Duel in Des Moines

Join us for our first tournament of 2021!

Fairmeadows Elementary
807 23rd St.
West Des Moines, IA
(epee events will be outside, in the parking lot; foil and saber will be indoors, in the gym)
This is not the same school as last fall!

$30 + $10 per event

(Times are close of check-in; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)

Saturday 5/1:
9:00 am – Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Foil
10:00 am – Senior Mixed Epee
11:00 am – Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Saber
1:00 pm – Senior Mixed Foil
2:00 pm – Cadet Mixed Epee
2:30 pm – Senior Mixed Saber

Sunday 5/2:
10:00 am – Senior Women’s Epee
2:00 pm – Unrated Senior Mixed Epee

Live results: TBA

*If there is a significant chance of rain, we’ll communicate on Thursday evening (4/29) about schedule changes or cancellations.

Covid-19 Rules & Precautions:

Masks are required per USA Fencing rules: https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1130356

Coronavirus masks will be treated like any other piece of attire/equipment – glasses, shoelaces, jacket zippers – if it becomes displaced, we want you to fix it, but it should generally stay in place while fencing.

To help with the logistics of this requirement, fencers are allowed to put their fencing mask on before hooking up to the reel (and salute with it on) and take it off after unhooking.

Hand sanitizer will be available at each scoring table and bout committee.

Please bring your own water so you don’t have to use the restroom tap.

Please DO NOT attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have recently been exposed to a known case, or are supposed to be quarantining.

This tournament is sanctioned, so USA Fencing membership is required for all events except Youth Foil and Youth Saber. You can join or renew your membership here: https://member.usafencing.org/login

*If you are new to USA Fencing, there is an option to sign up as a non-competitive member for $10, which allows you to compete in one tournament during the 20-21 season (which ends in July) without upgrading to a full competitive membership.

Youth is considered “10 and up”. All other age categories follow USA Fencing’s normal age divisions: https://www.usafencing.org/age-classification-eligibility

State & county Covid-19 data:

USA Fencing’s Return to Local Events Guidelines, many of which we will be following: https://cdn2.sportngin.com/attachments/document/97c9-2220537/Return_to_Local_Events_Final.pdf#_ga=2.240177984.213598919.1597815952-1737010881.1552275440

Tournament will follow USA Fencing’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies: https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/62a0-1886140/USA_Fencing_MAAPP_Final_060619.pdf#_ga=2.95948250.734423682.1600180125-603829739.1572536120

*Update 4/1/21: Now there are events for foil and saber fencers, run by the Des Moines Fencing Club!*

Hosted by Red Door Fencing & the Des Moines Fencing Club
(515) 329-0329

Jack O Lantern 2020

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, we are hosting our first tournament in the 2020-21 season.

All events are currently expected to be sanctioned. USFA competitive membership will be required. All events will be conducted according to the current USFA Rules. All equipment and behavior must meet the requirements laid down by these rules. We will check all masks and saber gloves.

Please note: this is not a regional or national qualifying event. Regional and National Points will not be awarded, and this tournament is not a part of any qualifying path.

We will need referees, so if you can referee please e-mail the organizer list at the bottom of the page. All referees will be compensated with USFA per diem rates + lunch.

Schedule of Events:
(Times are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)
– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Saber — 9:00am
– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Foil —– 9:30am
– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Epee — 11:00am
– Senior Mixed Saber —— 12:00pm
– Senior Mixed Foil ——— 1:00pm
– Senior Mixed Epee ——- 2:30pm

Ask Fred Link

Preregistration is open now.
Preregistration closes on 11/6/2020.

Franklin Jr High
4801 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310

This event will be held in the East Gym-117. There is ample parking directly outside to the North.

Pre-registration is $30
Each event $10
Day of Event registration fee +$5
Cash or checks, please.

AskFred registration deadline November 6th, 2020 (Pay day of event)
Medals for 1st, 2nd, two 3rd placements
USFA competitive membership required for all sanctioned events***
Please bring proof of current competitive membership in the USFA
All USFA rules will be enforced.

COVID-19 Information:
*The date and schedule are tentative as this is a postponement due to coronavirus/COVID-19. We will email pre-registrants if there are any changes.
Masks will be required for all in attendance.
We also ask guests know and practice CDC’s guideline such as distancing between guests
Hand sanitizer will be available.
We ask that no participant or guest attend if they have any of the following:
– Temperature of over 99.9degrees F. (Please self-check prior to arriving)
– Symptoms: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
– Been in known contact with anyone who has tested positive
– Traveled further than 300 miles.
Please be aware of any USFA COVID restrictions
***There is a possibility our events will not be sanctioned. USA Fencing membership will not be required if the Iowa Division Board does not sanction the tournament.
State & county Covid-19 data:

Please contact us through AskFRED with any questions related to the event.

Event Coordinator: Kari Lancaster
Phone: (515) 229-5840
Email: karil1@live.com

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The Des Moines Fencing Club (DMFC) exists to teach and promote the three disciplines of Olympic fencing (epee, foil, and saber) in central Iowa by proving opportunities to participate in a continuum of of fencing programs and activities.

Fencers of all ages may participate recreationally or competitively at the local, state, and national level. DMFC cultivates a passion for fencing through a community that challenges athletes to aspire to their highest level of achievement.