Bulletin for the Week of April 22, 2019

1. SCHEDULE
2. TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND-MORE COMPETITORS WANTED!
3. REGISTER NOW FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL TICONDEROGA CHALLENGE
4. SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CLINIC, AND GET YOUR DEPOSITS IN SOON IF YOU WANT IT TO HAPPEN

1. SCHEDULE
This week:
NO fencing in Charlotte (school is closed for break)
Fencing 6:30-9 pm at the BRIDGE SCHOOL (note change of location) Middlebury

Next week:
Back to normal, classes at usual times and in usual places (week 5 of the 10 week term for both groups).

Don't forget, if you miss a class (Level 1 especially, as new moves are introduced every week), I am happy to meet with you before the next one to catch you up.

2. TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND-MORE COMPETITORS WANTED!
There are only two tournaments left in the Champlain Cup season. The last 3 weapon tournament is this weekend, and we are definitely looking for more people to participate, especially foil fencers. Come on foilists, this is your last chance until September for a local tournament, and yet more epeeists have signed up than foilists for the open and E events. In fact E-under foil is in danger of being cancelled (as is Youth Epee, but at least there will be youth epee at the Ticonderoga Challenge).

The Lloyd Staats Memorial Tournament, UVM (on the tennis courts inside the Patrick Gym building), April 27-28

Sat April 27
9:30 a.m Open (senior mixed) Foil
12 p.m Open (senior mixed) Saber
2 p.m Open (senior mixed) Epee


Sun April 28
9:30 am Youth (Y12) Foil
9:30 am E-Under Epee
11 a.m E-Under Saber
1 pm Youth (Y12) Epee
1 pm E-Under Foil

Open events: Open to all fencers born 2005 or earlier. Competitive USFA membership is required.
E-Under events: Open to fencers born 2005 or earlier, who are E or unrated. Competitive USFA membership is required.
Youth events: Open to kids born 2006 or later. USFA membership is not required.

Considering trying your first fencing tournament? E-under events are perfect for new teen and adult fencers, and Youth events are perfect for our younger beginners. Local tournaments are fun and friendly, a chance to be part of the broader fencing community, and a great learning experience. You do not have to be a hotshot athlete or cut-throat competitor to enjoy them! Even current Level 1 students may be ready to enjoy and get something out of this tournament by the time it rolls around (and all current Level 2 students definitely are). If you upgrade from noncompetitive to competitive USFA membership status after April 1, your membership is good through all of next season, so this is a good deal! To make the upgrade, log in to usafencing.org, or phone (for most people, phoning is easier if you do not know your log-in id and password). They can make the upgrade and also reset your password for you.) The cost of the upgrade is $65.

Sign up by midnight tonight (Monday April 22) to get discounted entry fee! Entry fee if registered today: $15 for first event/$5 per additional event. Late registration entry fees: $20 for first event/$10 per additional event.

To register, get directions and see who else is coming: https://askfred.net/Events/whoIsComing.php?tournament_id=43158
New to using AskFRED? Directions are here: www.vtfencingalliance.org/old_posts/HowToUseFRED.htm

3. REGISTER NOW FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL TICONDEROGA CHALLENGE
It's worth learning a little epee just so you can fence in this amazing event! Open to all ages, with youth event for fencers born 2006 or later, and Open epee for everyone else. Outdoor fencing at the Fort Ticonderoga historic site on Lake Champlain, ending with presentation of the 2019 Champlain Cup trophies.
Saturday May 25 (raindate May 26)
10 a.m. Preliminary rounds, on the Pavillion lawns next to the lake
If weather cooperates and time allows, the top 8 women in the open event will hold a separate fence-off for a women's award.
2:30 pm (approximately). Finals in the parade ground of the Fort (top 4 Open, top 2 youth, top 2 female fencers).

Reasons to sign up for this event before midnight May 20:
1. Those signed up in time will receive a free pass for entry into Fort Ti. Late registrants have to pay to get in.
2. Your friends and family get a 10% discount to visit Fort Ticonderoga (note: you don't need to pay to enter the Pavillion lawns area if you arrive before 9:30 a.m, but if you want to visit the museum and watch (or participate in!) the finals and Champlain Cup awards ceremony, there is an admission fee of $23 for adults and teens/$21 seniors/$10 kids 5-12. (take 10% off these rates)
3. I will know to bring equipment for those signed up in time who need it.
4. There is a cap of 85 open epee fencers and 14 youth.
5. Party at my house afterward for all competitors!
6. Really, you don't want to miss this. It's awesome.

Not sure if you can make it? Better to sign up now, and take your name off the list if your plans change.
https://askfred.net/Events/whoIsComing.php?tournament_id=42359

More about Fort Ticonderoga historic site: www.fortticonderoga.org

4. SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CLINIC, AND GET YOUR DEPOSITS IN SOON IF YOU WANT IT TO HAPPEN
As of today, I have only received 4 deposits and only see 17 names on the AskFRED list for the summer clinic. Remember, that in order to hold the clinic, I need to receive 20 deposits by June 3. The sooner I get those deposits, the sooner I can firm up plans for the clinic.

Here again is the information about the clinic. Consider yourself invited, as long as you are old enough!

When: July 26-28. 7-9 p.m Friday, 9 am-3 pm and 7-9 pm Saturday (with a swimming and dinner break 3-7), 9 am to 3 pm Sunday
Where: Mary Hogan School, Middlebury
What: Group classes, individual lessons, discussion groups, and lots of bouting time. Coaches: Viveka Fox, Geoff Butler and at least one guest coach (possibly two if numbers warrant it). I have a tentative agreement with Maitre Gilbert Gelinas, the dynamic, energetic and highly experienced head coach of Les Seigneurs de la Rive Nord in Montreal.
Why: Expose yourself to new ideas from some different coaches, get a head start on next season, get some intensive training, experience a fencing camp that is affordable and close to home..
Who: Adult, teen and some youth foil and epee fencers, all levels except rank beginner (if you will have completed a Level 1 class by July, you may sign up). Teen and adult fencers of any skill level, and advanced youth fencers (ages 11-12 with 2+ years fencing and some competition experience), may register. Note that, unlike many fencing camps, this one is very welcoming and accessible to adult and veteran fencers, and we anticipate having a good contingent of adult participants.
How many: We need a minimum of 20 paid deposits by June 3 in order to run the clinic. Maximum we can take is 20 foil fencers and 20 epee fencers (i.e. 40 total). If you fence both foil and epee, please pick one to focus on for your training sessions, but you are welcome to fence both (or even saber!) during open fencing times.
How much does it cost: $150 if there are 20-28 fencers participating. $125 if there are 28 or more. $100 nonrefundable deposit must be paid by June 3 to secure your spot in the clinic (and to allow me to confirm that we have enough participants to make it happen). Balance is due at the clinic.

How do I sign up?
1. Go to https://askfred.net/Clinics/whoIsComing.php?clinic_id=43299 and add your name to the list if you are not already on it. This gives me an idea of who is interested and lets me email all of you if I need to.
New to using AskFRED? Find directions here: http://www.vtfencingalliance.org/old_posts/HowToUseFRED.htm
2. Email Viveka at vfox@gmavt.net and request a registration form
3. Mail registration form and $100 NONREFUNDABLE deposit, checks payable to VFA, to Viveka Fox, 1379 Mountain Rd, Vergennes, VT 05491 (or hand in to me at practice ASAP). I must receive your check by June 4 to guarantee that the clinic will be held and to save your place in it. Balance will be due at the clinic itself. If clinic is cancelled due to underenrollment, or if it is full and there is not room for you, I will return your deposit.