What does it mean to say that a tournament is sanctioned by the division?
A "sanctioned" tournament is one that the division recognizes as being in compliance
with all USFA rules and has been approved by the division to be on the division tournament calendar. If a tournament
fails to comply with the required rules, the division may withhold sanctioning and any new classifications that might have
been earned by the fencers will not be approved by USFA.
So what is required of the fencing clubs to have a sanctioned tournament?
All fencing clubs in the Plains Texas Division should be advised that they are
REQUIRED to confirm USFA membership of all competitors if they want the Division to sanction the results of a fencing tournament
that they host. You can do this in a number of ways:
1. Please check the USFA website first. If a fencer's name is listed
on that site as a competitive USFA member, then the fencer's USFA membership is confirmed.
2. The fencer can show a current card identifying himself as a competitive
member of the USFA.
3. The fencer can provide proof of competitive membership by an email
or letter or stamped receipt of membership from USFA.
4. The Division Secretary may confirm USFA membership.
5. The fencer can join USFA at the tournament by completing a USFA application
and paying the required fee. If a Division officer is present at the tournament, those membership applications and fees
should be given to the officer to be forwarded to USFA.
IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO HAVE A TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER FROM ANOTHER TOURNAMENT
CONFIRM USFA MEMBERSHIP AND IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO CONFIRM MEMBERSHIP BY CHECKING THE RESULTS OF A PRIOR TOURNAMENT LISTED
ON ASK FRED!
If you do not insure that all fencers are members of USFA at your tournament,
then you place the sanctioning of your tournament at risk.