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North Texas Division

United States Fencing Association

Texas Divisions

Texas Divisions of the USFA


This is the home page for the North Texas Division of the United States Fencing Association (USFA). The North Texas Division covers the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas, including Waco and Denton. See the map for the division boundaries and the locations of fencing clubs and tournaments.


Fencing Institute of Texas has moved to a new location!

FIT has moved to its new location, 1000 West Crosby, Suite 134 Road Carrollton, TX 75006. Please refer to the Division Directory page for further details. Please pardon the dust while the club finishes its move.

North Texas Division Qualifier

A big thank you to all the competitors who fenced in the North Texas Division's Summer National Championship Qualifier and congratulations to those who qualified. All fencers who qualified should be able to see your qualification status in your Railstation profile.The deadline to submit your entry to the Championships and July Challenge is May 16th.

New Sabre Timing Rules and FIE Sabre Placement Test

At the April 14, 2016 Board of Directors meeting the BoD voted to adopt the new FIE Sabre timing rules for all sanctioned USA Fencing events effective on August 1, 2016 to coincide with the start of the new season. The new rule is: After a hit has been registered, a subsequent hit made by the other fencer will only be registered if it occurs within a maximum of 170 ms (± 10 ms) (previously 120ms).

Also the FIE is testing having referees place each of the two competitors in such a way that the back foot of each is 2m from the centre line of the piste (that is, in from of the "on-guard" lines). This test to occur after the Olympic Games and until December 31, 2016. The EC will decide if the rule will be applied for the rest of the 2016-17 season.

Change of Application of the Rules Regarding Epee Wiring

Effective immediately, there is a change in the acceptable way one may wire an epee. In a post to the FOC site in 2013 it was stated that the wires may not pass through the “tunnel” created by the socket and the metal plate because the referee cannot verify if there is a hidden switch. This application of the rules is contrary to the application in the rest of the world. Epee sockets are manufactured globally with the “tunnel” to protect the wires from accidental or "non-accidental" breaks. Allowing epees to be wired with the wires through the “tunnel” is the way the rules are enforced at every international tournament including World Cups, World Championships and at the Olympic Games.

Therefore, effective immediately, USA Fencing will change its interpretation of the rule to be in alignment with the rest of the world and permit epees to be wired in either fashion, either outside the tunnel or through the tunnel. See photos at right for illustration. Please reference the article on the USFA web site/news for further information.

Please Consider Joining the North Texas Division Fencers Yahoo Group

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