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      April 14, 2012


      3519 Lancaster Avenue
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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      Y10 Novice Foil

      Fencing Academy of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA

      Eligibility: fencers birth year must be 2001-2004. Limit - 8 fencers.

      Novice fencers must have been competing for two years or less and never have finished in the top three of a tournament consisting of 6 people or more. Use "Email the Orgainzer" link to add yourself to the waiting list. (Do NOT call FAP.) Names added in order of emails received. See here for waiting list and no-show policy.

      Entry fee $25 if pre-registered on askfred. Late entry fee $35 for walk in registrations. All fees are paid at the door & cash only (this is a Philadelphia Division policy due to a number of bounced checks).

      This is an official USFA-sanctioned event. Current USFA membership required. Knickers or long pants must be worn. Only "dry" practice foils
      may be used.

      Philadelphia division information at .

      More Info
      About venue and surrounding area
      Novice tournament FAQ
      About waiting list
      About no-show policy

      FAP and the surrounding area:
      Doors open one hour before close of check-in. Free parking on street (just not Lancaster). Showers available. Several nearby restaurants, ranging from good pizza joints and coffeehouses to fancy dining by UPenn campus. 7-Eleven one block away.

      Novice tournament FAQ - Fencers and parents often want to know:
      Q. How long will the tournament take?
      A. That depends on how many people show up, what format we use to run the event, and how far the individual fencer advances within the event. Both the format and the time estimates will be announced at the start of the tournament.

      Q. What should I/ my fencer bring?
      A. All fencing equipment, including plastron (underarm protector). Sturdy long pants are an acceptable substitute for knickers and long socks. A USFA card (or money to join - $60 for one year). Entry fees. A water bottle. Lunch and/or substantial snack food, or money to buy such from the pizza/ middle eastern restaurant next door. There will be a break between rounds in which to eat.

      Q. So that means that the tournament is dry, not electric?
      A. Correct.

      Q. Gee, I don't see many people signed up. Will there really be a tournament?
      A. YES! Because novice tournaments are inherently for people who are new to fencing, many have not yet discovered Fred. (Also, the Philadelphia Division is pretty new to Fred and somewhat reluctant in conversion.) There are always late registrations (alas!) and there is always a tournament.

      Q. Are ratings given out at novice tournaments?
      A. No. Because the tournament is "dry" and limited to people who have been competing for two years or less, this tournament does not give out ratings.

      Waiting list policy:
      Pre-registration limited to first 18 fencers. If the registration is full, send the organizer an email with your phone and hours at which you can be contacted. You will be put on a waiting list and notified by email and/or telephone (only if you leave your number!) if space opens up. If you do not yet have an account with Fred, please create one, so that the organizer can add you manually.

      Fencing Academy of Philadelphia Pre-registration Policy:
      We are trying to discourage people from pre-registering and not showing up. If you are listed as pre-registered in the 24 hours before close of check-in and you do not show up, your name will go on a warning list. If you do so again you will not be able to pre-register for FAP events for the next calendar year. If you pre-register and cannot show up, simply remove your name from the pre-registration list. If you’re not sure how to do that, click on the “Email the Tournament Organizer” link and we’ll help you out.

      FAQ for Pre-Registration Policy
      Q. Why on earth are you doing this?
      A. Our space is limited and we are committed to running a smooth, efficient tournament, which means that we are forced to limit how many people can participate. If you sign up and then don’t show up, you are often keeping somebody else from fencing, which just isn’t fair. We understand that sometimes life throws a curveball and you get sick or something and can’t show up, which is why we allow you to miss once. Really, though… it’s not that hard to take your name off the list!

      Q. What happens if I can no longer pre-register because I’ve done so in the past and not shown up?
      A. Just that you can no longer pre-register. Thats the only penalty. You are still welcome to fence the events, but you’ll have to take your chances with showing up at the door. Some of our tournaments are very popular and if the tournament is full you probably won’t be able to fence. Also, if there is a discount for pre-registration, you will not be eligible for that discount.

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