DIVISION NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CARPOOLING TO FENCING EVENTS
Many of the Division’s fencing meets are inaccessible to fencers who don’t have a car. With that in mind, the WPD Executive Committee is encouraging fencers to carpool to fencing events that can’t easily be reached by public transportation.
Carpooling can benefit both the driver and the rider(s). The driver can receive a bit of compensation for gasoline (and/or mileage) to offset their meet costs, while riders can go to tournaments they otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. A win/win situation for both.
Meet organizers should consider including a few words to encourage carpooling when they post their tournament information on askFRED.
The WPD Executive Committee will keep the tournament capping policy, that it instituted last season, to make it easier for smaller clubs to host sanctioned events.
Smaller clubs that have limited venue space will be permitted to cap the attendance of events, as follows:
“As per the US Fencing National Office, capping of an event is permissible as long as the cap is reasonable, the event is not a qualifier in any way (ROC, RYC, SYC, JO qualifier, or Division qualifier, for example), and the cap size is clearly stated in the registration materials.
The WPD Executive Committee will approve reasonable capping requests based on number of strips available, number of events at a competition, and applicable fire safety regulations for the competition venue.”
The Safe Sport Partial Membership Cost Reimbursement Policy will continue to be in force, for the 2016 – 2017 fencing season (details below).
NOTE 1: Officials have until the end of the fencing season (July 31, 2017) to apply for reimbursement.
NOTE 2: You must actually send in a reimbursement request to the Treasurer. The reimbursement will not be automatically sent to qualifying individuals.
WPD SAFE SPORT PARTIAL MEMBERSHIP COST REIMBURSEMENT POLICY TERMS
To offset the financial burden of meeting USA Fencing’s Safe Sport requirements, on those people who are necessary to administer the WPD (and its tournaments), the Western Pa. Division Executive Committee is continuing its special reimbursement policy for the 2016-2017 fencing season.
This policy enables certain WPD members to be reimbursed for the cost of a USA Fencing professional membership upgrade option (currently $35.00). The policy provides rebates to referees and up to 4 host club tournament personnel, per host club (providing these individuals meet the policy’s criteria).
FULL policy details are available on the “POLICIES AND BY-LAWS” page of this website, where the WPD’s “Safe Sport Partial Membership Cost Reimbursement Policy” is posted.
WPD members should consult the policy for specifics on how they can arrange for their reimbursement.
USA FENCING'S SAFE SPORT MANDATE UPDATE:
Back in May of 2015, USA Fencing sent an e-mail announcement out regarding their Safe Sport initiative. They’re concerned about Divisions and clubs meeting Safe Sport requirements.
They also sent a fairly long Safe Sport Update in their 1/11/16 e-newsletter which included a special reminder for coaches, plus some clarifications and more details, particularly about events that are hosted within the state of Pennsylvania.
COACHES AND REFEREES WORKING IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA
Here is the text of USA Fencing’s message, regarding extra requirements for coaches and referees who plan to work in Pennsylvania:
Notice for coaches and referees who plan to work in Pennsylvania: Act 15 was passed in the summer of 2015, and all who work with children in the state (even visiting coaches and referees) need to have 3 checks completed and on file with the club/event host:
1.PA State Police Criminal Background Check
2.Child Abuse History records
3.FBI Criminal Background Check
Click here for details:
ADDITIONAL SAFE SPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR COACHES
USA Fencing also wanted to remind coaches that there are also special requirements for them, which must be met in order for their Safe Sport certifications to be current.
In addition to passing a background check through NCSI (which is conducted via USA Fencing), coaches must also complete the USOC’s core Safe Sport Training Course (a 90-minute abuse prevention course) to keep their Safe Sport certification for 2 years.
After those two years, coaches who have already taken the USOC’s core Safe Sport Training Course can take a 30-minute refresher course, to renew their Safe Sport certification (you must complete the core course, first, to be eligible for the refresher).
To take the core course, click here:
To take the refresher course, click here:
All WPD tournament organizers MUST be aware of, and abide by, USA Fencing’s Safe Sport requirements.
Not doing so could affect tournament sanctioning.
This page last updated 7/11/17