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Junior Olympic Qualifiers (Durham, NC, This Weekend)

I’ve had a number of fencers that planning to participate in the Junior Olympic Qualifiers this weekend.

Some notes:

Pre-registration is closed, be prepared for the $60 registration fee at the door.

The event is in Durham, NC at Kestral Heights School
Address: 4700 S. Alston Ave. Durham NC 27713

Events are as follows:

Cadet Women’s Epee  Sun 10/30  reg close: 10:00AM
Cadet Women’s Foil  Sun 10/30  reg close: 3:00PM
Cadet Men’s Epee  Sun 10/30  reg close: 2:00PM
Cadet Men’s Foil  Sun 10/30  reg close: 9:00AM
Junior Women’s Epee  Sat 10/29  reg close: 11:00AM
Junior Women’s Foil  Sat 10/29  reg close: 4:00PM
Junior Men’s Epee  Sat 10/29  reg close: 1:00PM
Junior Men’s Foil  Sat 10/29  reg close: 9:00AM

These are the age groups:
Junior:  Must be born between 1997-2003
Cadet:  Must be born between 2000-2003

This is a SANCTIONED event.  Make sure you have a COMPETITIVE USFA MEMBERSHIP.  This is not the same as tne Non-Competitive Membership ($10).

To check if you have a competitive membership, you can visit http://www.usfencing.org/current-member-list and use the form at the bottom of the page to search for your name.  It will say on the right column wether you are competitive or non-competitive.

If you need to register for competitive USFA membership, do so before Saturday and Sunday.

Here is the equipment that is required.

FOIL FENCERS:
Foil mask WITH electric bib
Jacket
Plastron (half jacket that goes underneath our jacket)
Chest guard (women only)
Lame
Knickers
Socks (Should cover the remainder of your leg that is not covered by your knickers, socker socks work well)
Appropriate shoes (Fencing shoes of course, but any sneaker is fine.  It should not be sandals, crocs, etc.)
Glove
At least 2 working weapons
At least 2 working body cords
At least 2 working mask cords
(We can provide everything except socks)

EPEE FENCERS:
Fencing Mask
Jacket
Plastron (half jacket that goes underneath our jacket)
Chest guard (women only)
Knickers
Socks (Should cover the remainder of your leg that is not covered by your knickers, socker socks work well)
Appropriate shoes (Fencing shoes of course, but any sneaker is fine.  It should not be sandals, crocs, etc.)
Glove
At least 2 working weapons
At least 2 working body cords
(We can provide everything except socks)

NOTE:  If you plan on attending more sanctioned events, which we ENCOURAGE and APPLAUD!  We would also encourage that you look into purchasing your own equipment.  We can help you look into purchasing equipment if you need to.

NOTE:  I have not had the opportunity to test our equipment (weapon and body cords).  I will try to Friday night, but may not be able to test it all.  MEANING, it may be working, but it may not pass inspection.  If you borrowed equipment ask an armorer to help you test your equipment PRIOR to the tournament starting.

Lastly, please have fun, fence hard and well, and GOOD LUCK!    This is a great step for you as a fencer, a graduation of sorts.  Sanctioned events are a whole new level of tournaments and experience.  Treat every win and loss as a lesson.  Experience is gained in both.