Code of Conduct – Bay State Fencers

Code of Conduct

Bay State Fencers (BSF) is open to anyone interested in learning or participating in the Olympic sport of fencing.

However, participation at BSF is a privilege, not a right. Along with this privilege come certain expectations of behavior by all fencers, guests, and staff in accordance with our Code of Conduct.

  • Abide by the precepts of integrity, good sportsmanship, and respect while fencing and in your daily life. Demonstrate respect and good sportsmanship with both words and actions. Everyone who participates in Bay State Fencers activities has the right to feel safe, included, valued, and accepted.
  • Lose with honor and win with dignity.
  • At the end of a bout, shake your opponent's hand with your non-weapon hand.
  • When entering the Salle, greet the Head Coach, other staff, club members and other fencers; do not interrupt lessons or bouts. When leaving the Salle, give your regards to the Head Coach, other staff, club members and other fencers.
  • Before leaving the Salle, put away your equipment in your locker. Hang up your fencing uniform, pick up after yourself and dispose of any and all personal trash.
  • Never argue with a referee, opponent, instructor, or coach.
  • Do not try to unfairly influence others to give you an advantage, such as throwing a bout, giving touches, or tampering with your equipment.
  • If you are late for training/class, join with the least amount of disruption. If you can't make training/class or scheduled lesson, let your coach know ahead of time.
  • Less experienced fencers should ask more experienced fencers to bout. Experienced fencers should fence with less experienced fencers with patience and encouragement.
  • Safety is very important; always check your equipment for defects in gloves, masks, uniforms and blades. Never point your weapon at anyone who is unmasked or unprotected. Always keep your weapons pointed downward when carrying them around.
  • Do not appear on the strip with defective equipment or in a dirty uniform.
  • Respect and protect the Salle: do not damage walls, floor or strips. Do not hit the wall, floor or strip with the point of your weapon or blade.
  • Do not throw equipment under any circumstance. Respect Salle equipment as if it was your own property. Before leaving the Salle, put away any club equipment you may have used.
  • Active BSF members agree to only take lessons from BSF affiliated coaches. Should active members wish to take lessons outside of BSF, they must discuss this with their BSF coach for his/her approval.
  • Ejection - If at any time a fencer threatens the safety of other fencers, guests, or coaches a member of the BSF staff may immediately escort the threatening individual from the premises.
  • No Discrimination – Coaches, fencers, guests, and staff are expected to treat other coaches, fencers, guests, and staff at all times and in all respects in a manner free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Coaches, fencers, guests, or staff who don't comply with this code of conduct may be subject to sanctions that may include exclusion from fencing activities, suspension of fencing lessons or expulsion from the club.
 Repeat violations will be reviewed by the Director.

Bay State Fencers is a Member Club of USA Fencing.