Do local competitions require a rated referee in order to be sanctioned and give classifications? Just spent a morning trying to find this on the USA Fencing website in the Rules, Athletes' Handbook, and Operations Manual. I found one version of the Classification Chart with a footnotes stating this requirement and another version of the Chart without this requirement--both on the USA Fencing website. Can't find any reference to it elsewhere. I thought I remembered this being a new requirement a couple of years ago but when I went to verify this morning, darned if I could find it in any official publication. Is it, perhaps, a requirement in some Divisions and not others? Do I remember this incorrectly? Help me out, please, hive mind.