of 01/03 or 01/09 in a season) are guaranteed entry as long as their entry is received by closing date (subject to overall entry limit). All other entries are allocated on a first come basis (on entry received date). Please note if you leave it to the last minute and you are not in the priority group you are likely to miss out. We often will have a reserve list so if you realise after entering that you can not attend the event (even the day before), please inform me so I can give your place to another fencer.

If you have entered and then wish to withdraw your entry this can be done as long as this is done at least 4 weeks prior to the event. If the withdrawal is made this early we will destroy your cheque and not pay it in. Please note that once withdrawn you would need to make a totally new entry if circumstances change and you wish to re-enter the event.

Byes and Seeding

Due to us having to give suitable notice to fencers who will receive byes, seeding for the event is based on the Senior Epee Rankings available on the British Fencing website as of closing date of each event (or as stated on the entry form). This allows us to allocate byes in advance giving competitors time to organise accommodation etc if they are close to the bye/no bye cut off mark. This also means that if a fencer enters after closing date and is ranked higher than the lowest ranked fencer with a bye, they will be placed on a reserve list and only be able to take part if another of the fencers with a bye who has been allocated a place drops out. Fencers ranked lower than the fencer with the lowest ranking, but with a bye, can enter after closing date if spaces are available (with late entry fee). Foreign fencers with world rankings in the top 200 of the world rankings will be seeded at closing date by comparing their world ranking to the British fencers and slotting in accordingly.

Minimum Age

All fencers must comply with the current British Fencing regulations for children fencing in adult events. As of January 2018, all fencers must be 13 as of the date of the actual competition taking place.

Finance

The Elite Epee Events are known for running some of the best events in the country. As such entry fees are not as low as some Open events, however we do try to keep our entry fees lower than comparably run events. The entry fee has risen over the last few years, which takes into account increasing costs for Hall Hire, van hire, fuel etc and allows the events to keep to the high quality of refereeing/hardware for the events going forward.

Rather than offer prizes at each individual event, as we have offered in previous years, a prize fund will build up through the season to be fought for at the Grand Final. This fund will be split between the 8 Grand Finalists with the overall winner taking the biggest share and comes from a portion of entry fees through the whole series, therefore the more entries the bigger the likely prize fund.

To attract the highest NIF possible to the series, all top 10 (6 nif old system, 10 NIF new system or higher oversea NIF) ranked fencers as at the NIF cut off for the event will have their entry fee cheques returned if they compete at the event (so in reality get a free entry to the events).

We hope to be able to pay all referees and organisers approximately £60 for a full day helping to cover expenses etc in attending. Some specialist positions may receive a higher amount.

Withdrawals/Refunds – As we encourage fencers to enter the senior Open events as early as possible, we will offer fencers refunds of their entry fees if they do need to withdraw from the event. However to receive a refund the request to withdraw must occur at least 4 weeks prior to the event in question as otherwise staffing and other costs would have been planned with certain entry numbers and the event risks its financial viability. Refunds will be subject to a £5.00 administration fee.

Referees

Following discussions with many of the top fencers at past events, from Autumn 2012 we are planning to mix our experienced referees with some of the development referees who have picked up lots of experience at the Junior Series events. This is due to the difficulty we have had getting a suitable number of more senior referees to attend the events, but also to help these younger referees build up their confidence in refereeing for the future. Please note, only referees that I am confident in will be offered the chance to referee these events.

Prizes

As well as the cash prizes detailed above for the Grand Final, we are delighted to have been presented a trophy by ‘The Epee Club’ which will be presented to the Champion of each event to keep a record of champions for the future. This trophy can be held by the winner until the next event of the series.

We would like to thank the Epee Club for their generosity towards adding that little extra bit for the event.

Refreshments

There will usually be refreshments available, and Michelle Golding has become a regular supplier of these for Surrey events. At Moulton College the college has its own cafe and a refreshments stands are planned to be in place for the Newcastle and Manchester fencing centre events. Prior to each event we will contact those entered to confirm refreshment availability.

Data retention, Publishing of Entry lists and Results online

By entering these competitions you agree for entry lists and results to be published on our Facebook page, website and linked results page (British Fencing, Epee.me etc) and that data (including contact data) can be held by the event organisers to assist in future competition arrangements (including contacting you to inform you of future events).

Elite Epee Events Data Privacy Notice

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the event, please email me at eliteepeeevents@hotmail.co.uk

Elite Epee Junior Series

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Outline

In 2007 the steady increase of top level Junior Epee Fencing in and around the Surrey area led us to believe that there was a real need for a series of local competitions to help nurture the local talent and help introduce less experienced fencers to competition fencing. Over the years the series has flourished and is now widely regarded as one of the best run series of events and most enjoyable in the country.

The series is open to fencers from all counties & countries, not just Surrey and has attracted fencers from all around the country with fencers travelling from as far afield as Wales, Scotland, Newcastle, Plymouth and even the Channel Islands to take part in the events.

As well as great events to gain experience in competition, the Elite Epee Junior Series Events are used within the England Youth Rankings for selecting England teams for International trips each year.

Series Structure – Updated for 2018 season

The Elite Epee Junior Series in 2018 onwards will continue with the successful format of the previous series and will now consist of 7 events per calendar year (subject to available dates and venues), plus the Grand Final for the top 8 available fencers for each age-group category. Each of the series events will have 4 age-groups with separate Boys and Girls events. The first 7 Events of the series will count as qualifier competitions in which competitors will receive points towards a series ‘Points Race’ ranking. The top 8 ranked fencers in the season (place countback if required) after the qualifying events from each age-group will then be invited to attend the Series Final to find the overall series champions for each group.

Age-Groups for Series

Age-Groups from 2016 onwards will be Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 17. Age datelines will be the fencer’s age as of 1st January of the season of event (i.e. age as of 01/01/2017 in 2016/17 season, years of birth for each age-group are detailed on application form for clarification). These age-groups were chosen to most effectively promote schools/youth fencing locally. The Under 17 age-group has been expanded into to allow fencers to develop their cadet level fencing while avoiding the pressures to the Cadet Ranking Circuit. Fencers can only compete at their own age-group and ‘fencing up’ an age-group is not permitted in the Junior Series.

Points/Ranking System

The points system for the 2016-17 season onwards will use the same points scheme as in recent years and will count points received from all the events of the season (except Grand Final) in the Points Race.

If a tie exists after all the qualifying events are completed (for the final qualifying place) the place will be decided by the best two positions gained by those fencers (addition of those placings), if there is still a tie the place will be decided by who has the highest placed single result.

The actual Points race can be found at www.epee.me in the Elite Epee ranking area  .

Venues

In 2020 events will now be held at the following venues, which venues are used in a season will vary depending on availability on required dates.

  • Millfield School, Somerset
  • Moulton College, Northants
  • City of London Freemen’s School, Surrey
  • Oundle School, Northants
  • The Manchester Fencing Centre
  • The Newcastle Fencing Centre
  • Grand Final – Peterborough School

Event Formats

We try to run the events in as a professional manner as possible with referees and helpers receiving expenses for their attendance. Entries will be capped to ensure the events are run in a smooth manner with no requirement for multiple waves of poules in the first round. The initial events will usually run with one round of poules (ideally of 7s and 6s, however this size poules is not possible for all entry numbers), followed by Direct Elimination down to the winner, however the organisers reserve the right to adapt this format if it is thought that the entry number requires a different format. The 5th event, ‘The Series Final’ will run as a poule of 8 followed by Direct Elimination to find the Series Grand Final Champions.

Check-in and start times will be published approximately 2 weeks before the initial events once a good idea of entry numbers are known. Entry caps will be detailed on this website if they are required once entries start coming in and a entry cap for each event will be set at closing date for each event. In past years we have tried to set earliest check-in closing times at 10.00am to give fencers time to travel from many areas of the country on the day, however if numbers and circumstances require, some events may have to start earlier (9.00am or such) but we will try to avoid this. Dependant on numbers some events may start in the late afternoon/early evening to ensure each event is finished with as little waiting around as possible with the last final being completed as early as possible. The plan is for events to start as close to the check-in times as possible so you will probably be scratched if you are not checked-in on time. Please ensure you give yourselves spare time to arrive at the event before your check-in closes.

Seedings for the first event of the season will be taken from the series points race from the previous season. Seedings for later events will be taken from the current season’s points race.

Communication

Information will be placed on this site, including entry lists (updated periodically and more often coming up to closing dates), so please check they have been received), check-in times and general information on events. Please check the website just after entries close for confirmed check-in times etc.

Weapon Sizes

Under 10 – Size 0
Under 12 – Size 0 or 2
Under 14 – Events up to British Youth Championships of that season (early may-day bank holiday), Size 0,2. Events after BYCs choice of 0,2 or 5
Under 17 – Size 0, 2 or 5

Please note that the Under 14 size choice has been made following discussions with a number of coaches and takes into account when many fencers change up from size 2 to size 5 weapons following their last BYC U14 event.

Epee Lengths

Size 0 Epees (guard to tip 77.5cm max)
Size 2 Epees (guard to tip 82.5cm max)

Fight times / durations – To match British Youth Championship format

Under 10 age-group – Poule fights will be to 5 hits, with a 2 minute fight duration. Direct Elimination fights will be to 10 hits with 3 periods of 2 minute duration (with a one minute gap between periods).

Under 12 age-group – Poule fights will be to 5 hits, with a 3 minute fight duration. Direct Elimination fights will be to 10 hits with 3 periods of 2 minute duration (with a one minute gap between periods).

Under 14 age-group – Poule fights will be to 5 hits, with a 3 minute fight duration. Direct Elimination fights will be to 15 hits with 3 periods of 3 minute duration (with a one minute gap between periods).

Under 17 age-group- Poule fights will be to 5 hits, with 3 minute duration and in the Direct Elimination fights will be to 15 hits with 3 periods of 3 minute duration.

Equipment regulations

All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). In the under 17 event (and Under 14 event after BYCs of that season) size 5 weapons will be allowed to be used so 350N breeches and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons may be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel; however due to the use of communal weapons by a large number of the entries, cards will not be issued for failed weapons (in this regard). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case. Fencers in Girls events are required to wear chest-protectors.

Prizes

Medals will be awarded to the top 4 in each individual event for the initial competitions of the series. The Final Event will award prizes to all the 8 qualified fencers consisting of medals/plaques & fencing equipment vouchers. There will also be a trophy awarded to the Grand Final winners which will be returned and presented annually.

Finances

The series runs mainly on the entry fees received from fencers attending the events, with assistance from sponsors and other kind contributors/donors to the series. These funds pay for the running of the events including venue costs, referees, other staff (armourers, DT etc), hire chanrges for kit, van hire and every other imaginable cost In addition their is a prize fund for the Grand Final to pay for equipment vouchers, which in past years has been well over 3.5K, which we aim to continue going forward. Funds that are excess to the running of the events will go towards the time and expence of running th events by the competition organisers.  Prizes not collected by fencers at the Grand Final (if they leave before presentations) will be deemed as donated to our local fencing set up to support fencers that need help in securing equipment.

Refunds for withdrawals

Generally refunds are not given for fencers who do withdraw from events, however in cases that fencers withdraw 4 weeks or more in advance of an event taking place requests will be considered. Any refunds would be subject to a ₤5.00 administration fee, which would be taken off any returned funds.  Refunds will be made by bank transfer only and require an emailed request.

Referees/Event Officials

These events are only possible due to the huge efforts put in by the team of referees and other officials who attend the event. We do have a range of referees, from those who are fully qualified FIE referees who have refereed previously at Olympic Games, to those just starting out on their refereeing careers who are using these events to gain experience prior to taking theoir refereeing exams. Please note that we will only have referees at these events which we are confident in their abilities and experience of fencing.

All referees and officials are offered expenses to cover attendance at the events. Due to the tight budget (and to save on admin) this is on a flat rate basis.

If you are a referee, or a competent fencer who wishes to gain experience from refereeing at our events, please feel free to get in touch.

Photography

The organizers will be arranging for some photography/videoing to occur during the event within the fencing hall. These photos may be used for publicity and may be posted on the internet. If you do have any issues with your child being included in these photos please contact the organizer. Individuals may video/take photographs during the event (no flashes please) as per British Fencing guidelines – see http://britishfencing.com/uploads/files/8_photography_policy.pdf.

Equipment Stand

Generally the cost involved in having a substantial equipment stand and the sales it creates makes it unfeasible to have a full equipment stand at events. What we can arrange for some events is a delivery service for competitions as I do visit the Allstar/Uhlmann & BladesBrand shop in advance of many Elite Epee events. Those who enter events will have this process detailed in time to make orders when available.

Refreshments

We cannot guarantee that we will have refreshment stands at all the events, however it is planned. If we do we will let those entering know in advance, however it is always advisable to bring your own supplies of things you like to eat anyway. We will let all those entered know what will be available prior to the event.

Data retention, Publishing of Entry lists and Results online

By entering these competitions you agree for entry lists and results to be published on our Facebook page, website and linked results page (British Fencing, Epee.me etc) and that data (including contact data) can be held by the event organisers to assist in future competition arrangements (including contacting you to inform you of future events).

Elite Epee Events Data Privacy Notice

Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring the series or any part of the series please contact us.