Fencing Club

Bay State Fencers is an Epee Fencing Club committed to serving people ages 7 to 70+ from communities in and around Watertown, Newton, Cambridge, and Boston, MA and visitors from near and far. We have worked hard to create a fencing facility with the athlete in mind. In addition to Club Membership, we offer Youth Classes, Adult Classes, Competitive Training Programs, and Private Lessons. Our main objective is to support athletes in achieving excellence through sportsmanship, as they work towards their personal, athletic, and competitive goals.

Bay State Fencers is open to anyone interested in learning or participating in the Olympic Sport of Epee Fencing. However, participation is a privilege, not a right. Along with this privilege come certain expectations of behavior. Our Code of Conduct, Club Policies, and Safe Sport define these expectations and demonstrate our commitment to the safety and well-being of every member, student, and guest that joins us.

Citizenship

All members of the BSF community are entitled to feel safe, included, and valued, and should expect to be treated with honesty, compassion, and respect by all others in the community.  This includes during class, training, open fencing, in the locker room, and at competitions. 

  • Current members of the BSF community are expected to welcome new members, students, parents, and all visitors with courtesy and civility.
  • All members of the BSF community can expect to be treated, and are expected to treat others, at all times and in all respects, in a manner free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Sportsmanship

Athletes are expected to lose with honor and to win with dignity All members of the BSF community are obligated to demonstrate good sportsmanship, in both words and actions, at all times.  This includes:

  • Athletes are expected to shake their opponent and referee’s hands at the conclusion of every bout, both at BSF and at competitions.
  • Not arguing with referees, coaches, or opponents and always following the direction of coaches and tournament officials.
  • Not unfairly influencing others to gain an advantage by throwing a bout, giving touches, or by tampering with equipment.
  • As a parent or guardian, not interfering with a child’s training at the club or while bouting at competitions.

Responsibility

All athletes must be members, in good standing, of Bay State Fencers or pay a daily floor fee. All athletes must also be members, in good standing, of USA Fencing, FIE, or an International Fencing Federation.

Safety

BSF is committed to the tenets of Safe Sport. BSF staff and coaches are Safe Sport certified annually. All members of the BSF community agree to put safety first, both with regard to personal behavior, and with use of and maintenance of fencing equipment.  This includes:

  • to control one’s actions and exercise good judgment in order to prevent harm or injury to one’s self and others. To never throw equipment under any circumstances.
  • to wear appropriate clothing and all required safety gear.
  • To never purposefully use defective equipment and to never point a weapon at anyone who is unmasked or unprotected. To always carry a weapon with the point facing downwards.
  • As a parent, guardian, or guest, to never enter the fencing floor without permission of a coach.

Any member of the BSF community, including athletes, parents, guests, or coaches, who do not comply with the BSF Code of Conduct may be subject to exclusion from fencing activities, suspension of fencing lessons, or expulsion from the club.  Repeated violations will be reviewed, and the Club Director will determine any action taken.

General

  • Athletes must wear a complete fencing uniform, including knickers, during classes, training, open fencing, and at all competitions
  • NO STREET SHOES are ever permitted on the fencing floor. Fencers must wear fencing shoes, tennis shoes, or court shoes that are never worn outside.
  • NO FOOD OR DRINKS, other than water or sports drinks, are permitted on the fencing floor.

Safety

  • Fencers must stop fencing immediately if something is wrong or if their opponent retreats and indicates a need to stop. This includes if either fencer believes a weapon is broken.
  • Inspect mask and weapons each time you choose them, especially if it is club equipment. Inspect tips occasionally during bouting. Give masks with broken mesh to a coach or the director. Place all defective weapons and broken parts on the armoring bench.
  • Fencers and coaches must always be masked when weapons are raised with the point forward. This includes when discussing an action.
  • Fencers may not remove their mask during a pause in the action or at the end of the bout. USA Fencing rules require fencers to get permission from the director/referee before removing your mask when bouts are directed.
  • Fencers must maintain control of their parries and attacks so that their opponent is not injured by whipping or hard stabbing actions of the blade.
  • Fencers may not intentionally use body contact or the unarmed hand to block their opponent, their opponent’s blade, or to “protect” their target.
  • Fencers must never turn their back on their opponent. Fencers may not counter-attack until they have had ample instruction and are prepared to execute the action. When a fencer counter-attacks they are responsible for preventing corps-a-corps, injury from weapons, and/or weapon breakage.
  • Fencers may not Flèche, until they have had ample instruction, are prepared to execute the action, and have been given permission by their coach. Fencers are not allowed to flèche until they are able to release their weapon arm, so as to relieve the pressure on the point the instant their point arrives on target. When a fencer flèches they are responsible for preventing corps-a-corps, injury from weapons, and/or weapon breakage.
  • If you think a fencer is behaving in a dangerous fashion, report it privately to a coach or the director, who will not disclose your identity when they speak to the fencer.

Injury

  • Report injuries immediately to the instructor, coach or the director. In general, it is wise to remain where you are when injured in sports. The staff will contact 911 and arrange for ambulance transportation to the closest treatment facility.
  • Your instructor, coach or the director is required to make a written report of injuries. This does not reflect on you personally. You will be asked how the injury happened and for your name, address and phone numbers.

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

Bay State Fencers is an Epee Fencing Club committed to serving people ages 7 to 70+ from communities in and around Watertown, Newton, Cambridge, and Boston, MA and visitors from near and far. Our main objective is to support athletes in achieving “excellence through sportsmanship”, as they work towards their personal, athletic, and competitive goals. We are pleased to offer our Open Fencing as well as Footwork sessions weekly for our Club Members and Guests. We also offer Clinics and Social Events for our club members several times every season.

Please join us by becoming a Bay State Fencers Club Member. In addition to offering several levels of Club Memberships we are pleased to offer a wide range of training opportunities through our Fencing Academy.

NICE THINGS PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

“Great place for both competitive fencers as well as those just learning. BSF has an excellent youth program that has trained many fencers who compete at the top levels of the sport. My daughter has had a great experience and has really grown as a fencer and competitor with the support of the club.”
– Facebook Review
“Bay State is a super friendly, welcoming club for youth fencers, the post-college crowd, and veterans alike. Coach Iliya is an incredibly knowledgeable coach. His love for the sport runs deep! Iliya took me from being a near-beginner to competing at the senior world cup level. I would recommend Bay State Fencers to anybody. Whether you're just getting your feet wet or dreaming of NCAA recruitment or international competition, BSF can help you get there.”
– Yelp Review
“I come from Italy and I chose this club to fence for the year. It was of the best choices I have ever done. The athletes and the coaches are friendly, kind but can also become serious. Every night we have a lot of fun, but we also work really hard to achieve our personal goals. The atmosphere is relaxed, and I always enjoy my time there. It's the perfect place to improve your fencing skills but also to work out and disconnect from our stressing lives. You should definitely come to check it out!”
– Google Review

AMENITIES

We have worked hard to create a fencing facility with the athlete in mind. We are pleased to offer the following amenities.

  • Seven Fencing Strips
  • Fitness Training Area
  • Uniform and Equipment Rentals
  • Restrooms, Locker Rooms, and Shower
  • Community Room with Kitchenette
  • Workspace with Free Wi-Fi
  • Retail Space

SAFETY FIRST

Bay State Fencers is open to anyone interested in learning or participating in the Olympic Sport of Epee Fencing. However, participation is a privilege, not a right. Along with this privilege come certain expectations of behavior. Our Code of Conduct, Club Policies, and Safe Sport define these expectations and demonstrate our commitment to the safety and well-being of every member, student, and guest that joins us.

Citizenship

All members of the BSF community are entitled to feel safe, included, and valued, and should expect to be treated with honesty, compassion, and respect by all others in the community.  This includes during class, training, open fencing, in the locker room, and at competitions. 

  • Current members of the BSF community are expected to welcome new members, students, parents, and all visitors with courtesy and civility.
  • All members of the BSF community can expect to be treated, and are expected to treat others, at all times and in all respects, in a manner free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Sportsmanship

Athletes are expected to lose with honor and to win with dignity All members of the BSF community are obligated to demonstrate good sportsmanship, in both words and actions, at all times.  This includes:

  • Athletes are expected to shake their opponent and referee’s hands at the conclusion of every bout, both at BSF and at competitions.
  • Not arguing with referees, coaches, or opponents and always following the direction of coaches and tournament officials.
  • Not unfairly influencing others to gain an advantage by throwing a bout, giving touches, or by tampering with equipment.
  • As a parent or guardian, not interfering with a child’s training at the club or while bouting at competitions.

Responsibility

All athletes must be members, in good standing, of Bay State Fencers or pay a daily floor fee. All athletes must also be members, in good standing, of USA Fencing, FIE, or an International Fencing Federation.

Safety

BSF is committed to the tenets of Safe Sport. BSF staff and coaches are Safe Sport certified annually. All members of the BSF community agree to put safety first, both with regard to personal behavior, and with use of and maintenance of fencing equipment.  This includes:

  • to control one’s actions and exercise good judgment in order to prevent harm or injury to one’s self and others. To never throw equipment under any circumstances.
  • to wear appropriate clothing and all required safety gear.
  • To never purposefully use defective equipment and to never point a weapon at anyone who is unmasked or unprotected. To always carry a weapon with the point facing downwards.
  • As a parent, guardian, or guest, to never enter the fencing floor without permission of a coach.

Any member of the BSF community, including athletes, parents, guests, or coaches, who do not comply with the BSF Code of Conduct may be subject to exclusion from fencing activities, suspension of fencing lessons, or expulsion from the club.  Repeated violations will be reviewed, and the Club Director will determine any action taken.

General

  • Athletes must wear a complete fencing uniform, including knickers, during classes, training, open fencing, and at all competitions
  • NO STREET SHOES are ever permitted on the fencing floor. Fencers must wear fencing shoes, tennis shoes, or court shoes that are never worn outside.
  • NO FOOD OR DRINKS, other than water or sports drinks, are permitted on the fencing floor.

Safety

  • Fencers must stop fencing immediately if something is wrong or if their opponent retreats and indicates a need to stop. This includes if either fencer believes a weapon is broken.
  • Inspect mask and weapons each time you choose them, especially if it is club equipment. Inspect tips occasionally during bouting. Give masks with broken mesh to a coach or the director. Place all defective weapons and broken parts on the armoring bench.
  • Fencers and coaches must always be masked when weapons are raised with the point forward. This includes when discussing an action.
  • Fencers may not remove their mask during a pause in the action or at the end of the bout. USA Fencing rules require fencers to get permission from the director/referee before removing your mask when bouts are directed.
  • Fencers must maintain control of their parries and attacks so that their opponent is not injured by whipping or hard stabbing actions of the blade.
  • Fencers may not intentionally use body contact or the unarmed hand to block their opponent, their opponent’s blade, or to “protect” their target.
  • Fencers must never turn their back on their opponent. Fencers may not counter-attack until they have had ample instruction and are prepared to execute the action. When a fencer counter-attacks they are responsible for preventing corps-a-corps, injury from weapons, and/or weapon breakage.
  • Fencers may not Flèche, until they have had ample instruction, are prepared to execute the action, and have been given permission by their coach. Fencers are not allowed to flèche until they are able to release their weapon arm, so as to relieve the pressure on the point the instant their point arrives on target. When a fencer flèches they are responsible for preventing corps-a-corps, injury from weapons, and/or weapon breakage.
  • If you think a fencer is behaving in a dangerous fashion, report it privately to a coach or the director, who will not disclose your identity when they speak to the fencer.

Injury

  • Report injuries immediately to the instructor, coach or the director. In general, it is wise to remain where you are when injured in sports. The staff will contact 911 and arrange for ambulance transportation to the closest treatment facility.
  • Your instructor, coach or the director is required to make a written report of injuries. This does not reflect on you personally. You will be asked how the injury happened and for your name, address and phone numbers.

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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