Ned Light RYC and Cadet Saber Athlete Information

Mid-South is excited to host the 4th Annual Ned Light RYC and Cadet Saber event April 1-3rd. If you are a participating athlete or family member, please read carefully, as this document includes important information regarding tournament participation and preparations needed to create an event with an outstanding display of competitive youth sport participation. We need your help to achieve this.


Mid-South Fencers’ Club is located at 125 North Gregson Street, Durham NC 27701. The direct number to the club is 919-286-3100. We are located at the intersection of Morgan Street and Gregson Street. The parking lot directly across Gregson from the fencing club is available on the weekends and there is also a pay lot at the intersection of Main Street and Gregson Street. Our club is a short one block walk north on Gregson street. Please be aware that street parking in Durham is 2 hour parking.  Please do not park in the gravel parking lots adjacent to the fencing club on Morgan Street, you will be towed.

Event Start Times

First, please double check your start times. Please note, you must be checked-in, have your equipment checked, and be ready to fence by your posted event time. If we are running more than 10 minutes behind schedule, we will make an announcement.



Please have ready before you enter the building:

  1. Proof of USA Fencing Competitive  Membership. If this is your first event outside your club or first national event, please check today and make sure you have a COMPETITIVE membership. Often clubs only require a recreational membership and you will need to upgrade. Memberships that are established or upgraded from April 1 and after will be pro-rated for this year and you will also be a competitive member for the 2016-2017 season. The best approach to take advantage of this is to bring in a printed form at the time of check-in. USFA cards that have expired are not accepted as proof of membership.
  2. Payments are pre-paid this year and the deadline for registration is March 25th. Entry after March 25th is possible, but at the late fee rate.
  3. Proof of age. This includes: current USFA card that states the athlete is “age verified”, copy of the athlete’s birth certificate, or a passport.

Tournament Etiquette

We are expecting over 75 athletes each day and our space will be pushed to capacity at times. We suggest arriving one hour before close of registration for your first event in order to allow for equipment check and adequate warm-up. We have limited balcony seating for parent viewing that can reasonably hold 30-40 persons (capacity is 70 persons). Only athletes, referees and coaches will be allowed on the fencing floor. We will at times have some designated seating for parents on the main floor. If the weather is nice, we will have outdoor seating areas. Please respect the club’s equipment and community member areas. If you need something, please ask. If your child has finished fencing, please create space for other families to watch their children. Please review our Spectator Agreement if you have any concerns.

Photos and Video Etiquette

Photos and video are great! Video can be a excellent training tool, but mostly is a fun way to see your fencer evolve over time.  Please refrain from using a flash during competition. Pictures will be posted on our Facebook Fan Page. Our hashtag for this event is #NedLightRYC. Since our governing body doesn’t yet have a policy on social media interactions, we suggest only tagging folks you have permission to tag and only posting comments and pictures in which your child is the focus of discussion.



Awards will be given for the top 8 finishes in each event. If you need to leave before awards are given out, please let us know so we can distribute your medal. We will post a “Be Back By” time for each award ceremony in case you need to feed your hungry fencer. Award ceremonies will take place in our lobby. Food, shopping and recreational activities are all within walking distance of the club.

Problems and Feedback

If you have a problem or concern, please make it known to one of our two front desk staff, or bout committee. We want to ensure safety, fun and creating a space for a positive tournament experience for everyone involved. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave if not displaying sportsman like behavior.

You may email Jeff (tournament organizer) jeff@midsouthfencersclub.org or Jen (club owner) jen@midsouthfencersclub.org with any feedback or suggestions before, during or after the event. Your voice is appreciated.

About Mid-South Fencers and the Ned Light RYC

Mid-South Fencers’  moved into our first space in downtown Durham, NC in 2008. We moved into our current location on the corner of Morgan and Gregson in the fall of 2013. Ned Light was one of our founding coaches but we lost him to cancer too early and too young. Ned began Triangle Fencing club, which met at the Duke University Faculty Club.  When Mid-South was founded in 2008, Ned merged Triangle Fencing Club with Mid-South which directly contributed to rapid growth of our fencing community. One of his fencers, Joey Lew, just recently qualified for the NCAA championships from Yale.

Ned embodied the values Mid-South promotes of bringing together community and sport through collaborative partnerships. Fun and competitive spirit were not mutually exclusive for Ned. We hope this tournament embodies that spirit of play and mutual appreciation for the referees, staff, and clubs who have come out to support this event.

In 2016 Mid-South is led by two full-time and three part-time staff backed by the highest credentials in the United States, including a female fencing Maestra who studied and trained under the current National Women’s Saber Coach, Ed Korfanty and UNC-CH Head Coach, Ron Miller. Mid-South’s focus has been on creating a fencing home for all levels of fencers from beginners to competitors with collegiate, national, or international aspirations in all three weapons.


Erin and Anne Light awarding at the 2015 RYC.

Thank you for supporting our event and fence hard!

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