Expectations

FENCING TEAM PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS / POLICIES

Participation on the Fencing Team is an opportunity to develop character, leadership, discipline, and a strong sense of personal accomplishment. To fully participate and then to realize a high potential in ANY activity, one must purposefully agree to invest time, effort, and resources. Any fencer who wishes to join a Middle/High School Fencing Team under Coach Knowles’ supervision must agree to the policies below that have been set forth to encourage achievement and victory.

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Athletes are engaging in a sport-activity that is unique. There is a very real connection to ancient ideas of honor, integrity, and nobility within our sport. We promote these ideals and expect fencers to portray the upstanding behavior that a people of good character reflect. Furthermore, when working with weapons, there is no room for reckless or dangerous behavior engendered by personal pettiness and poor attitudes. In short, bad sportsmanship and divisive/negative attitudes will NOT be tolerated. Rather, cheerful camaraderie and encouragement is in the spirit of our game. ANYONE who decides to ignore these very important expectations risks being asked not to return - and there may not be a second chance.

About Good Sportsmanship: This sport-game is just that: a game. Do not confuse your striving and competition with real fighting. Modern Fencing is NOT fighting another with a sword. At most, it is a high-tech game of tag with metal sticks. Therefore - losing or winning is not paramount. Understanding how or why you lost or won IS IMPORTANT. Cultivate an attitude that allows losing to become a lesson so that you may improve; not an opportunity to throw a tantrum. Conversely, let your attitude transform victories into confirmation; not an opportunity to brag. If others are fencing well, compliment them and seek to emulate their ways. Ask for help on improving your technique and do not seek to ‘teach’ others - unless Coach Knowles has specifically asked you to do so. Be a good sport both on AND off the fencing strip and you will go far!

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Athletes who join the Fencing Team must have the proper equipment in order to train and compete. Coach Knowles has ample fencing equpiment for new fencers going through the six lesson Fencing Starter Course. Beyond the Starter Course, fencers are expected to purchase their own set of basic fencing equipment:

The following set of equipment is REQUIRED for PRACTICE. This set includes but is not limited to the following:

  • A three-weapon mask and glove
  • A practice weapon
  • An underarm protector (plastron)
  • A fencing jacket
  • Fencing knickers
  • A bag to carry it all in

The following set of equipment is REQUIRED for COMPETITION. This set includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Two working electric weapons
  • Two working bodycords
  • Two working maskcords (foil only)
  • A fully-conducting foil-mask (foil only)
  • A fully-conducting electric lame (foil only) 

About Fencing Equipment: Ask Coach Knowles to help with your initial purchase - the details can be confusing, at first. Competition equipment is not necessary until a fencer is ready to compete. This usually takes about two months after the Starter Course has been completed. Fencers who have competition experience should provide their own equipment. In addition to purchasing their equipment, fencers need to be able to fix and maintain their equipment when it breaks - because it will. Thus, Coach Knowles will offer Equipment Workshops periodically to provide opportunities to learn how to keep your equipment in good, working order. Plan to attend so that you may save money and know how to properly calibrate your gear.

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Attending Practices: Attendance is required to learn, refine, instill, and develop your fencing skills. To properly add depth to your game and give you the most options possible on the fencing strip - you MUST COME FENCE! Remember, you will be fencing against other athletes who may practice 4 or 5 times per week very seriously. Your investment of time will pay off (or not) on the fencing strip. MAKE EVERY EFFORT to come to practices and training. There are at least ELEVEN HOURS of fencing training/practice opportunities PER WEEK on the schedule this year - make use of them. If you miss a regular practice, get to the next one and FENCE! Fencing Team Members MUST COMMIT to AT LEAST TWO Training Times and TWO Practice Times (for MORE access to training, please ask Coach Knowles). CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CURRENT TRAINING AND PRACTICE TIMES.

Attending Competitions: The point of all of your training is to compete. Your goal is be victorious. To achieve this goal, participation as part of the Fencing Team will require you attend as many competitions as possible during the Fencing Season. Some of the competitions may be local; some may require traveling. Even if you are not competing in a local competition, you should try to attend and cheer on any teammates who may be competing (ESPECIALLY if your team is hosting the competition!).

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