Maureen Kerr

BYC Qualifiers

19/02/2017 @ 10:00 am
HunterHouse College
Upper Lisburn Rd
Belfast BT10 0LA
Click Here to Enter Online

Click Here to Enter Online


The BYC Qualifier Competition will take place on Sunday 19th of February at Hunterhouse College, Belfast. Check in will be 10.00am unless otherwise notified.

The British Youth Championship Finals 2017 will be held at the EIS Sheffield, Coleridge Road, S9 5DA on 29th April – 1st May 2017.

Categories for qualifiers are Boys and Girls, Age Groups U12, U14 U16 and U18 in Foil, Epee and Sabre.

Cost for the qualifier is £15 payable on line at time of entry.

Following the qualifier competition those selected to compete at the BYCs must then pay £22 immediately on the day for the competition in April/ May.

The top 4 eligible fencers in each weapon age group will qualify for entry to the BYC’s in Sheffield.  In the event that only 4 fencers enter the qualifier in a weapon age group the qualifier will not be held as all entries will automatically qualify. In this case if a qualifier competition is not required the remaining £22 BYC Entry Fee should be forwarded in a cheque to David Connery 9 Millreagh Dundonald BT16 1TJ. This should arrive by 19th February 2017. Receipt will be notified if you enclose a suitable email address.

If you have a bye to this year’s finals by making the L8 in the previous year, you must still register to enter the event. Fencers with byes who do not enter their Regions qualifier will not be eligible to take part in the BYCs.

If you do not wish to travel to the final championships in Sheffield, you MUST let us know on the day of the qualifiers, otherwise you will be required to pay the entry fee. If one of the top 4 fencers does not want to take up the qualifying place this can be offered to the next highest ranked fencer.

Entries for Qualifiers will close on Saturday 11th February at Midnight.

As not all age groups qualifiers may need to be carried out due to low entrance numbers, you will receive an email Sunday 12th after the entry closes to let you know if the qualifier will be run for your age group. If your Qualifier is set to run, the check-in for the event will be informed to you when you receive your selection notification.  This system is designed to account for the low entry rates for Epee, Sabre and some foil categories weapons and so there will be Foil Qualifiers on Sunday 19th February and Epee and Sabre if required


Years of birth for this season are:

U12 – Born 2005 or 2006

U14 – Born 2003 or 2004

U16 – Born 2001 or 2002

U18 – Born 1999 or 2000

Fencers may only enter the Regional event in the Region they have specified on their British Fencing Membership. Fencers may only fence in a qualifying event in one region in any season.

Fencers must be UK residents.

Entries will only be accepted via the regions.

The competitions are run under BF Rules, subject to changes outlined in these rules. For the Finals the formula is one round of pools without elimination, followed by Direct Elimination.

In the U12 & U14 Competitions, the maximum blade sizes are: Foil- size 3, Epée- size 2 and Sabre – size 2

In the U16 & U18 Foil Events size 5 blades will be used throughout, and lame bibs and mask wires will be required.

In the U16 & U18 Sabre events, 800N gloves will be necessary at the finals event as per BF rules – please see http://britishfencing.com/news/latest-news/?n=841 6) In the U10 Events the maximum blade size is size 0

In the U12 Events: BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 Page 3 of 4

In the DE Tableau, fights are to 10 hits in 3 bouts of 2 minutes, with a gap of 1 minute.

You must have a valid UK address to qualify for the finals being a place where you usually reside. You must be a member of British Fencing (NIF) and in good standing both at the time of the competition qualifiers and at the time of the actual competition.

A Parental Consent form will need to be filled in electronically prior to the finals event, and will be available on the BF website. This will also be sent to all qualifiers using the email address on a fencers membership profile nearer to the event.

It may be wise to make sure your profile is up to date

If you have any queries please contact david.connery@nifencing.com


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Maureen Kerr

Maureen Kerr