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Deadline for Sanctioning 2014-2015 Tournaments
Hello Oregon Division clubs! The deadline to submit tournaments for initial sanctioning for the 2014-2015 fencing season is rapidly approaching! That deadline is July 31st. Do you know if your clubs intend to request sanctioning for any tournaments? The Division Board would like to include them in our August meeting to finalize the calendar. If your clubs do have tournaments to be considered for sanctioning, please email the Division Board at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it by July 31st the following information:

1. Requested date(s) of the tournament(s)

2. An alternate date(s) for the tournament(s)

3. Name of tournament(s)

4. Type of tournament (i.e., Youth, Senior, D and Under Foil, etc.)

5. Type of weapons (i.e., saber only, foil and epee, etc.)

6. Location of the event

7. Name of Tournament Director and/or primary contact person and means of contact (email preferred.)

8. If submitting more than one tournament, please identify which tournament is your most important event so that we may prioritize it when creating a schedule

9. One additional item: last year, the USFA made last minutes changes, with the adoption of the SafeSport policy approved in July 2013. At this point, we don't know of any other changes they may have planned for the 2014-2015 season. Of course, if any changes are made, we will notify you as soon as we know them.

10. That being said, please refer to the following document HERE, which lists changes to the rulebook made in April 2014, which may or may not affect your tournaments.

Additionally: Every year the Division board gains new club board reps (these can be the same board as the previous year.) Currently High Desert, Salem Fencing Club, and the Oregon Fencibles (among other clubs) do not have representatives on the board (some of our board members are members of SFC but these individuals represent the division as a whole though their service as officers). Make sure your club is represented on the board (EFC, NWFC, OFA, PDX Fencing, Northpointe Fencing, and SOFC currently have reps.) Please email the board the name of your rep and their contact information, if you currently don’t have a rep. Thank you!

 
State Games of Oregon, June 13-15, 2014
Oregon residents are invited to compete in the 29th annual State Games. Events are mixed. Fencers must register with the State Games of Oregon. Eligibility and registration information available at http://www.stategamesoforegon.org. Registration on-line opens May 12, 2014. Day of competition registration permitted on a space available basis. Simultaneous events will not be allowed. Only two events per day will be permitted, time permitting. Participants are urged to also pre-register on Ask-Fred.net.

Events Scheduled:

Y10 Mixed Foil
Y10 Mixed Saber
Y12 Mixed Foil
Y12 Mixed Saber
Cadet Mixed Epee
Cadet Mixed Foil
Cadet Mixed Saber
Senior Mixed Epee
Senior Mixed Foil
Senior Mixed Saber
Vet 40 Mixed Epee
Vet 40 Mixed Foil
Vet 40 Mixed Saber

The Oregon Division will be hosting its annual meeting beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014. All are welcome to attend.
 
Referee Seminar with Justin Meehan, May 24

Coach Justin Meehan, a Certified Referee Instructor, will conduct the seminar on Saturday, May 24. Then a tournament to allow the attendees to practice and be observed will be held on Sunday, May 25.

Northpointe Fencing is sponsoring a referee Clinic for all 3 weapons. Saturday will be an 8 Hour referee clinic with Justin Meehan. The following day will be a referee observation day. The Seminar and observation day are a prerequisite for written exam required for referee ratings.

Class Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Location: Northpointe Fencing
6707 NE 117th St.
Vancouver, WA

The clinic will be held Saturday, May 24, starting at 9:00am and is expected to continue until approximately 5:00pm. The observation day will be held on Sunday, May 25.

The normal price for this clinic is $60 per person. However, the Oregon Division will be offering this clinic at a subsidized rate of $35/person for the first twenty (20) OR-DIV members who sign up. Attendees from outside the Oregon Division are welcome to attend, but are not eligible for this discount and will be charged the full $60 rate. Please bring cash or check for payment, as well as a sack lunch.

The written test is now offered online at https://fencingofficials.org/test/

Please make sure that you have adequately prepared by going through the Study Guide at  http://fencingofficials.org/documents/Study_Guide_6-27-2012.pdf

Attending an official FOC-sanctioned clinic is a prerequisite for attempting the written exam. Once a passing score (90%) has been achieved on the written exam (both the general section and one or more weapon-specific sections) a referee receives a rating of "P" in each weapon passed. Further ratings improvements (1-10) can be obtained at a later date by being evaluated in a practical setting at tournaments.

The lecture and question and answer format on Saturday May 24 will provide a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee. It is not a study group for test preparation. It is expected that participants will have read the study guide and come prepared with a willingness to learn how to be a better referee and fencer.

Who should attend:
• Aspiring referees - who want to learn how right of way and rules are being applied at a national and international level
• Athletes - who want to improve their games and get a more complete understanding of their sport
• Coaches - who want to maintain their grasp of current interpretations and rules updates
• Parents - who want a better understanding of tournament format and the basics of sport fencing for their children
• Current referees - who need to fulfill their yearly requirement for seminar attendance or further their personal development

 
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