Category Archives: Tournaments & Competitions

Tournament: Midwest High School Open 2015

It’s that time of year when high school fencers from all round the Midwest face off in the area’s largest non-USFA tournament for fencers in grades 9-12. We’ve already discussed equipment requirements and costs (see the last post on our Teamapp News screen). Included here in this post is the permission form for participating in the tournament. Please download and print it and have your parent or guardian sign in it. Return the bottom portion of the second page to me at practice this week.

Download the Permission Form: permission-form-Midwest-2015

This tournament is recommended for fencers who have previously competed in some other competition. If you have not yet fenced at an official match or tournament, please discuss this with me before registering for the tournament. I don’t want to discourage anyone, but this particular tournament could be overwhelming to the brand new fencer. If you have any questions about competing at this tournament, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Good luck!

Coach Schafer

HHSFC and the New Year

Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays and vacation have been restful and enjoyable so far. And I hope that you’ve been keeping up with some independent practice of your fencing skills.  😉

We will resume our regular practice schedule on Tuesday, January 6. If you have friends interested in learning about fencing, invite them to a practice. It’s never too late to join!

January opens the season with big tournaments for high school fencing. If you are interested in competitive fencing, this is the month for you. The Midwest High School Open is scheduled for January 17 at Culver, however the registration page is not yet on AskFRED. Registration fees are usually between $20 and$25 per fencer. The Indiana Middle and High School Championship is also typically scheduled in January, however this also has not been posted on AskFRED yet. As soon as any of the information becomes available, I will forward it to everyone. If you are not familiar with or have not registered a profile with AskFRED, read our previous post, Getting Ready for Competitive Fencing. If you have any questions about AskFRED, just let me know.

If you intend to compete, you will need the following gear:

  • BASIC GEAR:
    • Fencing jacket
    • Plastron (underarm protector)
    • Fencing glove
    • Knee-length socks
  • COMPETITION GEAR:
    • Fencing knickers
    • Foil mask with lame bib
    • Mask cord
    • Foil lame
    • Foil body cord
    • Electric foil

You should already have all of the basic gear which we use for practices. If you do not have all the competition gear required, I may have some that you can borrow, depending on sizing and availability. I have a limited number of knickers, lames, body/mask cords, masks and electric foils. So if you intend to compete but need to borrow equipment, you must let me know in advance what you will need and for which event(s). Equipment will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Email me your requirements with sizes and any other information.

new foil mask with lame bib and mask cord ($55-$75)

new foil mask with lame bib and mask cord ($55-$75)

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foil retro fit bib ($13-$15)

If you would like to save some money on a new mask for competition, consider an easy mask upgrade by getting the retro fit lame bibs which adhere to your current mask. Check with your equipment vendor for the correct size for your mask. For example, if you bought your medium-sized mask from Absolute Fencing Gear, you can order the medium-sized retro fit bib for $13. Add a mask cord for $6.50 (from Absolute Fencing Gear) and your mask is ready for competition. This is a significant savings since it would cost $55-$70 for a new mask already fitted with a foil bib. (These price quotes do not include any of the club discounts that we get from some of the equipment vendors.) If you have any questions about equipment, do not hesitate to ask. I’d rather that you got the right equipment the first time you order it rather than go through the frustration and added expense of returning/exchanging equipment.

As always, if you and/or your parents on competitions and equipment, just ask. Looking forward to seeing everyone at practice in the new year!

RDFC Pre-Season Invitational Tournament 2014

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The Harrison Fencing Club has been invited by the Lowell High School Red Devil Fencing club to compete in the RDFC Pre-Season Invitational on Saturday, November 8. The tournament will be held at the Lowell Middle School Gym in Lowell, Indiana, and events start at 8:00 am.

Given the relatively short distance for travel and small field of competition, this event is ideal for beginning fencers who want to a “taste” of what competitive fencing is like. Yet, it will still be a challenge for returning fencers. The schools in the Great Lakes Conference have always trained tough, smart fencers. If you are considering competitive fencing but are unsure, talk to Coach about your interests and concerns.

There is a fee for competitors but no charge for spectators. The cost will be $20 per fencer per weapon fenced. Also, this tournament will require foil bibs (on masks) for foil fencers. If you do not have a mask with a foil bib, don’t worry. We will discuss an inexpensive option at practice along with any other equipment requirements.

I will be asking for parent volunteers to help with transportation. For those of you who will not be competing, you can tag along to support your teammates as long as we have enough room for those fencing and their equipment. I should have a better idea of how many seats we’ll have available by the week of the tournament. Bring snacks, beverages (lots of water!), and a lunch or cash for concessions.

If you know that you’re ready to participate, you can get registered for the tournament by going to the AskFRED site. The tournament link is https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=28059. If you don’t have a membership to AskFRED (it’s free) , read our post, Getting Ready for Competitive Fencing, to learn how to register for a membership.

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!

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!

24-Hour Fence-a-thon @ WLHS

24-hoursWe’ve discussed this in practice, but here’s the information from the WLHS Fencing Club’s website:

WLHSFC will be fencing for 24 hours – non-stop – one strip, to raise money for the WL Summer Back Pack Program. This program helps take care nutritional and financial needs of local families over the summer months. This is a great local program!

We want to encourage the public to show up and support this and watch some fencing! We will be collecting donations during the event. Doors closed to public between 11:00pm Friday to 7:00 am Sat. $5.00 per fencer minimum donation – all donations accepted!

Click on the following link for more information – http://www.facebook.com/events/1433161756927002/. I hope to see you there!

Results – RDFC Invitational

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We had a great time at the RDFC Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 22, 2014)! We faced some impressive competition–fencers from Marian Catholic High School, Lowell High School (Red Devil Fencing Club), Homewood-Flossmoor High Schools, Northwest Indiana Fencing Club, and Tinley Park Fencing Club. In spite of the stiff competition, I continue to be impressed with how well we are developing as a team and as individual fencers.

HHSFC took home two medals, a bronze for Sarah Motley in Women’s Foil, and bronze for Jack Stuckey in Men’s Foil. Jack had to fence Alex Mohler for the bronze, so we had two fencers in the final rounds for Men’s Foil. Our fencers finished as follows:

Women’s Foil – Sarah Motley (3rd); Heather Bucher (11th)
Men’s Foil – Jack Stuckey (3rd); Alex Mohler (4th); Logan Kyle (5th); Jacob Banes (9th); Luis Meza (10th); Sam Schmalzried (13th); Jacob Ashman (14th).

The official results can be found on AskFRED complete with information on pools and DE results: http://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=25255&highlight_competitor_id=&event_id=101164

 

Upcoming Tournament: RDFC Invitational

Our next tournament that we will attend as a club will be the Red Devil Fencing Club Invitational. This event is scheduled for Saturday, February 22. The Red Devil Fencing Club originates from Lowell High School, however the tournament will be located at the Lowell Middle School Gym.

Please note that if you intend to participate in this event, pre-registration is required on AskFRED–go to http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=25255. The deadline to pre-register is February 16, 2014. A signed permission slip is also required to travel with the team on the bus (see attached). The permission slip must be turned into me or the Club Secretary by Friday, February 21, 2014.

As always, if you have any questions, just let me know. We’ve made some impact at our last few events, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you fence at the RDFC Invitational.

Download Required Permission Form

Results – Harrison @ WLHS Fencing Club

Yesterday’s meet at West Lafayette High School Fencing Club was great fun! The meet started out with individual events for mixed foil and mixed épée, and then finished with a One-Touch Épée event. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Big thanks to WLHS Fencing Club for hosting the event and sharing equipment, and also to our esteemed directors, Mark Brandyberry and Paul Geraci with River City Fencing!

We did not have any fencers in the épée event, so West Side obviously dominated in that event. In foil, our fencers finished in the following places: Jack Stuckey – 1st, Alex Mohler – 2nd, Logan Kyle – tied for 3rd, Sam Schmalzried – 5th, Sarah Motley – 7th, Jacob Ashman – 8th, and Heather Bucher – 9th. Well done, everyone!

The official results from yesterday’s meet at are now posted on AskFRED – http://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=25460

Upcoming Meet: Harrison vs. West Lafayette

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Ol’ Man Winter is still fighting us, but the rescheduled meet at West Lafayette will be this Saturday, February 1 at the Burstfield Gym (Salisbury and Lindberg). The meet is free for WLHS and Harrison fencers, and WL will provide electric equipment for us to use. So, if you haven’t fenced before, this is a great opportunity to fence in a live bout for the first time with little to no costs involved.

Sign up on AskFRED – http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=25460

The doors open at 2:00 pm, and spectators are welcome (family, friends, school mascots, etc.). Since we will not have much time prior to events starting, perhaps we can meet about 1:15 pm at the Faith West Community Center to get warmed-up and stretched for the upcoming bouts (without gear). Leave a comment down below if you would like meet before the event for warm-ups.

If you will be competing, bring snacks and water since there will be no concessions. As always, if you have any questions, just let me know. We still have to keep an eye on the weather–the forecast is showing a 50% chance for snow on Saturday though I haven’t found anything suggesting any significant accumulation. If you’re on Facebook, stay tuned through our group page.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there!