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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. 🙂

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Electric Gear for Competition

As I mentioned at practice the other day, if we intend to compete with other schools in meets and tournaments, we have to start thinking about purchasing electric equipment. For USFA tournaments, the requirement is that you have a minimum of two electric weapons and two body cords in addition to any other electric gear such as a lamé (foil and saber only), special mask (saber), overglove or cuff (saber), mask cord, etc. For the upcoming tournament in April, you can probably get the minimum in order to compete:

Foil – 1 electric weapon, 1 body cord, 1 foil lamé

Épée – 1 electric weapon, 1 body cord

Saber – 1 electric weapon, 1 body cord, 1 electric saber mask w/mask cord, 1 overglove

I’ve taken the time to do some comparative shopping for everyone. Attached to this post is a chart of vendors and the different sets they offer for beginning electric equipment. The chart  is grouped according to weapon type. There are some obvious deals (cheap prices), but it all depends on what you can and want to purchase at this time. If you intend to continue with fencing next year, I would suggest you consider buying a set that will provide you with the minimum USFA requirements for competitions.

Why two weapons? Murphy’s Law runs rampant at meets and competitions. With the use and abuse that weapons go through during the course of a bout or competition, it is not uncommon for a weapon to fail or get damaged. (Sarah would be happy to recount her experience with this for you!) If that should occur, you would be given a limited amount of time to come up with a replacement weapon (but not enough time to repair it). If you do not have a back-up weapon, you will be forced to forfeit the bout.

Click the link below to download the electric starter sets information (PDF) When ordering sets, there are often multiple options based on the type of weapon (type of point, type of grip, etc.). If you have any questions about equipment, please do not hesitate to contact me (phone, text, email, FB, comments on this blog).

Electric Starter Sets

Tournament Basics

When it came time for a tournament, I always got a little more anxious than normal anticipating the bouts ahead. Here are some tips (gathered from personal experiences) for preparing for a fencing tournament.

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Prior to the tournament

Day of the tournament

  • Eat a light breakfast at least 90 minutes before fencing starts. You should never start your day nor a tournament on an empty stomach.
  • Report on time and get suited up quickly. Even better, come already dressed to fence. At check-in you will learn which strip to report to first for your first round of bouts.
  • While checking in have your mask inspected (this is a requirement). Fencing with a mask that has not been inspected will cost you a red card. Masks are tested with a 12K punch and examined for safety–no holes in bib, rust on mask or dents permitted. If you see gaps in the mesh, use an awl or small screwdriver to re-position the mesh. If you have a dent, tap it out from the inside with the back end of a large screwdriver and hammer.
  • A proper warm-up is critical to good fencing. Give yourself enough time to go through your normal routine of warm-up, stretching and drilling.

Experienced fencers and captains – help your teammates with advice and encouragement when you aren’t fencing. I will also be going around to as many of you as I can to give as much advice as I can.

Before your bout

  • Before your first bout, the Director or Referee will check your weapon to see that the handle and barrel of the tip are not loose, that the tip has two screws, the blade is not rusty, and that the wires of your weapon are glued down properly. Inside the guard the two wires must be covered with spaghetti insulation all the way up to the nut.
  • Before each bout, the Director will test your foil or epee to see that it supports the 750-gram weight. This is to insure that your tip is functioning correctly.
  • The Director will then have you and your opponents test your weapons on each other’s lames. Holding your mask in front of your face, touch your opponent’s lame with your weapon to ensure that all scoring equipment and weapons are functioning correctly.
  • Salute your opponent, salute your Director, and put on your mask. Have fun!

During your bout

  • If you disagree with a director’s or referee’s judgement, you may not protest it, even if it is poor judgement. However, if a rule is misapplied, you may politely lodge a protest. Do not continue to fence until the protest has been dealt with completely. If you continue to fence, you will lose your right to the protest. Have a teammate call me to the strip immediately if there is a rules question.

After your bout

  • Do not wander too far from your strip until all of your bouts for that round have been completed.
  • After the round has been completed, you will await the results to find out who will be advancing and what the strip assignments will be. Between bouts, observe some of the other bouts since everyone is a potential opponent. Take stock of strengths and weaknesses so that you are better prepared when you face that opponent.

Remember to relax and enjoy what you’re doing!

Club Discounts on Fencing Equipment, Revised

Since we first started the club back in November, we have accumulated a short list of equipment vendors that are wiling to offer a discount for club orders. A few will even honor the offered discount to individuals, meaning that you can place your equipment order directly with the vendor and not through the coach in order to get the discounted price. As an update, I am including here a list of the vendors and their respective discounts:

Absolute Fencing (http://www.absolutefencinggear.com/shopping/)

  • Discounts: Absolute brand gear – 20% off; European brands (except Leon Paul and Negrini) – 15% off; Leon Paul and Negrini brands – 10% off; Starter sets – 5% off.
  • Ordering Method: Orders must be placed through Coach.

Physical Chess (www.physicalchess.com)

  • Discounts: Start at 10% and go as high as 30% retail prices; Items already on Sale and discounted Sets are not eligible for additional discounts.
  • Ordering Method: Orders must be placed through Coach.

Blue Gauntlet (www.blue-gauntlet.com)

  • Discounts: 10% off all regular retail prices (clearance, sales, and starter sets are not included).
  • Ordering Method: Order directly online and include note in comment box to please include discount for the Harrison High School Fencing Club. Orders can also be placed through Coach.

Triplette Competition Arms (www. triplette.com)

  • Discounts: No discounts but their uniforms are made in the USA; can make custom-fitted uniforms.
  • Ordering Method: Order directly from Triplette.

Fencing.net (www.fencing.net)

  • Discounts: 20% off house brand individual items; 15% off German (FWF) items; no discounts on starter sets.
  • Ordering Method: Orders must be placed through Coach.

Fencing Star (www.fencingstar.com)

  • Discounts: 10% off their standard equipment (made in China).
  • Ordering Method: Orders must be placed through Coach.

Once you’ve determined what gear and equipment you want that needs to be ordered through the Coach, fill out our ordering form or email your list of items to the Coach.

As always, if you have any questions contact me.

What is Fencing?

Do you have friends and family members who ask you about fencing? Since it’s a sport that you don’t normally find televised on a Monday night, I’m sure that you’ve gotten questions from time to time. If so, pull them in front of the screen, sit them down, and watch the following video put together by the Royal Arts Fencing Academy in Columbus, Ohio:

Any questions?

Club Discount on Fencing Equipment

The information provided in this post has been updated. Please see “Club Discounts on Fencing Equipment, Revised.”

Absolute Fencing Equipment and Fencing Gear I’ve heard back from Absolute Fencing, and we qualify for the discount now. This will mean that if you want to receive the discounts they are offering, the order will have to be placed by me as the Coach. We will have to work on a case-by-case basis on how you can pay for your order.

The discounts they are offering the club are as follows:

  • Absolute brand gear – 20% off
  • European brands (except Leon Paul and Negrini) – 15% off
  • Leon Paul and Negrini brands – 10% off

Since sets are already discounted, we can only get 5% off any set ordered. Let me know via email or in person if you would like to place an order.

Club Orders
Here’s the outline of the process for placing a club order. Please note that club orders are only available to members of the club.

  1. Visit Absolute Fencing Gear’s website and compile a list of the equipment you would like to order and email it to abschafer@gmail.com
    To: abschafer@gmail.com
    From: FencingMom@yahoo.com
    Subject: August Equipment Order for Kim

    Dear Coach Schafer,

    I would like to place an equipment order for my daughter. She will need the following:

    STANDARD 5-PIECE FOIL SET
    [SPF002] —
    (Inventory number found on Absolute’s site very important.)
    Mask Size: Medium
    L/R Hand: R
    Jacket Size: 38
    Jacket Type: Front-Zip
    Glove Size: Medium
    Weapon Grip: Visconti Medium
    Blade Size: 5
    Bag Color: Pink 😀

    Thanks!
    Janie

     

  2. Coach Schafer will compile everyone’s orders into a single shopping list and submit it to Absolute Fencing Gear Inc. for pricing.
  3. Absolute Fencing Gear Inc. will review the club order. They will check their inventory and based on the item or how many they have in stock they will apply a discount on the items. Once they have priced everything they will send an invoice to the club.
  4. Coach Schafer will email the invoice to the members that ordered equipment along with a spreadsheet indicating how much each member owes.
  5. Each member writes a check (make payable to “Anita Schafer”) in the amount they owe.
  6. Once all of the payments have been collected Coach will place the order using the club account with Absolute Fencing Gear. It usually takes 2 – 3 days for the equipment to arrive and can be picked up at practice.

Coach Schafer – click here for email