Current Status

The Junior Series of competitions is currently being reorganised. Keep an eye on this page for further details of the reorganisation, more on upcoming competitions, results and rankings. Don't forget to have a look at the Gallery for pictures from the competitions.

Information for Organisers

  1. All clubs in the North-West Region are encouraged to run a NWJS event. Not only can this provide income for your club it will develop your fencers and officials.

  2. Prospective organisers should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register an interest in running a tournament

  3. Prospective organisers should be able to fulfil the following requirements:

    • Space for a minimum of eight pistes

    • Sufficient scoring boxes for each piste with some spares. While some clubs may be able to provide these from their own stock it is likely that at least some of these may need to be borrowed from other clubs

    • Someone either capable of running or willing to learn to run a DT using a standard scoring program, e.g. En Garde or Fencing Time

    • Sufficient volunteers to act as "gophers" for the DT

    • Clip boards and stop watches, one for each piste

    The junior series organiser may be able to assist in fulfilling these requirements

  4. The competitions will be arranged on a rolling basis as the British Fencing calendar is updated. Dates should be agreed well in advance with the NWJS coordinator.

  5. The tournaments are sponsored and one condition for this sponsorship is that they take place on a Saturday and not a Sunday.

  6. Age groups will be under-11 and under-14, though this will not prevent individual organisers from including under-9, cadet or junior competitions.

  7. A minimum age of 9 should be enforced, thus for 2012 no competitors whose year of birth is later than 2003 should be allowed to fence.

  8. The competitions will be open to fencers both in the NW and other regions.

  9. A separate section on the NW web site is dedicated to the competitions, organisers should use this to:

    • Online entry

    • Add an entry to the calendar giving details of the event

    • Add a news flash article to announce their tournament

    Information should be added to the website at least 6 weeks before the competition. Instructions and assistance on these procedures will be availablefrom the NW webmaster

  10. After the tournament results should be sent to the junior series organiser and the NW web master to allow ranking tables and the web site to be updated.

  11. The season for the tournaments will run from 1 st January to 31 st December.

  12. Initial rankings for the competitions should be taken from the ranking list published on the NW fencing site. At the beginning of the season the ranking points from the previous season should be used.

  13. Ranking into the DE should be calculated from the pool round

  14. It may be necessary to mix genders and age groups during the pool rounds. If this is done then the fencers should be separated out in to the proper age groups for the DE.

Before the Competition

Before the competition you should ensure that the venue is booked and that there will be someone available to both open it before check-in and close it at the end of the day.

You should also have a supply of non-marking tape. Most sports administrators at the site will be able to sell you this.

If your venue does not have catering then you should consider whether you can supply a basic catering service selling drinks and snacks.

On the Day

On the day of the competition you will need to

  1. Lay out pistes. It is not necessary to use insulated pistes, though if they are available then they should be used for the finals

  2. Organise a check-in, ideally at the entrance to the venue

  3. Organise your catering if you are running it yourselves

  4. Provide a sign-in sheet and sticky labels for all those wishing to take photographs

  5. Organise a list of referees

  6. Provide an area for the DT, preferably where the personnel running it will not be disturbed by fencers or parents

  7. Have sufficient Blu-Tack or equivalent to stick running results on the walls

  8. Have "gophers" who can communicate between the DT and the hall where the competition is taking place

  9. Have someone who is willing to present medals at the end of the competition

  10. Make sure that there will be people left at the end of the day who can take up pistes and be responsible for returning any borrowed or hired equipment

  11. Have someone responsible for collecting lost property and informing the owners of the property or the North-West web master.

  12. Have someone responsible for sending the results to the North-West web master.

Information for Competitors

Enjoy the fencing at your club, but would like to fence some other people? Thinking about taking part in competitions but worried that a national level competition might be a bit too strong for you?

The North West Junior Series is just the thing for you! A series of five competitions run throughout the year for fencers in particular age groups at all three weapons. Not only will there be medals for the top fencers at each tournament, but trophies at the end of the year for those who have been most successful in the whole series.

The Series

There are six competitions during the year, two in each of the school spring,  summer  and autumn terms. The competitions will be for all three weapons and will be advertised on this web site.

Age Groups

The series will be for fencers in the age groups

  • Under-11 (with a lower limit of 9 years old)

  • Under-14

However individual tournaments may include competitions for other age groups, for example under-9 or cadet (under-17).

Your age is calculated from the 1st of January in the year the competition takes place. So in 2013 under-11 fencers will be born in 2002, 2003, 2004,and under-14 fencers in1999, 2000 or 2001.

Entry

You will be able to enter online on the North-West web site. You will need to be a member of one of the Home country fencing associations since you will need to provide your BFA, EFA, WFA or SFA membership number.

Equipment

Clothing

You will need a full set of regulation clothing, i.e. jacket, breeches (both 350 Newton, they should have a CEN 1 marking on them), plastron (350 or 800 Newton), mask, glove and knee length socks. Because the competitions are electric you will also need body wires. Girls must wear a chest protector.

Blades

Fencing will be electric throughout, the following are the maximum sized blades you should use

Blade Size

Age

Foil

Epée

Sabre

Under-11

3

2

2

Under-14

3

2

2

Format

The format will be one round of pools followed by direct eliminationfor all age groups.Timings for pools and DE areas follows

Pools

Age

Hits

Time Limit

Under-11

5

2 minutes

Under-14

5

3 minutes

 

Direct Elimination

Age

Hits

Time Limit

Rest After

Under-11

10

6 minutes

2 minutes

Under-14

15

9 minutes

3 minutes

 

Points

Points will be awarded to everyone who competes. They will be calculated as

Points = Number of Entries Multiplier

The multiplier is given in the table below

 

Multiplier Table

Position

Points

Position

Points

1

25

12

11

2

23

13

10

3

21

14

9

5

19

15

8

6

18

16

7

7

17

17

5

8

16

18

4

9

14

19

3

10

13

20

2

11

12

All other places

1


Final Rankings

The points you score at each competition will be added together and rankings will be given on the North-West web site. At the end of the year final rankings will be published and prizes awarded.

Information for Parents

The North-West Junior Series competitions are for those who are just starting to compete. They are meant as a "no fear" introduction to the sport for those who feel they are not ready to compete in national level competitions or have no interest in doing so.

What am I Committing to?

If your child wishes to take part in the series then you:

  1. Will need to ensure that they have all the requisite equipment

  2. Will need to register them as a member of the one of the Home nations of British Fencing, this will most likely be English Fencing

  3. Will need to register them for each competition since this will require you to sign a disclaimer as their parent or guardian

  4. Will have to pay for the entry to each competition

  5. Will need to get them to the venue at or preferably before the check-in time

  6. May need to provide food and drink for them at tournaments where there is no catering

  7. But most of all, you will need to give them your support at the competitions in which they fence

Can I do Anything to Help?

Volunteers are a mainstay of fencing competitions. If your child's club is staging a tournament then the person organising it will almost certainly be grateful for your help. This may involve laying out pistes before the competition and taking them up afterwards. If there is no cafeteria at the venue then providing home cooking or selling it may be necessary.

If you want to take it further than this then organisers are always looking for people who can referee or repair equipment.

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