Entry information

Entry Dates and Costs

Entry is online through BUCS Play. The entry fee is £17.50 per weapon and grade entered.

Entries will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 January.

Students without a British Fencing membership will be able to enter and compete in this event with a British Fencing Introductory membership, which is free and valid for 90 days.

Late entries may be permitted at the discretion of the Regional Competitions Coordinator and may be subject to additional charges.

Weapons and grades

All weapons (epee, foil and sabre) will be available to enter.

To encourage a fair and enjoyable competition, three grades are being offered in each weapon, bespoke to the BUCS Fencing Series. Please read below before making your entry;

  • Beginner - For fencers that are new to the sport and/or weapon e.g. started fencing in 2019.
  • Novice - For fencers that started fencing/their weapon less than two years ago e.g. January 2018.
  • Open – For any and all fencers.  

Competitors may choose to enter different weapons at different grades.

Formula

All competitions will start with poules, and all fencers will be promoted to the Direct Elimination stages of their grade/weapon.

Please note that the organisers reserve the right to change the formula to assist the smooth running of the competition and to improve the experience for the participants. This may include merging of grades or genders to facilitate a desirable competition experience.

Fencers who wish to enter more than one weapon are encouraged to do so, however may be asked to prioritise one weapon over another if necessary. Should a fencer be unable to compete in both weapons entered due to this, they will not be charged for the weapon they have conceded.

Referees

In order to run the competition, a number of entrants or volunteers from clubs entering will be asked to undertake some refereeing. This may be experienced members of the club or coaches, but can also be competitors themselves while in their poule fencing.

A number of experienced referees will be on-site to guide and shadow all poules, and ensure the competition runs smoothly. British Fencing may provide opportunities in conjunction with these events to upskill students on their knowledge of refereeing.

Equipment

Competitors must be properly equipped for their events and competitors clothing MUST conform to British Fencing rules and ‘’Guidelines on Safety in Fencing’’ sent to all British Fencing members. BUCS cannot be held responsible for accident, loss or damage to persons or property, however caused. Should the DT believe equipment is not appropriate to ensure the competitors safety, they may be prevented from fencing without any refund of entry fee.

Please ensure you have long socks and appropriate fencing shoes; also, please ensure you respect the venue by changing into your indoor fencing shoes before entering the salle to avoid tracking dirt/moisture onto the venue floor.

Competitors may be able to borrow or hire equipment - the availability of this will be updated in due course.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals within 7 days of the event will not be eligible to have their entry fee waived or refunded.

Check-in Closing Times

Check-in times are still to be confirmed.

Fencing commences approximately 30 minutes after check-in closes. All competitors must present a current photographic student ID and hold a current British Fencing membership when checking in. Those without a British Fencing membership are eligible for a free 90-day trial membership.