Explanation of U14 EFC Circuit entry process and a request for all athletes to complete entry forms for Paris U14 EFC event by midnight 19th January to guarantee entry on the EFC portal.
(Changes added 18/01/2023 in blue, updated, following updates from England Fencing)
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All European Fencing Confederation (EFC) and International Fencing Federation (FIE) competition entries from eligible athletes (those with UK passports or, in the case of EFC UK citizenships) need to be processed through British Fencing as the registered National Federation. This is irrespective of whether the competition is a selection event (for BF or a Home Nation) or whether no selection process applies.
During the year, BF process thousands of requests for entry and, at any point in time (especially during the busy part of the season – October to April), can support hundreds of athletes fencing internationally. These entries require valid international licensed and often require referees to be sourced, who must also be entered into the system, or fines are due. Behind many of the entries lie selection processes, payments and eligibility checks.
To ensure that we can process everyone’s entries efficiently, during working hours, with the resources available, BF set deadlines to allow for the EFC, FIE and BF/Sport80 payment, administration and relevant selection processes.
For ‘non-nominated’ (no selection required) EFC/FIE competitions for U17, U20, U23, and Seniors, BF entry deadlines are already published on the GBR calendars. U14 Circuit competitions were added to this list in October 2022 when BF received final confirmation from the EFC.
BF entry deadlines are around 18 days before the EFC/FIE event. This takes into account the EFC and FIE entry deadlines of up to 7 days before the event. This timescale allows around 7-10 working days for the administrative, approval, licensing and payments functions to be carried out and the management of any queries and issue resolution required within that timescale.
It also gives the athletes (or their coaches, clubs, Home Nations) time to
At the moment, entry for BF non-nominated events is first-come, first-served basis. (BF non-nominated events are events that do not have associated BF GBR selections)
The creation of a new U14 circuit and the decision to use this as a Home Nation selection event has created an extra level of workload for BF hence the requirement for U14 entries to follow the same deadlines as all other BF non-nominated events. We appreciate your understanding and thank you in advance for completing your entry forms before the deadline.
The process for entry to U14 EFC Circuit is as follows:
The liability for referee provision is usually explained on the GBR entry form here. But the U14 circuit is a new EFC circuit, and as such, there is a lack of clarity around the EFC rules and processes as the circuit develops. The referee requirements are changing from U14 competition to U14 competition . Whilst the expectation is that these competitions will have similar rules to the U17s, we are also seeing inconsistency in applying the rules around equipment and coach accreditation. Therefore if you are planning to send a fencer to these competitions, you must make sure that you carefully read the ‘reglements’ (the competition rules, here) and any EFC rules, which may be updated from time to time here).
U14s is not an area which is part of the funded BF Athlete Development Programme, which starts at age 14. This means that BF only provides basic license/entry administration as described above and queries related to licenses and entry can be sent to us via the form here and a member of the ADP team will come back to you.
Parents/coaches who would like to take their U14s to compete internationally in these tournaments should contact their Home Nation Association (who are responsible for pre-ADP support) with further questions (eg around referee and coach allocation) and support navigating the reglements (the rules) of individual competitions.
BF Entry Deadlines are published on the GBR calendars.
|START DATE START||NAME||PLACE||COUNTRY||WEAPON||BF ENTRY DEADLINE|
|04/02/2023||U14 European Circuit||Paris||France||Foil||19/01/23|
|11/03/2023||U14 European Circuit||Zagreb||Croatia||Foil||22/02/23|
|25/03/2023||U14 European Circuit||Florina||Greece||Epee||08/03/23|
|01/04/2023||U14 European Circuit Ciudad||Ciudad Real||Spain||Sabre||15/03/23|
|22/04/2023||U14 European Circuit||Osijek||Croatia||Epee||05/04/23|
|22/04/2023||U14 Circuit Zrenjanin||Zrenjanin||Serbia||Foil Epee||05/04/23|
|29/04/2023||U14 European Circuit||Praha||Czech Republic||Sabre||12/04/23|
|13/05 /2023||U14 European Circuit epee||Sofia||Bulgaria||Epee||26/04/23|
|03/06/2023||U14 European Circuit||Lausanne||Switzerland||Epee||17/05/23|
If you have any questions relating to this post, please submit them to us via the form here and a member of the ADP team will come back to you.
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