The Premier Junior Foil Series
The Premier Junior Foil Series is an exciting series of competitions evolved and conceived from the comments and requirements received from fencers and their supporters.
2014 EVENT DATES
1. Sunday 26th January Southampton Grand Prix
2. Saturday 15th March Bristol
3 Saturday 17th May Southampton
4. Saturday 13th September Bristol
5. Saturday 1st November Southampton Grand Prix
These dates are now all confirmed by the organiser
Rule Changes for 2014
1. The following age groups will apply for 2014
Under 9's Born 1st September 2004 and later
Under 11's Born 1st September 2002 and later
Under 14's Born 2000 and later
2 Late Entry Fee rises to £25 for 2014. Late entries (if arriving 48 hours after closing date) will now have to pay £25 per entry. This includes people who pay on the day of the event. (It has become very difficult to organise events in advance when the bulk of entries are arriving only 3-4 days before the event.)
3. Normal entry fee will rise to £18.00 per entry per event for 2014. This is the first rise in entry fees for 5 years
4. Under 9 fencers MUST use size 0 blades.
Aims and Objectives
This series will endeavour to offer the young fencer and supporters:
It is the intention that the successful young fencers will, from being introduced into a competitive, though friendly, environment, be able to raise their own performance levels. In turn, it is hoped that a stronger group of British fencers will emerge at the end of the Premier Junior Foil Series ready to take on the realities of qualifying for National teams and thereon to the International circuit.
Due to the fact that the series will only be having one round of pools followed by Direct Elimination it is envisaged that the competition will not be a long drawn out affair. With the additional help of computers to do the seeding, it should be possible to have an enjoyable day out without the customary gaps in between fights which young fencers and their supporters have had to endure for too long. No events are expected to finish later than 6.00 p.m. and probably earlier.
This series does not aim to rival or replace any other events.
There will be 6 competitions at each event falling into 3 age categories:
Dependant on the number of entries the format will be 1 round of pools with no child eliminated. All children will then enter a Direct Elimination Tableau. Children will be eliminated on losing their first Direct Elimination fight. Pools, in principle, will always consist of 5 or 6 fencers.
All events will be fully electric throughout. Blade sizes as follows
Under 9's Size 0 Blades
Under 11's and 14's Size 3 blades
Number of hits and time limits
The number of hits required to win a fight and the maximum times for fights are as follows:
Equipment and entry fees
All events will be fully electric throughout. Children should have full fencing kit.
The entry fee for each competition will be £ 18.00. The entry fees will go towards the costs of running the competition, prizes, end of series awards and referees' refreshments.
All events are supported by PBT-UK and Allstar- Uhlmann UK equipment companies
Regardless of the number of entries in a competition points will be awarded as follows: (at the 2 Grand Prix events the figure in the GP Points column will be awarded)
In the event of 2 or more fencers being placed equal in any one event they shall both be awarded the points for the highest place they hold, e.g. if 2 fencers are placed 12th= they will both score 24 points.(36 in a Grand Prix event)
The placings (and final placings for the year) will be decided on points scored in four out of five events (see below for allocation of Grand Prix points)
Fencers will be able to count 4 out of the 5 events. This can consist of 3 normal events and one Grand Prix.
Where a fencer enters both Grand Prix competitions the fencer will score Grand Prix points for their best Grand Prix event (1.5 times normal) and normal points for the other Grand Prix, which will then count towards the best of three normal events.
In the case of equality fencers will be separated by their highest placing in any one event with Grand Prix events counting more e.g. 1st in a Grand Prix will be considered better than a 1st in a non-Grand Prix event. In further cases of equality places will be decided by 2nd. best results and so on down to the 5th event. If 2 or more fencers are still equal they shall be deemed equal.
Rankings for each age group will be published openly and after each event. The rankings on this site will usually be updated within 5 days of the event.
Medals will be given at each event to all finalists dependant on the number of entries for each competition
Greater than 10 top 8
Between 6 and 10 top 4
Up to 5 top 2
The top 3 fencers in each category at the end of each year will receive engraved trophies to keep along with other prizes.
Parents, coaches and fencers
All parents and coaches are welcome at events and the organisers of each event will welcome comments to improve or further this series.
The views of fencers are also important and the organisers will welcome comments from fencers too.
One definite intention is that the Premier Series does not become too big or unmanageable.
A small group of interested parents may be set up to look at varying aspects of the series e.g. format, prizes, sponsorship, timing of events, looking at peoples comments, etc. (See below)
This is an area that has always been a bone of contention!
It is realised that British Fencing relies on volunteers and we hope that many will be involved in this series of events.
Requests about the quality of a referee may be put to event organisers.
Referees have good days and bad days. Some referees are occasionally out of their depth. This series will try to ensure that referees who are poor or out of sorts on a particular day are not used where possible.
It must be remembered that sometimes there is a shortage of referees and a certain number are needed to ensure that a competition will finish on time. To this end clubs entering fencers should bring as many referees as possible. Try and get some older fencers from your club to come. Club coaches should be willing to referee.
We will positively encourage young fencers to take on refereeing responsibilities.
Competitions will generally offer refreshments to referees.
In the first instance a referee of quality and repute would be used.
It should be remembered that the individual organiser of an event will have the ultimate choice over a referee.
PBT-UK and/or Allstar-Uhlmann UK equipment company will have a stand at most events for equipment purchases. Orders for equipment to be purchased can be done at any time from
PBT-UK. Contact Ian Briggs on 01276 855526
Web site www.pbt-uk.com
Allstar-Uhlmann UK. Contact Graham Forster on 0789 9893890.
Queries and information
Queries about individual competitions should be made direct to the organiser of that event. The names of the organisers can be found by following the links from the events page.
Queries and comments about the rankings should be made to Sid Burton via e-mail using firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry forms and travel directions can be downloaded from the website.
This page was last modified on 31 December 2013