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. 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 the USFA in the state of Colorado. This web site provides a variety of divisional information.

If you are an experienced fencer interesting 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 USFA 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.

Reminder for Colorado Club Owners
Per the USFA's safe sport policy, referees at sanctioned events should hold a professional USFA membership in addition to their regular membership.

News and Announcements

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Foil Rule Change for 2016-17 Season
From the USFA:

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.

Colorado Cup Standings
Final Colorado Youth Cup standings for the 2015-2016 season are detailed in this Excel spreadsheet. Or, you can access the Web version (lots of tables, not well-suited to mobile devices). Colorado Cup Senior and Vet final standings are available in Excel and HTML formats.

2016 Summer National Colorado Results
Colorado 2016 Summer National placings for Colorado Division members are here.

Congratulations to Seth Kelsey

Congratulations to Seth Kelsey, Colorado Division member, on entering the USFA Hall of Fame. The USFA page honoring Seth is here.