Thursday, April 10, 2014

SoCal fencers have an excellent showing at World Championships!

Congratulations to our fencers who represented the SoCal Division and LAIFC in  Junior and Cadet events at the World Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In cadet women's épée,  Kasia Nixon put up a strong finish and took home a bronze medal.

In cadet men's épée, Justin Yoo fought hard but lost 15-14 to take home the silver while Charlie Horowitz finished 29th with one more year in cadet to fence.

Justin Yoo in the Junior Men's épée event performed excellently and took the bronze medal home. Two medals in a week at the world championship level is amazing! Keep up the great work.

Let's root for the US Men's épée team where Justin will be fencing for the US as well.

Video can be found on the FIE YouTube channel and results can be found at

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Congratulations to our SoCal Fencers for fencing in this past weekend's Qualifiers for Summer Nationals

While there were several fencers in the epee events, the sabre and foil events could have had more fencers which would have increased the number of qualifiers in each event. Congratulations to all those who came out to fence and qualified in their events.

Below are the places and qualifiers in each event:

Y14 Women's Epee
1st     Stella Smyth            LAIFC                                     Qualified
2nd    Melody Lo              Fotune Fencing                         Qualified
3rd     Kate Peterson          LAIFC                                     Qualified

Y14 Men's Epee
1st     Isaac Gomez            Fortune Fencing                       Qualified
2nd    Benjamin Raanan       Beverly Hills Fencers Club         Qualified
3rd     Christopher Kim       Swords Fencing Studio             Qualified
3rd     Adrian Ballard           Fortune Fencing                       Qualified

Div II Men's Epee
1st     Luke Sirand             LAIFC                                      Qualified      Earns C14
2nd    Ethan Madison         LAIFC                                      Qualified
3rd    Isaac Gomez            Fortune Fencing                         Qualified
3rd    Simon Redding         Fortune Fencing                         Qualified      Earns D14
5th     Jonah Cho               LAIFC                                       Qualified
6th     Emon Daroian          Swords Fencing Studio               Qualified
15th   Jansen Hu                LAIFC                                       Qualified Vet Men's Epee
20th   Erik Knutzen            Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Men's Epee
21st   Joseph Freeman        Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Men's Epee

Div II Women's Epee
1st    Rachel Bang              Unattached                                Qualified
2nd   Shirley Luong            Fortune Fencing                         Qualified
3rd    Chloe Daniel             Fortune Fencing                          Auto
3rd    Nouneh Assadourian  UCLA                                        Qualified
7th    Barbara Antonio         Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Women's Epee
8th    Penny Segal              Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Women's Epee
9th    Lucero Fernandez      Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Women's Epee
10th   Ramona Priester        Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Women's Epee
11th   Amanda Chang          Fortune Fencing                         Qualified Vet Women's Epee

Div III Men's Epee
1st     Kevin Barkett             Unattached                              Qualified      Earns D14
2nd    Jonathon Monroe       Beverly Hills Fencers Club         Qualified      Earns E14
3rd     Jonah Dipaola            Swords Fencing Studio             Qualified      Earns E14
3rd     Jansen Hu                 LAIFC                                     Qualified      Earns E14

Div III Women's Epee
1st     Penny Segal               Fortune Fencing                        Qualified      Earns E14
2nd    Carson Becker            Fortune Fencing                        Qualified    
3rd     Barbara Antonio         Fortune Fencing                        Qualified    

Div II Men's Saber
1st    Eric Sang                    Z Fencing LA                            Qualified
2nd   Sean Patucci                Chaminade                                Qualified
3rd   Jonathan Schor             Unattached                               Qualified

Y14 Men's Saber
1st     Daniel Kwak               Avant Garde                              Qualified
2nd    Alexander Jones          Avant Garde                              Qualified
3rd     Nathan Gi                  Z Fencing LA                             Qualified

Div II Women's Saber
1st     Anne Kim                   Salle D'Asaro                             Auto
2nd    Anita Grigore              LAIFC                                      Qualified
3rd     Ava-Rose Beech         Avant Garde                               Qualified
3rd     Melina Mallory            LAIFC                                      Qualified

Y14 Men's Foil
1st      Bryce Louie                LAIFC                                      Auto
2nd     Ryan Wixen                LAIFC                                      Qualified
3rd      Christopher Kwok       Guerra Fencing                          Qualified
3rd      Carter Williams           LAIFC                                      Qualified

Y14 Women's Foil
1st       Tiffany Lu                 Swords Fencing Studio               Qualified
2nd      Kiersten Sandoval       Salle La Verne                            Qualified

Div II Men's Foil
1st      Michael Kuzmak          LAIFC                                       Qualified
2nd     Matthew Jin                Ca Institute of Technology           Qualified
3rd      Michael Mashevsky     Salle La Verne                             Qualified
6th      Michael Tiffany           Points West Fencing Center          Qualified Vet Men's Foil
7th      Sam Wuebben             Presidio                                      Qualified Vet Men's Foil

Div II Women's Foil
1st      Sophia Lambrecht         Salle La Verne                           Qualified
2nd     Caitlin Mckenna            Fortune Fencing                        Qualified
3rd      Chris Craig                  LA Fencers Club                        Qualified
5th      Harriett Eckstein           Presidio                                     Qualified Vet Women's Foil

Div III Men's Foil
1st      Parker Williams             Unattached                                Qualified
2nd     Michael Mashevsky       Salle La Verne                            Auto
3rd      Ryan Wixen                  LAIFC                                      Qualified
3rd      Eugene Vinitsky            Unattached                                 Qualified
6th      Richard Lim                  Beverly Hills Fencers Club           Qualified Vet Men's Foil

Div III Women's Foil
1st     Katie Fisher                   Unattached                                 Qualified
2nd    Chris Craig                    LA Fencers Club                         Auto
3rd     Emily Leeper                 Guerra Fencing                           Qualified
3rd     Harriett Eckstein            Presidio                                      Qualified

Div III Women's Saber
1st     Sawako Iizuka               Avant Garde                                Qualified
2nd    Sylvie Sanders               LAIFC                                        Qualified

Y14 Women's Foil
1st      Melina Mallory              LAIFC                                        Qualified

Div III Men's Saber
1st      Kevin Barkett                Unattached                                   Qualified
2nd     Troy Richardson           Salle Couturier                              Qualified
3rd      Connor Dotson             Vistamar                                      Qualified

Full results can be found here.

Congratulations to all the above fencers!

Monday, March 17, 2014

March 2014 NAC Memphis TN Results

Congrats and good work to all the fencers who competed this weekend in Memphis, TN.

Friday started with the Div III Men's Épée event where Emon Daroian from Swords finished 11th and Kevin Chao placed 32nd out of a field of 98. Good job you guys!

In the Y10 Women's Foil event, Rowan Park from LAIFC placed 15th. Great job!

Our only Y14 Women's Foil Team from LAIFC took home the gold with Chen, Park, and Tsai. Great job girls!

In Div III Women's Saber, Anita Grigore from LAIFC placed 6th out of 68 fencers. Fantastic finish!

Five girls finished in the top 32 in the Y12 Women's épée event, Shaya Shamsian 8th, Octavia Tyagi 11th, Josephine Lieber 16th, Kate Petersen 25th, and Stella Smyth 29th, all from LAIFC. Congratulations girls!!

Congratulations to Nick Itkin from LAIFC for placing second and earning his B14 in Y14 Men's Foil!

Great job to Asher Bailey from LAIFC for finishing 12th in the Y10 men's saber event!

Congrats to our Y14 Men's Épée fencers, Adrien Thein-Sandler, Zach Kravitz, and Stephen Ewart Jr for finishing 5th, 6th, and 18th respectively. Great job guys!

Good job to the LAIFC women's Y14 Épée team of Lee, Nixon, Kimura, and Beddingfield for finishing third!

Great job to Maxwell Yee from LAIFC for taking the gold in Div III Men's Foil out of a field of 119!

In the Y12 Men's Saber event, congrats to Richard Shin for placing 7th and Jude Stephenson  for placing 14th, both from Avant Garde. Congrats boys!

Out of 87 fencers, Anita Grigore from LAIFC finished 11th in the Y14 Women's Saber event! Great job!

In Y14 Women's Épée, Hanna Lee from LAIFC placed third and Chloe Daniel from Fortune finished 7th. Karolina Nixon and Kimberley Kimura placed 13th and 25th, respectively and both from LAIFC. Great job girls!

Excellent job to our only Y14 men's épée team comprised of Stephen Ewart. Jr from Swords, Adrien Thein-Sandler from LAIFC, Zach Kravitz from LAIFC, and Jonah Cho from LAIFC. They competed under the name #SoCal and took home the gold beating out very skilled teams! Great job guys!

In Y10 men's épée, congrats to Joshua Shin and Michael Mun from LAIFC for finishing 6th and 7th, respectively. Also to Andrew So from LAIFC for placing 13th and Stafford Moosekian for finishing 27th from Swords. Great job and keep up the good work guys!

Good job to Bryce Louie, 22nd, and  Eric Yu, 23rd, both from LAIFC for their top 32 finishes in  Y12 Men's Foil!

Congrats to John Lee from LAIFC for placing 23rd in Y12 Men's Épée!

Great job Alexandra Park from LAIFC for finishing 19th in Y14 women's foil!

Congrats to Eric Yu from LAIFC for taking the bronze in Y10 men's foil and to Ryan Tobin from LAIFC for placing 29th!

Great job to Chloe Daniel from Fortune for finishing 5th in Div III women's épée out of 54 fencers!

Excellent job to Richard Shin from Avant Garde for placing 23rd in Y14 men's saber!

Great job SoCal fencers! Keep up the good work and see you at this upcoming Summer National Qualifiers held at Caltech this weekend.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SoCal Division Membership Meeting held March 8th

Thank you to all who came out March 8th to partake in the semi-annual Membership Meeting. Meeting Minutes will be posted once finalized under the "Meeting Minutes" tab.

The Calendar has been updated with sanctioned and unsanctioned events from AskFred with corresponding links.

If you are a club and want to host a tournament, please go to the "Forms" tab and fill out the Tournament Sanction Request Form and email it to the SoCal Chair.

Once you have an AskFred link up and want it posted here, please email the SoCal Chair.

We are resolved to keep this website updated and relevant, please send any pictures and results to the Web Admin to be posted here.

Thank you and please come back for more updates!

Monday, February 24, 2014

SoCal Division Annual Meeting to be held March 8th

The SoCal Division Annual meeting will be held Saturday March 8th at 3:30pm.

The meeting will be held at 132 S. Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502.

All nominations for board positions and executive committee members should be sent to

We encourage any SoCal adult members to attend and to be involved with the Division process. Please let us know if there are any other questions. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

SoCal Division Summer National Qualifiers to be held March 22- March 23rd.

The SoCal Division Summer National Qualifiers will be held March 22nd-23rd. The link to Askfred more info is here.

You must be a SoCal Division Member and must be a permanent US resident or a US citizen to compete. Thank you for your time.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Socal JO Foil Qualifiers being held with an Open Epee and Open Saber Events

Hello All,

The SoCal Division is holding the JO Foil Qualifiers this Sunday Dec 8th at Cal Tech. Only SoCal members will be able to fence in those events. Those events are $35 with preregistration and $50 at the door. No CASH will be accepted. Please bring a check or money order in the correct amount.

We are also hosting an OPEN Epee and OPEN Men's and Women's Saber events. These events are open to everyone, not just SoCal Division members. These events will be reffed and will be $15 with pre-registration online and $30 at the door. No CASH will be accepted. Please bring a check or money order in the correct amount.

The pre-registration deadline will end tomorrow. Make sure to register today to avoid the at the door fees. Thank you!

Pre-register here.

More info here.

Who is coming here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Socal JO Epee and Saber Qualifiers

Congratulations to all the fencers listed below for qualifying in their events:

Culpepper Peter Fortune Fencing U17ME
Ewart Stephen Swords Fencing Studio U17ME
Redding Simon Fortune Fencing U17ME
Sirand Luke Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17ME
Graham Jack C.T. Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17MS
Jones Alex Avant Garde Fencers Club U17MS
Kaufmann Zane Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17MS
Bang Jamie Fortune Fencing U17WE
Daniel Chloe L. Fortune Fencing U17WE
Nixon Karolina Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17WE
Kupiec-Weglinski Sophie Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17WS
Mallory Melina Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17WS
Pfeifer Jessica Los Angeles International Fencing Center U17WS
Madison Ethan Los Angeles International Fencing Center U20ME
Maestri-Petnunas Preston Swords Fencing Studio U20ME
Kravitz Zach Los Angeles International Fencing Center U20ME U17ME
Pfeffer Jared Guerra Fencing Studio U20ME U17ME
Strong Sean Presidio Fencing Club U20ME U17ME
Szumlas Algird Fortune Fencing U20ME U17ME
Thein-Sandler Adrien Los Angeles International Fencing Center U20ME U17ME
Strauss Zachary Avant Garde Fencers Club U20MS
Zeiss Jacob Avant Garde Fencers Club U20MS
Moss Jachin Avant Garde Fencers Club U20MS U17MS
Beddingfield Catherine Los Angeles International Fencing Center U20WE U17WE
Lau Kirsten Fortune Fencing U20WE U17WE
Mckenna Caitlin Fortune Fencing U20WE U17WE
Wilkins Lily Fortune Fencing U20WE U17WE
Xu Olivia Fortune Fencing U20WE U17WE
Grigore Anita Los Angeles International Fencing Center U20WS U17WS
Kim Anne Salle D'Asaro U20WS U17WS
Wolpert Mila Avant Garde Fencers Club U20WS U17WS      

SoCal JO Quals for Foil now with Open epee and Saber Events

Hello all,

The SoCal JO foil Quals will now be held at Cal Tech in the Brown gym on Dec 8th. Parking is free on Sundays. Gloves will be checked for holes and tears, please be prepared.

Along with the quals, we are also hosting reffed $15 Open epee and Men's and Women's Saber events. If there are less than 5 women's saber fencers, the events will be combined. As with any SoCal Qualifer, NO CASH or Credit will be accepted. Please make sure to bring checks to pay for your events.

The link to AskFred is here.

Thank you for your time.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

SoCal Division JO Qualifiers

Due to the loss of venue and the last minute availability of the other venue, we've split the JO Quals to two Sundays. They will be held at Pilgrim High School located at 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90020.

JO Épée and Saber Quals will be held on Sunday November 24th.

JO Foil Quals will be held on Sunday December 8th.

We apologize for the inconvenience but the loss of the Santa Clarita venue was sudden.

We thank Pilgrim High School for the venue. No bags will be allowed on the floor due to space restrictions. There are locker rooms where bags can be placed. Spectators will not be allowed on the floor as well, only coaches. There is a second story balcony over looking the strips.

Please pre-register on Askfred for the Quals. Thank you for your time.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sept 7th for regular fee deadline for SoCal Musketeers RYC!!!

Sept 7th is the regular fee deadline for the SoCal Musketeers RYC! Please sign up and pay today to avoid double entry fees!! Thank you!!!

More information can be found on AskFred here

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Updated Tournament Sanction form available for download in the Forms tab.

Friday, August 9, 2013

First RYC of the Season to be held September 14th-15th!!

Get a head start on qualifying for youth events at the first RYC of the season at the 2nd Annual SoCal Musketeers RYC! They have T-Shirts available online to purchase with your registration as well! So pre-register today!

More information can be found on AskFred here

LAIFC Invitational Labor Day Weekend

Another one of the first tournaments sanctioned by the SoCal Division this season is the LAIFC Invitational. Go, fence, and be merry!

More information can be found at askfred here

All Star Open Starts Aug 17th-18th

Come and join in our first SoCal Division Sanctioned event of the new 2013-2014 year at the All Star Open!

More information can be found on AskFred here

Sunday, July 14, 2013

SoCal Division Fencers Finish in Top 8 Consistently

SoCal Division Fencers did very well at the Summer Nationals and July NAC events. Justin Yoo and Kasia Nixon have a strong start to the National Team route this year with strong 1st place and 5th place finishes.

Go to the News/Results page for the full list of our top 8 finishers!

Schedule of Fees and Policies


Price (Up To)

Bout Committee Organiizer
$250/day for qualifiers; $150/day for regular Division events
Bout Committee Helper
Referees (/rating)
Referee Assigner
Referees (travel)
Per USFA guidelines, in event of  travel in excess of  50    miles
Tear Down/Set Up
$100/day for regular Division events; $150/day for qualifiers
$200/day for qualifiers, $75/day for regular Division events (if needed)
Vendor (1 table, inside or outside  at the discretion of the Bout Ctee Org’r
Equipment Storage
Website Maintenance

Division Equipment Rental

Requests for use of Division equipment must be submitted in advance. The organizer is responsible to pick up and return equipment at the convenience of the Division.

Rental fee for Division equipment for So.Cal. Division member clubs running So.Cal. Division sanctioned events is $35 for one scoring box, two reels, and two floor cords (a "strip set"); the fee for all other uses (e.g., use by member clubs of other USFA Divisions, or use for non-sanctioned events) is $100 per strip set.

Charges apply for each set borrowed, whether used or not. Charges are on a per-tournament-day basis (e.g., $35/strip/tournament day), and are payable in advance. Division weights, shims and other supplies may be requested at no additional charge. Renter is responsible for any required repair or replacement of damaged or lost equipment.

For equipment rentals, a $150 deposit is required, also payable in advance. This amount will be returned if the organizer returns all equipment to the Division’s equipment storage location within four (4) calendar days from the end of the tournament. This deposit does not excuse liability for further costs, if the replacement of lost or damaged equipment amounts to more than the deposit. (Advance payment requirements do not apply to schools or colleges.)

Division Tournament Sanctioning Policies

Sanctioning conditioned on Board/Executive Committee approval and submission of completed Tournament Sanction Request form (to Division Chair. It is the Board’s policy to accept all tournament sanction requests submitted on the appropriate form:  (1) subject to the approval of the Chair, (2) provided there are no other previously approved, similar (same age/gender/etc.) events scheduled for the same day(s), (3) provided the form is submitted by a So. Cal. Division member club or Division representative in good standing (i.e., Member dues paid up, no past-due amounts owed to Division, etc.), (4) venue is insured (need copy of USFA certificate).

All USFA rules must be enforced. Membership must be verified at the door. If even one competitor is not a current member (not listed on the posted USFA membership list as of the date of the event) without submitting a new membership form with the tournament documents, the sanctioning for the ENTIRE tournament will be withdrawn.

A So. Cal. Division Board member (or designee) must be present at the event to observe and attest that the USFA rules were adhered to. Compensation, if any, is between the board member and tournament organizers.

The complete result list and all supporting tableaux and documentation for each event, presumed new classifications and new membership applications must be submitted to the designated Division officer. New classifications will be verified and submitted to the National office by the Division.

SoCal Division USFA By-Laws Revisions and Adopted Changes


The name of the division shall be The Southern California Division of the United States
Fencing Association, Inc.
The Division shall hereinafter be referred to as "THE DIVISION," and the United States
Fencing Association, Inc. shall be referred to as "USFA, INC."
THE DIVISION is a duly chartered, subordinate, constituent body of the USFA, INC.,
exercising powers given by, performing duties directed under, and subject to, the Charter
and by-laws of the USFA, INC., with jurisdiction over the following geographical areas in
California: Kern County, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County
and Los Angeles County except for the cities of La Verne, San Dimas, Pomona, and
Diamond Bar, which belong to the San Bernadino Division, and that part of Los Angeles
County which lies south of the 91 freeway and east of the 710 freeway, which belongs to
the Orange Coast Division.

The purposes and objectives of THE DIVISION are:
1. To promote, encourage, and develop the sport of fencing.
2. To provide local competitions and tournaments.
3. To assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing.
4. To aid and assist the USFA, INC. in all its objectives and purposes.

Section 1. Any person residing within the boundaries of THE DIVISION or representing
a fencing club within this same area shall be eligible for membership in THE DIVISION.
No member of this Division may be a member of any other Division of the USFA, INC.
Section 2. Classes of membership: Membership shall be the same as that designated from
time to time by the USFA, INC.
Section 3. Membership may be transferred into this Division provided that the transferee
has a current valid membership card from the USFA, INC.
Section 4. Any member in good standing, 18 years old or older at the time of a
membership meeting, shall be qualified to vote.
Section 5. Annual Divisional dues shall be determined by the USFA, INC. with the
concurrence of THE DIVISION. THE DIVISION may, upon majority vote of the
membership, add an additional fee or dues for Divisional expenses.
Section 6. THE DIVISION Board of Directors shall prepare the fencing schedule and
shall determine the conditions and restrictions governing the qualifications, entries, and
conduct of all competitions under its jurisdiction.
Section 7. Fencers who are found to have entered a competition without being members of
the USFA, INC. or who have failed to pay the entrance fee or paid with a check that fails
to clear at the bank, will be subject to the following penalties and fines:
a. First offense: warning;
b. Second offense: $25 fine and expulsion from the competition following the occurrence
in which the fencer wishes to participate;
c. Third offense: expulsion for the year.
Section 8. Privately sponsored competitions may be sanctioned and listed on THE
DIVISION's schedule of events, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. In
order to be so sanctioned, the sponsors must meet the conditions, qualifications and
restrictions established by the Board of Directors for such events. At least one member of
the Board of Directors shall be present at such approved, privately sponsored competitions.

The officers of THE DIVISION shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a
Secretary, and a Treasurer. All officers shall hold office until the following July 31, or
until their successors are elected and justified.
The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
Section 1. Chairperson: The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of THE DIVISION
and it Board of Directors, and perform such other duties as usually pertain to that office
and are not inconsistent with these By-laws. The Chairperson has the responsibility for
filing with the Secretary and the Treasurer of the USFA, INC. the annual reports called for
under the corporate By-laws of the USFA, INC. and the standing votes of the Board of
Directors. The preparation of these reports may be delegated to the Secretary and
Treasurer of THE DIVISION. The Chairperson, when acting as presiding officer of the
Board of Directors, shall have no vote. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson may cast the
deciding vote. The Chairperson may designate a new temporary presiding officer, and then
will be able to vote. The temporary presiding officer will have no vote, except in the case
of a tie. The Chairperson may, from time to time, assign officers and members of the
Board of Directors to chair standing or ad-hoc committees. The Chairperson shall be exofficio
member of all committees.
Section 2. Vice Chairperson: The Vice Chairperson, in the absence of the Chairperson,
shall perform the duties of the Chairperson and any other duties assigned by the
Chairperson and/or the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Secretary: The Secretary shall conduct all official correspondence, keep a record
of the meetings of THE DIVISION, issue notices to members of all meetings, and
perform such duties as may be assigned by the Chairperson of THE DIVISION or other
proper authority. The Secretary shall be official custodian of the records of THE
Section 4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall, with the assistance of the Board of Directors,
present a budget for the following fiscal year (August 1 - July 31) at the July Semi-Annual
meeting. The Treasurer shall keep the accounts of THE DIVISION, receive all moneys,
fees, dues, pay all bills approved by the Board of Directors, and preserve all vouchers for
such disbursements. The Treasurer shall, at the Semi-Annual meeting of THE DIVISION,
submit a report of the financial transactions of the preceding period.
Disbursements of no more than ten dollars ($10) each may be made from a petty cash fund
under regulation and control as may be established by the Board of Directors.
All funds of THE DIVISION shall be maintained in a dual signature account, either/and
or checking and savings. No amounts above fifty dollars ($50) will be dispersed without
Board of Directors approval, and no amounts over twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500)
shall be dispersed without the approval of THE DIVISION's membership by a majority
vote. Said vote may be taken by either mail or at a membership meeting.
The Treasurer will provide upon written request of at least ten (10) members of THE
DIVISION a cash balance sheet within one (1) month of the request. The Treasurer shall
perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chairperson of THE DIVISION or
other proper authority.
Section 5. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined for any year upon
majority vote of the members of THE DIVISION voting, in person, at the Semi-Annual
meeting. In the event of such a vote, the candidates for the office of Secretary and the
office of Treasurer, nominated pursuant to Article VII of these by-laws, shall all be
deemed candidates for the combined office.
Section 6. Any officer of THE DIVISION may be removed from office by the following
1. A petition by twenty-five (25) voting members of THE DIVISION, and
2. An election in which the officer receives less than a majority.
3. The election may be held at either a Semi-Annual meeting or a special meeting of the
divisional membership.
Section 7. The Board of Directors of THE DIVISION is responsible for the custody and
maintenance of all Division equipment.

Section 1. Composition: The management of THE DIVISION shall be vested in a Board
of Directors elected by the members of THE DIVISION.
The Board of Directors shall consist of: Division Officers (Chairperson, Vice Chairperson,
Secretary and Treasurer) who have been elected under the procedures of Article VII,
Section 1 of these Bylaws; up to one Club Representative from each club within THE
DIVISION, if that club is not already represented on the committee, and provided the
Club Representative has been elected under the procedures of Article VII, Section 2 of
these Bylaws; Division Representatives and Alternates to the USFA Congress (number to
be determined by current Division membership) who have been elected under the
procedures of Article VII, Section 3 of these Bylaws; and any appointed "at-large"
members, provided that a majority of the Board of Directors must always be composed of
officers and representatives elected under the procedures of Article VII.
Section 2. Quorum: A quorum shall consist of one-third (1/3) of the members of the Board
of Directors, or five (5) members, whichever is the greater.
Section 3. Meetings: Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least every two
months, at such time and place as shall be designated by the Chairperson, and shall also be
called upon the written request of five (5) or more members of the Board of Directors.
All Board of Directors members shall be given at least forty-eight (48) hours prior notice
of all special meetings. All meetings, except those in which disciplinary action is to be
taken or contemplated against any Board of Directors member or Divisional member, shall
be open to THE DIVISIONal membership.
Section 4. Any member of the Board of Directors who fails to perform his duties may be
removed by the Board of Directors using the following procedure:
a. Written notification of the causes for removal must be provided to the entire Board of
Directors, including the member to be removed.
b. At any meeting in which removal of any member of the Board of Directors is
contemplated, three quarters (3/4) of the members of the Board of Directors must be
c. The member so charged has the right to appear at the meeting and present any
arguments against removal.
d. The member who is contemplated for removal has no vote at this meeting.
e. Three quarters (3/4) of the Board of Directors members present at the hearing must vote
for removal before the member is so removed.
Section 5. The Board of Directors may replace a member who has resigned or who has
been removed by the Board of Directors by the following procedure.
a. At any executive meeting where a new member is to be voted upon, three quarters (3/4)
of the members of the Board of Directors must be present.
b. Three quarters (3/4) of the Board of Directors at this meeting must cast votes of
approval before the new member of the Board of Directors is so approved.

Section 1. Semi-Annual Meetings: Semi-Annual Meetings of THE DIVISION shall be
held in February and July. The date, time, and place for the Semi-annual Meetings shall be
designated by the Chairperson. The Secretary shall notify the membership of THE
DIVISION by mail of such date, time and place at least thirty (30) days in advance.
Section 2. Special Meetings: Special Meetings may be called at any time and place by the
Chairperson, and shall be called by the Chairperson upon the written request of not less
than twenty-five (25) members of THE DIVISION. THE DIVISION members must be
given two (2) weeks advance notice of such special meeting.
Section 3. Quorum: a quorum shall consist of those members of THE DIVISION present
in person, and a majority vote of those present shall control, except as herein otherwise

Section 1. Election of the Division Officers. A nominating committee of not less than five
(5) members, no two (2) from the same club, shall be elected by members at the July semi-
Annual Meeting. (A club is defined as one which is a member of USFA, INC. and THE
DIVISION, and which meets the criteria for sending a team to the National
Nominations shall be filed by the nominating committee with the Secretary of THE
DIVISION no later than two (2) weeks prior to the February Semi-annual Meeting. At that
time the Secretary will present the nominees to the membership and request further
Nominations will be kept open for a period of thirty (30) days. Additional nominations
may be made during this thirty (30) day period on written petition of not less than five (5)
voting members of THE DIVISION. The Secretary will publish a list of all nominees at
least one (1) month prior to the July semi-annual meeting. If no additional nominations for
office are made, the Secretary of THE DIVISION shall cast, at the July Semi-Annual
Meeting, a unanimous ballot for the candidates nominated for office by the nominating
committee. Where additional nominations have been made, voting shall be by voting
members. The candidate receiving a plurality shall be elected. Votes are to be counted by
the Secretary (if not a candidate) and three (3) uninterested voting members of THE
DIVISION. No proxies will be accepted.
Section 2. Election of the Club Representatives. This special sub-set of the Board of
Directors shall be elected at the July semi-annual meeting. Nominations may be submitted
by member clubs in writing or from the floor at the meeting. (A club is defined as one
which is a member of USFA, INC. and THE DIVISION, and which meets the criteria for
sending a team to the National Championships.) No proxies will be accepted.
Section 3. Election of Division Representatives and alternated to USFA Congress: This
special sub-set of the Board of Directors shall be elected at the February semi-annual
meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing or taken from the floor at the meeting.
Candidates must be willing and able to represent the Division interests at the annual
Pacific Coast Section and the National Congress meetings. No proxies will be accepted.

THE DIVISION, an Affiliate Association of USFA, INC., shall abide by and act in
accord with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, Playing Rules
and decisions of the Board of Directors of the USFA, INC., and such documents and
decisions shall take precedence over and supersede all similar governing documents and/or
decisions of THE DIVISION. THE DIVISION shall operate on the same accounting
period as the USFA, INC.

THE DIVISION, an Affiliate Association of USFA, INC., shall indemnify and hold
harmless USFA, INC., the Board of Directors of USFA, INC. and each member thereof,
the Board of Directors of USFA, INC. and each member thereof, the Board of Directors of
the USFA, INC. and each member thereof, the councils and committees of the USFA,
INC. and each member thereof, and all other elected, appointed, employed or volunteer
representatives of the USFA, INC. from any and all claims, liability, judgments, costs,
attorneys’ fees charges and expenses whatsoever, arising from the acts and omissions of
THE DIVISION, except to the extent (i) that USFA, INC. or its aforedescribed
representatives caused such claims, liability, judgments, costs, attorney’s fees, charges or
expenses by their own intentional neglect or default or (ii) that such acts or omissions were
the direct result of compliance with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and
Regulations, Rule Book, or decisions of the Board of Directors of the USFA, INC..
Further, THE DIVISION understands and acknowledges that the USFA, INC. and its
aforedescribed representatives have assumed such assignment, function, office or capacity
upon the express understanding, agreement and condition that they be so indemnified and
held harmless to the extent described in this bylaw.

These Southern California Division by-laws may be amended at any regular or special
meeting of the membership. Proposed amendments to the by-laws must have been
presented to the membership for consideration at a preceding regular or special meeting
held at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting to vote on the amendments. An
amendment shall be deemed as adopted if it has received a majority of all votes cast by the
members present, subject to the approval of the National USFA, INC.
Members of THE DIVISION will be given thirty (30) days notice prior to a vote.

BY-LAWS (revised 2013)

Treasurer’s Report, 2012-2013

1.  Non-Profit Status. By the end of summer 2012, the Division completed its paperwork and filings to secure non-profit status with the IRS and the FTB, using the USFA’s group tax exemption. There are many benefits to the Division from this, including tax and legal compliance, future growth potential, tax-deductible donations, fundraising opportunities, and the ability to qualify for assistance from other non-profits (e.g., some non-profits offer their facilities/venues to other non-profits free or at a discount).

2. Financial Results. The Division’s draft Annual Report (Income/Expense) shows a loss of approximately $8,000. However, most of this loss is the result of the Division’s unamortized investment in nearly $13,000 of equipment, including 4 Artos rollout grounded floor strips ($2,500/set) and 3 Favero scoring machines ($850/set). Amortizing the investment probably would turn the loss to a profit, but this Treasurer is not an accountant and doesn’t know how to do that.

Other unusual income/expense items are (1) over $3,000 in USFA member (dues) rebates, including rebates for dues relating to years 2010 - 2012 (one year’s rebates would be only about $1,200-$1,500); and (2) over $1,600 in Division equipment rental, including the collection of nearly $700 of past due amounts relating to prior years’ rentals.

3. Tournament Results. The Junior Olympic and Summer National qualifying events produced a profit of about $2,500, together. The Division also hosted 8 smaller, self-refereed events, which produced a combined profit of $230. Participation varied in these events, with some drawing over 40 fencers, and others drawing fewer than 10. Losses were kept to a minimum, though, due to the flexibility of the venue provider (Santa Clarita Athletic Club) and the paid organizers (bout table and set up). In particular, SCAC has allowed the Division to quickly change from full-court, full-day rentals to partial courts and days, meaning that the venue rental can be as low as $100, or as high as $500, per day, depending on participation.

4.  Budget. Last year’s budget was conservative. Recommend following that budget, except: (a) use original equipment purchase budget, and (b) remove budget for taxes.

SoCal Division USFA 2013-2014 Budget

Checking Acct. Balance,
8/1/12, $26,693.78
6/30/13, $19,116.53

Division Events(2)
Equipment & Strip Rental
USFA Member Dues Rebate


Competition Expenses
Referee/BC Travel, Lodging
Referee Fees
Bout Committee
Set Up/Tear Down
Miscellaneous (Food, Tape, Etc.)
3rd Party Insurance Certificates
Equipment Rental
Equipment Transportation
Referee Clinic/Grant
Other Expenses
Equipment Purchase
Equipment Repair
Equipment Storage
Office, Postage, Copies, Supplies
Website Maintenance
NSF Fees




$  17,383.05




$ 25,575.31



$  14,600.00




$ 23,725.00


(1)  Draft 2013-2014 Budget reflects last year’s budgeted amounts, except for (1) equipment, then budgeted at over $14,000 (for grounded floor mats and scoring boxes), and (2) taxes, because the Division is now a non-profit.
(2) Qualifiers -- $35 individual; $60 team. Self-Refereed at $15 individual (net).
(3) $800 was budgeted, but not spent because the Division traded vendor floor space for armory services.
(4) $25 paid for 2012-2013 season; $25 to be paid for 2013-2014 season. (Typically paid in July for upcoming season.)