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Cobra Challenge Div 1A/Div 2 ROC Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
All events are taking place as scheduled and there are no weather-related delays.... Registration period is closed ....No walk-ins... Fencers listed as "Incomplete" and presenting to compete must pay late fee + $200... Note IMPORTANT parking instructions.
Cobra Fencing Club: Jersey City, NJ
posted 07/30/2016
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COBRA CHALLENGE DIV1A/DIV 2 ROC (Regional Open Circuit)
February 10-12, 2017
Cobra Fencing Club; Jersey City, NJ

Div IA: Born 2003 or before (or on the Junior National Rolling Points List), any rating
Div 2 (C & Under): Born 2003 or before, AND with C, D, E, or U rating

REFEREES: If interested in refereeing, e-mail Lisa Campi-Sapery at

QUESTIONS ??: Read the "More Info" section before e-mailing with questions.

COMMUNICATIONS: Important tournament information will be communicated through the FRED e-mail system. Take time to verify that your FRED profile contains an up-to-date e-mail address (Log in and check MyFRED).

Live tournament seeding and results (during competition):


ROC tournaments are open to all current USFA competitive members eligible to fence in Open competitions and to foreign fencers with current FIE licenses. Foreign fencers are not eligible to compete in USA Fencing National Championship events. In the event that a foreign fencer finishes within the qualifying group, the foreign fencer will be skipped and only the highest-finishing eligible domestic fencers will qualify.

ROC events function as qualifiers to the National Championships Division 1A, Division 2, and Veteran Categories, and may qualify fencers to other events, depending upon classification and status. ROC Regional Points will be awarded to 40% of the competitive field.

The USFA Athlete Handbook contains detailed information on qualifying pathways and should be consulted as the appropriate reference document.


Registration and on-line payment period ends January 29. Event close of check-in times will be posted January 31, 2017. There will be no walk-in entries. Fencers listed as Incomplete may present at the door to compete but will be charged late fee plus an additional $200.

Tournament fees must be PAID for entry to be considered complete. Fees are based on the guidelines listed below. Payment is made via AskFRED (***If you prefer to make alternate payment arrangements you MUST e-mail the organizer prior to January 26, 2017, for payment instructions).

REGULAR entry/payment period (until January 26, 2017): $30 registration fee plus $50/event (registration fee is nonrefundable)
LATE entry/payment period (Jan 27-Jan 29): $30 registration fee plus $100/event

Registration period closes January 29. New entries will not be accepted after January 29, but fencers listed as "incomplete" may present at the door to compete but will be charged late fee + $200.


Registration fee is nonrefundable.
Event fee refunded if notified before February 6, 2017
NO refunds if notified February 7-12, 2017 - NO exceptions

To submit refund request: Notify Steve Kaplan at and include a mailing address. Refunds will be processed after conclusion of tournament.

On tournament day, fencers who fail to check-in at the registration desk before the posted close of check-in time for their event will be withdrawn from the competition, and no there will be no refund of entry fees.


Fencers not checked in at posted close of check-in time will not be permitted to fence and no refund of fees given. Fencers must check-in each day they compete. We strongly encourage you arrive at the venue at least 1 hour before close of your event registration.

4:00 Div2 WS
4:00 Div1A MS

8:00 Div2 WE
8:00 Div2 MF
11:30 Div1A WF
2:00 Div1A ME
4:30 Div2 MS

8:00 Div2 WF
8:00 Div1A WE
11:30 Div2 ME
2:30 Div1A MF
5:00 Div1A WS


LIABILITY WAIVER - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of USA Fencing and other applicable rules. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release the USA Fencing and its sponsors, New Jersey Division of USA Fencing, Cobra Fencing Club, Escrime Management, volunteers, tournament staff, and referees from any liability. With entry you give consent to Cobra Fencing Club to obtain medical care from any 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 the tournament organizers and USA Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee. Cobra Fencing Club is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

• Entry is determined by 2016-17 USA Fencing birth year requirements and rating restrictions: Div I-A (any rating): Born 2003 or before, or on the Junior National Rolling Points List; Div 2 Born 2003 or before and with U,E,D,or C rating
• USFA rules apply (
• Full USFA regulation uniform is required. Electric bib required in foil events.
• Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords.
• The USFA Athlete Handbook ( contains detailed information on ROC qualifying pathways and should be consulted as the appropriate reference document.
• Results posted at the venue and on FRED are not official; results must be verified by the national office for final determination of qualification.

• Current USA Fencing competitive membership, FIE, or other foreign federation membership, required. Must present membership card (or proof of membership payment) at check-in. To print your USFA membership card visit: To join/renew USA Fencing membership visit:

If no proof of membership you must complete and pay for USA Fencing membership. You may join/renew at the door (parent signature required if under 18).


• Venue opens at 2 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday/Sunday morning.
• Fencers are required to check in each day they compete
• Fencers are required to have equipment checked (only required once if fencing more than one day)
• Present to registration desk with fencing federation membership card (USA Fencing, FIE, or foreign federation). To print your USFA membership card visit:


Lakawanna Warehouse
629 Grove Street, 4th Floor
Jersey, City NJ

FREE Parking - Note Important Parking Information below

NEAREST AIRPORT: Newark Liberty International (12 miles away)

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: From Manhattan by train: PATH train from Manhattan to Hoboken. The walk would be about 20 minutes. Taxis available in Hoboken (appx 4 minute ride to Cobra). Have the cab take Observer Highway West and turn left on Grove St. The Lackawanna Warehouse is on the right-hand side between 18th and 16th St.


To avoid possibility of your car being TOWED, please follow these parking instructions:

There are 3 specified parking locations.*

1. The parking lot directly across the street. This lot always fills up first. If you park in this lot make sure you are not blocking anyone else from leaving.

2. You can park nose in to the cyclone fence between Grove St. and Marin Blvd on 16th Street. However, DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF THE SLIDING GATE which is in operation during the weekend and is clearly marked. Any car parking there will be TOWED.

3. When the above spaces are full, drop your fencer off at the building entrance so that they can go up and check themselves in. Proceed north on Grove Street to the light at 18th Street turn left and go one long block to Jersey Ave. Turn left at the light and make an immediate left into the parking lot directly across the street from the Cast Iron Lofts. You must then walk back to the entrance at 629 Grove Street.

*IMPORTANT NOTE- the small parking lot at the southwest corner of Grove and 18th St is no longer available for Cobra Events. Do not park in this lot even if there are empty spaces.


Arrive early to allow time for equipment check. Equipment will be inspected and marked (mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords). Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the ROC. Names NOT required on uniforms.


Blue Gauntlet Fencing Gear will be on-site for equipment sales. Repairs available at armory (for fee).


Food and beverage concessions will be available.


Nearby Jersey City Hotels:

The Doubletree Hotel
455 Washington Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07310
Tel: 1-201-499-2400

Hyatt Regency
2 Exchange Place

Westin Jersey City Newport
479 Washington Blvd


Escrime Management: George Janto, David Sapery, Cheryl Delaney, Lisa Campi-Sapery
Referee Coordinator/Head Referee: Lisa Campi-Sapery (If interested in working as a referee, contact Lisa at
Armory: Armory services available (for fee)


• USA Fencing rules apply.
• Equipment check required (mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords). Armorer will be on-site for repairs (for fee). Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the ROC.
• Full USA Fencing regulation uniform required. Name is NOT required on uniform. Foil mask with conductive bib required. Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk. Fencers are responsible for ensuring arrival at the strip with working equipment.

• Uniforms (jacket, pants, knee-high socks, fencing glove): Standard fencing uniforms; cannot have any rips, tear, or holes. Warm-up pants or jeans are not allowed. Fencing glove must cover half of the forearm. 800 N glove required for sabre.
• Plastrons (underarm protectors): Standard fencing plastron; required with every uniform
• Chest Protector: Required for females
• Masks: 12K punch test; sewn in bib. Conductive Bib in foil is required. Elastic strap at back of mask is required
• Blades: Standard blade length of 30-35” permitted. Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords when reporting to the strip.
• Weapon Handle: Any attachment to a weapon’s handle must fix the hand in one position such that the top of the thumb is no more than 2 cm from the inner surface of the guard.
• Names on Uniforms: Not required.

• Top 40% of the competitive field will earn ROC points
• Ratings can be awarded. See USFA ratings chart at:


1. Current Senior national rolling point standings regardless of classification.
2. Classification and year
3. Athletes with neither of the above are seeded on a random basis after the athletes who are seeded by the preceding factors.

DIV 2:
1. Classification and year
2. Athletes with neither of the above are seeded on a random basis after the athletes who are seeded by the preceding factors.

Current ratings: Current point standings:

• One preliminary round of pools (5-touch/3 minute bouts), then all fencers advance to direct elimination round (15 touch/9-minute bouts.). DE tableau shall be comprised according to the results of the preliminary pool round. During the 1-minute break, ONE PERSON designated by the fencer (team-mate, coach, or parent) may be on the strip with the fencer.
• There is no fence-off for third place.
• Medals awarded to Top 8.

• Fencers are responsible for ensuring accuracy of all posted information and must report errors to the bout committee (BC) 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.

• 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.

Everybody taking part in or present at a fencing competition must remain orderly and must not disturb the smooth running of the competition. At no time is anyone allowed to criticize the Officials or their decisions, to insult them or to attempt to influence them in any way. Coaches and spectators are allowed to give advice to fencers, but in all situations, coaches and spectators must not disturb the order of the bout. The referee and/or the Bout Committee can decide to expel from the competition venue, with or without warning, any person who by gesture, attitude or language disturbs the good order or smooth running of the tournament.


Located at: 629 Grove Street; Jersey City, NJ (

Steve Kaplan - Club owner/Coach
• (U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Fencing Master)
• 1976 U.S. Olympic Team Member – Sabre.
• 1975 Pan American Games Silver Medalist.
• 4 time U.S. National Team Champion.
• 1971 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All American – NYU.
• Varsity Head Fencing Coach NYU 1980-1986.
• Elected to NYU Athletic Hall of Fame 1996.
• Founded Cobra Fencing Club in 2002.

Raskyrie (Ras) Davidson - Coach

• 2005, 2006, 2007 United States Junior World Team Member
• 2006 World Cadet Saber Bronze Medalist
• 2005 Junior Olympics Cadet Saber Champion
• 2005 Junior Olympics Junior Saber Champion
• 2004 United States National Cadet Saber Champion