In order to give tournament organizers and referees additional time to prepare for the change to the requirements for local tournament referees, USA Fencing will not be implementing the new rated referee requirements until Aug. 1, 2017.
Beginning at the start of the 2017-18 season, all USA Fencing sanctioned tournaments must have at least one rated referee.
In addition to giving tournament organizers time to hire rated referees for their tournaments, this also allows unrated referees additional time to earn ratings as well.
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.