NZ Secondary Schools Team Selection 2020

Document updated 04 Aug 2020 - Please read carefully

This article describes the process Fencing North will use to select teams for the upcoming national secondary schools event.

Note: There is NO SELECTION for individuals who want to enter the national competition. If you are not entering a team, you do not have to worry about this.

Teams Event

The NZ National Secondary Schools Champs are being held in Christchurch on the 4th-6th of September 2020. For more information and the timetable, see the events page here.

Part of this event is a teams competition for each weapon and gender. Each region (North, Central, MidSouth and South) can enter teams in this competition to represent the region.

Entering a Team

Fencing North has called for team nominations from schools and clubs. The teams that can enter are as follows:

  • Teams may be school teams, or composite teams (with members from more than one school).
  • If you cannot create a school team (e.g. there are not enough fencers in your school to form a team), then you can create a composite team. However, if you can form a school team you should do so.
  • Teams must be single gender.
  • All team members should be entered in at least one individual event.
  • The named teams may consist of up to five members. Four of these five members must be selected to be the team before the event starts. The DT will announce the time that team composition must be confirmed by on the day. Only the four competing members are eligible for a medal.
  • Fencers may be on more than one team (for different weapons) as long as they can schedule it in the timetable.

If you would like to be in a team for Nationals, talk to your coach, captain or teacher-in-charge. They must email the team details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 14th of August.

(If you would like to join a composite team but you do not have teammates yet, see further below.)

Team Selection

Unfortunately, there is a limited number of teams who can compete in the competition. We hope that we can enter all of the teams who want to compete from Fencing North, and It is unlikely that we will exceed the number of team slots available. However, there is a possibility that Fencing North will not be allowed to enter all of the teams that we want to include.

In this case, we will use a selection process to determine which teams we will enter in the national competition. Four things will be considered:

  • There will be two tiers of selection. First, we will rank the A teams of each school into team slots, to ensure that each school gets at least one team in the competition. Then we will rank the composite teams and any additional teams to fill the remaining team slots.
  • The national rankings of the individual fencers in the teams. You can view your ranking points here.
  • The results of the individual fencers at the North regional SS individuals competition. See the competition details here.
  • The results of the teams at the North regional SS foil teams competition. See the information here.

Note: The North regional sabre/epee teams competition occurs too late to be used for selection.

The results of the selection will be reported to the coach/captain/teacher-in-charge by the 21st of August.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be selected to enter as an individual?
No! Go ahead and enter the competition.

What is the team entry fee?
The team entry fee is $60 per team. If it is a school team, this will be billed to the school after the team has been entered. If it is a composite, it will either be billed to the coach, or directly to each individual fencer.

We will ask you to pay by internet banking, and if you have not paid you may not be permitted to enter Fencing North tournaments.

Why has this information changed?
Initially Fencing North was only going to allow school teams to enter, based on decisions in previous years (see the minutes from August 2018 and July 2019). This year, the committee decided that we would allow composite teams to enter as well, so that fencers who are not part of a school fencing club can participate in the teams competition (minutes from July 2020 meeting forthcoming).

I don't have anyone to form a team with. How can I find a composite team?
Cia Sharpe has kindly offered to help people find composite teams. You can email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - please give her your name, weapon and contact details.

Why don’t you just use the national rankings to select?
Last year we did use the national rankings to determine which schools had the first chance to enter teams. However, due to the obvious, we have not been able to hold as many competitions in 2020 – in fact, we have not yet held any secondary school competitions! Therefore, the national rankings are very out of date and may not include all fencers.

We have decided to use the results from the upcoming regional secondary school competitions to give us a better understanding of the levels of the individual fencers and teams this year.

Do I need to attend the regional competitions to be selected for a national team?
No, this is not necessary. We are just using the results from these competitions to get a better idea of your ranking. If you do not attend, we will have less data to work with, but you can still be selected for the national teams competition.

What are the rules for entering the North regional teams competition?
The rules for the regional teams competition are different. In this competition, you can enter composite teams (from more than one school) and mixed gender teams.

Who should I talk to about this?
If you want to join a team, talk to your coach, captain or teacher-in-charge. If you want more information about the process, email Katie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Why am I finding out about this so late?
I know, I know, it blindsides us every year. To be fair, we thought that this year there wouldn’t need to be a selection at all – we only found out ourselves when MidSouth released the full event info two weeks ago. You can help by reminding us about this issue sometime when it’s not the busiest period of the year so we can create a proper consistent team selection policy in perpetuity.

How else can I help?
How nice of you to ask! Best thing you can do to get involved is come to those SS competitions I mentioned above and ask Maja at the desk what she needs help with. We always need extra hands.

Alternatively, ask that coach/captain/teacher-in-charge whether you can represent the club at the Fencing North committee meetings. Or else contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for the details – we hold them online these days, so it should be easy to attend as a spectator. It’s a good way to learn what needs doing.

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