1. What changes have been made so far?
This year we have introduced the different age categories into the rankings so that fencers can see their position within their own age group, as well as their rank in Wales covering all U15 fencers. Prizes for the top rank will still only be given with the overall ranking in mind, but this way younger fencers can still feel a sense of achievement within their age group. With this in mind, we have added the U11 categories of competitions to the results. Elite Epee series has also been added to the list of events.
2. Why am I not on the list?
Fencers who are 14 years old or younger on 1st January, and are affiliated to Welsh Fencing will be included in the rankings. For this year this means fencers born in 2001 and younger.
3. Why are there some on the list who fence in an English club?
Any fencer eligible to fence for Wales, and is affiliated to Welsh Fencing is included in the rankings.
4. How do you decide on how many points to award people?
This can be a little tricky to understand at first. Lets say the fencers that finished 1-4 at the BYC's at U14s all enter a competition. They are worth 10 NIF points each (see table on website) This gives the competition a NIF of 40. You then times the NIF by the correct multiplier depending on the finishing position. 1st place would get 40x20 points (800), 2nd place would get 40x17 points (680) and joint third would each get 40x14 points (560). Your top 6 results make up your total points. It is designed so that if you do well at a harder competition with better people present, then the amount of points you get reflects this. Older fencers are worth more points as it is harder for an 14 year old to win at U15, than an 10 year old to win at U11. Points for cadet competitions are the same amount of points given by British fencing, As these are the toughest events U15s do they are worth the most points.
5. I'm not on the rankings but I should be.
Please don't hesitate to drop me an email (link on website) and I will look into it.
6. I think other competitions should be added to the list.
Drop me an email and let me know what the events are. I will put the proposal forward and get them added. The Elite Epee series has already been suggested, and will be added from January 2016.
7. Will the list be used for selection purposes?
Yes, the list will be used for selection of School Games and Cadet Winton, once any mandated selection criteria have been applied, and after the Junior and Cadet rankings have been considered.