NEIFC Championships Mixed Team Policy

posted Feb 2, 2020, 5:22 PM by Nina Sayles

If your team does not have enough fencers to field a full men's and women's team, you may enter NEIFC championships with one mixed-gender team, which will compete as a men's team

NEIFC to accept credit card payment!

posted Sep 4, 2019, 8:33 AM by Nina Sayles

Beginning in the 2019-2020 season, the NEIFC will accept credit card payment! WE hope that this will help speed up payment processing and make it easier for teams to submit their invoices! 

New rules for 2019-2020

posted Sep 4, 2019, 8:14 AM by Nina Sayles

The NEIFC will adopt two new rules for the upcoming season: 

New foil chest protectors: See USFA announcement
and Unwillingness to fight (AKA P-cards): See USFA announcement 

Adoption of new rules for 2018-2019 season

posted Sep 27, 2018, 6:08 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Sep 27, 2018, 6:08 AM ]

The USFA has made two substantial rules changes for the 2018-2019 season. 1) Reducing injury and medical time outs from 10 minutes to 5. The NEIFC will adopt this rule, effective immediately and 2) requiring soft covered chest protectors for foil fencers. the NEIFC will not adopt this rule until the 2019-2020 season, effective October 1, 2019. These decisions were made by the NEIFC executive committee for NEIFC events: The Big One and NEIFC spring championships.

1) For an injury or cramp or other acute medical incident which occurs in the course of a bout and which is properly attested by the designated sports medicine professional on duty, the Referee will allow a break in the bout lasting no longer than 5 minutes. This break should be timed from the point when the designated sports medicine professional gave his opinion and be strictly reserved for the requisite treatment.

2)  At all weapons, the use of a breast/chest protector (made of metal or some rigid material) is compulsory for women and optional for men. At foil, this breast/chest protector must be worn below the protective plastron. In the NEIFC, beginning October 2019, at foil, the protector will have the following characteristics: The entire outside of the chest protector (the side facing the opponent) must be covered with a soft material such as E.V.A. (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) of four mm thickness and density of 22kg/m3. (The material can be attached to the current plastic models or incorporated into the manufacture of new chest protectors). The material must have the SEMI technical mark at the center of the upper edge. 

NEIFC Policy on Transgender and Transitioning Athletes

posted Sep 7, 2018, 7:16 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

Adopted Sep 6, 2018.

A student transitioning from female to male may elect to fence on a school's men's squad, given they have not already competed on a women's squad during the current NEIFC season. The student may continue to fence for a women's squad if they have not begun hormone treatment. 

A student transitioning from male to female must complete one calendar year of hormone treatment before the start of the NEIFC season in order to compete on a women's squad that season.

The season shall be considered to start on the date of the NEIFC Fall Invitational (The Big One), and shall be considered concluded the date after the date of the NEIFC Championships of the same academic year

This policy is based on that of the 2011 NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes publication. (

This policy document can be viewed here.

NEIFC Registration/Entry Fees Policy

posted Aug 9, 2017, 8:56 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 8:56 AM ]

Effective starting with the 2017 NEIFC Fall Invitational (the “Big One”), the registration and entry fees due policy for all NEIFC events shall be:
  • Payments that are not RECEIVED by the MONDAY following the date of an event shall be deemed late, and a $100.00 late payment fee will be charged to the offending team;
  • Teams that have any unpaid payments due will be barred from entering any NEIFC events until all past due amounts are paid in full.
(This policy adopted by the NEIFC Executive Committee on August 9, 2017.)

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