>I am competing in the cal state games, and I was told that I wasn't allowed
>to compete in the under 20 division because I needed to be under 20 by
>1/1/95....the rule I thought I saw said that as long as you were under
>20 in january 1st of the year in which the event is being held, you were
>allowed to compete.
>does anybody have access to a current USFA rulebook and can mail me which
>interpretation is correct please? essentially what I want to know is
>am I allowed to compete in the under 20 mens epee being held aug 13.
>I turned 20 april 17th this year, for reference.
The operations manual is very specific about this. In section 5.C it states
that fencers must be under the specified age as of January 1st of the season.
Unfortunately for you, the season ended on July 31. We are now in the 94-95
season and you are no longer considered under-20 by the USFA.
Having said that, you may have been out of luck anyway since these
eligibility rules are really for official USFA qualifying and national
events. They may very well have been superceeded by your state games
eligibility rules which probably state that you need to be under the
given age on the day of the event.