Competitive Programs

Competitive Programs at Bay State Fencers are formatted to help train athletes for the challenges of competition at any level. Our competitive fencers train two to five days per week, take one or more private lessons per week, and travel to local, regional, and/or national competitions each month. Many BSF Competitive high school fencers go on to join NCAA Fencing Programs or Collegiate Clubs or at top colleges and universities across the United States.

  • Junior Competitive Program
  • Competitive Program

Junior Competitive Program

Who
Athletes who are ready to train twice a week for local and regional competition are invited to join this program.

What
This is a ten-month program that meets from September through June annually. Warm-up, stretch, footwork, drills, epee specific skill mastery, and bouting. Attendance at local competitions and private lessons are required.

JUNIOR COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

Ages 10+

The BSF Youth Competitive Program is for athletes, ages 10+, who have been fencing epee for at least six months, and are who are beginning to express an interest in competition.  Rolling enrollment throughout the fencing season is offered to allow each fencer and their family to consider the appropriate time to join this program.

  • Invitation Only
  • Rolling Enrollment throughout the fencing season (Sept through June)
  • 2X 90-minute training sessions per week on Monday and Wednesday
  • Athletes are required to own their uniform and equipment
  • Athletes are required to attend local competitions as recommended
  • Athletes are required to take one private lesson per week arranged directly with the Lesson Coach.

Junior Competitive Program

Competitive Program

Who
Athletes who have been competing locally and regionally and are ready to train 3 to 5 times per week for national and international competition are invited to join this program.

What
Warm-up, stretch, footwork, drills, and epee specific skill mastery. Regular participation is open fencing and competitive bouting, attendance at local, regional, and national competitions and private lessons are all required.

COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

Ages 12+
The Competitive Program is for youth athletes, ages 12+, who have been actively competing locally, and who are interested in competing regionally, nationally, and even internationally.  Participation in this program is by invitation only and once enrolled is a seasonal commitment.
  • Invitation Only
  • Rolling Enrollment throughout the season (Sept through June)
  • 3X 90-minute training sessions per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when not away at a competition
  • Routine participation in Open Fencing on Monday or Wednesday, or Sunday Competitive Bouting
  • Athletes are required to own their uniform and equipment
  • Athletes are required to attend local, regional, and/or national competitions as recommended by their coach.
  • Athletes are required to take two private lesson per week and are arranged directly with the Lesson Coach.

Competitive Program

Fencers must be dressed in full protective fencing gear every time they participate in bouts, drills or competitions. Each coach will determine if the student needs full or partial protective attire for private lessons. Mask

  • Glove
  • Jacket
  • Underarm Protector
  • Chest Protector (mandatory for females – optional for males)
  • Knickers
  • Knee Length Socks
  • Fencing, Tennis, or Court Shoes
  • BSF Warm-Up Jacket

A fencer who is not wearing appropriate protective fencing attire will not be allowed to participate in open fencing or training sessions.

Bay State Fencers, as a Member Club of USA Fencing is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical, emotional and social development, and to ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct. USA Fencing is committed to improving the development and safety of athletes and participants involved in sport. Unfortunately, sport can be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse. While child physical and sexual abuse is one type of misconduct, it is important to remember that this policy covers many inappropriate behaviors that do not involve children at all. This policy applies regardless of the ages of the individuals involved in the alleged activity. Primary types of misconduct addressed in the SafeSport Policy:

  • Sexual Misconduct, including Child Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Misconduct
  • Physical Misconduct
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Hazing
All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with USA Fencing ideals. Effective August 1, 2017, the Center will have exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct. USA Fencing will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations that are non-sexual in nature, including physical misconduct, emotional misconduct, bullying, hazing and harassment; although, at USA Fencing’s request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on these cases. To learn more please visit USA Fencing Safe Sport

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