Fencing is a competitive sport involving swords. Fencing has been one of the events in every modern Olympic games, and is a recognized NCAA sport. USA Fencing (formerly the United States Fencing Association) is the governing body in the US for Olympic fencing, recognized by the International Fencing Federation and the US Olympic Committee. The Colorado Division represents USA Fencing in the state of Colorado. This web site provides a variety of divisional information.

If you are an experienced fencer interested in participating in Colorado, you are probably interested in the page listing contact information for fencing clubs in the state. If you are interested in beginning fencing, many of the clubs offer regular beginners classes. Beginners classes are also taught by several of the municipal recreation centers along the Front Range.

The Division maintains a modest set of electric scoring equipment. Please follow the "Division Equipment" link in the navigation column to the left for more information.

The Division is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can donate money.

Permanent Reminders

Reminder for Athletes
If you are participating in competitive USA Fencing events at higher levels, it is the responsibility of the athlete to verify that their current rating is being used by the bout committee for seeding in pools. It can make a difference in where you are placed.

News and Announcements

SafeSport Changes
USA Fencing previously required coaches and others with a position of authority or in frequent contact with athletes to hold Professional or +Professional memberships. For the 2017-18 season, these are replaced by the Coach and +CheckED memberships – join or renew accordingly. The SafeSport training materials that Coach and +CheckED members must complete every two years will be unavailable from Sep 18 through Oct 1 during the transition to a new platform. USA Fencing says that the historical records about who has completed training should transfer seamlessly from the old system to the new.

2017 Summer National Colorado Results
Placings for Colorado Division members at the 2017 Summer Nationals are here.

Click on the table for a larger version. Or download the Excel spreadsheet.

Colorado Cup Standings
Colorado Cup Senior and Vet final standings for the 2016-2017 season are detailed in this Excel spreadsheet. Or, you can access the Web version (lots of tables, not well-suited to small screens).

Incoming Division Officers
Officers were elected at the annual meeting on June 4. Effective August 1, the executive committee officers will be

First Secretary
Second Secretary
Ann Totemeier
Jeffrey Miller
Andrea Etchell
Karen Green
Maggie Barrett

Colorado Cup Youth Standings
Colorado Youth Cup final standings for the 2016-2017 season are detailed in this Excel spreadsheet. Or, you can access the Web version (lots of tables, not well-suited to mobile devices). The Web version is somewhat tidier than it has been in the past.

USA Fencing Saber Events On Guard Changes
From USA Fencing: ALL USA Fencing sanctioned tournaments will be conducted using the four-meter on guard lines effective immediately. This includes senior, junior, cadet, youth, veteran and Division I, IA, II and III competitions. Additional information is available USA Fencing.

Foil Rule Change for 2016-17 Season
From USA Fencing:

Beginning August 1 2016, a foil fencer who reverses the line of his/her shoulders (bringing the shoulder of the non-weapon arm forward of the weapon arm shoulder) is now subject to a Group 1 penalty (a yellow card). Much like other penalties (such as corps-a-corps to avoid a touch or substitution of non-valid target), any hit scored by the fencer committing the penalty will be annulled.

This rule change was proposed by the FIE because, during actions where a fencer reversed his/her shoulders, it was not always clear whether or not the fencer had covered target with his/her off-arm. This was particularly true when the fencer in question was facing away from the video replay camera. The new rule simply states that any reversal of the shoulders is now a penalty, irrespective of whether or not the fencer has covered his/her target. See the proposed modifications to the rules (PDF) for more details on the rationale behind the change.

Saber Timing Changes
The Division's Favero scoring machines (three ARM-5 tournament, one ARM-1 club) have been updated to include the new 2016 timing chips.

Rule Changes Page
There's a new page summarizing changes to the rules for the 2016-17 season. Follow the link in the navigation panel.