Tag Archives: High school fencing

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.


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

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:


Download a PDF copy of the flyer


End of Year BBQ


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:


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!


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!

Two Scholarship Programs Open to USA Fencing High School Athletes

usa_fencing_logo_color(Reprinted from USA Fencing’s press release)

The United States Fencing Association (USFA) recently announced they are taking applications for the 2013-14 Absolute Fencing Gear All-Academic Team. The equipment vendor, Absolute Fencing, and the USFA have partnered to recognize young fencers who have excelled in high school with All-Academic Team honors.

Athletes with a GPA of at least 3.85 are eligible to be named to the First All-Academic Team. Second Team athletes will include those whose GPAs were 3.7-3.84. Athletes with 3.5-3.69 GPAs received are recognized on the Honorable Mention Team.

Absolute Fencing has pledged $10,000 in scholarships for the All-Academic Team program. One female and one male applicant will receive $4,000 each based on both their GPA and essay. Two additional applicants will receive $1,000 each based on their submitted essay.

The deadline for the program is May 7, 2014. To apply, click here for the online application.

Connor_PorterIn addition, the Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship is also available for interested applicants.  The scholarship is made possible through the generous donation from Connor’s family members – Trish and Shannon Porter.

Connor passed away on July 26, 2012 in a plane crash with his father, Pat, and another friend shortly after winning bronze in the Division III foil event at the Summer Nationals in Anaheim.  Connor had many friends in the fencing world and was well known for his sportsmanship and encouraging others.

For more information on the Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship, please click here. The online application must be completed by May 7, 2014 and can be accessed through this link.

If you need additional assistance, please contact the National Office at information@usfencing.org.

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