A Division Meeting was held at 6pm on May 7th, 2016 with the goal of:
(1) Confirming the new Division Board
(2) Determining if the NC Division will allow self-directed events to be sanctioned
There were only 9 members present (1 by proxy), including two members of the board. However, there was enough diversity represented (in age, gender, club, competitive level, and choice of specialization) that we were able to have a very productive meeting nonetheless.
Regarding the Division Board for 2016-2017:
Chair- Kemmerlyn Lawrence
Vice-Chair Coach & Ref Development- Clayton Olson
Vice-Chair Youth Development- Paul Perkins
Secretary & Treasurer- Liz Morey
Past Chair- Donny Zelinski
Much discussion surrounded the idea of allowing self-directed tournaments with many concerns identified and addressed. Ultimately, the idea has not been given firm approval or denial, but a compromise was reached:
For the 2016-2017 season only, the NC Division will allow self-directed events to be sanctioned if they meet the following criteria-
– when the tournament is posted, it must list that it will be a self-directed event
– all referees must be properly background screened as normal (if the fencer does not have a current background screening, they cannot be utilized as a referee)
– the tournament must hire a Head Referee who has a rating of at least 6 or higher
A Division Observer is still required per the normal guidelines of tournament sanctioning in NC. A summary of what this means specifically for Observers and Tournament Organizers will be posted soon.
Regarding Division-level events (JO Qualifier, Divisional Qualifier, and Powerade State Games), these tournaments will continue to be run with completely dedicated referees.
No one is being forced to run self-directed events by any means. It is merely another option the Division would like to offer on a trial basis at this time.
A resounding “Thank You!” to all who were able to make it to the meeting and to all the officials who helped this weekend’s qualifying event run as smoothly as it did. Everyone was of immense help.