Now on Facebook and Twitter

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Aug 302013

The Fencing Officials Commission can now be found on Facebook and Twitter! In an attempt improve the ability to communicate timely information with the referee cadre, we now have a presence on Facebook ( and Twitter (@USFAReferees). New posts on the FOC website will also be posted to these social media sites, so be sure to follow us there for up to the minute information. You can also subscribe to the FOC website directly by using the Subscribe box on the right side of the page. These are works in progress, so be sure to let us know how we can best use them!

Damon Scaggs resigns from FOC

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Aug 292013

It is with great sadness that we announce the resignation one of the members of the Fencing Officials Commission, Damon Scaggs. Damon has been an invaluable member of the commission for many years, and has served as the Secretary of the commission for the majority of them. Damon has made great contributions to the advancement of refereeing in the United States, and has performed as one of our most talented referees. He has worked as an international referee, and previously refereed on the Grand Prix circuit as a foil and epee referee. We would like to thank Damon for his many years of service and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. For the time being, Damon’s spot on the commission will be left vacant, and will be addressed at the Board of Directors meeting in September. Omar Bhutta will be taking his place as Secretary of the commission.

Four US referees earn international licenses

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Aug 292013

Every year, the FIE holds exams for new referees and each country has the ability to send referees to test for their international license. There is one yearly exam in each zone, and this year’s exam was held  in Costa Rica two weeks ago. Candidates from North and South America took the international exam which consists of an oral test as well as a video based practical exam. We were fortunate to be able to send four referees this year, and all four of them earned international licenses.

Laura Decker earned a B in sabre, Matthew Cox and Oleg Stetsiv earned a B in epee, and Patrick Reardon earned a P in foil. There are three international referee ratings: A, B, and P. A ratings are reserved for the most exceptional referees in the world. B ratings are a full rating that allow a referee to work any event. P ratings are ‘Provisional’ which require additional practical examination during a tournament before being increased to a B.

Congratulations to Laura, Matt, Oleg, and Patrick! We are fortunate to have these excellent referees representing the United States internationally!

Congrats to referees earning new ratings!

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Aug 262013

This past weekend, the Fencing Officials Commission had their yearly meeting. Among other refereeing topics, the commission discussed referee performance over the prior year. We would like to congratulate the following referees on increases in their ratings after demonstrating consistent successful performance. We would like thank all the referees for the hard work they put in over the prior season and look forward to another great season. Please allow a few days for these ratings to get updated on AskFred.


Vincent Argenzio – 4

Adam Brewer – 3

Laura Decker – 2

Konstantin Gritsaev – 3

Garet Jeffery – 5

Kelly Johnson – 5

Nikita Sakhanenko – 4

Kevin Shanahan – 3

Chelsea Taylor – 4


Marcus Balog – 4

Will Becker – 4

Erich Bookwalter – 4

Adam Brewer – 4

Nick Ferrara – 5

Nehal Hassan – 6

Taysir Mahmoud – 4

Sam McCauley – 5

Christopher Medalis – 4

Nathan Schlesinger – 5

Kyle Smith – 5

Khaled Soliman – 4

Ron Thornton – 4

Terry Yoo – 6


Marcus Balog – 3

Conor Beckerman – 4

Adam Brewer – 4

Alex Bucevicius – 5

Fernando Delgado – 3

Devin Donnelly – 3

Janos Gasparin – 3

Adam Geller – 5

Bryan Harper – 6

Sam McCauley – 4

Ryan Matt – 6

Khaled Soliman – 4

Cara Taggersell – 4

Ron Thornton – 5

Benjamin White – 5

Andy Wiseman – 5

Ethan Yu – 4

Information for referees about booking flights – updated with tutorial

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Aug 222013

For the coming season, any referee who needs to make travel arrangements should read the information below, which is also available in this .pdf.   USA Fencing will be working with Cain Travel to book flights via an online portal. Information on creating an account can be found below. UPDATE – A video tutorial is available here.

Traveler Profile 

To register your travel profile within the Cain systems, please click on the profile activation link below and follow the instructions. Your email address will be your username, and you will assign your own password.


Once your login is created 

You can login to the Cain Travel systems for access to our Concur Travel Portal, which gives you access to online booking, your traveler profile, Cain Travel contact information, including contact information for the dedicated USA Fencing Agent Team at Cain, our 24-hour service, and much more!

Click the link below to access Cain’s online systems and information following the initial activation of your profile. 

(When saving to your favorites, please be sure to save this link for future access.) 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Online Support Team directly at or 303-938-2761.

Dedicated Travel Consultants: 

You are able to reach the dedicated USA Fencing Cain Agent Team, as well as our afterhours emergency service through the following toll-free or local numbers – 800-346-4747 or 303-443-2246 during our normal business hours of 7AM – 6PM Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. Cain staffs our own 24-hour emergency service for all other hours. There is a $15 call fee applicable for after hours.

Here are also some Concur Training References to help you get started:


Information for referees about USAF Safe Sport Policy

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Aug 012013

On July 17, the USA Fencing Board of Directors, at an Emergency Meeting, adopted the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy. The document builds on existing policy, defines areas of misconduct, expands background screen requirements, outlines best practices policies and includes information on how to report Safe Sport issues. The insurance company that covers USA Fencing, including its divisions and many of the clubs, communicated a requirement for the 8/1/13 renewal that USA Fencing must have adopted and implemented a Safe Sport policy, based on the USOC guidelines as well as other policies that address misconduct in sport. This policy includes background checks for referees, armorers and members of the bout committee, in addition to coaches, division and national officers and others who may be involved with any minors participating in the sport.

Currently, the background screen process is managed through the Professional Membership type. Officials can select the following membership types to comply with the new policy:

  •             Professional (includes the right to compete) – $105
  •             Supporting ($25) and add-on + Professional ($35) – $60
  •             Supporting Parent ($10) and add-on +Professional ($35) – $45
  •             Non-competitive ($5) and add-on +Professional ($35) – $40
  •             The +Professional can be added to Life, Life Installment, or multi-year memberships for $35.

Once the individual has completed the membership process, the background screen can be completed by logging in to your USA Fencing account and clicking on the background link in the profile (located in the background and international) section.

The $35 charge is the average cost of having the background check, which currently can run from $20 to $85 depending on the county in which the referee resides.

If the referee has not selected any of the professional members categories noted above when they are hired, the National office will add the +Professional status to their current membership type and take the $35 out of any reimbursement due to the referee for the first event for which they have been hired.

The background screen is good for two years. The Board will determine whether the referees will need to add the +Professional every season.

The National Office will be presenting options to the Board of Directors for managing the process in the future.

Thank you for your cooperation with this process and we apologize that the rapid implementation caused by the last minute insurance company requirement may have caught you unaware of what was about to occur.

If you need assistance with the membership or background screen process, please contact the National Office at 719.866.4511 or