Friday, November 17, 2017

2018 Junior Olympic Qualifiers

Harrisburg Div Junior Olympics Qualifiers have been posted on AskFred and on this website's Schedule page. The pre-registration closes on December 1st at midnight. Any event with less than 3 fencers pre-registered will not be fenced. The tournament is scheduled for December 9th at the York YMCA. The 2018 Junior Olympics Fencing Championships take place Feb. 16-19 in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The 23rd Annual Tom Dann Epee Extravaganza

The extravagantly named 23rd Annual Tom Dann Epee Extravaganza is set for Sept. 10, 2017. Registration is open at AskFred. In keeping with the tournament's tradition, replica weapons will be awarded to the top finishers.

The Tom Dann has moved this year to the West Shore Fencers Club, which Tom founded. The club was revived a few years ago by a student of Tom's, Steven Daggs, and now practices at the West Shore YMCA.

Hope to see you there!

The 2017 Keystone State Games

The Keystone State Games took place July 29-30 at the Utz Center in York. The fencing results are posted on AskFred.

Incidentally, we learned from the KSG organizers over the weekend that the games will be leaving York in 2018, possibly relocating to the Poconos area of Pennsylvania. That would place them outside the Harrisburg Division, which means we expect to relinquish our role in organizing the fencing events.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Annual meeting minutes posted

The Harrisburg Division held its annual meeting on Sunday, July 9, 2017. The division's slate of officers for the 2017-18 fencing year will be as follows:

  • Chairman: Dan Checkeye
  • Vice Chairman: Tim Stuhldreher
  • Secretary: Nikolys Hinton
  • Treasurer: Dick Kirchoff

The full meeting minutes are posted on this website's Documents page.

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. Per the USFA, tournament officials include referees, bout committee, armorers, and floor managers.

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.