Message on behalf of USA Fencing,
Over the course of the last seven days, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted unprecedented changes within the world of sport.
In prioritizing the health and wellness of all our members, USA Fencing will not be sanctioning any local, regional, national or international tournaments from March 16-April 6.
Divisions are directed to postpone all sanctioned competitions across the country through April 6, 2020.
In order to allow participants from postponed tournaments to still be eligible to compete at the National Championships and July Challenge, the deadlines have been extended as follows:
Division Qualifying Forms Submission Deadline: June 1
We continue to urge everyone to practice preventative measures and prioritize the health and well-being of all of members and their families.
Tips for Fencers, Coaches, Staff, etc.
Stay home from practice or competition if you feel sick.
Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol when restrooms are unavailable.
Avoid direct physical contact with others (keep a six-foot distance when possible).
Salute or elbow bump competitors, coaches and referees rather than shaking hands.
Do not touch your face during a bout or training session.
Do not share water bottles.
Do not put your mouth on water fountains.
Tips for Club Owners and Tournament Organizers
Make sure to have hand sanitizer and tissues in high traffic areas throughout the training or competition space, including near bout committee tables, water dispensers, score tables, etc.
Wash all shared gear and use sanitizng wipes on weapons in between uses. Read tips on how to wash masks.
As always, make sure restrooms and locker rooms are properly cleaned on a frequent basis.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
The CDC recommends preventative actions regarding respiratory illnesses, including:
Stay home when you are sick.
Everyone is encouraged to seek further information using the CDC and the WHO websites:
Questions or personal concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) should be directed to your local healthcare provider. This remains a dynamic situation and USA Fencing will update our decisions and recommendations on a regular basis both via email and at www.usafencing.org/coronavirus.