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Elite Epee Veteran's Open events

Outline of the New Elite Epee Veteran's Opens

2018 Event - Millfield School, Somerset
Saturday 5th January 2018- Veteran Men's Event
Sunday 6th January 2018 - Veteran Women's Event

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.

For 2018 we are going to run a single Veteran's event to see if there is the appitite for such events, with the thought of expanding the number of events in the future.

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.

Entry Forms 2018 event - Men's Enduring Entry Form Mens 2018 - Veterans.docWomen's Enduring Entry Form Womens 2018 - Veterans.doc

Format

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.

Venue

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.

Equipment regulations

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.

Prizes

Initially, as this is an 'Open' Veterans event there will be just Medals for the overal 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.

Equipment Stand

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

Seeding for the event will be baed 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.

Finance

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.

Refreshments

We plan to run a refreshments stall with sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks at all events in the series.

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the event, please email me at eliteepeeevents@hotmail.co.uk.

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