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North Texas Division

United States Fencing Association

Texas Divisions

Texas Divisions of the USFA


This is the home page for the North Texas Division of the United States Fencing Association (USFA). The North Texas Division covers the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas, including Waco and Denton. See the map for the division boundaries and the locations of fencing clubs and tournaments.


New Fencing Year

The new 2016-2017 fencing year is upon us. Remember to renew your USA Fencing membership.

As a reminder, in accordance with USA Fencing policies, all tournament officials must be compliant with the USA Fencing Safe Sport Policy, including maintaining a current background check. In addition, all officials must complete the free, online Safe Sport Training Course by Jan. 1, 2017

Foil Rule Change for 2016-2017

Beginning August 1 2016, a foil fencer who reverses the line of his/her shoulders (bringing the shoulder of the non-weapon arm forward of the weapon arm shoulder) is now subject to a Group 1 penalty (a yellow card). Much like other penalties (such as corps-a-corps to avoid a touch or substitution of non-valid target), any hit scored by the fencer committing the penalty will be annulled.

New Sabre Timing Rules and FIE Sabre Placement Test

At the April 14, 2016 Board of Directors meeting the BoD voted to adopt the new FIE Sabre timing rules for all sanctioned USA Fencing events effective on August 1, 2016 to coincide with the start of the new season. The new rule is: After a hit has been registered, a subsequent hit made by the other fencer will only be registered if it occurs within a maximum of 170 ms (± 10 ms) (previously 120ms).

Also the FIE is testing having referees place each of the two competitors in such a way that the back foot of each is 2m from the centre line of the piste (that is, in from of the "on-guard" lines). This test to occur after the Olympic Games and until December 31, 2016. The EC will decide if the rule will be applied for the rest of the 2016-17 season.

Fencing Institute of Texas has moved to a new location!

FIT has moved to its new location, 1000 West Crosby, Suite 134 Road Carrollton, TX 75006. Please refer to the Division Directory page for further details. Please pardon the dust while the club finishes its move.

Please Consider Joining the North Texas Division Fencers Yahoo Group

Being a member of the North Texas Division Fencers Yahoo Group provides you with the latest fencing news and information. Don't miss out.