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September 20, 2021

Sanctioning of Club-Sponsored Events Began July 1

Given the improving situation with the pandemic and the lifting of COVID restrictions in the area, the Capitol Division opened sanctioning for club-sponsored tournaments on 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.

2021-2022 Competition Schedule Posted

Capitol Division sanctioned tournaments for the 2021-2022 fencing season has been posted.

All COVID policies of USA Fencing, local, state and federal governments must be followed.

Note that all Capitol Division sponsored tournaments request preregistration on AskFRED. The deadline to preregister is one week before the tournament. Preregistration cost of entry is $10.00 registration fee plus $30.00 per event entered. After the preregistration deadline the cost increases to $10.00 registration fee plus $70.00 per event entered.

Capital Fencing Musketeer Circuit #1 - Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Capital Fencing Academy will host the first Musketeer Circuit of the season on Sunday, September 26.

Youth-10 Mixed Sabre will close registration at 9:00am. Youth-12 Mixed Sabre will close at 11:00am. Youth-14 Mixed Sabre will close at 1:30pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.

Tom Wright Memorial Veteran Fencing Tournament - Sunday, October 3, 2021

The annual Tom Wright Memorial Veteran Fencing Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 3, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

Note that we will be following USA Fencing guidelines including the wearing of face masks at all times including bouting.

The Veteran Mixed Epee competition will close registration at 8:00am. Veteran Mixed Foil will close at 11:00am. Veteran Mixed Sabre will close at 1:00pm.

Preregister on AskFRED. Note that preregistration closes on September 26. Preregister early to avoid the increase in entry fee.

Referee and Coaching Clinic - Saturday & Sunday, October 23-24, 2021

Royal Fencing Academy in Gaithersburg, MD, will host Fencing Master Peter Burchard, President of USA Fencing, who will be conducting a referee seminar and coaching clinic on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24.

The referee seminar on Saturday, October 23 is capped at 23 attendees. Subjects will include foil and epee bouts, rules and applications, right-of-way, competition structure, penalties, referee concepts and terms, and preparation for certification. Certification requires seminar attendance, successful pass of the online exam (weapon appropriate) and a practical exam of observation and evaluation. Seminar fee is $130.00. The referee exam and certification fee is $25.00 (note that Capitol Division reimburses seminar and clinic fees of Capitol Division members if a successful referee rating is earned).

Preregister for the referee seminar at AskFRED.

The coaching clinic on Sunday, October 24 is capped at 14 attendees. The clinic will discuss foil and epee, youth and adult instruction, individual and group lessons, concepts and terms, and preparation for certification by the USFCA at the Assistant Moniteur and Moniteur levels. Certification requires clinic attendance, passing of an online exam and a practical exam. The clinic fee is $160.00. The online exam fee is $25.00. The practical exam fee (for moniteur) is $50.00.

Preregister for the coaching clinic at AskFRED.

Referee Training Supported by Capitol Division

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).

Capitol Division International Competition Grants

For the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 season:

Application and receipts should be e-mailed to or mailed to:

Capitol Division Developmental Grants

For the 2021-22 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 or mailed to:

The deadline for grant application is June 15, 2022.

Minutes of the Capitol Division Annual Membership Meeting & Executive Committee Meetings

Capitol Division Rated Referees

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.

Sunil Sabharwal 2
Robert Del Gaizo 3
Bobby Gibbs 3
Vitali Nazlymov 3
Andrew Holbrook 4
Nicholas Ferrara 5
Jacob Hazle-Cary 5
Aleksey Muravyev 5
Brianna Smith 5
James Adams 6
Jill Feldman 6
Jonathan Holbrook 6
Fen Tamulonis 6
Karen Brasted 7
Castilla McNamara 7
Larry Pinkus 7
William Barwick 8
Samuel Bloom 8
Lauren Fields 8
Kailen Hargenrader 8
Marie Lawson 8
Donald Malnati 8
Malcolm Patterson 8
Connor Paulson 8
David Ruskin 8
Kiersten Zug 8
Nathan Andes 9
Hunter Higgison 9
Amanda Sirico 9
Lauren Testa 9
Mary Anne Walker 9
Ryan Hrapsky 10
Julia Kim 10
Marsha Reichman 10
Brooke Sirico 10
Karolyn Upham 10
James Adams 3
Robert Del Gaizo 4
Nicholas Ferrara 4
Bobby Gibbs 4
Brianna Smith 4
Elliott Clinton 5
Jill Feldman 5
Jacob Hazle-Cary 5
Aleksey Muravyev 5
Vitali Nazlymov 5
Karen Brasted 6
Andrew Holbrook 6
Jonathan Holbrook 6
Ryan Hrapsky 6
Malcolm Patterson 6
Larry Pinkus 6
Fen Tamulonis 6
William Barwick 7
Samuel Bloom 7
Mattias Cohen 7
Lauren Fields 7
Robert Haddad 7
Asha Henry 7
Castilla McNamara 7
Karolyn Upham 7
Alec Walker 7
Mary Anne Walker 7
Griffin Boswell 8
Trina Do 8
Gabriel Hilbert 8
Abraham Joyner-Meyers 8
Marie Lawson 8
Matthew Moore 8
Natalie Olsen 8
David Ruskin 8
Cynthia Sirico 8
Meghan Sirico 8
Kiersten Zug 8
Nathan Andes 9
Lisa Dobloug 9
Nicolas Hensal 9
Hunter Higgison 9
Julia Kim 9
Amanda Sirico 9
Donald Malnati 10
Marsha Reichman 10
Brooke Sirico 10
Vitali Nazlymov 2
Elliott Clinton 3
Nicholas Ferrara 4
Jacob Hazle-Cary 4
Abigail Benson-McCarthy 5
Colin Campbell 5
Robert Del Gaizo 5
Brianna Smith 5
Nicolas Del Vecchio 6
Kailen Hargenrader 6
Larry Pinkus 6
Aaron Ruby 6
James Adams 7
Bobby Gibbs 7
Elizaveta Koroleva 7
Cole Leonard 7
Tatiana Nazlymov 7
Trina Do 8
Jill Feldman 8
Castilla McNamara 8
Andrei Nazlymov 8
Natalie Olsen 8
Malcolm Patterson 8
Connor Paulson 8
David Ruskin 8
Kathryn Wong 8
Kiersten Zug 8
Nathan Andes 9
William Barwick 9
Salvatore Centanni 9
Matthew Chin 9
Lauren Fields 9
Soraya Henry 9
Hunter Higgison 9
Andrew Holbrook 9
Amy Lu 9
Grace Ma 9
Cathleen Shi 9
Lauren Testa 9
Jonathan Holbrook 10
Ryan Hrapsky 10
Donald Malnati 10
Karolyn Upham 10
Evan Yee 10

Division Officers and Executive Committee 2021-2022

Nick Ferrara (
Arnold Wynn (
Bettie Graham (
Fen Tamulonis (
Members at Large:
Valerie Asher (
Elliott Clinton (
Raymond Finkleman (
Representatives of the member clubs
Phil Keefer, CAPITAL (
Matthew Moore, CCFC (
Byron Neslund, DCFC (
Galina Rakityanskaya, INVICTA - (
Jill Feldman, NAZLYMOV - (
Sean Fitzgerald, TERRAPIN (
Hunter Higgison, GWFC (

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Raymond Finkleman
Last revised September 20, 2021