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HHSFC Store is Open

hd_estoreHey HHSFC Fencers and Fencing Families! Some of you have asked if you can pay your membership fees online, and at the time we didn’t have anything set up to take credit card payments. However, that has changed!

I’m happy to announce that our store is now open! You can pay for your membership fees and for a couple of other items by using our online store associated with our Teamapp site. At the moment, we have the club t-shirt and the team uniform patch for sale there. We may be adding a few more items depending on interest, so keep checking back to see if we have anything new for you. If you would like to see something added to the store (equipment? uniforms? team jackets?) please let me know as soon as you can.

To view the store, go to: https://www.teamapp.com/clubs/5364/store. The site may require you to login or sign up if you’re not already registered. For students, if you have already turned in a completed registration form, use the email address that you listed on your form.

Any questions, just let me know!

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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!

Fundraising Campaign 2015 – Ghirardelli Chocolates

As we discussed in practice recently, our first official fundraising activity for the season will be to sell Ghirardelli Chocolates. (This will be the first of a few activities that we will doing to raise money for the club.) If you’re not familiar with Ghirardelli, they are one of very few American manufacturers that make chocolate from the cocoa bean through to finish products. They sell a number of chocolate products, from squares and bars to hot cocoa and baking products. I’ve received the order forms and posters for the campaign, and I will hand these out to you at our next practice on Tuesday, November 18. We have a group goal and individual goals for this campaign, all of which we will discuss at our next practice session.

Remember, all of our fundraising efforts are for hosting our own fencing tournament in the spring. We have some work to do, but getting a head start on all of this will help us to reach our goal.

If you want a look at our fundraising brochures, you can download a copy of one of them from this link: Ghirardelli Holiday Brochure. And if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can line up some sales before you pick up your official brochure this week.

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.

Club Equipment Order

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I will be placing the first club equipment order on Tuesday, October 21. If you would like to order any equipment, please have your order and money ready for on by practice on Tuesday. For those of you considering competition, there will be a few events where a lame bib will be required on your mask (foil fencers). If you have any questions about equipment, contact me as soon as you can with your questions.

If you are looking for some inexpensive items to round out your personal arsenal, check out our Gear for Sale category of the blog. We have some odds and ends that might interest you. 🙂

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.

DIY Hard Blade Cover

FDN-07008-2TI recently ran across an article at Fencing.net that describes how to make a hard blade cover from materials found at your local hardware store (or maybe even laying around in your garage or workshop). This is an easy project that will save some “wear and tear” on transporting your equipment. If you are not familiar with power tools, ask a parent or some other knowledgeable person to help you out. Click on the link below to read the entire article, complete with step-by-step photos:

How To: Make a Hard Blade Cover by Craig Harkins

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!

Upcoming: JV Tournament

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I had hoped to talk with all of you at practice about our next competition, but Ol’ Man Winter has made travel of any kind challenging, if not impossible. Our next competition will be the Great Lakes Junior Varsity Championships which will be hosted by Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Illinois. Since this is a road trip of significant distance, and it is also out of state, there is a permission form that you will need to complete in order to participate (see below).

This tournament is ideal for many of you since this is your first or second year in high school fencing. All the other fencers in the tournament will also be at the same level. I will do what I can to borrow electric equipment for those of you who want to go, so please return your slips as soon as possible.

Please spread the word to your teammates who are not online. Any questions? Just let me know!

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