2021 Fencing Tournament

We will no longer be allowing walk-ins the day of the tournament. Pre-registration deadline has been extended at regular entry fee to Friday 7/23. If you'd like to fence, please make sure you are pre-registered and paid, as only those who are pre-registered and paid will be allowed to fence. Again, no walk-ins will be accepted.

The 2021 Fencing Tournament will be hosted by Candlewood Fencing Center (Danbury, CT) and coordinated by Jeremy Goun. The tournament will be held on Sunday, August 1st, Please see the updated schedule below and on AskFred.net

  • Online Registration will be available through AskFred.net.

  • No registration fee.
  • $50 per event.
  • Events may be capped and spectators restricted as local governance and the public health landscape dictates.

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:
  • 8/1/21
    • 9am - Men's Foil Open
    • 9am - Women's Foil Open
    • 12pm - Men's Epee Open
    • 12pm - Women's Epee Open
    • 3pm - Men's Saber Open
    • 3pm - Women's Saber Open


All persons must wear cloth or medical masks at all times while in the building, including during fencing. Athletes who must remove their masks for eating or drinking must do so at a distance of 12 feet away from any other person. We are unable to accommodate those for whom wearing masks presents a medical complication or hardship. Persons unable to wear masks during their time at the tournament are urged not to come. There will be no exceptions. Non-adherence to mask policies will result in ejection.

All persons will submit to temperature checks on entry. Staff reserves right to send fencers or spectators home if they exhibit cold-like symptoms. There will be no entry with cold symptoms. All attendees will be assigned to their own, socially distanced sitting area. This area will be their home base and will be disinfected before their arrival and after their departure. Some disinfectants used are bleach based. Those with sensitive skin should be aware before attending. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. Non-adherence to social distancing rules will result in ejection.

All fencers must have their own equipment. We are unable to lend equipment of any kind for any reason. Please order any equipment you may need ahead of time.
Open and E & Under events will be sanctioned. Therefore, all equipment must conform to USFA regulations. In particular, we will be enforcing the mandated neoprene covering over the chest plate in foil. This only applies to those foil fencers who use chest plates.

Handshakes and athlete signatures will be suspended for this tournament. Referees will verify scores. Athletes will be provided time to check round results. Congregations points for seeding and strip assignments will also be suspended. Athletes will, instead, be called to strip. Traditional medal ceremonies will be suspended. Medal distribution will be determined as the event approaches.

Changes in local health policy and conditions may, of course, affect this tournament. Should the event be cancelled, all paid entrants will receive a full refund.

By attending this tournament, you agree that within 14 days of the date of the event, you have not tested positive for Covid-19, been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, or traveled to a known Covid-19 hotspot. Additionally, you release and hold harmless Candlewood Fencing Center and its staff from any and all liability regarding Covid-19 transmission. While state and local laws regarding Covid-19 transmission will be followed to the letter and every other imaginable precaution will be taken, there is an inherent transmission risk associated with being in public.

If you have any questions about health and safety practices, please feel free to contact the TO directly. Thank you.

**In the event that we do not have enough entries to run separate men's and women's events for a particular weapon event, we may mix the two into one event.

Candlewood Fencing Center (CFC)
272 White ST Danbury, CT, (use corner of White ST and Shalvoy�s Lane for GPS). CFC is conveniently located near interstate 84 in CT. Only a 1 1/3 hour train ride from NYC Penn Station (via Metro north train).

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, men�s and women�s 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.
For directions click the Directions link on the FRED tournament home page.

CONTACT: candlewoodfencing@gmail.com
CFC prides itself in providing our competitors with qualified referees, an experienced Bout Committee and a friendly staff.
Visit http://www.candlewoodfencing.com
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.

�Full USFA regulation uniform is required
�The fencer�s 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.


** 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 event�s 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

Click the Directions link on the FRED tournament home page.

There is plenty of parking at the venue. There is parking in front of Federal Car Care, in the Catholic War Veteran lot, in front of Cutler Glass and in the sand lot past Cutler glass and in front of Classic Auto body. Do not block the doors of these buildings. Please do not park behind CFC in the Counterworks lot, at the gas station or in the Extreme auto body area.

CFC is conveniently located 1 mile from the Danbury train station. Please call 203-778-0808 if you need to be picked up.

PARKING: There is parking in front of Federal Car Care, in the Catholic War Veteran lot, in front of Cutler Glass and in the sand lot past Cutler glass and in front of Classic Auto body. Do not block the doors of these buildings. Please DO NOT park behind CFC in the Counterworks lot, at the gas station or in the Extreme auto body area.
We accept Checks and cash for at door entries. Please bring exact change. No credit cards.

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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