Fencing for Kids

WHAT TO WEAR

Wear track pants and decent gym shoes.  It is a rule in fencing to have legs covered for safety.

Wear T Shirts tucked in while fencing.  In the summer, our club allows ‘long’ shorts to the knees for practice foil.

BUYING EQUIPMENT

It is most economical for your child to use the Equipment Hire Scheme until such time as you feel your child is in the sport to stay.  Ordering equipment can be confusing for the uninitiated as there is specialist gear for three different weapons, either in electric or non-electric.  At a later stage it will be best for you to take advice from the coaches and other senior fencers before deciding on your purchase.  The most popular ‘first’ item is often a good mask and a good electric weapon.  We start the fencers with Foil, and later they may like to try Epee or Sabre.

CLUB AND STATE EVENTS

When your child becomes a confident fencer he or she may enjoy entering competitions of a suitable level.  It is through competition that your child’s motivation and skills will improve.  There will be opportunities to compete at a club level or at state level.   As a starting point, the club runs regular handicap competitions for each weapon, and three times per year the Association runs an Activity Day levelled at the Bladez age-group.

DO I HAVE TO STAY WITH MY CHILD?

We encourage you to stay at the club during the Bladez session.  The coaches and, indeed the club in general, are always looking for willing assistants.  Helping your child to get his/her equipment and clothing ready prior to the session is a great help.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

$20 is payable at the first session.  This will cover two ‘try-out’ sessions.  This amount will be deducted from the membership fee should your child want to become a club member.

The annual fee for 2017 for 12yrs and under is $310 plus $30-70 for affiliation plus equipment hire.  There will be a pro rata rate for joining mid-year with all renewals due 1st March.

CAN I PAY BY TERM OR IN INSTALMENTS?

The annual fee is due each March.  Full payment is preferred.  Part-payments can be arranged through the Registrar if you would prefer.

WHERE IS MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE?

The club website is constantly updated www.cavaliers.com.au

Any questions will gladly be answered by the coaches or other members of the committee.

DO I NEED A PERSONAL COACH?

It will be an advantage for your child, at some stage, to take private lessons.  This will be your choice.  There are some coaches available for personal tuition at extra cost.  If you would like to find out the availability of a coach, it will be best to speak to the Head Coach.

WHAT IS THE CLUB’S PATHWAY FOR DEVELOPMENT?

Usually around the ages of 12 or 13, your child will want to move up to the Club Training group.  In this group, there will be the opportunity to practice the three weapons and to enter competitions.  At an advanced competition level, there will be the opportunity to be invited to join the Development Group which concentrates on a higher training level for competition.

In fencing, the improvement of skills is usually determined by constant practice through club bouts and competition entry.  At Cavaliers, there is the opportunity to fence at either a competitive or a social level.

WHAT NEXT?

See the membership forms for the Bladez membership form.

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