Document updated 04 Aug 2020 - Please read carefully
This article describes the process Fencing North will use to select teams for the upcoming national secondary schools event.
Note: There is NO SELECTION for individuals who want to enter the national competition. If you are not entering a team, you do not have to worry about this.
The NZ National Secondary Schools Champs are being held in Christchurch on the 4th-6th of September 2020. For more information and the timetable, see the events page here.
Part of this event is a teams competition for each weapon and gender. Each region (North, Central, MidSouth and South) can enter teams in this competition to represent the region.
Entering a Team
Fencing North has called for team nominations from schools and clubs. The teams that can enter are as follows:
- Teams may be school teams, or composite teams (with members from more than one school).
- If you cannot create a school team (e.g. there are not enough fencers in your school to form a team), then you can create a composite team. However, if you can form a school team you should do so.
- Teams must be single gender.
- All team members should be entered in at least one individual event.
- The named teams may consist of up to five members. Four of these five members must be selected to be the team before the event starts. The DT will announce the time that team composition must be confirmed by on the day. Only the four competing members are eligible for a medal.
- Fencers may be on more than one team (for different weapons) as long as they can schedule it in the timetable.
(If you would like to join a composite team but you do not have teammates yet, see further below.)
Unfortunately, there is a limited number of teams who can compete in the competition. We hope that we can enter all of the teams who want to compete from Fencing North, and It is unlikely that we will exceed the number of team slots available. However, there is a possibility that Fencing North will not be allowed to enter all of the teams that we want to include.
In this case, we will use a selection process to determine which teams we will enter in the national competition. Four things will be considered:
- There will be two tiers of selection. First, we will rank the A teams of each school into team slots, to ensure that each school gets at least one team in the competition. Then we will rank the composite teams and any additional teams to fill the remaining team slots.
- The national rankings of the individual fencers in the teams. You can view your ranking points here.
- The results of the individual fencers at the North regional SS individuals competition. See the competition details here.
- The results of the teams at the North regional SS foil teams competition. See the information here.
Note: The North regional sabre/epee teams competition occurs too late to be used for selection.
The results of the selection will be reported to the coach/captain/teacher-in-charge by the 21st of August.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be selected to enter as an individual?
No! Go ahead and enter the competition.
What is the team entry fee?
The team entry fee is $60 per team. If it is a school team, this will be billed to the school after the team has been entered. If it is a composite, it will either be billed to the coach, or directly to each individual fencer.
We will ask you to pay by internet banking, and if you have not paid you may not be permitted to enter Fencing North tournaments.
Why has this information changed?
Initially Fencing North was only going to allow school teams to enter, based on decisions in previous years (see the minutes from August 2018 and July 2019). This year, the committee decided that we would allow composite teams to enter as well, so that fencers who are not part of a school fencing club can participate in the teams competition (minutes from July 2020 meeting forthcoming).
I don't have anyone to form a team with. How can I find a composite team?
Why don’t you just use the national rankings to select?
Last year we did use the national rankings to determine which schools had the first chance to enter teams. However, due to the obvious, we have not been able to hold as many competitions in 2020 – in fact, we have not yet held any secondary school competitions! Therefore, the national rankings are very out of date and may not include all fencers.
We have decided to use the results from the upcoming regional secondary school competitions to give us a better understanding of the levels of the individual fencers and teams this year.
Do I need to attend the regional competitions to be selected for a national team?
No, this is not necessary. We are just using the results from these competitions to get a better idea of your ranking. If you do not attend, we will have less data to work with, but you can still be selected for the national teams competition.
What are the rules for entering the North regional teams competition?
The rules for the regional teams competition are different. In this competition, you can enter composite teams (from more than one school) and mixed gender teams.
Who should I talk to about this?
Why am I finding out about this so late?
I know, I know, it blindsides us every year. To be fair, we thought that this year there wouldn’t need to be a selection at all – we only found out ourselves when MidSouth released the full event info two weeks ago. You can help by reminding us about this issue sometime when it’s not the busiest period of the year so we can create a proper consistent team selection policy in perpetuity.
How else can I help?
How nice of you to ask! Best thing you can do to get involved is come to those SS competitions I mentioned above and ask Maja at the desk what she needs help with. We always need extra hands.
Hey everyone, I have three upcoming events to tell you about!
On July 25th we have the Secondary Schools Individuals Comp: Entry form HERE.
Get those entries in fast - registration closes next Wednesday!
On August 2nd we follow up with the Secondary School Foil Teams: Entry form HERE.
Get those teams together and represent your school! Team numbers may be limited, so make sure you secure a slot.
Finally, one for the adults and anyone who is sick of being in Auckland - we are holding the Larsen Open competition in Hamilton on August 8th. Entry form HERE.
It's the first time in a while we've had a competition outside of The City, so get some carpool buddies together and make a day of it!
Before you enter any of these tournaments, please read over our entry agreement HERE.
See the live results for the Fenton below!
If you can't see anything, try this link.
The first post-Covid National Event is on! The Presidents Cup will be held in Wellington on the weekend of the 15th and 16th August. Lets get into and help make it a success!
Fencing North Committee Meeting – 29th June 2020
Meeting Opened: 7:11pm.
Present: David Elder, Amanda Hopkins, Sunnie Sun, Katie Logan, Maja Saran, Judit Fliszar, Rhys Greensill.
Apologies: Matthew Houtman.
Confirmation of the Previous Minutes: David moved that the minutes for May be accepted as correct. Rhys seconded. Motion carried.
Matters Arising: There were no matters arising.
Treasurer’s Report: Amanda gave the Treasurer’s Report. The deposit has been paid for the fabric pistes funded by our TTCF grant. Some money has also gone out for the new podium and the Bubble Ensemble shirts, which should be paid back by those who purchased them. Maja and Amanda agreed that fencers would not be allowed to enter competitions until they had paid what was owed.
After the final payment for the pistes, the bank account will be around $29,000.
Amanda moved that her report be accepted. David seconded. Motion carried.
Bubble Ensemble: Maja reported on the Bubble Ensemble that was held on the previous Saturday. The competition was very successful with 48 fencers in total. We brought in around $1387, including $242 in donations.
The event had to run to a tight timetable so that we could be out of the gym in time for an event at Trusts. The event successfully ran to time. Maja noted that the lack of referees was a factor in slowing down the event, as it limited the number of DE bouts that could be run at once.
Maja reported that she was forced to limit entry sales in the lead up to the event. This is because we had only booked a single court at Trusts, and practically it would not have been possible to run to time with more than 50 competitors.
David organised dry fit t-shirts for the event, which sold well with only one left over.
Upcoming Tournaments: In the next two months, Fencing North is holding the Fenton Open, Secondary Schools Individuals and Secondary Schools Teams competitions.
Maja noted that the SS foil teams competition was on the same Saturday as an engineering event at Auckland University that might conflict for some fencers. We will consider holding the competition on one day only (the Sunday) to avoid the conflict. The format would need to be a direct elimination with a plate round, rather than the full poule and DE structure.
National Events: David announced that Fencing North has been pegged to host NZ open nationals on the 24th-26th of October. We are still planning to hold Oceanic U20s in December if it seems like the borders are going to open to the relevant countries. If not, we will hold the NZ U20s, probably on an earlier date to avoid conflicts with school exams.
Fencing North would like to encourage people to consider how they can personally help to improve tournaments.
Health and Safety: There were no health and safety incidents this month. David agreed to collect any relevant forms until a health and safety officer can be found.
Fundraising: Rhys reported that sporting trusts have now opened their funding pools again. To support upcoming funding applications, David moved the following resolutions:
- Fencing North resolves to apply to the Albert-Eden Local Board Quick Response Grant for the value of $2060, for the purpose of running a St Johns First Aid course for coaches, referees and other volunteers within the community.
- Fencing North resolves to apply to the Four Winds Foundation for the value of up to $17,500, for the purpose of buying four sectional metal pistes.
- Fencing North resolves to apply to the NZ Community Trust for the value of $15,420, for the purpose of running a coaching development course.
- Fencing North resolves to apply to the Trillian Trust for the value of 2,242.5, for the purpose of purchasing two trolleys for metal sectional pistes.
Judit seconded these resolutions. Motion carried with all in favour.
FeNZ News: David and Amanda reported the news from Fencing New Zealand.
Fencing New Zealand has confirmed the national event calendar for the rest of the year. The South Island and North Island Champs have been cancelled. Fencing Central will hold the President’s Cup in August. NZ Secondary Schools Champs will be held in Christchurch in September. Fencing North will hold NZ Open Nationals in October, and Oceanic or National U20s sometime in the latter part of the year.
Following discussion around the privacy of members’ data, as brought up in previous Fencing North meetings, FeNZ has decided to remove all public member data from the website. This can now only be accessed by administrators. David noted that there should no longer be any objections to clubs providing membership information to FeNZ.
Mark Rance is now the deputy chair of the Oceanic Fencing Committee. He has reported that if Fiji joins the fencing zone, we will have enough countries to run Oceanic Junior Olympic Qualifiers.
Meeting Closed: 9:05pm.
Hey fencers! Entries are OPEN for the Secondary School Individuals on Saturday, July 25th!
We are only having the one SS Individuals comp in Fencing North this year, so you really don't want to miss out on this one! Team events for all three weapons will be held in August. Finally, Secondary School National Championships will be held in Christchuch on September 4th-6th - so you'll want to get as much practice as you can in the lead up!
See the information and entry form HERE.
Remember to read our entry agreement HERE.