Closure this summer
As a result of budget cuts and reduced usage of the Recreation facilities, the city has declined to approve our contract through the summer.
We will absolutely be returning to our normal schedule in September, but our last day before this summer will be May 24th (Monday). We are all bummed about this interruption in the 2021 schedule, but it is unavoidable.
With any questions, please feel free to email Nate Westcott, President of the club, email@example.com.
April Is looking sunny!
Vaccines are rolling out, now distributing (as available) to 16-39 year olds in Ohio. This is a fantastic development and well ahead of the schedule that we have been expecting over the last 6 months.
Hopefully, that will mean that we will be seeing a return to the sport of those that have been, prudently, sitting out the last year. Also, we are already seeing a return to scheduling of tournaments set to take place in the late spring/early summer.
This upcoming tournament is the first tournament since our club's Botterell to be scheduled in Southwest Ohio in the last 7 years apart from NAC tourneys. The competition will require USFA membership, I know that many have held off on renewing their memberships during this break from the sport throughout 2020, but now may be a good time to jump back in as there are rumors that the USFA may be raising their rates over the next few months.
SWOH division board
This year, 2021 has seen a sudden and exciting renewal of interest in the USFA Southwest Ohio Division Board.
Many of you saw an openly posted election, for the first time in at least a decade, for the board of the SWOH Div Board.
The results are in and these are the results:
Kyle Roat of HCMA is the new president of the division.
Alex Burte of Queen City Fencing Club is the vice president.
Jessica Betteridge of Miami University is the treasurer.
Nick Aguilar of Miami University is the secretary.
This was the campaign statement of Roat and Burte,
We are excited to see a renewed interest in local fencing, particularly during this period of difficulty for local organizations. Already, Roat and Burte have arranged the following seminar as an initiative to increase the number of local referees capable of overseeing tournaments, a significant bottleneck to having local events.
May 23, Referee seminar!
At all times we will be observing the state's requirement for wearing face coverings. It is important that the covers are breathable enough to allow for safe exercise, please give consideration to that, but we want to restrict droplet spread and inhibit inhalation of foreign bodies.
COME READY TO FENCE!
We are strongly discouraging usage of the locker rooms. They are small, enclosed spaces that don't allow for proper ventilation and thus are risky for the spread of the virus.
Please come to practice in whatever gear you would need to use the locker room to change into.
KEEP PROPER DISTANCE
Don't get caught too close to be safe!
As much as possible we will be enforcing proper distance between all participants to minimize the exchange of air.
We will be watching for this, but you as fencers know, it is everyone's responsibility to maintain their safe distance.
At this point there is no reason to believe that we will be seeing interest and return in numbers too great to stay within the state's established guidelines for safety.
As we resume, if we are seeing that we will be bumping up against restriction, we will address and establish a system for signing up for classes ahead of time.
Class at Clifton Rec: Mon
Monday evenings we are running both our beginner classes through the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and our continuing programing for members intermediate level and on. We already have a beginner class under way and will be planning our second post-COVID class coming up sometime around the start of the new year. Anyone interested in getting involved with that class can contact Dick Males to be added to the waiting list for the upcoming sessions.
For those club members that are interested in getting some extra fencing in, we will be continuing our engagement with NKFA. Nate Westcott will be running classes for both groups on Thursdays going forward and we have been invited to continue attending on those days.
The club is making a donation that will extend NKFA's availability through the end of the year, providing they have space in their facility. Information about registering for those classes is listed below.
partnering with nkfa: Thurs
During the pandemic, we have partnered with the fine folks down in Ludlow, KY to help their students get back on the piste and to get our members a place to get back to the serious business of fencing. It has been a fantastic partnership and a testament to the small family that is fencing and the wonderful partnerships that exist between our groups.
Now that we are resuming, we will be fencing at Clifton on Mondays. NKFA is allowing us to continue working with them on Thursdays for those that are interested.
Due to the smaller size of their space, it will be restricted to 10 participants until state limits and common sense change. For that reason, we post an online booking that reserves your space. Please do not take a seat if you are not planning or not sure if you are coming, to be fair to others.
looking back, wistfully
I've been going back through old files, photos, and the like; riding on waves of nostalgia. I've pulled out some photos going back to 2014 when we were meeting at McKie recreation center while the Clifton rec was being renovated!
These are trying and difficult times for everyone, but it's important that this club has been around for a very, very long time. It is entirely thanks to the people in these photos, the instructors like Kim, Dale, Dick, Adam, and Nate; the officers of the club like Mike; the members of the club, both new to the sport and old to the club. We will bounce back. We will, together, overcome the challenge that is this disease and the necessary hardships that we endure so that we may all endure.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a little look back!
usfa membership and tournaments
USFA Memberships are required for all sanctioned fencing tournaments. Memberships renew in July and must be current for the following fencing year. You can follow the button below to the USFA Membership page to get your first membership or to renew your existing membership.
Competetive Fencing and Upcoming Tournaments
If you are excited to learn more about competition fencing, if you are looking for upcoming tournaments, or if you are looking for results from previous tournaments, then it is time to get acquainted with AskFred.net.
AskFred is a database open to the fencing community to organize tournaments, keep results and data about fencer's careers, and give a unified place for clubs to advertise their upcoming events!
For information on upcoming tournaments follow this link to see all tournaments "near" Cincinnati (AskFred is a little broad in it's definition of near): AskFred.net.
USFA Rating Chart
Academy of Fencing Masters Blog is a great resource for information by fencers and parents of athletes, talking about all the stuff that we all wonder about. Wonder no longer, start learning today!
The following link will take you to askfred.net for the explanation of how the ratings given out during a tournament are determined. USFA Ratings.
Also, this article goes into all the nitty-gritty of earning your ratings: