USA Fencing Able-Bodies AND Para-Fencing Referee Seminar With Sean Shumate, PLY

December 16, 2023

Elite Fencing Academy VA
5401 Port Royal Rd, Springfield, VA 22151 US
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The first combined Able-Bodies and Para-Fencing referee clinic in Virginia, mark your calendar to attend this referee seminar/clinic provided by Sean Shumate, PLY and 3X Paralympic Referee.

US Fencing Certified Referee Seminar With Sean Shumate, PLY


If you are interested in becoming a certified referee in Able-Bodies or Para-Fencing, mark your calendars to attend this referee seminar and clinic provided by Sean Shumate, PLY. The course will be taught in an all-day session from 11am -8pm (with two short food breaks). Observations will be held the next day at the tournament at the same location.



  • Aspiring referees – This seminar is a required step in becoming a rated referee in USA Fencing
  • Coaches - To learn the current rules and see how actions are currently being called
  • Athletes - To improve their fencing and be better positioned to advocate for themselves at competitions
  • Parents - To gain a foundational knowledge of the rules and a better concept of the sport in general
  • Current referees - To refresh their knowledge base and update their profile with current ratings.


Sean’s Referee experience includes:

  • FIE B rated referee in Epee and Saber
  • National (and Regional) Event referee coordinator/lead assigner
  • Refereed the last three Paralympic games
  • Domestic referee for over 20 years
  • Certified referee instructor, and observer
  • Current member of USA Fencing Referee Commission:
  • Vice Chairman of Domestic Assignments
  • Member of USA Parafencing Resource Committee
  • IWAS Chair of Rules Commission

About the Referee Clinic

The Referee Clinic will provide you with a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee, as well as refine your sense of right-of-way, timing, and application of the penalties.


Attending an official RC-sanctioned clinic is the first step in becoming a certified USA Fencing referee. The next step is the successful completion of a written exam, consisting of a general section and one or more weapon-specific sections, and a score of 90% or greater is required on each section to be awarded a "P" rating. Once the "P" rating has been earned, the candidate may be evaluated for a rating (L1, L2, R1, R2, N1, N2) at a tournament.