Over the course of the last seven days, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted unprecedented changes within the world of sport.
In prioritizing the health and wellness of all our members, USA Fencing has instructed us to postpone our divisional qualifiers. We are working to reschedule the events and will be sure to post updates during the coming days with the new date.
In order to allow participants from postponed tournaments to still be eligible to compete at the National Championships and July Challenge, the deadlines have been extended by the USFA as follows:
Division Qualifying Forms Submission Deadline: June 1
Petition Deadline: June 3
Regular Fee Deadline: June 3
Triple Fee Deadline: June 12
Withdraw Deadline: June 12
Classification Deadline: June 12
Check-In Times Posted: June 8
We urge everyone to continue to practice preventative measures and prioritize the health and well-being of all of fencers and their families.
Tips for Fencers, Coaches, Staff, etc.
Everyone is encouraged to seek further information using the CDC and the WHO websites:
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider.
Thank you for your cooperation, and stay healthy!
The USFA has selected Coach Jerome Cordero of H3 Fencing as our region's first-quarter recipient for the Fencing Spirit of Sport Recognition Program!
Congratulations Coach Cordero, and thank you for all you do for our sport. This honor is well-deserved and we are lucky to have you.
To read the USFA's full article, please click here.
Check out his impressive nomination bio below:
On May 13, 2017, Hills Fencing Institute (H3) will be hosting their 3rd annual "Lunge for Life" tournament. This charity event is a fundraiser run by a number of fencers involved in annual Relay for Life events through the American Cancer Society. 100% of entry fees will go to the American Cancer Society.
The tournament is held in the cafe at Half Hallow Hills High School EAST. Please come down and support this worthy cause.
Cost of tournament per fencer pre-registered is $25. Walk-ins will be charged $35.
Food and drinks will be made available for sale throughout the day.
Fencers can register on askFRED here.
The Long Island Division was certainly well-represented by our fencers at 2017 Junior Olympics in Kansas City, MO this past weekend! All our fencers fenced well, and gave it their all. A big shout-out and CONGRATULATIONS to the following competitors, who placed in the top 8 in their respective events:
6th Place Finishers:
Junior Team Men's Foil - 5 Towns Fencers Club - Scarpa, Ouellette, Palazzolo
5th Place Finishers:
Cadet Men's Foil - Andrew Zheng, Empire United Fencing
Cadet Women's Foil - Natalie Minarik, 5 Towns Fencers Club
Junior Women's Foil - Natalie Minarik, 5 Towns Fencers Club
Junior Team Women's Epee - North Shore Fencers Club - Gao, Ma, Yamanaka
Junior Men's Epee - Mick Yamanaka, NY Athletic Club and North Shore Fencers Club
Junior Women's Foil - Morgan Lee, Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club
Junior Olympic Champions:
Junior Men's Foil - Andrew Machovec, 5 Towns Fencers Club
Cadet Men's Sabre - Daniel Solomon, Mission Fencing Club
You can watch some of the bouts here:
Danny Solomon, Finals CMS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdiW713dYCo
Andrew Machovec, Finals JMF - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihZMHo49oC8
Mick Yamanaka Finals JME - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COsyakmVj7k
Great job to ALL who competed and represented Long Island, showing the rest of the country what we're made of!
Be sure to check out the USFA's Youtube channel here, as they continue to add additional bouts and future events!
You can support the USFA just by shopping on Amazon! The Amazon Smile program donates a portion of the proceeds of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice, and the United States Fencing Association is one of the eligible charities. It doesn't cost you anything extra, just a minute of your time to designate USFA as your charity. Then, make sure you shop at smile.amazon.com (the same as amazon.com, but with the added bonus of the charitable donation) and voila!
Hey, we aren't telling you where you should shop, but if you shop there anyway you could be helping out the USFA at the same time for no extra cost or work. ;)
More info on the program can be found here: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_dshb_aas_saas
Hey everyone, did you register for JO qualifiers yet? You can do so here:https://askfred.net/Events/whoIsComing.php?tournament_id=35291
Another path to fence at JOs is through the Region 3 RJCC point standings. If you are age-eligible and have earned at least 110 Region 3 RJCC points, you are already qualified for JOs (and don't need to fence at the divisional qualifier).
The region 3 RJCC point standings have been updated by the USFA. They are available for viewing here: http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/2292457-regional
It looks like the following Long Island Fencers have 110+ points and are already qualified:
Women's Foil: None in either category
Congratulations fencers, outstanding job!
From the USFA Website:
"Beginning August 1 2016, a foil fencer who reverses the line of his/her shoulders (bringing the shoulder of the non-weapon arm forward of the weapon arm shoulder) is now subject to a Group 1 penalty (a yellow card). Much like other penalties (such as corps-a-corps to avoid a touch or substitution of non-valid target), any hit scored by the fencer committing the penalty will be annulled.
This rule change was proposed by the FIE because, during actions where a fencer reversed his/her shoulders, it was not always clear whether or not the fencer had covered target with his/her off-arm. This was particularly true when the fencer in question was facing away from the video replay camera. The new rule simply states that any reversal of the shoulders is now a penalty, irrespective of whether or not the fencer has covered his/her target. See the proposed modifications to the rules for more details on the rationale behind the change.
Please note that this rule change applies to foil only, and does not affect epee or sabre."
NBC has announced its schedule for Olympic Fencing coverage at the Rio games in August! Check it out here:
We hope everyone’s summer is going great! The Long Island Division of the USFA just wanted to reach out quickly to make everyone aware that we will be having an annual meeting and election on Friday, July 29th at 8 pm at Half Hollow Hills High School (in the cafeteria on the west end of the building). The address is 50 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills, NY 11746 and directions can be found here: http://bit.ly/H3-Map (Thank you Hills for offering to host us all!) Below please find some more information about our election:
Who Can Vote?
If the all following criteria apply to you, you’re eligible to vote:
What are We Voting On?
Candidates are able to nominate themselves for an office by petition to the Executive Committee. This year the Executive Committee did not receive any petitions by the July 20th deadline, so there are no additional candidates at this time.
The Division wants to congratulate all our fencers who did a wonderful job showing Long Island skill and spirit at Summer Nationals. We would also like to remind everyone that USFA memberships expire on 7/31 so please make sure you renew if you need to. (Coaches and referees, please make sure you are current on your background screenings and Safe Sport certifications too!) If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to reach out to us via our website (http://www.usfencinglongisland.com/) or by emailing our Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on 7/29 and kicking off another great year of fencing on Long Island!
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