Update as of 8/5/22: We anticipate offering beginner classes for ages 9 through adult in both Middlebury and Charlotte this fall, starting in late September. Scheduling is not yet finalized with our host schools (they are still on summer vacation), but we expect classes to be on Tuesday evenings in Charlotte and Wednesday evenings in Middlebury. Please contact Viveka to get on our email list for full details and registration once schedule is confirmed.

If you are going to reserve rental equipment and/or a space in a beginner (Level 1) class:
-Class is open to age 9 through adult.
-All club members are required to be fully vaccinated against covid before the first class, unless you have a medical exemption
-We do not know yet whether we will require masking during practice (we did for all indoor practices last season, through May). It will depend on the feelings of current club members, plus community transmission levels when we return in the fall. We may start with masks optional, but require them of all fencers should a fall or winter covid surge take place. Please do not sign up for classes if you are unwilling to wear a face mask if asked to do so.
-Beginner classes are progressive (building on skills learned the previous week) so regular attendance is important. That said, you know the drill by now: stay home if you are sick, or if you suspect you were exposed to covid, and get tested before returning.

There are NO REFUNDS once a class session is under way, and no trial classes. If you are brand new to fencing, we normally recommend coming to observe a class (with an eye toward joining the next round of beginner classes), meet the instructor and club members, and make sure it is really something that you want to participate in. While incurable romantics and closet swashbucklers are very welcome in the VFA, you should be aware that modern sport fencing is quite different from the theatrical swordplay of the movies. Contact Viveka if you have any questions.

Will there be room for me in the class?
That is hard to predict. Class sizes are limited due to safety concerns, and I have a limited stock of rental equipment in a range of sizes. It is possible that I will run out of equipment in your size before I run out of room in the class, in which case, I may offer you the option to join by purchasing your own equipment, or to be added to a priority list for winter classes. The Charlotte classes tend to fill up before Middlebury classes do. Here is how I will handle registration:
-Through September 10: priority for rental equipment goes to new Level 1 students (Level 2 students may not reserve it and are encouraged to purchase their own). I will reserve equipment on a first-come first served basis by size. The sooner you register, the better your chances of getting in to the class.
-From 9/10 until class starts, if there is any equipment and/or space left, I will add students as they sign up. Level 2 students may reserve rental equipment if there is any left. Once class is full, I will start a waiting list, in case anyone withdraws before the first class.
-Once the class is underway, I can not admit new students from a waiting list - the next opportunity will be in January. So please, be considerate and notify me as soon as possible if you signed up but decide not to participate. Someone may be waiting for your spot in the class.

Intrigued? Ready to try an awesome, fun sport that is also an excellent work out? Here is how to register for fall classes:

-Email and request a registration form
-Print and fill in page 3 of the form
-Scan and email the completed form back to me, or mail it to Viveka Fox, 1379 Mountain Rd, Vergennes, VT 05491 If you are returning the form by regular mail, please email to let me know it's on the way, and provide this info in your email: name, age, class location, height, weight, dominant hand. That way I can go ahead and reserve equipment for you right away rather than wait for the form to arrive. I do still need to get the full form before class starts for the waiver signatures.

Remember:
-Honor system: I am not collecting fees in advance, but I expect you to let me know right away if you decide not to join the class, as I may have a waiting list
-If you are certain you want to take fencing this fall, the sooner you sign up, the better your chances of there being space and equipment for you.
-All fees due at first class, NO refunds once classes start
-Note vaccination and possible mask requirements

To register for VFA classes or for more information about fencing in Middlebury and Charlotte, contact Viveka Fox at vfox@gmavt.net or 802-759-2268.

Fencing is sometimes available in other parts of Vermont. For contact information on other Vermont clubs, go to the Green Mt. Division website at gmdfencing.org