VFA Bulletin
January 24, 2022

1. Schedule and other general announcements
Looking forward to another week of fencing! Both Tuesday and Thursday Charlotte practices will be 7:15-9:15 p.m (looks like both basketball programs end around 7:15). In Middlebury, it was definitely better for younger Level 2 students to arrive at 7, rather than 6. Here again is a reminder of our schedule

Tuesday, MPR (smaller gym) in Charlotte
7:15-8:30 Level 1 class with me, Competitive Squad does self-directed practice (nice job with that last week, keep up the good work Squaddies!)
8:30-9:15 Competitive Squad with me. Level 1 students are welcome to stay as late as they like to do some additional fencing with each other.

Wednesday, Bridge School
6-7:15 p.m Level 1 class
7-7:15 pm Level 2/3 fencers arrive and warm up together (thank you to Eve, Indy and Adam for leading warm ups last week)
7:15-7:45 bouting time for everyone (Level 1 students, plan to stay)
7:45-9 p.m Level 2/3 class

Thursday, gym (the larger one), Charlotte
7:15-8:30 Level 2/3 class
8:30-9:15 open fencing

You are always welcome to visit the other location, instead of or in addition to your usual class. If you attend two or more practices in the same week, you only need to punch your card once. Speaking of punch cards, it's honor system - I am relying on you to keep track of how many classes you have attended, and buy a new card whenever yours runs out.

If you have not yet either a. paid your winter club dues ($10), or b. flashed me your proof of vaccination (or email it to me), please take care of that this week.

I am hoping we will be able to hold a tournament in February - fingers crossed and updates coming when I have them!

2. Used equipment available
I have some donated used equipment looking for a new home, for a small donation to the VFA, or in some cases, for free.
a. Adidas fencing shoes, mens 7.5/Euro 40.5, like new condition $25 (a heck of a deal!)
b. Absolute MVP fencing shoes, mens 10 or 10.5/Euro 44, very good condition, $15
c. Women's plastic chest plate (fits like a bra, more full protection than the small pocket cups), size S (best guess, a 30 to 34 bra size), $5. I have two of them!
d. Man's plastic chest plate (good for epee fencer or someone who bruises easily), size L (adult), $5
e. Man's Absolute fencing pants, size 34 (look like they would fit a medium-sized adult or large teen), $5
f. Child's Absolute fencing pants. I have 2 - one looks like it might fit a 9-10 year old and one a 11-12 year old. Free to a good home!

If you want to check out any of this stuff, email me and I'll bring it to practice this week.

3. Quick note on putting away electric equipment
Attention Squaddies and anyone else who uses the VFA machines and reels: I appreciate your help packing up at the end of the evening. When packing up the rolling suitcases, please always place the reels on the bottom, next to the wheels, and the machine (with it's power cord, inside its little case) at the top end of the suitcase. That way, when the suitcase is tipped up to roll, the heavy reels won't crush the machine.