DFA Classifications

  • 03 Jan 2013 9:53 PM
    Message # 1171400

    How about setting up a master database of results with a point/classification system that can easily be converted once USFA actually (if ever) comes around?
      I am thinking we can recognize members' initial Epee and even Foil classifications in some way as well (e.g. USFA Epee C's are D's in DFA).
      Regardless of DFA<-->USFA conversions, I think it is a pretty easy matter to create a master database/listing of fencers' accomplishments and devise some formula to determine classification that is similar to what USFA uses but accommodates to a smaller scale. Anyone have any thoughts?


  • 09 Jan 2013 7:47 PM
    Reply # 1175748 on 1171400

    I like the idea of having a classification that echos the USFA.

    The DFA should (at the very least) post the winners of tournaments from last year on the website to start a baseline for the sport.

    I am not complaining but how about being able to see your rank on ASKFRED too?

  • 14 Jan 2013 8:05 AM
    Reply # 1179233 on 1171400

    I agree; everyone goes to ASKFRED. There should be a separate category for Dagger too!

    If the sport is to ever get off the ground it will need to reflect USFA classifications. Men, Women, Junior category...

  • 16 Jan 2013 12:11 AM
    Reply # 1180889 on 1171400
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


     There has been much discussion regarding the rating system for Dagger and everyone is leading towards USFA classifications. Don has a solution to start a baseline "A" Epee fencers would automatically be classified as "B" in Dagger... great idea. Also, we will be contacting ASKFRED regarding DFA classifications too. Many have stated it is not worth competing without classification. Does anyone have other suggestions? 

  • 05 Apr 2013 10:34 PM
    Reply # 1261176 on 1171400
    What's the latest? I'm new to the forum. I just convinced my local club to pick up a handful of daggers and cords and there are already rumblings that they'd love to see this be a USFA sponsored/endorsed/supported event.

    If possible I'd love to hear what kind of numbers you've been seeing for sales and some kind of estimate of the number of fencers/clubs out there with daggers. I think the biggest thing right now is to work to get exposure. Nobody at my club had ever heard of you guys until I brought it up. You should be visiting the big tourneys nationwide hawking your wares and offering demonstrations. If you want to be recognized as a big player you need to put in big player effort. It's a numbers game and you're swimming upstream right now and will until you reach a critical mass where USFA has to actually start paying attention. I think DFA is making progress and I'm trying to help (I've established dagger populations at two clubs in two different states already) but it'll take time and effort from everyone involved in order to make this small community grow.

  • 11 Apr 2013 5:18 AM
    Reply # 1265809 on 1171400
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings Kyle,

    Thank you for the comments. Presently worldwide we have over about 5 countries that have taken interest specifically in Europe (UK, France and Netherlands) and they have remarked similar concerns regarding exposure. The DFA is perusing different venues that will assist in making the sport more visible online. In the US specifically our main goal is to mirror USFA classifications and we will post the results of the next DFA event on our website.

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