Thursday, June 22, 2017

Harrisburg Division Annual Meeting

Sunday, July 9th, 2017.  1pm  
West Shore YMCA, 410 Fallowfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Proposed agenda:
  • Call to Order: approval of 2016 minutes
  • First open comment period
  • Chairman's report: Treasury report; status of procedures manual; Armorer's report
  • Other business
  • Social media report
  • Upcoming competitions: KSG's; Tom Dann; other(s)
  • Call for nominations/proposed slate of officers and subsequent voting on the slate

If you would like to add an agenda item for discussion at the meeting, or if you have any questions, please email April as needed.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

FYI: USFA Collegiate Competitive Memberships

In sanctioned events, all fencers with a USFA "Collegiate Competitive Membership" must be on the current roster for their college, or NCAA team. The USFA must have record of this roster. The college, or NCAA team, must also be a USFA Member or Affiliate club.

To avoid delays in processing ratings changes, it is recommended that tournament organizers send a list of those with a Collegiate Competitive membership to Sarah at  before the event. She will compare the organizer's list to hers and notify the organizer of any discrepancies. The organizer must then contact the college team's administrator to request that a current roster be sent to Sarah. Currently, there is no database of college or NCAA team email information. The USFA website has a Clubs list, but only includes a phone number and physical address: 

The Division is considering creating a database of club administrators' names and emails that can be updated and used as a resource. More info will be posted about that in the future.

***6/22/17: UPDATE***
Per the USFA, all Collegiate Competitive Memberships will remain in pending status until it can be confirmed that they are on the roster for their college or NCAA team. Any Collegiate Competitive membership in a pending status is not eligible to compete in any USFA sanctioned tournament. 
If such an event should occur, and to preserve the sanctioning of any Harrisburg Division tournament, one may upgrade to Competitive Membership at the tournament. Any discrepancies, or "after the fact" refunds, will be handled by the fencer and the USFA, not the tournament organizers.

Friday, April 7, 2017

USFA Sanctioned Event Update

Per the USFA, 4/6/17:
USA Fencing Sanctioned Events to Require at Least One Rated Referee Beginning Aug. 1, 2017

In Chapter 2.1 of the Athlete Handbook, it states that beginning August 1, 2017 that all USA Fencing sanctioned events must have at least one rated referee. Also, as of January 1, 2017, all tournament officials must be compliant with the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy, including maintaining a current background check and completion of the free online Safe Sport training course.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 5 executive committee meeting minutes posted

The division's Executive Committee met on Sunday, March 5. We discussed arrangements for the 2017 Keystone State Games and nominations for 2017-18 division officers. The minutes have been posted on the Documents page.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Procedures Manual posted

The Harrisburg Division Procedures Manual is now available on this site's Documents Page. The manual supplements the bylaws and works in conjunction with them.

The division's Executive Committee developed the manual over the past several months and emailed it for comment to all division members in January. Several suggestions were received and have been incorporated in the final version.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Harrisburg Div. Summer Nationals Qualifier: Fri, March 24, 2017
This event has been cancelled, all preregistered fencers have qualified.

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 annual meeting minutes posted

The Harrisburg Division held its 2016 annual meeting on Sunday, July 17. The meeting minutes have been posted on the division's Documents page.
Among other actions, members at the meeting approved a proposal for professional fee reimbursement. It allows eligible division members to be reimbursed the $35 Safe Sport surcharge for their professional USFA memberships if they officiate or help to organize and run at least two tournaments a season.
Please see the proposal itself for full details.