It’s not too late to design your own trophy! Due to the overwhelming success of our crowd-sourced Veteran Team Epee trophy, we’d like YOU to design the trophies for our other team events. Foilists, you’re up first! Have an idea? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder, starting January 1st, all professional members of USA Fencing must keep their Safe Sport training up-to-date. You can check on your Safe Sport status in this spreadsheet. If you have not completed the Safe Sport training, you can do that here. (If you have taken the training before, but need to update it, you only need the refresher course.)
Advancing… Towards College!
On Saturday, February 25th, The Fencing Center will be offering a clinic for parents and fencers looking ahead to college. Leading the clinic is Melody Lowman, M.A., educational consultant, fencer, fencing mother and grandmother, member of USFA Collegiate Taskforce, advisor to Stanford Fencing Association, member of USFCA, and member of the National Association for Gifted Children. For more information, check out AskFred or e-mail email@example.com.
If you’re at least 18 and would like to earn a little cash and experience, the SF High School fencing league needs referees. Starting in March, all matches are in the city, in the afternoons (3:30-5). Contact Sandor Mandoki for more details!
Veteran fencers! Grab 2 or 3 of your friends and gear up for some friendly veteran team epee action! If you’re under 40, and feel like you’re missing out, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you! More team events are coming in the months ahead. Stay tuned!
If you’re looking for another great local RYC event, then you’re in luck! The Redwood Empire RYC is happening soon in Santa Rosa. Make sure to register before Saturday! We love seeing our Bay Cup fencers do well at all of these regional events!
You can help support Bay Cup activities with a small donation. Donations help support referee training clinics, seminars and other activities organized to benefit the local fencing community. If you can help with a donation of $15, $25, $50, or whatever fits your budget, it would be greatly appreciated!
Soren Thompson has been fencing for 28 years.His highest US ranking was #1 and highest World Ranking was #7. He is a Team World Champion, Pan American Team Champion, two-time Individual and Team Americas Zonal Champion, 9-time US National Champion, NCAA Champion, US Junior Olympic, US Junior National Champion, and two-time Olympian.
Following a career-threatening injury in 2007, Soren developed a functional, process-based system that he used to entirely revamp his approach to fencing. Within one season, Thompson rose from #250 to #7 in the world, with numerous career best results at US and international championships.
This one-day clinic will be an introduction to Soren’s system with an emphasis on developing physical, mental and technical capabilities to create a cohesive fencing “game.” Elements of Soren’s system are applicable for fencers of all levels and can help broaden athlete perspectives and improve results.
Grab your tape measures! Starting November 1, all saber events will officially adopt a new en garde line. According to US Fencing:
“In accordance with the FIE, markings will be placed on all strips for national events beginning at the October North American Cup (Oct. 7-10 in Detroit) and will be 3 meters apart (1.5 meters on either side of the center line). Per the FIE clarification, fencers will be 3m apart and will not be required to have the back foot in front of the original on guard line. All sanctioned USA Fencing tournaments will be required to mark strips used for saber beginning on Nov. 1.”
Signups are growing for the Soren Thompson epee clinic on Sunday, November 27th at Halberstadt Fencers’ Club. This one-day clinic will be an introduction to Soren’s system with an emphasis on developing physical, mental and technical capabilities to create a cohesive fencing “game.” Come out of your turkey coma and learn about epee from a truly first class athlete, coach, and two-time Olympian!
THE PORTERHOUSE OPEN
Thanks to all who fenced, donated, and supported the PorterHouse Opens! So far we’ve raised over $5,800!! If you would still like to help, it’s never too late, visit the Matthew & Karen Porter GoFundMe page to donate.