Please read these notes thoroughly, check your entries and inform your pupils of the details

The Public Schools' Fencing Championships will be held at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, Ledrington Road, London, SE19 2BB, from 12th to 14th March, 2019.

Click on event for entry list and check-in time:

Tuesday 12th March

Boys’ Senior Foil, Junior Epée & Mount-Haes Epée,

 

Girls’ Senior Foil, Junior Foil & Mount-Haes Foil

Wednesday 13th March

Boys’ Senior Epée, Junior Foil & Mount-Haes Foil,

 

Girls’ Senior Epée, Junior Epée & Mount-Haes Epée

Thursday 14th March

Boys’ Senior Sabre, Junior Sabre & Mount-Haes Sabre,

 

Girls’ Senior Sabre, Junior Sabre & Mount-Haes Sabre

1211 entries have been received from 96 schools.  PLEASE ENSURE that the fencers from your school are correctly entered.  Please email the organisers via the website contact page at once if there are any errors or omissions (but note that no further entries can now be accepted).

Reporting

The reporting times for the various events have been staggered to assist with the running of the competitions.  Please check individual entry sheets for details of latest check-in times.  Fencers must report before the quoted time or they will be excluded from their competition.  Please, therefore, make due allowance for travelling to the venue during the morning rush hour.  If there should be an unexpected delay, competitors may ring 020 8778 0131 to say they are on their way but may be late and stating their name(s), school and event(s).  A place will be kept for such a fencer for as long as is feasible consistent with the interests of the other fencers, after which she/he will be excluded from the event.  This rule will be strictly enforced to ensure smooth running of the event and fairness to other competitors.

Accommodation & Refreshments

It has not been possible to satisfy all requests for accommodation at the Crystal Palace Hostel this year.  However the schools concerned have been notified.  Anyone needing further information should contact Mr Nick Chapman via the PSFC website contact page but no later than 10th March.  For those who have been booked into the Hostel, each night's booking starts with dinner on the day of arrival (between 7.00pm and 8.00pm) and includes a full breakfast and a packed lunch the following day.  Anyone en route on Monday evening and anticipating arriving late should telephone 020 8778 0131 giving as much notice as possible.

Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Sports Centre during the day.  Schools should be aware that Crystal Palace has no free water fountains and should make appropriate provision for their fencers.

Referees

Schools are reminded that they are required to provide, at their own expense, individuals whose sole function is to referee on each and every day that they have the appropriate number of fencers.  For 5 – 9 entries 1 referee is required; for 10 – 19 entries 2 referees are required; for 20 or more fencers 3 referees are required.  If a school fails to provide the required number of individuals they are liable to have their entries capped to the appropriate level on that particular day.  The referee(s) must report to the DT by the close of check-in of the first event of the day in which their school has entries.

The committee would also welcome Old Boys and Girls who might be available to referee even on just one day but agreement from the organisers must be sought beforehand.  For students attending solely to referee we are willing to pay up to £70 per full day and reasonable travel costs for attending the competition.  They will also be provided with refreshments.  For those able to referee for more than one day accommodations may be provided

Please contact Rodney Francis via the website contact page in the first instance.

Schools' Responsibilities & Behaviour

The Committee and organisers of the Championships attempt to ensure that they take place in a safe and secure way and can confirm to schools that they do have arrangements in place for first aid.  However schools are reminded that responsibility for the safety and welfare of their fencers remains with them and the nominated responsible adult who is acting “in loco parentis” who must be present whilst their fencers are on site.

It has been agreed that should any fencer receive a black card during the Championships then they will be excluded from any further participation in the remainder of the Championships regardless of when the black card is received.

In addition the Committee and organisers believe that it is the responsibility of all adults attending the Championships to set an example of good and sporting behaviour.

Equipment

All clothing and equipment will be inspected during the competition - fencers with non-regulation items, or items which the committee believes to be unsafe, will not be allowed to compete.  The attention of fencers and their teachers-in-charge is drawn to Article 16 of the BF Rules for Competitions: fencers arm, equip, clothe themselves and fence at their own risk.  The following table explains the minimum kit and clothing strengths we require fencers to wear during the Championships.

 

Senior Events

Junior Events

Mount-Haes Events

Masks

350N (CEN 1)

350N (CEN 1)

350N (CEN 1)

Jackets

350N (CEN 1)

350N (CEN 1)

350N (CEN 1)

Plastrons

800N (CEN 2)

800N (CEN 2)

350N (CEN 1)

Sabre gloves

800N (CEN 2)

800N (CEN 2)

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Chest protectors

Girls

Girls

Girls

Breeches

350N (CEN 1)

350N (CEN 1)

yes

Long socks

yes

yes

yes

In addition please note:

GLOVES

should not be holed and must overlap the sleeve of the jacket all the time.

MASKS

should fit the fencer correctly and not be weak or deformed or show signs of rust; they must have back-straps and they may be tested for suitability; the bib must cover the neck adequately during all fencing actions.  The foil target (lamé bib) is to be used in both Senior and Junior events.

Transparent masks may NOT be used at the Championships.

SHOES

should provide sufficient grip.

LAME

must be large enough to cover fully the valid target.

SABRE

overlays are not required; however the sleeves of sabre jackets must reach the wrist.

Please note that 800N sabre gloves will be required for Senior and Junior age groups.

All events will be fenced with electric weapons throughout.  The following blade sizes will apply to the Mount-Haes age group events: Foil - 3; Epée & Sabre - 2.  Weapons and body-wires should be brought in working order and may be tested on the piste.

Leon Paul will have a stand at the Sports Centre.  This year their sponsorship includes over £1,500 worth of prize vouchers, the provision of all the equipment for all 26 pistes and the provision of 16 conductive pistes.  If you know in advance of any specific items you intend to buy at the PSFC, they suggest that you order them (as soon as possible, please) by phone, fax or email (Tel: 020 7388 8132; Fax: 020 7388 8134; email: sales@leonpaul.com) or via their online ordering.

Rules

BF Rules will be applied as far as possible but the Committee reserves the right to vary these and make any alterations to the details given here if found necessary for the safe and smooth running of the competition.

Competitions and Points

There will be two rounds of pools followed by direct elimination.  After the first round as near as possible to 20% of competitors will be eliminated so that the second round pools are even.  After the second round approximately 25% of those fencing will be eliminated.  The net effect will be that 60% of the original starters are promoted to the DE.  Points will be awarded as described below.  Exactly the same points will be awarded towards the champion-at-arms trophies as those gained towards the school team competitions.

Points scoring

The further a fencer gets in a competition the more points they will score for themselves and their school.  There will generally be more points available in an event with a large entry than in an event with a small entry as the larger competition will have more rounds.

Fencers can only win the Champion-at-Arms trophy for their age group if they score at least 1 point in each of the three weapon events.

Scoring points in an event:

Those eliminated in the first round of pools will score nothing.

Those who are eliminated in the second round of pools will score 1 point.

Those who lose in their first round of DE will score 2 points.

Each further DE round to the L32 gains 1 additional point for the fencer.

Achieving a L16 gains an additional 2 points.

Achieving a L8 brings between a further 2 to 5 points as we separate 5th to 8th place.

Equal 3rd place gains a further 2 points, 2 more for 2nd place and 2 more points to the winner.

As an example: in an event with a DE starting at L64 those knocked out in this round will get 2 points, those losing in the L32, 3 points and those losing in the L16 will get 5 points.  Thereafter the points are: 8th – 7 pts; 7th – 8 pts; 6th – 9 pts; 5th – 10 pts; 3rd – 12 pts each; 2nd – 14 pts; 1st – 16 pts.

These points go towards a fencer's individual champion-at-arms' scores as well as contributing to their school's overall total of points.

The table below shows the point scores based on size of event and the current agreed level of cuts after 1st and 2nd round of pools.

 

Number of competitors in the event:

200-108

107-55

54-28

27-15

14-10

Points scored by the fencer achieving:

 

 

 

 

 

Pools: 1st round

0

0

0

0

0

Pools: 2nd round

1

1

1

1

1

L128

2

 

 

 

 

L64

3

2

 

 

 

L32

4

3

2

 

 

L16

6

5

4

2

 

8th place

8

7

6

4

3

7th place

9

8

7

5

4

6th place

10

9

8

6

5

5th place

11

10

9

7

6

3rd equal place

13

12

11

9

8

2nd place

15

14

13

11

10

1st place

17

16

15

13

12

Trophies

Team trophies will be awarded as in the 2018 Championships and the last 8 in each event will receive plaques.  The winners of each individual weapon event will also receive a prize from Leon Paul.  Current holders of trophies, or Teachers-in-Charge if the fencer concerned has left school or a team trophy is held, are reminded that they should be returned cleaned and engraved by 8.30am on the first morning of the Championships at the latest.  Under its rules Brentwood, Millfield and Whitgift are not eligible to compete for the Pearson Cup this year.

The Committee wishes to remind Teachers-in-Charge about the procedure with regard to the responsibility for trophies once they have been presented because many of them have significant monetary value and, in some cases, considerable historic value as well.  Consequently, a form will need to be signed by the individual winners and countersigned by a school representative or, in the case of team trophies, just signed by the school representative.  You may wish to make enquiries before coming to the Championships that appropriate insurance is in place to cover the safe keeping of each trophy should your school be fortunate enough to win any.

Timetables

Every effort will be made, assuming the complete co-operation of fencers, teachers i/c, coaches, etc. to finish fencing as early as possible each day.  However all those concerned should note that the finish of fencing in some events may be in the region of 7:00pm.

Lost Property

Schools are reminded that the Committee cannot accept responsibility for returning items of fencing kit or personal property lost or left behind at the Sports Centre.  Everyone concerned should make every effort to make enquiries before they leave the Sports Centre.  All items left behind will be handed to Reception at the Sports Centre to whom all subsequent enquiries should be addressed.

Results

Live results for the Championships will be available at http://www.engarde-service.com/files/psfc/2019.  Complete final results for each individual competition and the team and champion-at-arms results will be published on the following web site as soon as possible after the Championships: http://francisfencing.org.uk/psfc.  This can also be accessed via the PSFC website.