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    The main recurring issue about the Épée U23 event (and possibly the increase in use of U20 events) is that as a qualifier cadets need to attend. Cadets already attend a range of senior events, and...
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    Clearly the concept of introducing U23...

    Clearly the concept of introducing U23 competitions is worth exploring, most notably to maintain momentum for our juniors as they move out of that age group. And having such competitions available...
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    I would have thought that the same principles...

    I would have thought that the same principles should apply.

    If Épée, for example, is moving towards all year selection events, possibly ahead of rolling rankings, why is it seemingly different for...
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    It would be nice to have a joined up...

    It would be nice to have a joined up communication across all six weapons ......

    Why is it that JWF have a selection event in March 2015, but nothing to select for? And for JMF and the cadets it...
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    Though on closer inspection, some events are...

    Though on closer inspection, some events are recommended, but not nominated, including the March 2015 LP Cadet Foil events.
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    Foil calendar published

    The provisional foil calendar has now joined Épée and Sabre on the BF site. Updated news link:

    http://britishfencing.com/news/latest-news/?n=1056

    Also published alongside is a guide for...
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    I suspect C'sF that this individual U23...

    I suspect C'sF that this individual U23 competition will have very little overall impact for either Junior or Cadet ranking. It appears to have no qualification significance for U23's fencing at it,...
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    I had thought that someone in the IYC was being...

    I had thought that someone in the IYC was being innovative, or responding to unmet need.

    If however this U23 event has no real meaning for the older age group of fencers, it seems strange that...
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    I suspect that an U23 event might cause a clash...

    I suspect that an U23 event might cause a clash for more than one might expect. I know that our region had U20's in the Senior épée team last year.

    As a linked question, what exactly is the U23...
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    Totally agree with this. If the ref says 'on the...

    Totally agree with this. If the ref says 'on the piste now ...... Getting ready ......' then folk can be hooking on as one fencer unhooks. All of the kids expect this process at Elite Épée events so...
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    The 'pure' cadet epee events are also very...

    The 'pure' cadet epee events are also very tightly together in the autumn, which also seems a pity, given the available space. Just a week between them.

    This is probably more relevant for those...
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    Many thanks to BF for clarifying things by...

    Many thanks to BF for clarifying things by publishing the Interim calendar for Epee and Sabre, both with early Junior international events and both with selection competitions in June & July - two...
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    Many thanks for spotting this. Very helpful. ...

    Many thanks for spotting this. Very helpful.

    Interesting to note a new Junior BSC in Epee in March. One step closer to a rolling ranking of some description perhaps???

    And confirmation at last...
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    I suspect that from a parents viewpoint having...

    I suspect that from a parents viewpoint having selection events spread out a bit more would assist with budgeting, and as you say anything that keeps costs down has to be a good thing. For the older...
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    When this set of dates was posted before it was...

    When this set of dates was posted before it was commented that the European competition circuit started sooner, and that as a result we needed to agree our qualifing youngsters earlier than in the...
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    I think we need a special mention for the next...

    I think we need a special mention for the next generation of the Howser family playing her part today too - fencing, helping the referees with the scoring, handing out the medals, and with her sister...
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    Team Foil Result

    Men's Foil Team lose 45 - 28 against top seeds Korea. A big ask to win that one. Should rank 15th by the looks of it.
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    Nice 45 - 32 win to take the lads through to the...

    Nice 45 - 32 win to take the lads through to the L16 - fencing in the morning.
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    Soooooo close for the Mens Epee Team. Led by one...

    Soooooo close for the Mens Epee Team. Led by one or two hits throughout most periods, switching to a hit behind in the 8th. And then finish up losing 45 - 35 in a frantic last period by the looks of...
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    Mens Foil Team Event

    Mens Foil Team (ranked 17th) up today (13.30 local time) vs Ukraine (16th) in L32 match. Winner fences Korea.

    Also - GB vs Poland match in Epee now going on. And very even at the moment.
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    New Committee Structure

    This thread kicked off a week ago with the announcement of a new qualification competition in the summer for épée to fit with the revised requirements of European Fencing - we knew from the British...
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    You can try e mailing Nicholas Murphy, he...

    You can try e mailing Nicholas Murphy, he coordinates the LPJS site and has previously chased up the organisers. Info on the LPJS site.

    However .......

    Based on previous years, folk seemed to...
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    Mens Foil and Epee have teams Epee on this...

    Mens Foil and Epee have teams

    Epee on this afternoon, in the 15 vs 18 match against Kazakhstan.
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    To achieve this goal there will need to be a...

    To achieve this goal there will need to be a focus on coach development at some stage:

    'A unique opportunity for a strategic leader to shape, drive and deliver new levels of participation in...
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    Womens Sabre: Aliya Itzkowitz finished 34th,...

    Womens Sabre:

    Aliya Itzkowitz finished 34th, losing 15 - 11 in her L64 fight. As suspected earlier, Kate missed the cut by one place.
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