Current situation with Covid pandemic
The 2020 series is currently on hold due to government guidelines and we will review our options (including a combined 2020/2021 season, with advice from British Fencing as to when we can re-start events. Obviously health and safety is key.
We will not be planning to publish dates for future events until British Fencing has given indication of dates for their re-scheduled competitions.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
If you have any questions regarding the event, please email me at email@example.com