9th October 2015
The recent changes to the Senior Ranking Scheme had unintended consequences for the Junior Ranking Scheme.
Specifically the Senior Ranking scheme has adopted a new NIF calculation which affects the number of points gained for results in Senior competitions. This has resulted in Juniors receiving an unexpectedly high number of points in the Junior Ranking Scheme for results achieved in the nominated Seniors competition.
In reviewing this we have taken into account the following:
It is therefore the decision of British Fencing that the Junior Ranking Scheme should follow the rules and original NIF system as was in operation when the scheme was published prior to the start of the Junior season.
This will adjust the NIF counts for the competitions since 1st September as follows (all amounts include the 1.5 multipliers):
Original NIF: 118.5 (NIF calculated under New Senior Scheme: 184.5)
Competition: Miller Hallet
Original NIF: 103.5 (NIF calculated under New Senior Scheme: 364.5)
Competition: Hamlet Open
Original NIF: 69* (NIF calculated under New Senior Scheme NIF: 97.5)
* this is the Junior NIF (senior would have been 43*1.5=64.5)
(There have not yet been any WS or Foil competitions)
In closing, British Fencing would like to thank those members who have contacted us directly with their views on this matter, and apologise again for the error.
It is still of some concern that there are people that believe these extra points in a domestic competition would have a significant bearing on International selection. Juniors that wish to represent their country in European and World Championships should be focussing on their international performances as it will be these that the selectors will be looking at first and foremost. Those fencers wishing to be selected for World Cups should note that selectors look further than simply the ranking and number of points gained – actual and relative results are taken into account.