RCFC In-House Tournaments

In March 2021, we will hold two tournaments to help our fencers get back into competition mode! Read on for details about the event formats and COVID protocols.

March 20-21: RCFC In-House Youth Tournament
March 27-28: RCFC In-House Junior/Senior Tournament

These events are open to members of Rain City Fencing Center only. We hope to open future events to other Western Washington Division fencers.

Registration

Please pre-register on AskFRED.Net to speed up the tournament setup process. We will bill entry fees to your account in our membership system, to avoid a long line at the front desk on the day of the event. Entry fee is $20 per event.

Event sizes will be limited to 24 competitors. If an event is full, you may email us and ask to be placed on a waiting list. If you pre-registered and will not be able to attend, please cancel your pre-registration as soon as possible to let others sign up.

March 20-21 Youth Tournament: Preregister on FRED
March 27-28 Junior/Senior Tournament: Preregister on FRED

Age Eligibility

Youth-10 – born 2010-2013
Youth-12 – born 2008-2011
Youth-14 – born 2006-2009
Senior – born 2007 or earlier
Continuing/Intermediate Kids – ages 11 and under
Continuing/Intermediate Junior – ages 11-18

Check-in

Please check in at the front desk when you arrive. We will do temperature checks of all competitors. As always, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive should stay home.

Equipment

All fencers should wear full fencing uniform, including fencing pants and long socks, and make sure their electric gear is in good working order. Continuing/Intermediate fencers may borrow pants and club electric gear. Foil fencers must have a mask with an electric bib, and a mask cord to connect the bib to the lame. Foil fencers who wear a chest protector (required for girls, optional for boys) must have approved padding on the chest protector. We have a limited number of padded chest protectors available to borrow.

Event Format

As mentioned above, each event will be limited to 24 competitors.

Format will be one round of pools with 100% promotion to direct elimination.

Pools of 5 and 6, rather than 6 and 7, will be used where possible. Pool bouts are to 5 touches or 3 minutes.

Direct elimination bouts are to 10 touches and two 3-minute periods (for Youth-10) or 15 touches and three 3-minute periods (for all other events).

Medals will be awarded to the top 4 finishers in each event.

COVID-19 Measures

All of our COVID-19 Safety Rules will be in place.

Only one parent or guardian should accompany youth and junior fencers to the tournament. Spectators should watch from upstairs.

Face masks (surgical or cloth) must be worn at all times by all fencers, spectators, and officials, including under the fencing mask. Face masks must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.

Fencers should wash or sanitize their hands frequently.

Drinking fountains are for filling water bottles only. Please bring a water bottle with you and keep it near your strip.

Locker rooms are closed, per state guidelines. Please come dressed in your fencing pants and long socks.

Referees will wear masks and disposable gloves at all times.

Pools and direct elimination tableau quadrants will be spread out through the facility. All fencers should remain near their pool/quadrant, and maintain social distance from other competitors while waiting for their next bout.

Medals will be handed to the finalists. Each medal ceremony will be socially distanced.

After the completion of your event, please leave the facility so we can sanitize all high-contact areas, the electric wires, machine remotes, etc. before the next event starts.

We will be following USA Fencing’s recommendations as well. In particular, athletes should refrain from shouting and/or screaming after scoring a touch. Referees will begin with a reminder warning to athletes who do so, but are authorized to assess penalty cards if it continues.

Spring Regional Tournaments Canceled

Hello RCFC tournament fans,

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Rain City Fencing Center will not be holding any regional tournaments in the spring of 2021. Our Spring RJCC and our Super Youth Circuit will be rescheduled to next season. While we understand that this is disappointing for everyone, we believe it is the right course at this time.

COVID-19 numbers in Washington State continue to improve, but we believe large tournaments are still too risky right now. Regional tournaments in particular involve competitors traveling from multiple counties and states, which are not recommended activities right now. We want to make sure all of the region’s fencers, parents, coaches, and officials stay safe.

At RCFC, we take pride in a well-planned and well-executed tournament. The current restrictions make it impossible to adequately plan for numbers of competitors and availability of officials. We want to make sure every tournament we run meets our high standards.

We will look at running small local events when USA Fencing’s Western Washington Division agrees to sanction them. Meanwhile, stay safe during training, and we look forward to seeing everyone at regional events next season!

Rain City Fencing Center
Tournament Organizers

Rain City SYC Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Rain City Super Youth Circuit. Read on for more information.

More info

March Tournaments Canceled

Per a directive from the USA Fencing national office, all local and regional tournaments through April 8th are cancelled. This includes the following events at RCFC:

  • D & Under Foil #2 – Mar. 19
  • RCFC Youth #5 – Mar. 28
  • Western Washington Foil/Epee Challenge #6 – Mar. 29

We will reschedule the March 29th event to June if the situation eases. We will update the status of April and May events as things develop.

Summer Nationals!

Welcome home and congratulations to all of our fencers who represented Rain City at Summer Nationals in Salt Lake City! We are so proud of the many strong showings we had over the week including bringing home two medals! Here are some of the highlights:

Davis Carvey – 2nd Vet 70 Men’s Foil
Sylvie Troxel – 5th Div II Women’s Foil
Jerry Chang – 10th Div I Men’s Foil, 13th Div I-A Men’s Foil
Louise Tang – 16th Div I Women’s Foil
Austin Li – 12th Div I-A Men’s Foil
Dan Berke – 9th Vet 40 Men’s Foil
Jeff Johnson – 13th Vet 50 Men’s Epee
Johannes Klein – 12th Vet 60 Men’s Foil

Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic season, and special congrats to our two medalists! Take some time to relax and then it’s back to the salle for next season!

Six medals at Richmond NAC!

SIX! Our fencers brought home a whopping six medals from the NAC in Richmond. Make sure you give a hearty pat on the back to:

Davis Carvey – 2nd place Vet-70 Men’s Foil (also earned D16!)
Jeff Johnson – 3rd place Vet Men’s Epee
Ana Brainard – 7th place Vet-50 Women’s Foil
Cyndi Glover – 8th place Vet Women’s Epee
Johannas Klein – 8th place Vet Men’s Foil
Catherine McLellan – 8th place Vet-50 Women’s Epee

Welcome home to our fencers and special congratulations to our SIX medalists!

Regional Junior/Cadet Circuit Deadline Approaching

Rain City will be hosting a Regional Junior/Cadet Circuit (RJCC) this December. The event is an important qualifying event for Junior Olympics and the July Challenge and they are shaping up to be potentially highly rated events. Participation is strongly encouraged.

There is a $30 registration fee plus $40 per event if you register on or before November 19th. The costs will double after that.

More info here:

https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=34881

Results from the Milwaukee NAC

Our fencers had a fantastic showing at the Milwaukee NAC coming home with medals and national points.

Lulu Tang and Dolly Lampson both cracked the top 32 in Cadet Women’s Foil. Unwilling to go home with just one strong result, Lulu also finished in the top 16 for Junior Women’s Foil!

Ivan, Wesley, Shaw also came home with a silver medal in Cadet Men’s Foil team!

Congrats to all of our fencers and welcome back. You do us proud.

Cadet Men’s Foil Team Wins Silver Medal at Milwaukee NAC!

Our Cadet Men’s Foil team had a strong showing in the Milwaukee NAC beating Naples Fencing 45-32 and going out in the final to San Francisco Fencing Club. Congratulations to Ivan Ponomarev, Shaw Phillips, and Wesley Wong for taking silver representing Rain City Fencing Center!