VA Division Officers for 2017-2018 Season

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The Virginia Division of USA Fencing is pleased to announce our officers for the 2017-2018 season.

Richard Weiss

Vice Chair:
Ron Thornton

Allen Evans

Jacob Duell


Amy Papadopoulos

Greg Kaidanov

Ted Smith

Melanie Demaree

Meredith Powers

Virginia Division FOC:
Marcus Balog

Kick Off Div1A and Div2 ROC!

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The Virginia Division 2016 Kick Off ROC Div1A and Div2 is only two weeks away! The close of registration with regular fees for these events is this Wednesday, August 31 at midnight. The Kick Off has been one of the premier ROC’s on the East Coast since it’s inception. We have all grounded strips, most of them metal, and top rated referees from around the Nation.

We would like for you to join us for this years Kick Off. Click on the link below to sign up for this years event!

More Info Link

Battle of the Swashbucklers Cancelled

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Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control, the Liberty University Fencing Club has had to cancel the Battle of the Swashbucklers tournament in Lynchburg this weekend (April 23-24).

The next event will be the Tidewater Coastal Clash ratings rally and youth tournament at Tidewater’s new permanent space on May 7th and 8th.

Annual Meeting! Champs Change! New Tournaments!

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The date for the Annual Meeting has been set for June 18th after fencing is completed at the Tune Up Open in Richmond!

The Virginia Division Championships have been moved from the weekend of May 30th to the weekend of July 16th-17th! Stay tuned for more info!

There has been a new tournament scheduled for May 7th-8th: the Tidewater Coastal Clash at Tidewater’s new permanent space! There will be Ratings Rally and Y12 events! Nice!


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The events will be at the same times that they were originally
scheduled for, just on the new weekend.

The Regular Fee Deadline has been extended until 1/28/2016.

We understand that with the rescheduling of the Hangover, that some of
you may not be able to attend due to a previously scheduled event. If
this is the case, refund requests must be made by 1/26/2016. No shows
will only be able to receive refunds due to extenuating circumstances
(illness, etc…).

Please stay warm and safe! We want to see on the piste next weekend!

The Virginia Division


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1. The Regular Fee Deadline has been extended until 1/21/2016

2. We are aware of the chance of a major storm impacting the area, and we will be watching the weather carefully, and send out an announcement on Friday whether the event will be held or not. If we decide to postpone the Hangover, we will move it to the following weekend.

We understand that if the rescheduling of the Hangover does occur, that some of you may not be able to attend due to a previously scheduled event. If this is the case, refund requests must be made by 1/26/2016. No shows will only be able to receive refunds due to extenuating circumstances (illness, etc…). 

The Forum is back up!

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For those of you who knew the forum was down, it has been restored!

For those of you who did not know it was down, nothing has changed!

For those of you who did not know we had a forum, we do! And it is located here.

Conomikes-Gutenberg Memorial Open Now March 26th-27th

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The date for the Conomikes-Gutenberg Memorial Open at William & Mary has been changed from April 2nd-3rd to March 26th-27th.

Reminder regarding JO Qualifiers

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Just a reminder to check Ask.Fred if you intend to fence in the Virginia Division JO Qualifiers coming this weekend. If your registration is listed as “incomplete” on Ask Fred, you HAVE NOT finished registering for this event and you will be charged $70 at the door.

Please make sure that your USA Fencing membership is current, and a reminder that ALL saber fencers are required to have an FIE saber glove in order to compete.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Virginia Division. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you this weekend.

2015-2016 Rules Updates

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With the start of a new season comes new rules and procedures for the USFA. The biggest and most notable change is the mandatory requirement for all sabre fencers to be using a glove that meets the 800N standards during ALL USFA tournaments. If the fencer does not have and use such a glove for the tournament they will not be allowed to fence in the competition. The text of the new rules can be found here. The rule went into effect October 1, 2015.

Also new for this season, at the conclusion of the tournament, a new Referee Usage Report is listed in the table at the End of Tournament reports in Fencing Time. So, when closing out your tournaments and uploading the results to AskFred, save the following reports to your computer and submit these reports to the Division Secretary (Tom Lauzon).
  • Tournament Results Report
  • Classification Changes Report
  • Referee Usage Report Report
Tom’s email is These reports should be sent in to the Division Secretary within 2-3 days of the conclusion of the competition.  

If you have any questions about the new rules or reports, please feel free to contact me.


Ron Thornton
Chairman of the Virginia Division of U.S. Fencing