Current Bay Cup News

EMFC is holding a USFA Fencing Referee Seminar and Written Exam
posted on Jan 3, 2007

Former Northern California Division Chair and Internationally acclaimed referee Tomek Amborski will be holding a Referee Seminar at the Elite Musketeer Fencer's Club.

Part 1 on January 12th, 2007 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and Part 2 on January 12th, 2007. During the first part of the seminar you will review the major rules and regulations, review all topics covered on the referee exam, listen to live examples. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from the expert.

Following that we will hold a Written Referee Exam at the Elite Musketeer Fencer's Club on January 26th, 2007 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. To obtain a rating of a particular weapon, a candidate must first attend a Referee Seminar (part 1 of Tomek's seminar or 2 out of 3 parts of the seminar ran by Peter Burchard, or any full seminar in the last 12 months), then pass the written General Section as well as specific weapon section.

Part 2 of the seminar, on January 26th, 2007 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm will cover practical approach to refereeing, from basic duties to usual and most unusual situations, and review your past experiences. Within one year of successful completion of the seminar and written portion of the exam, a candidate must also pass a practical examination, which you will be able to schedule with Tomek individually.

The USFA current rating scheme is based on a 10 level scale, with 1 being the highest. You can find more information about the USFA rating scheme and refereeing during the clinic.

2005-2006 Bay Cup missing medals
posted on Oct 26, 2006
If you competed in a Bay Cup event last season and did not receive a medal (when you earned one, of course) because the host club did not have the medals available, please contact Eric immediately with the name of the event that you earned but not received a medal. Medals that you lost, the dog ate or your younger brother took and slung over the gully don't count!

Will need to know all missing events by November 20 so that replacement medals will be delivered by December sometime.


Bay Cup Prizes for the 2005-2006 season
posted on Sep 18, 2006
A number of people have asked about the prizes. Yes, we will award prizes to the top-8 from last year in all event categories. The amounts may not be as high as the 2004-2005 season, but they'll be worthwhile.

At the moment, we're busy with some transaction issues and the start-up issues with this season. We hope to have prizes available before Christmas.

Merry Christmas!


Prizes have been purchased. Read here for more information on how they will be delivered!!! YAY!

Please read the associated comments to this thread to find out more about the prizes.

International Level Youth Foil Competition In Paris, France
posted on Nov 1, 2006
Foil boys and girls, if you want to prove to the world where the best youth foil fencers are, consider attending the Challenge C.E.P. - Paris (FRA) Foil Marathon, Saturday Feb 3, 2007.

There is a Under-15 (equal to our Y14: birth years 1992-1993 only) individual foil competition for boys and girls and there's a Under-13 (equal to our Y12: birth years 1994-1995) foil competition for boys and girls as well.

Be prepared for a LONG competition, as it will include TWO rounds of pools of 6 or 7 and repechage (double-direct elimination) from 64 for the boys and from 32 for the girls. (Let's just say that double direct from 32 may cause some fencers to age out by the time the final of 8 starts. For the boys, bring your shaving kit because repechage at 64 is a super long, long, long event.) On the other hand, they expect to be presenting awards by 8PM, so you would have time to check out the Paris nightlife.

FIE specific license is not required. Your national license (i.e., your USFA membership card) would suffice.

Frequently Asked Questions
posted on Oct 12, 2006

Section 1: Bay Cup Help

  1. What is the Bay Cup?
  2. Who can participate in the Bay Cup?
  3. What is the USFA
  4. How do I sign up for the Bay Cup?
  5. What do I need to participate in an event?
Section 2: Web Site Help
  1. How do I get a username & Password?
  2. How do I sign up for events?
  3. Do I have to sign up for events to participate?
  4. My name doesn't show up in the list when I sign up for an event.
  5. Can I sign up events for multiple fencers?

Birth Year ranges for age-restricted events
posted on Sep 14, 2006
How old can one be to compete in various age-restricted events? Here are the answers:
Event CategoryBirth Years (inclusive)
Y10 (Youth-10):1996-1999
Y12 (Youth-12):1994-1997
Y14 (Youth-14):1992-1995
Cadet (Und-17):1990-1993* (may be younger with Y14 Nat'l pts)
Junior (Und-20):1987-1993* (may be younger with cadet nat'l pts)
Senior events:any-1993* (may be younger with junior nat'l pts)
Veterans 40+:born before or in 1966
Veterans 50-59:9/2/1947 - 9/1/1957
Veterans 60+:born BEFORE 9/2/1947

Bay Cup need referees
posted on Sep 10, 2006
The Bay Cup strongly encourages all fencers who can or want or are interested in refereeing to offer their services. We are extremely thin in foil and saber referees. If you can do it, we want to see you doing it! Also, I need names of available referees from various clubs. In particular: TFC, SSC, CFA-MV, EMFC, Cardinal FC, AdSC, SFFC, EBFG, PFC, GPS, MFA, SFA, SacFC, NFC. Give me names of people who are willing to be called upon for refereeing at outside clubs. Email edew (at) thebaycup (dot) org.

posted on Aug 2, 2006
Here's a list of armory and other fencing related services offered.  Feel free to advertise your own in the discussion thread for this article.

Useful Links
posted on Aug 2, 2006
Lots of useful links to other websites; forms for running tournaments, governing bodies, commercial vendors and more. Add your own in the discussion thread below!