The Big One

NEIFC Fall Invitational

Saturday November 5th, 2022 at Smith College

The NEIFC Fall Invitational (better known as "The Big One" *) is hosted on (usually) the first weekend in November. Fencers compete as individuals, but must represent a member institution. Occasionally, the NEIFC invites teams from institutions from outside the conference to compete in this tournament.

COVID-19 Spectator Policy:


Registration for the Big One typically opens mid-September and closes ten (10) days prior to the event. To request registration materials, please email

Preliminary Entries.

2022 Big One registration opens September 20th. Registration closes October 25th, 2022.

Preliminary Entries

The preliminary seedings posted here are not official. If you believe there is an error, please bring it to our attention. Preliminary entries are updated daily about 3:00am from the time registration opens until the day PRIOR to the day of competition.

Seeding Information (opens in new window).

Initial Seeding: ME, MF, MS, WE, WF, WS

Schedule of Events

Event times listed here are close of check-in times. Events will begin as soon after check-in as possible.

  • 7:00 am: Equipment check opens

  • 7:30 am: Check-in opens

  • 8:30 am: Coaches and captains meeting (mandatory)

  • Event close of check-in times:

    • 8:30 am: Women's Foil

    • 8:30 am: Men's Epee

    • 8:30 am: Men's Sabre

    • 10:30 am: Women's Epee

    • 12:00 pm: Men's Foil

    • 1:15 pm: Women's Sabre

  • Approximately 5:00 pm: Awards Ceremony

This schedule is subject to change.


Live Results (opens in new window).

Results Archive (opens in new window).

Tournament Format

Information here is provided for general purposes; official format followed may differ slightly. Updated, detailed information will be provided to registered teams.

The Big One runs as a standard USA Fencing-style elimination tournament. For each weapon, fencers will be split into pools of 5-7 fencers each. Pool bouts are 5-touch bouts. After pools are fenced, the top 80% or top 64 fencers, whichever is greater, advance to the direct elimination (DE) table. The DE table is a single-elimination format (no repechage), using the 15-touch bout format.

There are no coaching timeouts permitted during five-touch pool bouts. Coaching is permitted during the one-minute breaks in a 15-touch direct elimination bout, as per USA Fencing rules.

There is no fence-off for third place; both fencers eliminated in the semi-finals are considered "tied for third place."

Seeding Information (opens in new window).


The venue for the 2021 Big One will be the Walker Fieldhouse on the campus of Vassar College.

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Driving Directions to Venue

These directions are provided by Vassar College.

NYS Thruway: Use Exit 18 (New Paltz) and proceed east on Route 299. Turn right onto Route 9W south. Exit onto Route 44/55 east. Cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge and continue on Route 44/55 east for approximately 2- 2/12 miles. Take the Manchester Exit and make an immediate left into the Manchester Gate. Travel to stop sign and make a right. Continue up the hill past the golf course-the AFC/Walker Field House will be on your left. (* The AFC is the brick building attached to the gray wood building (Walker Field House).

Taconic: Take the Poughkeepsie Exit--Route 44/55 and follow to Main Street Exit. At the light (Uno Chicago Grill) go directly across and make the next left onto Manchester. Follow Manchester until you see the Manchester Gate on your right (just before you get back to Rt 44/55) and make that right. Travel to stop sign and make a right. Continue up the hill past the golf course-the AFC/Walker Field House will be on your left. (* The AFC is the brick building attached to the gray wood building (Walker Field House).

Route 9: Take the Spackenkill Road Exit and follow to the second traffic light. Make a left onto Wilbur Boulevard. Take Wilbur to Hooker Avenue and make a right. Follow Hooker to Raymond Avenue and make a left onto Raymond. Take the first right into the Chapel Gate. At the first stop sign, make a right and take the next right onto Sunset Lake Road. Follow down the hill and over small bridge. Follow the road up and around until you see Walker Field House and the AFC on the right.

Parking available in the lot in front of the gray wood building for passenger cars only; buses and vans should park at the south lot (see map).

If you get lost, call the main gate security and ask for directions: (845) 437-5204.

Bus parking is at the South Lot. Access to the lot is through the entrance to Receiving and Building & Grounds off Raymond, just south of the South Gate to the campus, and before Raymond ends at Hooker Ave (rt. 376).

Why is it called the "Big One"? When the Big One was first imagined in the 1980s, it involved the teams from the NEIFC (men's teams only) and the sister organization, the New England Women's Intercollegiate Fencing Association (NEWIFA) . As a combined-gender event, it was then larger than the championship events for either conference (which were held separately through the mid-1990s). During the planning meetings for the as-yet-unnamed tournament, Laurie Katz, then the head coach at Wellesley College, referred to it as "the big one," to differentiate it from smaller events being planned at the time.