Saluting before a bout

2018 Ned Light RYC Athlete Information

Mid-South is excited to host the 6th Annual Ned Light RYC March 24 & 25, 2018. 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. The live results link and initial seedings are available here!


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. 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. You can login here to your USA Fencing membership and print out a copy of your membership card.
  2. Payment for entry fees occurs at check-in. To expedite checkin, we ask that you bring a check made out to Mid-South Fencers Club in the amount due for your athlete. There is a $30 registration fee and $25 per event. Late entries will be in effect if you decide to fence after 3/21 through the day of the event.
  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.
  4. Signed Copy of the tournament waiver.  You can download that here!

Armory Control

Liz Morey is our armorer for this event.  Please anticipate the same equipment standards as you would find at a National Tournament.  Please ensure that your fencer has all of their equipment in good working order before arriving.  FIE Gloves are required for all the saber events, including Y-10.  If you have doubts about the condition of your equipment, then we suggest you make arrangements to order new gear or bring spares. We do have a small pro-shop in our lobby with common items.  Fencers are not required to have their names stenciled on their lame’s at regional tournaments. Armory control will open at Noon on and Saturday and run until the end of the final event, we are anticipating 5pm.  The club will open at 7:30am on Sunday, if you arrive in town Saturday afternoon, feel free to come and have your equipment checked.

Tournament Etiquette

We are expecting dozens of athletes and their families; our space will be pushed to capacity. 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 during peak times. We will at times have some designated seating for parents on the main floor. 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.



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. 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) or Jen (club owner) 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. 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.

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 2018, Mid-South is led by two full-time and five 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.

This even is proudly sponsored by the Durham Sports Commission. The Durham Sports Commission’s is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create economic and social impact by leading the community’s efforts to attract, support and promote youth, amateur, collegiate and professional sporting and recreational events.  Funding is used to support local events and bring in external events through sponsorships or the bidding process. Learn more about DSC.

Thank you for supporting our event!

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2 thoughts on “2018 Ned Light RYC Athlete Information

  1. This will be our family’s third year bringing a fencer to a Mid-South tournament. We all look forward to your events because they are not only nicely & professionally staffed for the events, but my granddaughter enjoys herself-win or not! Besides it gives me a chance that I might pick up a dozen of goose eggs. Thanks for having us.

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