> The first Division II and III North American Cup has come and gone, and a
> good time seems to have been had by many, if not most, of the
> Now, we'd like to know if this should be done again next year.
Yes, please do.
> Those of
> you who participated: please let us know what you liked, what you didn't
> like, what needs to be improved, what should be added, what should be left
OK, in no particular order...
Overall, I was happy with the organization of the tournament. There
were a few delays here and there, but despite that, it finished at a
reasonable time all three days.
It would have been nice if there were more entries.
There needs to be more advance notice of the competition. The short
time between the announcement and the competition gave the impression
of a hasty, ill-planned event, and may have discouraged some people
The armourers, as usual, did a splendid job for not enough pay.
The number of referees seemed quite adequate. The quality of
presiding showed considerable variation. I am not going to complain
about having candidates taking the practical referees' exam; I think
this is the ideal event for that. In some cases the candidates
appeared to be doing a better job than the FOC examiners.
A couple of people I talked to said they sensed a supercilious
attitude from some of the higher level officials. I didn't notice
From all accounts I've heard, the shuttle from the hotel to the venue
was insufficient for the number of people depending on it.
There were technical problems with the metal strips laid out on the
astroturf in the field house. Such problems should be addressed when
considering the venue.
The level of fencing was exactly right: it was high enough to give a
challenge to any fencer there, but not so high that we E-rated
nobodies didn't have a fighting chance.
I heard the suggestion that the Division III events should precede the
Division II events in the same weapon. This suggestion was prompted
by a young man who placed in the top 4 in the Division II foil
(earning a bright, shiny new B rating), and said that as a result he
had no motivation at all to do well in the Division III foil the next
day. An additional rationale is that this would put the Division II
events, which are likely to be better attended, on the weekend, so
fewer people would have to miss work/school to attend.
The thing I liked least about the weekend was getting up at 4:15 a.m.
on Monday morning to catch a plane. But I don't expect the USFA to do
anything about that.
Mark C. Orton
USFA ***ia Division Secretary/Treasurer
(The unpaid volunteer kind, not the rich kind.)