Founded in 1992, the Northeast Fencing Conference's mission is to support intercollegiate fencing in and around New England. The league organizes a round-robin schedule of dual meet competitions for the fencing programs at all member institutions. The member institutions are a mix of both NCAA varsity programs and student-organized club programs.

2016-2017 Schedule (click for details)

  • Nov. 19, 2016 at MIT
  • Sun. Mar 5, 2017 at Worcester Fencing Club (Tentative)
    • Annual NFC Coaches and Captains meeting 1pm to 3pm.

Tentative 2017-2018 Sechedule

  • Nov. 17, 2017 at Brown
  • Jan. 26, 2018 at Boston College
  • Feb. 9, 2018 at Smith

The Northeast Fencing Conference Teams

Conference Contact Information

Taro Yamashita, Commissioner
commissioner@nfcfencing.org

EIN: 80-0916338

New Rules for the 2016-2017 Season

Foil Reversing the Line of Shoulders (Turning)

August 12, 2016. Effective immediately "a foil fencer who reverses the line of his/her shoulders (bringing the shoulder of the non-weapon arm forward of the weapon arm shoulder) is now subject to a Group 1 penalty (a yellow card). Much like other penalties (such as corps-a-corps to avoid a touch or substitution of non-valid target), any hit scored by the fencer committing the penalty will be annulled." (text from USA Fencing announcement of rule.)


This rule applies to foil only; it does not apply to sabre or epee.

September 13, 2016. Addendum: Clarification of interpretation of this rule from the referee's commission: http://www.refereescommission.org/blog/2016/09/rules-blog-interpreting-reversing-the-shoulders-in-foil/

Sabre Timing and En Garde Lines (starting position)

August 6, 2016. Effective immediately, the NFC will adopt both the use of the new timing for electric sabre, and changing the start position in sabre such that competitors start with their rear feet placed on the en garde lines. Both of these rules have been adopted by USA Fencing and the NCAA, and the rules will be the same for the NFC.

USA Fencing announcement regarding these rules: http://www.usfencing.org/news_article/show/647982

The "lockout timing" has been changed to 170ms (+/- 10ms). Schools are responsible for upgrading their sabre scoring machines to handle the new timing. Any machines that are not upgraded will be ineligible for use at NFC events. Information on upgrading machines is available in the USA Fencing announcement.
Sabre fencers will start with their rear feet on or ahead of the en garde lines, rather than behind them. This rule applies to sabre only; foil and epee will remain unchanged. This rule has been adopted and approved for TESTING from August 1 to December 1. After the testing period, the rule may be reversed by the FIE COMEX and USA Fencing. At that time, the NFC will reconsider this rule.

Epee Wiring Rule

May 8, 2016. The Northeast Fencing Conference will allow epees to be wired with our without the wires passing through the “tunnel” found in some brands of epee sockets. This brings the NFC consistent with the application of the rule as adopted for USA Fencing by the Fencing Officials Commission on 5 May 2016.

Notice from the Fencing Officials Commission:

http://www.fencingofficials.org/blog/2016/05/change-of-application-of-the-rules-regarding-wiring-epees/