Given the improving situation with the pandemic and the lifting of COVID restrictions in the area, the Capitol Division will be reopening sanctioning for club-sponsored tournaments starting July 1. Any club wishing to hold a tournament will still need to adhere to any remaining COVID requirements in their area and to USA Fencing requirements, which still requires that all tournament attendees wear masks.
All clubs wishing to sponsor tournaments must follow the division's Sanctioning Policy including the 30-day advance notice.
The annual Amazon Open Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 31, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.
The 18th annual Amazon Open will have medals awarded down to 8th place, with special prizes awarded to the top finishers. This has been one of the strongest women's epee tournaments in the mid-Atlantic and typically draws fencers from all over the country. We are also pleased to offer a women's sabre event.
You may register on site the morning of the event, but it will help to make the tournament run more smoothly if you preregister. Entry fee is $40.00 per event if registered in advance and $45.00 at the door.
Senior Women's Saber registration closes at 11:00am.
Senior Women's Epee registration closes at 1:00pm.
Preregister on AskFRED.
The annual meeting of the membership of Capitol Division is scheduled for August 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm.
This will be a virtual meeting. A link will be provided here.
The Nominating Committee has submitted its slate of candidates for the 2021-2022 fencing season:
Chairperson: Nick Ferrara
Vice-Chairperson: Arnold Wynn
Treasurer: Fen Tamulonis
Secretary: Bettie Graham
The Capitol Division Executive Committee is committed to increasing the number of rated referees within the division.
To support this goal, the Committee has voted to reimburse any Capitol Division member's referee clinic fees and testing fees if they pass the written test and practical exam and successfully earn a referee rating. Travel and hotel expenses are not reimbursable, only the fees for the clinic and test. Verification of the rating earned and documentation of the testing fees should be sent to the Division Treasurer.
In addition, the Capitol Division will reimburse the $35.00 membership upgrade fee for new referees (and those who have just turned age 18).
For the 2020-2021 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make international competition travel grants of $400.00 available to individual fencers who are members of the Division. These grants are being made to fulfill our mission, as outlined in our bylaws, to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants are available to reimburse expenses related to competing in cadet, junior, and senior US Fencing designated international competitions and at Veteran World Championships and to attending those same competitions as a member of the official US Fencing delegation.
Fencers are eligible for one grant per season. Grants are available for expenses not fully reimbursed from other sources.
In order to receive these grants, eligible fencers should submit the Capitol Division International Competition Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee with copies of all the relevant receipts. Reimbursements for expenses will be disbursed by the Treasurer of the Capitol Division.
Deadlines for filing applications for the 2020-2021 season:
Application and receipts should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
For the 2020-21 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make developmental grants of $300.00 available to the member clubs. Member clubs are eligible for developmental grants every other season. These grants are being made to fulfill our purposes and objectives as outlined in our bylaws, in particular our missions to support, enhance and develop the sport of fencing and to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants should not be used for ordinary club expenses such as rent or US Fencing membership; rather the clubs should use these funds to enhance the experience of Divisional fencers in the spirit of our bylaws. One grant will be available to each club.
The list below gives a few examples of ways that these funds could be used. This list includes suggestions, but the committee is open to other uses:
In order to receive these grants, the club representative should submit a proposal on the Capitol Division Developmental Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the rest of the Executive Committee. If the proposal is approved, the club representative should submit receipts for the expenses covered by the grant and a check will be sent to the member club.
The grant application form and receipts should be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
The deadline for grant application is June 15, 2021.
Below is a list of the rated referees (from the US Fencing Referee Database) who are members of Capitol Division (2021-07-19). Referees are tested and certified at levels 1 through 10, 1 is the highest level.