2020 Fencing Tournament Cancelled

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the threat it poses to public health, we've made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ShopRite Nutmeg State Games scheduled to be hosted by the City of New Britain in June, July and August. The challenges and uncertainty that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has presented make it impossible for our organization to appropriately plan, organize and put on our numerous sporting events in a safe environment. Please click on the icon below to read our full statement and information regarding refunds.

The 2021 Fencing Tournament will be hosted by Candlewood Fencing Center (Danbury, CT) and coordinated by Jeremy Goun. The tournament will be held over two days, the dates will be announced at a later date.  Please see the updated schedule below and on AskFred.net

  • Online Registration will be available through AskFred.net.

  • Pre-Registration Deadline: TBA
  • Walk-ins subject to $30 late fee.

Sport Details

The Nutmeg State Games Administration will be taking Extra Safety Measures to keep our participants safe and help curb the spread of the Coronavirus. We are in the process of updating our safety guidelines and will have them posted online shortly. If you have any questions please contact us at: nutmeg@csmg.org

Schedule of Events:
  • Saturday
    • 2pm: Y10/Y12 Mixed Foil
    • 2pm: Y10/Y12 Mixed Saber
    • 4pm: Y8 Mixed Foil
  • Sunday
    • 9am - Men's Foil Open
    • 9am - Women's Foil Open
    • 10am - Mixed Saber Open
    • 12pm - Men's Epee Open
    • 12pm - Women's Epee Open
    • 2pm - Men's Foil E & Under
    • 2pm - Women's Foil E & Under
    • 4pm - Men's Epee E & Under
    • 4pm - Women's Epee E & Under
    • 4pm - Mixed Saber E & Under


  • Full USFA regulation uniform is required
  • The fencers name is NOT required to be displayed on their uniform for this event
  • All events are conducted with electric equipment. A preliminary inspection will be conducted at the beginning of each pool and DE to ensure the presence of the following equipment: underarm plastron, weapons, body cords and all appropriate weapons check control marks. Athletes are subject to prohibition from fencing if these conditions are not met.
  • Fencer must have at least two working weapons, two working body cords and two working head cords. Foil mask with conductive bib is required.
  • Events may be mixed if less than 6 fencers.
  • One round of pools with 100% promotion to Direct Elimination rounds.
  • No fence-off for third place; Medals awarded to 3rd place.
  • Fencers are responsible for ensuring accuracy of all posted information and must report errors to the bout committee immediately. Fencer signature on pool score sheets and DE bout slip implies accuracy.

CFC is a fully equipped state-of-the-art fencing center. This 6,000 sf, air conditioned venue offers 8 grounded official USFA fencing strips with center scoring boxes, mens and womens changing rooms, FREE Wireless Internet service, on-site fully equipped Fencing Pro Shop, live results streaming of tournament information. Overhead monitors also display live results and tournament information.

  • CONTACT: candlewoodfencing@gmail.com
  • CFC prides itself in providing our competitors with qualified referees, an experienced Bout Committee and a friendly staff.
  • CFC is a member of the CT Division of the USFA:

This event is sanctioned by the CT Division and ratings can be awarded. You can view the USFA ratings chart: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0034/6264/Classification_Chart.pdf

Urgent and important information will be communicated through the FRED e-mail system. It is the fencer's responsibility to verify that your FRED profile contains your correct e-mail address. (http://www.askfred.netthen go to "My FRED").
Registration and payment must be made through askFred.net. Registration is not complete until payment is made. If you are listed as an incomplete registrant on the askFred list, you will be charged the walk-in event fee. Payment at the door for walk-in registration must be made in cash or check only. (Please bring exact change)
USFA rules apply.
All fencers are REQUIRED to present the following documents at check-in:
A valid competitive USFA, other fencing federation, or FIE Membership card. Obtain/renew membership at:https://www.railstation.org/usfencing/Login.aspx?Redirect=Profile.aspx?returnurl=default.aspx.
New USFA memberships, new USFA card, or replacement USFA cards can be obtained via USFA. Print membership card https://www.railstation.org/usfencing/Login.aspx?Redirect=Profile.aspx?returnurl=default.aspx.
Athletes arriving without proof of USFA or other fencing federation membership must complete all appropriate forms and pay for USFA membership at the registration desk. You may join/renew at the door (parent signature required), however we request that you arrive with a completed form or plan to come early to complete required paperwork. The form can be found at http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/699332-forms.
Please have a separate check payable to "USA Fencing" or you can use your credit card, which is preferred.
Tournament fees must be paid at time of your registration (your entry is considered incomplete until your payment is made). Fees and deadlines are established by CFC. Credit card payments are taken on-line through askfred.net only.
Refund requests must be submitted to candlewoodfencing@gmail.com and will only be honored if received prior to midnight on 7 days prior to the start date of the tournament. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Any refunds will be net of surcharges from ask Fred (please include your mailing address).
Start times are subject to change - check askfred.net for updates. Fencing will commence shortly after the close of check-in. Fencers should arrive at least 1/2 hour prior to the close of check-in time. This should provide you with ample time to properly warm-up.
** Liability waiver - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of the USFA and other applicable rules instituted by CFC and the Connecticut Division. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release the USFA and its sponsors, CFC and the Connecticut Division, and referees from any liability. With entry you give consent to CFC to obtain medical care from any licensed physician, hospital or clinic for any injury or illness that may arise during activities associated with this tournament. Photography, filming, recording, or any other form of media of the athlete during the tournament can be used by CFC and the USFA. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee.
CFC is a member of the CT Division of the USFA
Seeding is based on the Current National Youth Ranking according to age group and weapon, then your letter ranking with year classification, then fencers with neither points nor classification are seeded on a random basis after the fencers who are seeded by the previous criteria.
CFC will ONLY use ratings and points standings that have been forwarded to and accepted by USA Fencing in advance of the tournament and then downloaded by us from USA Fencing. This information will be downloaded on three days before the event. Check your current points at:http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/695476-current-point-standings.
Check USA rating at http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/698125-current-membership-listing. Fencers should verify their ratings and point standing prior to the event. Any discrepancies must be resolved with the USFA. Only an official e-mail response from USFA will override the ratings/points published on the USFA website.
Each events tentative seeding will be posted at the venue and on-line prior to the close of check-in. Final seeding will be posted after close of check-in. It is the fencer's responsibility to notify the Bout Committee of any discrepancies in posted seeding information before pool assignments are posted. Any mistakes in posted information throughout the tournament must be reported to the BC immediately (within 3 minutes of posting). This includes club affiliation, division, classification, date of birth, gender, spelling of name, etc.
Errors in posted pool results must be reported to the BC immediately (within 5 minutes). Once DE round starts and tableau is posted, the pool results are final and no adjustments will be made.
Check all scores before leaving the strip. Fencer signature on pool sheet and DE slip implies accuracy.
Classifications (ratings) can be awarded, however youth events must exceed criteria in Group C1 or higher to award changes in classifications. Please refer to the USFA Classification Chart at:http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Fencing/Events/About-Tournaments/Classification-Chart.aspx
Classifications are not finalized until the complete results and membership forms are received by the National Office.
Photography and filming is permitted, however NO flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions.
Withdrawal during pools: If a fencer withdraws, or is excluded, is scratched from the pool, and his results are annulled as if he had not taken part in the competition.
Withdrawal during DE: When for whatever reason a fencer cannot fence or cannot complete his bout, his opponent is declared winner of that bout. Note that per USA Fencing rules, fencers who are not present for their bout after having started a competition (for reasons other than a verified medical withdrawal) will be excluded from the competition, and national points and/or classifications that might have been earned for that competition will not be awarded. Further disciplinary action can be taken by USA Fencing.
USA Fencing rules apply. http://www.usfencing.org/page/show/695208-rulebook
Fencers who are not present for their bout after having started a competition (for reasons other than a verified medical withdrawal) will be excluded from the competition, and national points and/or classifications that might have been earned for that competition will not be awarded. Further disciplinary action can be taken by USA Fencing.
All events will be one round of pools comprised of the standard 5-touch bout in 3 minutes, with 100% promotion to direct eliminations. Pools of 6 or 7 will be used whenever possible. 100% of the fencers will be promoted to a DE tableau. Direct Elimination Tableau shall be established according to the results of the preliminary pool round. Events with fewer than 11 participants may be two rounds of pools to direct eliminations. There will be no fence off for third place.
Events will be mixed if there are less than 6 competitors of either gender.
Events that are posted as mixed may be gender-separated if at least 6 fencers of either gender enter the event.
We realize that there are many new fencers and parents in these events. We would like to recommend that you review the following guides prior to this tournament. We believe that they will provide assistance in understanding some likely fencing terms and give you a general understanding as to what to expect at a tournament. Guides are a courtesy of fencing.net and the USFA.
Beginner's Tournament Guide (courtesy of fencing.net) http://www.fencing.net/forums/thread44882.html
Parents Guide to Fencing (courtesy of Fencing.net) http://www.fencing.net/forums/thread38526.html
USA Fencing ParentGuidebookhttp://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0034/6319/USA_Fencing_Parent_Guidebook.pdf

The Nutmeg State Games administration works closely with all Connecticut media outlets regarding any interesting stories about athletes and teams that will be participating in the "Games". If you have an interesting story to tell, we are all ears!

Human interests stories typically address situations "off-the-court". Do you volunteer in the community? Are you great at something other than the sport you are playing? Are you following in the steps of a a sibling or parent? Of course, if you are doing something great on the court please provide us with all the details.

If you, your team or someone you know fits any of these questions, please pass along this information or feel free to contact our office, and we would be happy to coordinate coverage on their behalf. - Please send all info to info@nutmegstategames.org.

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