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Virginia Division Annual Meeting REMINDER 2024

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Originally Sent to Membership on June 6th, 2024

To:      Virginia Division Members

Fr:       Richard Weiss, Chair

Re:       Virginia Division Annual Meeting Announcement

The Virginia Division of USA Fencing will hold its Annual Division meeting on Saturday, July 13th, 2023, at 12:00 PM, virtually on Zoom.  All attending must register in advance with their Name, Email, and current USA Fencing Membership #.


The agenda for our meeting is as follows:

  • Reports of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other Executive Committee members
  • Election of Officers (if any)
  • Unfinished business (if any)
  • New business (more items could be added)
    • Parafencing Support & Development
    • Division Tourney Referee & Staff Honorarium Review

Regarding the Election of Officers:  The current officers of the VA Division executive committee wish 

to represent the division for the 2024/25 season.  Those people are:

Chair:  Richard Weiss                                                Vice Chair:  Thomas Mahnken

Treasurer:  Ted Smith                                               Secretary:  Meredith Powers

Members-At-Large:  Greg Kaidanov and Tan Le  

Executive Committee members Jose DeOlivares, Julia Jiang, and Miracle Qi have also committed to remaining as their club representatives for next season.

Those interested in running for any of the officer positions for the 2024/25 season need to announce their candidacy to any executive committee member by July 6th, in writing, email, or telephone.   Please indicate why you have an interest in serving on the EC and any qualifications/experiences you feel support your interest.  Resumes are not necessary.  Remember you must be an active Virginia Division member of USA Fencing.

If there are no challenges to those who serve as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, or Secretary on the VA Division Executive Committee, there will not be an election.  If an election is to be held, we will notify the membership at least five days in advance.

Any VA Division member club that does not have a representative on the executive committee is encouraged to notify the division of their representative for the 24/25 season by or during the July 13th meeting.

Virginia Division Annual Meeting Reminder

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To:  All Virginia Division Members

Fr:  Richard Weiss, Chair

Date: July 28, 2022

The Virginia Division of USA Fencing, LLC. would like to remind everyone that our Annual Division meeting will be held on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at 3 p.m., virtually on Zoom. All attending must register in advance here.

The agenda for that meeting will be as follows:

·   Reports of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and any other Divisional Officers (if any)

·   Proposed changes to the Division By-Laws and Division Operating Guide Project

·   Ratification of 2022-2023 Executive Committee (See below)

·   Unfinished business

·   New business

Regarding our Executive Committee, three current committee members have chosen to not run again – Ron Thornton, Damien Lehfeldt, and Andrew Grass. Two other VA Division members have expressed their interest – Tan Le of Blacksburg Fencing Club and Nathaniel Sides of Blue Ridge Fencing Club. Because there are more positions available on the committee than people running, we propose to put forward the following Executive Committee for 2022 and ask for membership to ratify it on Saturday:

Richard Weiss – Chair

Thomas Mahnken – Vice Chair

Ted Smith – Treasurer

Meredith Powers – Secretary

Executive Committee “At Large” – Greg Kaidanov, Nathaniel Sides and Tan Le.

If you have any questions about any of the above, do not hesitate to write to me @, or any of our officers. Officers email addresses are on our website under About Us. Look forward to seeing you there!


Virginia Division Annual Meeting and Elections

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To:      All Virginia Division Members

Fr:       Richard Weiss, Chair

Re:       Virginia Division Annual Meeting and Election Announcement

Date:   June 27th, 2022

The Virginia Division of USA Fencing, LLC. would like to announce that our Annual Division meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022, virtually on Zoom.  All attending must register in advance here.

The agenda for that meeting will be as follows:

·       Reports of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and any other Divisional Officers (if any)

·       Proposed changes to the Division By-Laws and Division Operating Guide

·       Election of Officers, new Board Members (if any)

·       Unfinished business

·       New business

Anyone interested in serving on the VA Division Executive Committee needs to notify a current EC member by July 16th. Please indicate why you have interest in serving on the EC and any qualifications/experiences you feel support your interest.  Resumes are not necessary.   We will notify all VA division members on July 17th if an election needs to be held, and further instructions to support an election, virtually, including proxies, will be provided then if necessary.

If you have any questions about any of the above, do not hesitate to write to me @, or any of our officers. Officers’ email addresses are on our website under About Us. Look forward to seeing you there!

Face Masks Under Fencing Masks Now Optional for Fencers During Bouts

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USA Fencing has announced that fencers will no longer be required to wear a face mask under their fencing mask during bouts in which they are competing. The change, which is effective immediately, applies to USA Fencing-sanctioned events, including local, regional and national tournaments. Here’s what you need to know:

  • While face masks are now optional for athletes during bouts in which they are competing, fencers will still be required to wear two-layer cloth masks or surgical face coverings at all other times when they are in the competition venue, including in between bouts.
  • Masks remain required at all times for coaches, tournament officials, referees and spectators.
  • The Virginia Division’s vaccine mandate remains in place. Unvaccinated athletes are required to produce a negative PCR/RAPID test from a 3rd party provider no more than 72 hours old from event start time to compete in tournaments sanctioned by the Virginia Division of USA Fencing.
  • The 90 second break between elimination bout periods has been restored to the pre-pandemic 60 second break.
  • All Virginia Division sanctioned tournaments are required to implement this new policy.

This mandate does not apply to our clubs during regular practice or unsanctioned tournaments, and clubs may come up with mask and vaccination policies at their own discretion.

Should you have any questions, please comment below or reach out to the Executive Committee via email. Thank you, and stay safe.

Division, Regional and National Events for April and May

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There are a lot of events coming up for fencers in the Virginia Division.  The below list includes National, Regional and VA Division run events happening over the next two months. There are also many club run events for VA Division members in VA, NC, MD and the Capital Division (DC area) to go to (

April 2-3 – The Cherry Blossom ROC (Region 6) in College Park, MD

April 9-10 – The GMU Patriot Open in Springfield, VA (All net proceeds go to support the GMU college club fencing team)

April 9-10 – Bull City SABER RYC in Durham, NC

April 21-24 –  April NAC/Div I and Para National Championships in Charlotte, NC

April 30 & May 1 – VA Division Spring Referee Clinic in Richmond with Mary Mahon

April 29-May 1 – Peachtree Battle RYC/RJCC/ROC/Para – College Park, GA

May 13-15 – The Fairfax Challenge SYC and RJCC (Region 6) in Fredericksburg

May 21st – VA Division Div 2/3 and Y14 SN Qualifiers in Falls Church

Regular and Late period registration close dates are listed on each event either on or Thanks!

VDH Digital Vaccine Record

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Virginia Division Members:

As a reminder, local Virginia competitions require proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test from the last 72 hours) in order to compete. Beginning in January, 2022, national events will have a similar mandate.

From the USA Fencing Board of Directors 10/16 Meeting Agenda – “Beginning with the NAC scheduled for December (updated to January 2022), and until further action by the Board of Directors, entry to USA Fencing national competition venues will be limited to individuals who are fully and demonstrably vaccinated against coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, those who have demonstrated authentic medical or religious vaccination exemptions, and vaccine ineligible individuals (i.e., members of groups for whom vaccines have not been approved by the CDC or FDA).

The Virginia Department of Health now offers the ability to store a digital vaccine record on your iPhone. In addition to accepting a photo of or your original vaccine card, we will also accept this as proof of verification.

To download the record to your phone, simply go to the VDH Digital Vaccine site and provide your information. A QR code will be provided. Using your rear-facing camera, scan the QR code and then add your record to the Apple Health app.

If you have any questions on how to use this feature, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you troubleshoot.

Stay safe, and happy fencing!

44 Virginia Division Fencers Named to Absolute Fencing’s 2021 All-Academic Team

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The Virginia Division of USA Fencing is proud to recognize 44 Virginia Division Fencers selected to the 2021 Absolute Fencing All-Academic Team. 

The All-Academic team recognizes athletes with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, with 1st Team recognition awarded to students with a GPA of 3.85 or better. 

Congratulations to the following VA Division Fencers for your hard work in the classroom and on the piste!

AIC Fencing Club: 

·         Lianhao Li

·         Sabrina Hsieh

·         Rebecca Hsieh

·         Chelsea Hu

Cardinal Fencing Academy: 

·         Sebastian Lu

·         Ajit Sivakumar

·         Andy Zhang

Fencing Sports Academy

·         Hadley Husisian

·         Andrew Kee

·         Elizabeth Kim

·         Gianna Macedon

·         Julia Peeler

·         Lauren Richardson

·         Sarah Schoenberger

·         Alexei Stevens

Jovanovic Fencing

·         Maximillian Kobal

·         Mason Stanley

Nova Fencing

·         Elias Chatto

·         Sofia D’Orazio

·         Gianna Hall

·         Grand Halla

·         Natalie Kerbel

·         Peter Leffler

·         Elizabeth St. Pierre

·         Narain Dowling

Penta Olympic Fencing Club

·         Christopher Chong

·         Erika Gumagay

·         Ryan Kim

·         Daniel Lee

·         Yedda Lee

·         Kyungmin Lee

·         Keegan O’Hara

·         Lily Papadakis

·         Vincent Park

·         Kozmo Rhyu

·         William Suringa

·         Chandler Wimmer

·         Thomas Murphy

Richmond Fencing Club

·         Quinn Kast

·         Christopher Limm

·         Rob Rountree

·         Quin Smith

·         Maddy Stone

·         Evan Stubblefield

The full list of Academic All-Americans can be found on the USA Fencing website.

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test Required for All Virginia Division Sanctioned Events

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Out of concern for the safety of our membership and their families, effective immediately, the Virginia Division of USA Fencing will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for all fencers, parents, volunteers and USFA Professional members for that event to be sanctioned by the Virginia Division.

Confirmation of vaccination or negative COVID test will occur as you walk into the venue.  No one without proof will be allowed into the venue at any time, no exceptions.

Negative COVID test results (PCR or Rapid) cannot be more than 72 hours old from the day of the event the fencer is competing in.

Tournament organizers are required to publish this policy, USA Fencing’s venue mask mandate, and any other venue specific requirement in the tournament listing on AskFred at the time the tournament is posted.  Any changes to any of the above policies will be communicated to those registered and preregistered by the tournament organizer promptly.

This mandate is a requirement only for events where the Virginia Division of USA Fencing is the sanctioning body.  Regional events (ROC’s, R/SYC’s, JRCC’s), North American Cup events and unsanctioned local events will not have this requirement.

Failure to comply with this mandate will result in the un-sanctioning of tournaments and/or the loss of ability to host future tournaments.

Questions regarding this mandate can be made to any VA Division Executive Committee member directly, or by email to

May NAC Location Change to Richmond VA

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Due to a series of changing circumstances and out of respect for community resources, the location of the May North American Cup has been moved from Minneapolis, Minn. to Richmond, Va.

The May NAC will be held from May 6-9 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with competition being held in Division I, Junior, Cadet and Y14 categories.

Registration will open on April 2 at 9 a.m. PDT and close on April 8 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

“Thank you to our partners at both Sports Minneapolis and Richmond Region Tourism for their flexibility and willingness to make the accommodations necessary to make the May NAC successful,” said USA Fencing Senior Director of Sports Operations Christine Strong Simmons (Colorado Springs, Colo.) “We are looking forward to returning to Richmond in May and to partnering again with Minneapolis in the future.”

Each of the events will remain capped at 126 competitors and be limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. The protocols listed in the Health & Safety Practices for the Resumption of National Events also will remain in place, including the mask mandate as well as mandatory COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to departure for the event.

With events being capped at 126 competitors, athletes will be selected as follows from among those who register for the tournament prior to the registration deadline:

  • Top 75% (up to a maximum of 90 individuals) of U.S. citizens or permanent residents who meet the criteria above on the National Rolling Point Standings as of the opening day of registration will be selected in order of their ranking on the standings. Please Note: The top 75% (up to a max of 90) applies to U.S. citizens / permanent residents only. For example, if there are 100 fencers on the NRPS and 96 are U.S. citizens / permanent residents, 72 fencers (96 x .75) will be selected.
  • All remaining slots will be allocated by a lottery that will take place at the conclusion of registration.
  • Athletes not selected in the lottery will be placed on the waitlist for the event.
  • Waitlist order will be determined by the lottery.

All rooms for Minneapolis will be canceled at no penalty by Group Housing. There is no need to contact them about canceling your room. To book a room for the May NAC in Richmond, click here.   

VA Division of USA Fencing Statement Regarding Virginia’s Executive Order 72 (updated 2/24/21)

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On February 24th, 2021 (Effective March 1), the Commonwealth of Virginia updated Executive Order #72 – Phase III Guidelines. FULL TEXT.  Upon detailed review of the document, we believe nothing has changed as it relates to fencing in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Division of USA Fencing’s Executive Committee
does not support sanctioning events without widespread availability of a vaccine. We do believe there is a path to competitions again most likely in the late summer contingent on the promising projections of the vaccine rollout over these next few months, and we continue to monitor the Commonwealth’s guidelines and the rollout of vaccines and will readdress this position when the Virginia Guidelines change.

Further, we do not support the sanctioning of Regional and National events through the end of the 2020-2021 Season.  It is our concern for the safety of our fencers, parents, referees and others in our community who may be unknowingly affected by attending these events that gives us pause.

Lastly, we do not sanction Regional / National Events, regardless of where they are held.  Sanctioning decisions for these events are made by the National Offices.

Again, to our fencers and parents of fencers, we feel that even if an organizer is able to account for everything in their control, it only takes one Fencer, Club, Coach, or Referee not following protocols in their normal daily lives (or one of their contacts) to jeopardize a multitude of communities.  We prefer to err on the side of safety and understand that others do not hold this same opinion.

Thank you for your support and hope all of you are happy, healthy and safe!