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Utah Youth Fencing League 2007

Utah High School Fencing League 2007

Rules and Regulations

 

I. League Organization

The �League� is split into two separate categories: the Utah Youth Fencing League (UYFL) includes all teams Y12 and below, the Utah High School Fencing League (UHSFL) will include 8th � 12th graders or Y14 - Junior. In order to participate on a HS League team the fencer must fall within the minimum grade requirement (rather than an age requirement).

 

II. Voting Process

There are two situations within the league where voting is necessary; one, making policy changes (specifically to the official rules), and two, voting on league awards at the end of the season.

 

A. Policy Changes

All policy changes will be voted on by one representative from each �core club.� The current core clubs include: Park City Fencing, Utah Valley Fencing and Wasatch Fencing. The following criteria exist for the creation of new core clubs:

1)      Must have at least twelve fencers participating as official league members (dues paid). Fielding a team is not required as long as these fencers are entering Cups.

2)      The above stipulation must be met for two consecutive years.

3)      Have an expressed interest in becoming a core club.

 

B. League Awards

The formula for awards is one vote per team age group. In other words, if Park City fields two teams in the Youth 12 age group they would have two votes in selecting awards for that age group.

 

III. Team Assembly

 

A. Definitions

Club - A fencing organization that may consist of one or more teams.

Team - Comprised of four fencers (three fencers and one alternate) from any one club.

Club/Team Coach - Responsible for teaching and coaching individual clubs/teams.  The Home coach will be responsible for the proper set up and running of each meet.

Club/Team Manager - Responsible for each club/team arriving on time.  The team manager is responsible for the club/team in the absence of the coach.

Team Captain - The captain will be a member of the team (in terms of competing) and will be the only person allowed to address the official in a team match.

 

B. Age (as delineated by the United States Fencing Association):

Junior - Fencers born 1987-1993

Youth 14 - Fencers born 1992-1995

Youth 12 - Fencers born 1994-1997

Youth 10 - Fencers born 1996-1999 (required to use a #2 blade)

Youth 8 - Fencers born 1998 or later (required to use a #2 blade)

 

C. Club Composition:

Each club is permitted to have multiple teams per age category.  These teams will consist of club members (no teams with members from different clubs are allowed).  A fencer may represent only one club during the season.

 

D. Team Composition:

It is the responsibility of the club coach to compile each team.  A fencer may fence on no more than two official teams during the season. A fencer may change teams one time during the season, however that fencer may not change again (or back to his/her original team)*.  This is applicable to dual meets only (see IV. D. Item# 2 for Utah Cups). In forming teams, please note the age restrictions above.  In order for a fencer to be eligible to compete on a Varsity team they must be in the eighth grade (as per Utah High School regulations). *Fencers in the High School arena (Junior Varsity/Varsity) are allowed to switch teams indefinitely.  The only exception is that one fencer may not participate on both teams for the same dual meet. 

 

E. Dues:

            Each fencer must pay $50.00 to participate in the UYFL/UHSFL, payable prior to the first competition. Checks should be written to the UYFL. For every ten paying members, each club will be allotted a scholarship (meaning the $50 league fee will be covered by the League). This scholarship should be only used if necessary and can ONLY be awarded by the coach.

 

IV. Equipment Requirements

A full, USFA standard uniform is required at all League events. This includes jacket, knickers, lame, plastron, long socks, glove, mask and chest protector (for girls Y12 and above).  So that we do not exclude any new fencer who wants to participate, all clubs will bring extra equipment to outfit fencers.

             An official armourers check will be conducted at each event. This will include a mask punch test plus a lame and body cord inspection. A foil weight test will be administered before the following bouts:

1.      Top eight of any Cup, all age groups.

2.      All Varsity team competitions.

 

V. Season Format

 

A. Calendar

The official season will begin January 2006 and end in April 2006. 

 

B. Dual Meets

All dual meets will be fenced on Saturday�s. UHSFL teams will fence at 9:00am and the UYFL events will begin at noon. All teams will fence each other in forty-five touch bouts as delineated by the United States Fencing Association.

 

C. Utah Cups

Four UYFL and four UHSFL Cups will be held throughout the competitive season. Pre-registration will be required for these events at www.askfred.net. UYFL Cups and UHSFL Cups may be held jointly or separately. These cups will be held in an individual format and result in individual winners. There will be no charge for league members to enter these events; non-league members will pay $15.00 to the UYFL.

1)      UYFL Cups will include the Y8 Mixed, Y10 Mixed, Y12 Mixed, and Y12 Girls tournaments.  UHSFL Cups will include Y14 Mixed, Junior Mixed, and Junior Women tournaments. Where possible an �E and Under� competition will be included at High School only events.

2)      A fencer may fence in more than one age category, provided he/she qualifies based on the age restrictions (limit two events per cup).

3)      The seeding for these tournaments will be based on: first, total number of Utah State Points and second, USFA rating.

4)      These tournaments will follow an individual format (pools, direct elimination, etc.), which will result in individual finalists for each age category.  Any direct elimination bout in the Y12, Y10 and Y8 categories must be determined by two out of three five-touch bouts.

5)      At the completion of each tournament, individual points will be awarded to the top 16 competitors of each age category (see III.A.).  If a fencer has earned points in two separate events, his/her points will be calculated separately per event.

 

Each club will be required to provide volunteer personnel for the smooth running of each cup. These include referees, take-down personnel and a club contact. Please see the attached sheet at the end of this document for more specific information.

 

D. Girl Events

1)      Girls are allowed to enter the boy�s (mixed) events and are considered on the overall point standings.

2)      Girls point standings will be calculated separately. Group II girls points will be awarded based on a weighted point system.

3)      In the interest of time, girls will only be allowed to enter two events per cup.

4)      Girls do not have to fence in the girl events.

5)      Awards in the mixed events will be given to the top eight regardless of gender.

 

VI. Individual Utah State Point Standings

 

A. Individual Utah Cups Points

Awarded according to place. Points are only awarded to the top 16 finishers.  (See V. D5).

 

Place

Youth 8

Youth 10

Youth 12

Youth 14

Junior

1

25

50

100

200

400

2

23

45

92

184

368

3

21

42

85

170

340

4

21 (20)

42 (40)

85 (80)

170 (155)

340

5

19

38

75

140

280

6

18

37

74

139

278

7

17

36

73

138

276

8

16

35

72

137

274

9

15

32

57

107

214

10

13

31

56

106

213

11

12

30

55

105

212

12

10

29

54

104

211

13

8

28

53

103

203

14

6

27

52

102

202

15

4

26

51

101

201

16

2

25

50

100

200

 

 

B. Group I Points

Group I points are earned at Utah Cups and are given per age category.  A fencer may have Group I points in more than one age category.

 

C. Group II Points

Group II points are earned in a more competitive category (Y10, Y12, Y14 and Junior for Y8 fencers; Y12, Y14 and Junior for Y10 fencers; Y14 and Junior for Y12 fencers; Junior for Y14 fencers; Junior Mixed for Junior Women fencers; Y12 mixed, Y14, Junior Women and Junior Mixed for Y12 Girl fencers).  For the purpose of Y12 Girls utilizing Junior Women points as Group II points, those points will be weighted at 50% and awarded only through 12th place.  

 

VII. League Championships

 

A. Format

The format of the League Championships will be the same as the Utah Cups.  This includes seven separate age category tournaments, with rounds of pools to a direct elimination table (no repechage). 

 

B. Banquet

An official awards banquet will be held on the day of the Championships. This banquet will include a light meal and presentation. All league members will receive a t-shirt and additional awards as earned.

 

C. Awards

The following awards will be distributed per age group/team:

1)      Top Eight Medals � Awarded to the top eight finishers on the day of the championships.

2)      Top three Teams � Other than varsity, these awards are calculated on a strict win/loss basis during the regular season. In case of a tie a �fence-off� will be held at that League Championships.  For the Varsity age category the top two teams (based on win/loss) will hold a �fence-off� for the title of �League Champions� regardless of regular season results.

3)      Point Champion � Based on Group I and Group II points*

4)      Cup Champion � Based on Group I points only*

5)      Rookie of the Year � New fencer with the highest number of Group I points*

6)      Coaches Award � One per team awarded at the coaches discretion (may be MVP, Most Improved, Sportsmanship or anything else).

7)      Excellence Award � Awarded to any fencer within the league who attends six of the eight (or 75%) of League events during the season.

8)      Sword in the Stone � Awarded to graduating seniors who have shown exemplary leadership within the fencing league.

 

*All awards calculated by individual points will only include the best three results for each fencer. However, in order to be eligible the fencer must participate in the Championships or be present at the Awards Banquet (although points earned at the Championships do not necessarily have to be considered for the award).          


Utah Cup Tournament Staff

Job Descriptions and Assignments

 

Bout Committee Chair

  • Run tournament (Check-in, Pools, DE�s, Strip Assignments, Assign Referees)
  • Decide disputes (especially concerning application of rules; UYFL and USFA)
  • Post results to ASKFRED
  • Distribute meal vouchers to volunteers

 

Tournament Manager

  • Expedite tournament (make sure all strips are fencing, manage collection of results, make armourer aware of technical problems)
  • Collect league dues and cup entries
  • Serve as runner between bout committee and other official volunteers
  • Fill in personnel gaps whenever necessary
  • Turn in concession monies
  • Awards per tournament

 

Venue Liaison

  • Acquire venue, sign lease (where necessary), arrange payment of rent and insurance
  • Set-up and take-down (including assembling volunteers)
  • Transportation of tournament trailer
  • Install and/or bring PA system

 

Armourer Volunteer

  • Assist League Armourer with equipment check

 

Concessions Manager

  • Purchase items as per inventory list (turn in receipt for reimbursement)
  • Arrange lunch for volunteers (pizza, subs, etc.)
  • Manage concession sales people
  • Deliver concession funds to Tournament Manager

 

Additionally, each club will need to supply the following for each Cup:

 

Club Contact (preferably not coach)

  • Distribute information to club fencers
  • Contact absent/late fencers before scratch
  • Take and deliver pictures
  • Supply extra equipment where necessary

 

Volunteer Referees (at least one per ten fencers from club)

  • Referee pools and DE�s when assigned, when not fencing
  • Act impartially and fairly at all times

 

Take-Down Volunteers (at least one per ten fencers from club)

  • Assist with taking down rubber strips and electrical equipment

 



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