Elite Epee Veteran’s Open
Following the huge success of the Elite Epee Men’s & Women’s Events over the last few years, it was thought that we could expand to include a Veteran’s event to expand the range of Epeeists the Elite Epee set up caters for.
We plan to run Veteran events within ‘Big Weekends’ with Senior Series, Junior Series and Veteran Events taking place or as stand alone events in smaller venues.
The events are being supported by Allstar/Uhlmann UK, BladesBrand UK, OPS Epee Club and Redhill & Reigate Epee Club who will all be helping with the kitting out of the event.
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We will plan to use the Traditional Open format to allow a single wave of poules in a venue.
Please note – There is no plate competition at this event.
Closing Date/Late entries
The main closing date for all events will be 2 weeks prior to the event date (or may be earlier/pushed back in some cases). At this time byes etc will be set. Entries will be still be accepted up to the receipt of post the Saturday of the weekend before the event with an late entry fee (£11.00 on top of normal entry fee), subject to the total entry cap. No entries will generally be accepted in the week preceeding any event.
We have been able to secure the use of Millfield School Tennis Centre for our initial 2018 Event, and run within our bigger Elite Epee weekend to date, with Mens, Women’s, Juniors and Veteran events running over the weekend.
All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). 350N breeches (minimum) and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons will be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel and cards will be given for failures (and if spare weapons/bodywires are not with you by the piste). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case.
Initially, as this is an ‘Open’ Veterans event there will be just Medals for the overall podium winners. If entry numbers make it financially viable we will then buy trophies for return at future events for the winners of both Men’s and Women’s events and look at age-group prizes.
Special Rules for this event
‘Double spooling’ may be used in the first round of this event where possible if it is needed to speed up change-overs. As such fencers must be attached to the spare spool and ready to get on the piste immediately after the previous fight finishes. Referees will be asked to Yellow card repeat offenders who are delaying the poule. Poule fight orders will be posted at the end of the piste so there is no excuse for not being ready. This technique will save over 30 minutes on a poule of 7 and is required to give us all the later start time.
To compete as a veteran you must be 40 or older at the end of that year, as such someone born in December, can fence almost a full year whilst still 39.
There will only be a limited kit stand at the event (via the Armourer) for pre-ordered kit and emergencies (socks, bodywires, blades etc), this is due to the lack of sales usually made at single weapon Epee events and the additional cost/time that it would take to have a full stand. If you have specific items from the BladesBrand or Allstar/Uhlmann range, please contact Chris to confirm this is available at an event and then Graham at the Allstar shop on 01784 255522 to order so those items can be taken along (please give enough time for stock to be shipped in if out of stock).
Seeding for the event will be based on the Senior Epee Rankings available on the British Fencing website as of the Thursday prior to the event. Foreign fencers with world rankings in the top 150 of the world rankings will be seeded at closing date by comparing their world ranking to the British fencers and slotting in accordingly.
If the BVF do produce rankings for Veteran events we will look to use these if they are deemed more reliable than the Senior British Rankings.
We hope to be able to pay all referees and organisers approximately £50 to £60 for a full day helping to cover expenses etc in attending. Some specialist positions may receive a higher amount (first aid etc).
Withdrawals/Refunds – As we encourage fencers to enter our events as early as possible, we will offer fencers refunds of their entry fees if they do need to withdraw from the event. However to receive a refund the request to withdraw must occur at least 4 weeks prior to the event in question as otherwise staffing and other costs would have been planned with certain entry numbers and the event risks its financial viability. Refunds will be subject to a ₤5.00 administration fee.
We plan to run a refreshments stall with sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks at all events in the series.
Data retention, Publishing of Entry lists and Results online
By entering these competitions you agree for entry lists and results to be published on our facebook page, website and linked results page (British Fencing, Epee.me etc) and that data (including contact data) can be held by the event organisers to assist in future competition arrangements (including contacting you to inform you of future events).
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