My son will be competing at his first SYC in a couple of weeks, and I am hoping to have a bit of clarity going in. We are US expats living--and fencing--in the UK, so this will actually be his first US competition. He fences Y10 this year. 1) Do equipment checks need to be completed on the day of his event or can they be done the previous day? His check-in closes at 8 am on a Sunday, and I don't want to end up feeling pressed for time if there is a long line at the check point. 2) Actually, this brings up another point for clarification: The events schedule lists his event for 8 am. Does this mean check-in closes at that time or that the event begins at that time? Typically, in the UK, the listed time is close of check-in, but I have noticed that other countries follow different norms. 3) Will results of the competition be registered with US Fencing fairly immediately? The way I have understood the tournament site is that the qualifications deadline for Summer Nationals is nine days following the end of this competition. I assume that there will be others attempting a last-minute qualification as well. 4) The description states that fencers can fence with size 0 or 2 in the Y10 category. Are there matches in which one fencer will fence with a 0 and the other with a 2? What is the protocol for making the choice? When the option is given at competition here, I have advised my son to choose the same size weapon as his opponent. However, I'd prefer not to pack four weapons, if possible. 5) And just out of curiosity: Can anyone explain to me the $70-$100 (regular deadline!) registration fees for competitions? I have never paid more than $45 here in the UK--typically $20--and in Hungary, France and Poland, I have paid $7, $10 and $20, respectively. Just, "Wow!" Thanks in advance for any and all assistance!