22nd Sept 2002 Updated example years. Added note re blade sizes.
7th Oct 2001 added reminder that other events may be different)
It is the fencers responsibility to check age eligibility. Fencers who are not eligible may be excluded at any time, before, during or after the event. Please read all the rules and if in doubt then consult the organisers before entering.
Explanation of Age Dateline for Youth Events
Various datelines have been applied to various events in the past. Many are converged on one rule but there are exceptions:
The age group corresponds to the competitors age at New Year in the season of the event.
The season runs from 1st September to 31st August.
For example, for an event in November 2002, what matters is the competitors age at the start of 1st January 2003.
Note that this is not neccessarily the same as the fencers age on 1st Jan of the calendar year of the event (nor the fencers age on the day of the event). The age groupings are not the same as typical school year groups.
This rule applies for the British Youth Championships.
One of the exceptions that uses a different age dateline is the rule excluding U13's from events open to age 18 & over fencers. It was announced during March 2012 the rule for particular events would change to be the age on 1st Jan of the calendar year of the event. See BFA page: http://www.britishfencing.com/news/latest-news/?n=520
It makes sense to minimise the number of different age datelines so SCFU has not invented its own.
The age groups are still blocks of two years*...it's just that who of what real age goes into which event is skewed by the interval between the dateline and their birthday. *(except the youngest BYC age group, for which see the BYC rules).
One reason for not using the day of the event as the dateline is that some events are qualifiers for National Finals. The qualifiers are held on different dates around the regions so cannot be used as datelines.
Fencers must be 13 or over on 1st Jan in the calendar year of the event to fence with adults.
The reason for Surrey's interpretation of this is:
If you were born on 1st January at the date line for an event, please note that the intention is to be able to discriminate by year of birth alone, so 1st January is in the new year, not the previous year.