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Neil Lazar ROC (Div1A, Div2, Vet) Nov 18, 2023 - Nov 19, 2023
Regular fee entry deadline Nov 3. Late fee entry (triple) Nov 4-8. All registrations taken through your membership profile at
NYA Sports and Fitness Center: Newtown, CT
posted 06/02/2023
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WAITLIST INFO (updated Nov 16): Fencers are being moved from waitlist status to entry as notices of withdrawals are being received. Events are not being expanded beyond the current cap. Waitlisted fencers who no longer wish to compete should withdraw themselves, or notify us. Waitlisted fencers may inquire in-person at the Bout Committee for any available slots due to no-shows. There is no guarantee of entry, and waitlisted fencers present will be taken in order of original waitlist position.

Early equipment check available Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Please read info supplied by the venue regarding PARKING ( and VENUE GUIDELINES (

Please limit spectators, as seating is very limited.


ROC tournaments are open to current USA Fencing competitive members and those with a current International Competitive License eligible to fence in open competitions. In each ROC category (Division I-A, Division II, Division III and Veterans) competitions will award points to the top 40% of the competitive field (rounded up to the next higher integer) to a maximum of 64th place, using the point tables for regional competitions found in the Athlete Handbook. Only the best 3 results, in each respective category, count towards the point total. These points may qualify D1A, DV2, DV3and Veteran ROC fencers to the USA Fencing National Championships in D1A, DV2, DV3, and Veteran. For qualification path details, refer to Chapter 2 in the Athlete Handbook. Refer to Chapters 3 of the Athlete Handbook for more details on points. The Regional Open Circuit (ROC) point standings are not used for seeding National level tournaments. Only ROC events award regional ranking points. USA Fencing maintains all Regional Points Lists (

Regional Open Circuit (ROC) Info: (


If interested in refereeing, e-mail Cheryl at Only referees who are FIE or nationally rated, FenceSafe-approved, and have background screen passed will be considered (FenceSafe and Background not needed if under age 18).

If you have questions e-mail Cheryl at


Registration opens July 1, 2023, and closes November 8, 2023, with regular and late fee periods as noted in "Registration and Event Fees" below.

We will be following federal, local, CDC, and USA Fencing guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19. At this time Covid testing is not required, proof of vaccination is not required, and wearing of masks is optional. If any circumstances arise that would preclude safe running of this event, this tournament can be cancelled at any time. Should tournament cancel, any refund of fees is subject to USA Fencing.

• All events will be capped and entry is on a first-come first-served basis – no exceptions. Caps may be adjusted for registration balance. Once the event cap has been reached fencers will be placed on a wait list.

Important wait list info Fencer must supply a valid payment method to officially join the wait list and be eligible for graduation into the event. You should receive an e-mail noting your position on the wait list. Fencers with expired/invalid credit cards on file cannot be moved into the event. Wait-listed entry without payment method is considered "pending" and your position will drop below completed wait list entries. Wait lists will also be cleared on a first-come first-served basis.

Classifications can be earned, if USA Fencing criteria met.

Event entry is determined by 2023-24 USA Fencing Birth year requirements.

See current point standings at:

• Smoke-free venue. NO SMOKING. NO VAPING.
• Free parking
• All FIE/Nationally rated referees
• Experienced Bout Committee and Armory Staff

Fencers and spectators must abide by and comply with all safety measures required by the tournament organizer. Fencers are allowed one person to accompany them (this person does not include coaches).

Follow live results, pool assignments, strip assignments, etc. at: There will be no public monitors in the venue; information access will be through your cell phone.

LIABILITY WAIVER: Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of USA Fencing and other applicable rules instituted by NYA Sports and Fitness Center, Candlewood Fencing Center and Connecticut Division of USA Fencing. You agree to abide by any health safety protocols instituted for this tournament. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release USA Fencing and its sponsors, Candlewood Fencing Center, NYA Sports and Fitness Center, and any tournament/facility staff from any liability, even if due to negligence. With entry you give consent to tournament organizers to obtain medical care from any tournament medical staff, licensed physician, EMS personnel, hospital or clinic for any injury or illness that may arise during activities associated with this tournament. Photography, filming, recording, or any other form of media of the athlete during the tournament can be used by Candlewood Fencing Center and USA Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee. NYA Sports and Fitness Center and Candlewood Fencing Center are not responsible for any lost/stolen property. We strongly discourage bringing valuables to the venue, and if so should be kept with you at all times. Bags look alike and are clustered together, so check to be sure you have all your belongings before leaving the venue. Anything left behind after the tournament will be disposed of.

General Infectious Diseases prevention guidelines are strongly recommended, including:
• Wash and sanitize all your fencing equipment. Consult the manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions to avoid possible damage to equipment.
• Come to the tournament already dressed in freshly washed fencing uniform. Changing in bathrooms is discouragged.
• Social distancing is encouraged.
• Spectators should remain in designated seating areas.
• Fencers should remain in designated seating areas and not congregate in groups.
• Refrain from contacting other participants and attendees (handshakes, body contact, etc.)
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze.
• Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth with unclean hands.
• Do not share equipment such as weapons, body cords, fencing masks, gloves or uniforms, with others.



• All events will be capped and entry is on a first-come first-served basis – no exceptions. Once the event cap has been reached fencers will be placed on a wait list. Wait lists will also be cleared on a first-come first-served basis. Direct any questions regarding capping to USA Fencing National Office. Wait-listed fencers may inquire at the BC on tournament day for any available spots.
• Fencing generally commences apprx. 10-15 minutes after close of check-in, or as tournament conditions permit. Arrive sufficiently early to be ready to fence when registration closes and pool set-up is complete.
• Venue opens at 6:30 a.m.
• Full equipment check required. Fencers must have appropriate armory inspections marks upon presentation to the strip.

*Event times are subject to change

8:00 Div 2 WE
8:00 Div 2 MF
8:00 Vet WF
8:00 Vet MS
10:30 Div 1A WS
12:00 Vet WE
12:00 Div 2 WF
1:00 Div 2 ME
2:00 Vet WS
4:00 Div 1A MS

*Event times are subject to change

8:00 Div 1A MF
8:00 Div 1A ME
12:00 Div 2 MS
1:00 Div 1A WE
2:00 Div 1A WF
2:00 Vet ME
3:00 Vet MF
4:00 Div 2 WS



*Registration and USA Fencing fees are nonrefundable*

REGULAR ENTRY fee/registration/payment period: Until November 3, 2023: $40 registration fee* plus $55/event, plus applicable USA Fencing administration fees*
LATE ENTRY fee/registration/payment period: November 4-8, 2023: $120 registration fee* plus $165/event, plus applicable USA Fencing administration fees*

WAIT-LISTED ENTRY: Once the tournament has filled to the capped amount a wait list will begin. When an athlete withdraws from the event the next person on the waitlist will then have 24 hours to officially register for the event and pay event fees. Fencer must supply a payment method to officially join the wait list, and you should receive an e-mail confirming your wait list position and be eligible for graduation into the event. Wait-listed entry without payment method is considered pending and your position will drop below completed wait list entries.

NO GENERAL WALK-IN ENTRIES. In-person inquiries can however be made at the BC on tournament day for available spots, and walk-in is allowed (at late fee) if space is available and only after accommodating any waitlisted fencers present.


• Requests for event fees refunds will be honored if received prior to midnight on November 6, 2023. Registration and USA Fencing administration fees are nonrefundable. Exception will be made in the event there is a waitlist, and if your slot can be filled from the waitlist event fee refund request will be honored until November 16, 2023. USA Fencing will issue refund to credit card used for the registration. You must send notification of withdrawal and request for refund to FENCERS WHO WITHDRAW THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND.
• On tournament day, fencers arriving after close of check-in will be withdrawn from the competition, and no there will be no refund of entry fees for any reason. No refunds for no-shows, including for injury/illness.

There will be no exceptions to this refund policy.


Valid USA Fencing membership card with clearly legible bar code is required for contactless check-in. Cards can be printed or downloaded to your phone from your USA Fencing membership profile page.

Blue Gauntlet Fencing Gear:

There will be full equipment check. Additional armorer services will be available (for fee).

Food concession provided by the venue and selection is limited. We encourage you to bring your own water/drinks. Water is available for purchase.

Bout Committee: Jeremy Goun, Cheryl Delaney, George Janto, Hisham Abdelaziz
Head Referee: Ralph Bellantoni
Head Armorer: Alice Kee
Referees: All referees are FIE/Nationally rated, FenceSafe-approved, and background screen cleared.

• USA Fencing rules apply.
• Equipment check required.
• Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords present on-strip.
• Full USA Fencing regulation uniform required. Name is NOT required on uniform. Foil mask with conductive bib required. 800N Saber glove required. t.15 1. Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk.
• Ratings can be awarded if criteria met.
See USA Fencing ratings chart at:

• Each event consists of two rounds (pools and DE (direct elimination):
1) Pools: One preliminary round of 5 and 6 or 6 and 7 person pools comprised of the standard 5-touch bout in 3 minutes. 100% then advance to direct elimination round.
2) Direct Elimination: DE tableau shall be comprised according to the results of the preliminary pool round.
Div1A/Div2 DE format: 15-touch bouts (three 3-minute periods with a 1 minute break between).
Veteran DE format:: 10-touch bouts (two 3-minute periods with a 1 minute rest between periods).
• No fence-off for third place; Medals awarded to 8th place (awarded to top 3 in events with 18 or less fencers). Two third-place medals awarded.

• Photography and filming is allowed, however NO flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions.

Withdrawal during pools: The pools must be fenced through the last bout. A fencer who withdraws, or who is excluded, is scratched from the pool, and his results are annulled as if he had not taken part.

Withdrawal during DE: When for whatever reason a fencer cannot fence or cannot complete his bout, his opponent is declared winner of that bout. A fencer who withdraws does not lose his place in the overall classification of the competition.

All tournament information will be posted on-line only at There will be no paper posting or video monitors in the venue. Fencers are responsible for ensuring accuracy of all posted information and must report errors to the bout committee immediately. This includes club affiliation, division, classification, date of birth, gender, spelling of name, etc. Errors in posted pool results must be reported to the BC immediately (within 5 minutes). Once DE round starts and tableau is posted, the pool results are final and no adjustments will be made. Check all scores before leaving the strip. Fencer signature on pool sheet and DE slip implies accuracy.

Several hotels appx 6 miles from the venue, including:
Hampton Inn -Danbury
81 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT 06810

LaQuinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Danbury
116 Newtown Road, Danbury, CT 06810

Courtyard by Marriott Danbury
3 Eagle Rd, Danbury, CT 06810

Candlewood Fencing Center

We are Connecticut's oldest and most decorated fencing club, and we are so honored to have been recently ranked the highest in Connecticut by National Fencing Club Rankings' list of "Best Fencing Clubs"! We know our success is all thanks to you, our community, for allowing us to serve you and the fencers in your family, and for that we thank you! From our little Musketeers to our World Team Members, National Champions and many NCAA Recruits, we are dedicated to each individual that walks through our door. We offer personally tailored instruction for individuals and groups of all ages to ensure each student's learning, growth and fun in a nurturing environment.

Neil Lazar (1920-2012)
Neil Lazar was involved in fencing since 1937. He was well-known in the sport of fencing, was a fencing master, and had a tremendous influence on fencing in New York, where he was years ahead of everyone else in the colored uniform trend. He was a member of the 1948 Olympic saber squad, and in 1952, 1956, and 1960 the Olympic foil squads. He coached at Salle Santelli, in Westchester high schools, and at CCNY. Among his former students were Tom Ciccarone, Craig Cummings, and Uriah Jones. In 2001 he was inducted into the US Fencing Hall of Fame.