NJ Division fencers and coaches: As we commence reopening activities, adherence to NJ State Government requirements and guidelines can help ensure safety and avoid setbacks. As applicable to sports and recreational practices, the State of NJ currently requires that; ALL individuals (including parents, coaches, staff, etc) SHALL wear cloth face coverings while indoors (as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible), unless doing so will endanger the subject’s health. Athletes/participants should wear cloth or disposable face coverings when not engaging in vigorous activity, such as when sitting, or when interacting with staff or other participants. USA Fencing’s national office has also made a non-mandatory recommendation that face coverings be used during fencing activity, though face coverings are not required by the State of NJ while persons are engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities. Face coverings should not be worn when doing so may endanger the individual’s health. Clubs should also continue to follow other guidelines and restrictions including, but not limited to restrictions on maximum capacity, scheduling to limit unncessary overlap of groups/athletes, and COVID-19 related cleanliness and hygiene. Individuals, including coaches, players, and families, should stay home if they have tested positive for, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you for respecting the State government guidelines and keeping our community safe. (See NJ Executive Orders 163, 168, and NJ Dept of Health “Guidance for Sports Activities”)
USA Fencing announced earlier this month that sanctioning of in-person non-competition activities could resume in locations where the clubs are permitted to operate or reopen by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates regarding COVID-19.
As states and municipalities begin to release more information regarding opening dates for businesses that include fencing clubs, USA Fencing is now issuing Return to Fencing Guidelines that address suggested precautions for fencers and their families, club owners, coaches, administrators and division leaders.
The Return to Fencing Guidelines are recommendations, not mandates. They are based in significant part upon current guidelines promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and other publicly available resources. The knowledge surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and clubs’ circumstances may differ depending on their geographic locations, facilities, memberships and other factors. Accordingly, USA Fencing encourages clubs and participants to implement the following measures, to the extent reasonably possible, as minimum precautions.
As a reminder, USA Fencing’s sanction, and thus its insurance coverage, will apply only to areas in which clubs can be open legally.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the Return to Fencing Guidelines, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations! Chatham High School in Chatham Township, N.J. led the rankings with 10 All-Americans, including three First-Team, three Second-Team and four Honorable Mention Team members.
The full roster includes many NJ High School students – Jersey proud:
Ready to become a referee and earn $ next season? Here’s an opportunity for a Zoom ref seminar on 8/15 – and NJ Division members have an opportunity for tuition reimbursement (message this site for details)