Sad to report that Novera Herbert Spector died on Wednesday, November 15, at age 98. Herb, a long-time member of Capitol Division, founded the Washington Fencing Club in DC and the NIH Fencing Club. Herb was a member of the US Fencing Hall of Fame.
Watch a video of the Herb's life history on YouTube.
An epee team tournament is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.
The event will follow the standard team format, with teams of 3 plus an alternate. Current USA Fencing rules will be enforced.
Entry fee is $75.00 per team if preregistered, $90.00 per team for those who register at the door. Payment for the event can be made by cash or check payable to "Friends of DCFC" during check-in.
Both events will start at 2:30pm, and will be capped at 16 teams each.
Preregister at AskFRED.
A youth tournament is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.
Youth-10/12 Mixed Epee will close registration at 10:00am. Youth-10/12 Mixed Foil closes registration at 1:00pm. Youth-10/12 Mixed Sabre closes registration at 3:00pm.
All sabre fencers must use a 800NW glove as specified by US Fencing.
Preregister at AskFRED.
A Youth Challenge will be held on Sunday, December 10, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.
Youth 10/12 Mixed Epee will close registration at 10:00am. Youth 10/12 Mixed Sabre will also close registration at 10:00am. Youth-14 Mixed Epee and Youth-14 Mixed Sabre will close registration at 12:00pm.
Preregister at AskFRED.
The Capitol Division Executive Committee is committed to increasing the number of rated referees within the division.
To support this goal, the Committee has voted to reimburse any Capitol Division member's referee clinic fees and testing fees if they pass the written test and practical exam and successfully earn a referee rating. Travel and hotel expenses are not reimbursable, only the fees for the clinic and test. Verification of the rating earned and documentation of the testing fees should be sent to the Division Treasurer.
In addition, the Capitol Division will reimburse the $35.00 membership upgrade fee for new referees (and those who have just turned age 18).
For the 2016-2017 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make international competition travel grants of $400.00 available to individual fencers who are members of the Division. These grants are being made to fulfill our mission, as outlined in our bylaws, to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants are available to reimburse expenses related to competing in cadet, junior, and senior US Fencing designated international competitions and at Veteran World Championships and to attending those same competitions as a member of the official US Fencing delegation.
Fencers are eligible for one grant per season. Grants are available for expenses not fully reimbursed from other sources.
In order to receive these grants, eligible fencers should submit the 2016-2017 Capitol Division International Competition Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee with copies of all the relevant receipts. Reimbursements for expenses will be disbursed by the Treasurer of the Capitol Division.
Deadlines for filing applications for the 2015-2016 season:
Application and receipts should be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
For the 2016-17 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make developmental grants of $300.00 available to the member clubs. Member clubs are eligible for developmental grants every other season. These grants are being made to fulfill our purposes and objectives as outlined in our bylaws, in particular our missions to support, enhance and develop the sport of fencing and to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants should not be used for ordinary club expenses such as rent or US Fencing membership; rather the clubs should use these funds to enhance the experience of Divisional fencers in the spirit of our bylaws. One grant will be available to each club.
The list below gives a few examples of ways that these funds could be used. This list includes suggestions, but the committee is open to other uses:
In order to receive these grants, the club representative should submit a proposal on the 2016-2017 Capitol Division Developmental Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the rest of the Executive Committee. If the proposal is approved, the club representative should submit receipts for the expenses covered by the grant and a check will be sent to the member club.
The grant application form and receipts should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
The deadline for grant application is June 15, 2017.
Below is a list of the rated referees (from the Fencing Officials Committee web site) who are members of Capitol Division. Referees are tested and certified at levels 1 through 10, 1 is the highest level.
Junior Men's Epee
Junior Women's Epee