Illinois Division

The Illinois Division of USA Fencing has three missions:
*To promote the sport of fencing in Illinois
*To sanction official USA Fencing local competitions
*To assist member clubs in the Illinois Division

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Covid-19 Protocol for Fencing Center of Chicago ROC, VET & RJCC May 22-23 in Northbrook

With the CDC in the news recently relaxing its Covid-19 guidance, it's important to note that USA Fencing has thus far NOT changed any of the health and safety protocols that are in place for fencing events.

As a reminder, according to the tournament overview page on USA Fencing, here is what you can expect at the Fencing Center of Chicago ROC, VET & RJCC this weekend in Northbrook.

Dear Fencers!

Fencing Center of Chicago is glad to announce that we are hosting one of the first ROC & RJCC tournaments as part of USA Fencing's Return to Competition schedule on May 22 - 23, 2021.

Schedule of events is subject to change yet due to Covid-19, but we will to allow all fencers who wish to register to have the chance to participate.

If should the tournament need to be cancelled regarding Covid-19 any refund of fees is subject to USA Fencing.

Check-In: We will be open at 7:00 am. Valid USA Fencing membership card, birth certificate or passport are required for check in.

1.) The temperature will be checked at the entrance to the building. The check-in worker will wear a face covering mask, and gloves.

2.) Hand sanitizer and all disinfectants will be available on the check-in desk.

3.) Venue will be provided with Air Purifiers, sanitizing stations and all the necessary protection standards will be observed.

4.) All participants, referees and all tournament's staff must have face covering masks during the competition. There is no exception.

5.) After each day's competition all facility's surfaces and equipment which were used during the tournament will be cleaned and sanitized.

6.) Everyone must practice social distancing.

7.) No parents, coaches, or spectators are allowed in the designated fencing area. NO EXCEPTIONS. Only ONE coach is allowed to assist a fencer during DE bouts. Coaches will need to provide their Coach membership cards and stand in a special designated area. • Fencers 17 and under may be accompanied by ONE PERSON ONLY and for DE bouts only! • Fencers 18 and older can not bring an additional person. We will have the colored wristband will be given daily to designated adult, accompanying the minor inside the designated fencing area for DE's BOUTS ONLY! No sharing wristband allowed. • Violators will be escorted out of the venue immediately. There will be a strict limit of one additional person per athlete allowed in the venue - either a parent or coach, but not both.

Please be advised that there will be no changing rooms it means fencers have to come half-dressed in their fencing gear.

Free parking.

Please do not share equipment such as weapons, body cords, fencing masks, gloves or uniforms, with others.

No food will be allowed in the fencing designated area. • The food time will be available outside the venue on the parking lot only.

Top eight will receive their medals!

This tournament will have live results available at: http://www.fencingtimelive.com

Blue Gauntlet - will be the sponsor of the tournament.

Any Question regarding this ROC & RJCC email to: fcc@fencingcenterofchicago.com or ph.# 847 292 1146.

We still might have some updates and if there will be any changes we will send email to all participants prior to the tournament.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

2020 - 2021 Illinois Division Competition Calendar

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Illinois Division was unable to publish its Competition Calendar at the close of its annual meeting in August 2020 as it has in past seasons.

This is the calendar of tournaments sanctioned by the Division for the remainder of the 2020 - 2021 season. Also included are all National and Region 2 tournaments held by USA Fencing. This document will be updated as additional tournaments are sanctioned by the Illinois Division or as tournaments are added, canceled, or revised due to the changing Covid conditions.

Please consult askFRED.net or the Regional and National Events calendars at USAFencing.org for current details on each tournament.

USA Fencing Illinois Division Competition Calendar

Friday, March 26, 2021

2021 Junior Olympics Qualifier Tournament

The Illinois Division of USA Fencing has scheduled its annual Junior Olympics Qualifier Tournament for May 2, 2021 at Fencing Center of Chicago in Park Ridge.

Events contested are Junior Olympic Qualifiers for Cadet (U17) and Junior (U20) MS,MF, ME, WS, WF, and WE.

For more information please see https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=47823

In case you are wondering whether you need to fence in the Division Qualifier, here is the complete info from USA Fencing on how to qualify for Junior Olympics.

Junior Olympic Championships (Cadet - born 2004-2007)

· Fencers must meet age eligibility AND

· Be on the Cadet National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

· Earn at least 110 regional points on either the Cadet or Junior Regional Point Standings (Total points = an athlete’s top two point results) OR

· Be in the top 25 percent (round up) of their division’s Cadet JO qualifying competition for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season OR

· Be in the top 25 percent (round up) of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season. (Junior event must occur first) OR

· Rank in top 25 percent of the Cadet Regional Point Standings list during the current season OR

· For EPEE ONLY: the top 3 (on Modern Pentathlon Point Standings) USA Fencing Modern Pentathlon fencers will be eligible to compete in the JO epee events without qualifying by any other means. USA Modern Pentathlon fencers MUST be USA Fencing members


Junior Olympic Championships (Junior - born 2001-2007)

· Fencers must meet age eligibility AND

· Be on the Junior national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

· Earn at least 110 regional points on the Junior Regional Point Standing (Total points = an athlete’s top two point results) OR

· Be in the top 25 percent (round up) of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season OR

· Rank in top 25 percent of the Junior Regional Point Standings list during the current season OR

· For EPEE ONLY: the top 3 (on Modern Pentathlon Point Standings) USA Fencing Modern Pentathlon fencers will be eligible to compete in the JOI epee events without qualifying by any other means. USA Modern Pentathlon fencers MUST be USA Fencing members

2021 Summer Nationals Qualifier Tournament

The Illinois Division of USA Fencing has scheduled its annual Summer Nationals Qualifier Tournament for May 1, 2021 at Fencing Center of Chicago in Park Ridge.

This Division Qualifier is a combined event of Division II and III. All fencers born in 2007 or earlier rated C and Under may fence in the event. Qualification to Division II Summer Nationals will be awarded to the top 25% of the results. Within that qualification if the fencer is rated D and Under they will also qualify for Division III Summer Nationals. The top 25% of the remaining fencers and who are rated D and Under will qualify for Division III Summer Nationals.

For more information please see https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=47822


In case you are wondering whether you need to fence in the Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals...

Division II National Championships

· Fencers must meet eligibility and classification requirements as of the entry deadline AND

· Place in the top 25 percent of the current, or 2019-20 (if held), season’s division qualifying competition OR

· Be on the current or 2019-20 season’s Div IA ROC Regional Point Standings OR

· Be on the current or 2019-20 Div II ROC Regional Point Standings


Division III National Championships

· Fencers must meet eligibility and classification requirements as of the entry deadline AND

· Place in the top 25 percent (round up) of the total number of “D”, “E”, or “U” fencers competing in the current, or 2019-20 (if held), season division’s Division II Qualifying competition (when Division II and Division III qualifying competition held together) OR

· If separate Division III qualifying competition in the current, or 2019-20 (if held) season held by division, then top 25 percent of the field will qualify for Division III National Championships OR

· Be on the Division IA or Division II Regional Open Circuit point standings for 2019-20 or 2020-21, if classification eligible, at the regular fee entry deadline for these Championships OR

· Place in the top 40 percent at a Div II or Div III NAC of the 2019-20 season, if held

· Qualified for Division II National Championships in current or previous season, if classification eligible