BYC Qualifier

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The BYC Qualifier Competition will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 at Hunterhouse College, Belfast.


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The British Youth Championship Finals 2018 will be held at the EIS Sheffield, Coleridge Road, S9 5DA on 5th – 7th May 2018.

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

As there is no Under 18 competition at the NIJFS for Foil, if there is a qualifying competition required it will take place at the NIJFS 4 competition as a separate competition in the same format as below.

Cost for the qualifier is £8 payable on line at time of entry, and qualifiers must then pay £24 immediately on the day of qualification if at the competition or if no qualifying is necessary within 1 week by cheque made payable to NIF and sent to

David Connery, 9 Millreagh , Dundonald, Belfast, BT16 1TJ.

For Entry to the competition in 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 or less enter the qualifier in a weapon age group, they will automatically qualify. 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 explained below. 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 will close at Midnight Thu 11th January 2018 in line with the NIJFS entry.

Foil qualifiers will be told of their qualification on the qualifying day.

This is a new system designed to account for the low entry rates for Epee and Sabre weapons. If an Epee or Sabre qualifier is required it will take place separately but alongside at the NIJFS 4 competition. Epee and Sabre qualifiers will be told by email or text on the day of the foil qualifiers whether they are automatically selected or whether they need a qualifying competition. The format will be identical to the foil qualifiers.

NIJFS 4 Saturday 3rd February 2018 in Queens Leisure Centre, Holywood

Foil qualification will be by results in the Junior Foil Series on Sunday 14th January 2018 at Hunterhouse. If you wish to be selected for the BYC at your age group you must separately enter the NIJFS competition 3 as foil entries for BYC normally exceed the 4 fencer quota we will use the ‘on the day results’ to determine the 4 ranking places (Please see appendix 1). This will help to minimize costs. This does mean that non BYC qualifiers will be involved in the competition alongside qualifiers but the results will determined by poules and DE it will have little effect on the final result if any.

Eligibility:

Years of birth for this season are:

U12 – Born 2006 or 2007

U14 – Born 2004 or 2005

U16 – Born 2002 or 2003

U18 – Born 2000 or 2001

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. 4) 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 7) In the U12 Events: BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 Page 3 of 4 a) 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

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.

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 (please see separate notes).

In the U16 & U18 Sabre events, 800N gloves will be necessary at the finals event as per BF rules – please see British Fencing.

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