2018-19 Season schedules due

Season schedules are due on Tuesday, August 1. Clubs wishing to request sanctioned events should follow the procedure here to submit their requests.

As of Aug 1, 2017, all USA Fencing sanctioned events must have at least one rated referee. As previously required, all tournament officials must be compliant with the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy, including maintaining a current background check and completing the free, online Safe Sport Training Course.

2018-19 executive committee slate

The following board has been nominated for the 2018-2019 season:

Chair: Rachel Fedde
Vice Chair: Jonathan Bartlett
Secretary: Patrick Durkan
Treasurer: Ellen Heasley

As always, any current member is welcome to attend a division meeting or share their input by e-mailing any of the board members.  Anyone wishing to contest the Nominating Committee’s slate by running for one of the positions should submit a petition by email in the required format to patrick@nyacsabre.com. Petitions must be received by July 31st, 2018.

The division welcomes additional volunteers and interested parties to our (infrequent) meetings throughout the season. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please email the chair at fedde@brooklynfencing.com

2018 National Championships Qualifiers

Metropolitan Division Nationals Qualifiers are scheduled for April.

Sunday, April 15: Epee – Brooklyn Fencing – info & registration >

Sunday, April 15: Foil – Brooklyn Fencing – info & registration >

Sunday, April 15: Saber – Manhattan Fencing – info & registration >


The Nationals and July Challenge will be held in St Louis, MO June 28 – July 7.

Further information on qualifying paths, venue, and more at USFencing.org >


Going to Qualifiers? READ THIS!

  1. You absolutely, positively, must be a Metropolitan division member in order to compete in these qualifying events. You should bring your USA Fencing card to the event with you (we will be verifying, on-site, against the latest national membership listing). If you are listed on USA Fencing’s national membership list as belonging to another division, we absolutely, positively, will not let you compete. Who you contacted, what they said, and/or what mistakes were made by you or USA Fencing do not matter. Your having missed your own division’s qualifying event, or failed to qualify through it, does not entitle you to attend the Metropolitan division’s qualifiers. If there is a legitimate issue, make sure the National Office fixes it beforehand or notifies the Metropolitan officers DIRECTLY.
  2. Foreign fencers are not allowed to fence as they may not compete at Nationals! Any fencer who is a citizen or permanent resident who has represented another country in the last three years is NOT eligible for any USA FENCING National Championship competition, individual or team, including corresponding Division qualifying competitions. A foreign fencer who is in the US on a visa is NOT eligible to fence in any National Championships or the Division qualifying competition. Otherwise, permanent residents are eligible; please bring your proof of residency along with your USA Fencing membership card. Your Membership card should say Metropolitan Division, not Egypt, Ukraine, France, or anywhere else!
  3. Every event requires registration by a specific date via AskFRED. To register, click “Register” next to the event you want to register for and you will be taken to the AskFRED registration system. After you register, confirm that your name appears under the correct events in the “Who is Pre-registered” list in AskFRED.
  4. You must show up for any events you register for, even if the number of registered competitors is less than the number of available qualifying spots. Fencers, even those that have registered, who do not appear in time for their events will be scratched and will not be submitted as a qualified competitor to the national office. The number of entered competitors, their placements in the event and/or the number of available qualifying spots will not be taken into consideration.
  5. BE THERE and BE ON TIME. If you have any problems registering, please immediately contact the host for that qualifier via the event page on Fred. As outlined by the National Office, attendance at an out of town school is not a valid excuse. We will be highly unsympathetic towards any excuses short of natural disaster, war and/or death (and for those at war, you technically belong to the National Division, so even that won’t work!).
  6. Ok, ok, but how do I know if I qualified? Visit the USA Fencing event page for the guidelines of qualification paths. Generally speaking the host of your qualifier should let you know, and we’ll post the qualifying fencers here within a week or so after the qualifiers are held; feel free to email the division to check your qualification status if it’s not posted within a week of the qualifying event. If you email right away, we may not have the answer! Sometimes there are membership issues or other questions to track down with the National Office that can affect the number of qualifiers, so please be patient.

2017-18 Season schedules due

Season schedules are due on Tuesday, August 1. Clubs wishing to request sanctioned events should follow the procedure here to submit their requests.

Beginning Aug 1, 2017, all USA Fencing sanctioned events must have at least one rated referee. As previously required, all tournament officials must be compliant with the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy, including maintaining a current background check and completing the free, online Safe Sport Training Course.

USA Fencing Celebrates Rio in New York: Sept. 17-18

Five members of Team USA will share their Olympic experiences with fencing fans and the community during two days of events on Saturday and Sunday.

Fencing Comes to Bryant Park
Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Next to the fountain on the west end of Bryant Park, on 6th Ave. between West 41st and West 42nd St.
One of New York’s most iconic locations, Bryant Park will be the home of fencing action for two hours as fencers from more than two dozen clubs participate in demonstrations and show their epee, foil and saber skills to the park’s crowds.

Olympic Autograph Signing
Noon – 1 p.m.
Three members of the U.S. Women’s Saber Team that won bronze in Rio will be signing autographs. Fans will have the chance to meet Olympians Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.), Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.) and Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.)

Additional events include receptions at Fencers Club and Manhattan Fencing
More info >

2016-17 season schedules due

Season schedules are due on Monday, August 1. Clubs wishing to request sanctioned events should follow the procedure here to submit their requests.

Beginning on Sept. 1, 2016, all USA Fencing sanctioned events must have at least one rated referee. All tournament officials must be compliant with the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy, including maintaining a current background check. In addition, all officials must complete the free, online Safe Sport Training Course by Jan. 1, 2017.

Junior Olympics Qualifiers 2015

Metropolitan Division JO Qualifiers are scheduled for Sunday, December 20.

Epee – NY Athletic Club – info & registration >

Foil – Brooklyn Fencing – info & registration >

Saber – Manhattan Fencing – info & registration >


Junior Olympics information page on USA Fencing >


Going to JO Qualifiers? READ THIS!

  1. You absolutely, positively, must be a Metropolitan division member in order to compete in these qualifying events. You should bring your USA Fencing card to the event with you (we will be verifying, on-site, against the latest national membership listing). If you are listed on USA Fencing’s national membership list as belonging to another division, we absolutely, positively, will not let you compete. Who you contacted, what they said, and/or what mistakes were made by you or USA Fencing do not matter. Your having missed your own division’s qualifying event, or failed to qualify through it, does not entitle you to attend the Metropolitan division’s qualifiers. If there is a legitimate issue, make sure the National Office fixes it beforehand or notifies the Metropolitan officers DIRECTLY.
  2. Foreign fencers are not allowed to fence as they may not compete at Nationals! Any fencer who is a citizen or permanent resident who has represented another country in the last three years is NOT eligible for any USA FENCING National Championship competition, individual or team, including corresponding Division qualifying competitions. A foreign fencer who is in the US on a visa is NOT eligible to fence in any National Championships or the Division qualifying competition. Otherwise, permanent residents are eligible; please bring your proof of residency along with your USA Fencing membership card. Your Membership card should say Metropolitan Division, not Egypt, Ukraine, France, or anywhere else!
  3. Every event requires registration by a specific date via AskFRED. To register, click “Register” next to the event you want to register for and you will be taken to the AskFRED registration system. After you register, confirm that your name appears under the correct events in the “Whose Pre-registered” list in AskFRED.
  4. You must show up for any events you register for, even if the number of registered competitors is less than the number of available qualifying spots. Fencers, even those that have registered, who do not appear in time for their events will be scratched and will not be submitted as a qualified competitor to the national office. The number of entered competitors, their placements in the event and/or the number of available qualifying spots will not be taken into consideration.
  5. BE THERE and BE ON TIME. If you have any problems registering, please immediately contact the club which is hosting that event. As outlined by the National Office, attendance at an out of town school is not a valid excuse. We will be highly unsympathetic towards any excuses short of natural disaster, war and/or death (and for those at war, you technically belong to the National Division, so even that won’t work!).
  6. Ok, ok, but how do I know if I qualified? Visit the USA Fencing JOs event page for the guidelines of qualification paths. Generally speaking the host of your qualifier should let you know, and we’ll post the qualifying fencers here within a week or so after the qualifiers are held, or feel free to email the division to check your qualification status.

2015-16 Executive Committee Slate

The following board has been nominated for the 2015-2016 season:

Chair: Rachel Fedde
Vice Chair: Jonathan Bartlett
Secretary: Patrick Durkan
Treasurer: Ellen Heasley

As always, any current member is welcome to attend a division meeting or share their input by e-mailing any of the board members.  Anyone wishing to contest the Nominating Committee’s slate by running for one of the positions should submit a petition by email in the required format to patrick@nyacsabre.com. Petitions must be received by July 31st, 2015.