Officer Elections 2014-15

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It’s the start of a new season, so we have a new crew of officers to lead us. Congratulations! Your new officers are:

President – Heather Bucher

Vice President – Abby Miskin

Treasurer – Luis Meza

Secretary – Drew Johnson

Public Relations Officer – Jacob Ashman

We’re off to a good start! So the first decision we’ll need to make as a club and team is when to do our fundraising activities. Bring some ideas to practice on Tuesday.

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Curious about fencing? Check it out!

In case you haven’t heard yet, our callouts are scheduled for tomorrow at 9:06 am and at 3:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity for newbies to check out the fencing club and to learn about what we have in store for the upcoming season. No previous experience is required–only a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure! Returning members should be prepared to practice on Tuesday. (That’s a big hint–bring your equipment.) And, as an added incentive, the first 30 students that turn in their completed registration forms will receive a $10 gift card to our swag shop.

For parents and interested family members, we will also have a couple of parent information meetings to answer all the questions that they may have. If you can’t make it to either of the callout sessions, come to one of the following meetings to learn about fencing and answer all of your parents’ questions at the same time:

Parent Information Meeting 1 – Friday, October 10 at 6:30 pm @ Harrison HS B101BC
Parent Information Meeting 2 – Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am @ Tippecanoe County Library, Klondike Branch, Tempest Room (3062 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette,  765-463-5893)

I strongly encourage you to attend, even if you’re just a little bit curious about fencing. And you do not need to come to both meetings. We’ll have some light refreshments, and anyone who is interested can come. (Bring your friends, parents and family, but no pets, please!). I’ll go over what the club is all about, what you’ll learn, everything about equipment, and more!

I hope to see you all there!

2014-15 Registration Forms Available Now

In preparation for the start of our new season, our new registration forms are now ready for download. You can save a copy and print out the forms. The registration packet is beefier than it was last year. So don’t be intimidated by the paperwork. Some of the pages are informational and don’t need to be turned in for registration. The rule of thumb to follow is if it requires a signature, it probably needs to be turned in to Coach. Additionally, the HHSFC Handbook has been updated and can be downloaded as well. It should answer most (if not all) of your questions about the fencing club, and even some about fencing in general.

So if you would like to get a head start on the season, fill out the forms and turn them in to Coach Schafer on the callout day. If you and/or your parents should have any questions or if you have difficulty downloading the forms, please use the Contact form on this site to send an email to Coach.

To download the forms, go to the Forms page listed under Links & Resources.

Callouts 2014-15

A belated “Welcome Back” to all of you! By now you’re all grooved in at Harrison, your schedule a routine that you’ve already memorized. Now that you’re all settled in, we can turn our attention to fencing! In case you didn’t catch the news on Facebook, we’re going to start our practices next month.

We  will have official callouts on Tuesday, October 7, one in the morning during your activity period (9:06-9:31) and one after school starting at 3:00. Be ready to practice during the afternoon session. I am working on the format for the demo, so I may ask one or two of you to do a demonstration for the callouts. So if you haven’t been fencing during the off-season, dust off your equipment and get started! Footwork is always the best place to start.

As an added note, we will be using a new app, Teamapp, for club/team communications. This app is free, and can be used on iOS and Android devices. For those of you who prefer to use a desktop interface, the app is also available via the Internet. I encourage each of you to get signed up if you haven’t already done so, and to get your parents/guardians on the app as well. We’ll discuss this in more detail at the next meeting.

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Sign up at HHSFC’s Teamapp (HHSFC members and supporters only)

Duke Basketball Meets Duke Fencing

Is fencing for everyone? Well, I think that is for each individual to decide for themselves. But I know that everyone can learn how to fence, even basketball players, and everyone can gain something from learning the sport.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not taking a shot at basketball players. (No pun intended.) You have to be a good athlete to play basketball, and an exceptional one to play it well. In fact if you watch a basketball game carefully, you can see a lot of the strategies and tactics that fencers use on the strip.

A couple of Duke University’s basketball players got a fencing lesson from Duke’s fencing team. How do you think it turned out?

 

Sneak Peek: Raider Rally Flyer

I’ve been working on the plans for the upcoming school year since the start of club fencing at Harrison High School is only a couple of months away (give or take a few weeks). Harrison hosts the Raider Rally, which is a day-long orientation for incoming freshman students. This will be the first year that we will be including a flyer in the information packet that will be handed out at the Rally. Since almost half of the team at Harrison graduated, it’s time to replenish with some new students.

Here’s a look at the flyer for the Raider Rally:

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Download a PDF copy of the flyer

 

Watch the Finals of the Sabre World Cup Live

Photo credit: USA Fencing

Photo credit: USA Fencing

USA Fencing will be streaming the final rounds of the Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup live from the University of Illinois at Chicago on Saturday and Sunday at www.usfencing.org.

The broadcast on Saturday will begin at 6:30 p.m. Central Time and will include semifinal and final rounds of the men’s and women’s individual saber competition.

If you missed the finals on Saturday, no worries. Competition on Sunday will feature the gold medal finals for the men’s and women’s team events with at 5:30 p.m. Central (time subject to change).

Sabre events are fast-moving and exciting to watch. Hopefully we’ll have the added benefit of expert commentary, which can help you get a better handle on fencing rules such as right-of-way. Enjoy!

End of Year BBQ

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For our end of year awards banquet, I will be hosting a potluck barbeque. Invitations have been sent to the email addresses you have provided to me. We will be handing out certificates and awards to end off our year. (Officers: this is a big hint about completing the project I gave you a few weeks ago!) If you have not received an invitation in your inbox, it is most likely because I do not have your email address. But not to worry! I am including the link to the invitation here:

http://www.eventeve.com/26308/harrison-fencing-club-awards-bbq

Please use discretion when sharing this information since it does include my address. Please RSVP as soon as you can. Also please note we could use some tables and chairs. I’ll have some grilled food to get us started. If you have a family favorite or an ethnic dish to share, please bring it! For anyone with any food intolerances or preferences (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.), just let us know.

I look forward to seeing you there!

End of Year Survey – How Did We Do?

Survey-2316704This was our second year at Harrison with a fencing club, and personally, I feel things went very well. It was good to see new faces as well as fencers returning from the previous year. And I’m always pleased to see how quickly you have all grasped the fundamentals of our sport.

To prepare for next year, I need your help. By getting your feedback on being part of the fencing club, we can make adjustments for next year. Your input is critical, so please click the link below and complete the survey. I encourage you to give your honest opinion–your survey will remain anonymous. And if you have anything that you want to get off your chest or share that is not covered by the questions, you can do so at the end of the survey.

So, please fill out the survey (see link below). As always, if you have any questions, just let me know!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QrKh2_D-hGb8NwGi4FbMCi0VjdqykA9IeDtxTCoNXek/viewform

Upcoming Event: Purdue Spring Open 2014

PFC-spring-openOn Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Purdue Fencing Club will host its annual Spring Open tournament. All three weapons will be on the event lineup, with mixed épée starting at 9:00 am, mixed sabre at 12:00 pm, and mixed foil at 2:00 pm. If you do intend to compete, plan on checking in at least 30 minutes before your event starts. You will NOT need a USFA membership in order to compete–this event is open.

To sign up, go to the AskFRED link: http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=24840

Good luck, and have fun!