The 2017 Public Schools' Fencing Championships will be held at the
Tuesday 14th March
Wednesday 15th March
Thursday 16th March
Entry pages will open on Monday 28th November 2016.
Following the agreement made at the meeting of Teacher’s i/c
It is a requirement for those schools with 5 - 9 entries on any one day to provide 1 referee at their own cost. Schools with 10 - 19 entries on any one day are required to provide 2 referees at their own cost.
There is an expectation that school referees will be competent at the weapons being fenced on the day they are provided.
Please fill in the names of your nominated referees in the “Referees” box at the top of the second page of the Entry Summary Sheet.
If a school fails to provide the required number of individuals whose sole function is to referee they are liable to have their entries capped to the appropriate level on that particular day. The referee must report to DT by the close of check-in of the first event in which the school is taking part that day.
The Organising Committee have agreed that further to the paragraph above, those schools who fail to provide their required number of referees in any one year will not be allowed to take part in the Championships the following year.
All competitors must be at a school represented on the Head Masters' Conference or the Girls' Schools' Association during the term in which the Championships are held. (A school that ceases to be so represented may continue to enter pupils as long as it competes each year).
All events will be fenced with electric weapons throughout.
Eligibility for team events is to be found on the trophy page.
All schools are required to register with us to confirm their eligibility.
The Teacher i/c Fencing should go to the registration page and complete all details required. After submitting the details you will receive a password that will allow access to the entry pages when they are open.
The entry fee for the 2017 Championships is £20.00 per fencer per event.
Refunds will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Signed entry summary sheets and a cheque for the full entry fees should be received by the Organising Committee Treasurer at the latest 24th February 2017.
Should full fees not be received a school’s total entry may be suspended.
As an aid to help you prepare your entry a sheet is available to print off. This will allow you to collate all the necessary information about your fencers to help you with the entry process when the entry pages open. The information required for each fencer is their name, gender, date of birth, weapon(s) to be fenced, emergency telephone number and whether accommodations will be required.
Could you please pay particular attention to obtaining the fencer's correct date of birth as this automatically puts the fencer in to their correct age group event when you enter their details on the entry page.
Accommodations at the Crystal Palace Hostel will be available throughout the days of the Championships but are limited in number. Reservations will be made on a first come basis once entry pages are open and accommodation summary sheets can be completed and printed off. If you are thinking of booking accommodations through us we would advise you to submit your request as early as possible.
Competitors staying in the hostel must be accompanied by a responsible adult approved by the school. Please see the Teacher’s Information pages for requirements regarding supervision of competitors whilst staying in the hostel.
Rates: Adults: £53.00 pp/pn. Fencers: £45.00 pp/pn.
The Championships will be held in accordance with the British Fencing rules with a mixture of Pools and Direct Elimination. The Organising Committee reserves the right to make such changes as it considers necessary for the smooth running of the competition.
The 2017 Championships will use the new FIE rule for sabre with an en-garde lines distance of 3m. separation. Scoring boxes for sabre have been updated to the 2016 timings.
The BF guidelines and regulations concerning safe clothing and equipment are brought to the attention of competitors and Teachers-in-Charge; they will be strictly enforced. In particular, masks must have back-straps and the wearing of breeches and long socks is compulsory in all events. Track suit bottoms are not allowed.
The following table explains the minimum kit and clothing strengths we require fencers to wear during the 2017 Championships.
*We require all Mount-Haes fencers to wear breeches and long socks as part of our entry requirement.
Any competitor whose equipment is deemed unsafe (in the view of the Committee, whose decision shall be final) will not be permitted to compete.
**From 2015 it is a requirement to use masks with lamé bibs in the Senior and Junior foil events. The foil bib is not required for the Mount-Haes events.
800N sabre gloves are a requirement in the Senior and Junior sabre events at the 2017 Championships.
As in previous years the PSFC are prepared to pay a daily per diem plus reasonable travel expenses to referees who are students in higher education. We will also arrange accommodation for those referees who are prepared to spend more than one day with us. However, this will only apply to those who register with us beforehand and receive confirmation from us that they are expected. Please use the contact page on the PSFC web site, giving your name, refereeing experience, the days you can referee, whether you require accommodation and the approximate value of your travel costs.
The Committee and organisers of the Championships attempt to ensure that they take place in a safe and secure way and can confirm to schools that they do have arrangements in place for first aid provision. However, schools are reminded that the safety and welfare of young fencers remains with them and the nominated responsible adult who is acting “in loco parentis”. Schools entering fencers are responsible for arranging the correct number of staff/supervisors in the appropriate male/female ratio to properly supervise their pupils attending the Championships.
Schools' Insurance Responsibilities
Schools must ensure their pupils are insured whilst competing in the Championships. The PSFC Committee provide Public Liability Insurance cover for the Championship’s organising team and those attending the event as required by the venue (view T&Cs here).
The Championships are not registered with British Fencing. British Fencing membership will provide insurance cover for fencers competing in the Championships. Schools must ensure that their own insurance policy covers any of their pupils who are not members of British Fencing for accident and injury whilst competing in the sport of Fencing at the Championships.
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