A USA Fencing membership is required by all individual members of USA Fencing Member Clubs who utilize the USA Fencing insurance program. Competitive memberships are required to compete in any USA Fencing sanctioned event. The membership year coincides with the fencing season which occurs between August 1 and the following July 31. All dues are payable on application for membership and thereafter on or before the next membership year begins. Membership dues are not prorated at any time.
Open to all persons upon payment of the dues for the membership year as specified herein. Includes secondary medical/accident insurance, but does not allow the member to vote or compete. Magazine subscription and membership card are not included. Membership can be upgraded.
Open to all persons upon payment of the dues for the membership year as specified herein. Competitive members have the right to enter and compete in local, divisional, regional, and national-level competitions, and may vote in elections of the USA Fencing membership subject to the member voting age restriction and deadlines as to the date of membership or be a candidate for office in USA Fencing elections. Competitive members may join for one-year term upon payment of dues as determined by the Board of Directors.
Collegiate Competitive members have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members. In order to become a Collegiate Competitive member, an individual must be listed as a member on an approved roster submitted by a College/University fencing club with a current USA Fencing Affiliate or Club membership. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in the 2017-18 season, all NCAA fencing programs are required to become Affiliate Club members (at a minimum) in order for individual NCAA athletes to receive the discounted Collegiate Competitive membership.
Individuals acting as coaches or instructors of athletes or participants at USA Fencing clubs, their events or activities, or at USA Fencing sanctioned events or activities, shall be screened through the Coach (formerly Professional) Membership. Coach Members have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members and additionally receive the benefit of a general liability insurance policy. In order to become a Coach Member, an individual must successfully complete the Safe Sport course and a background screening as required by USA Fencing.
Current USA Fencing Life, Life Installment, and Olympian/Paralympian Life Members who act as coaches or instructors of athletes or participants at USA Fencing clubs, their events or activities, or at USA Fencing sanctioned events or activities, shall be screened through the +Coach Upgrade. No additional fees apply. The upgrade includes the cost of the background screen and Safe Sport training. The original benefits of the membership are retained.
All persons who are not required to be Coach or +Coach Members, but who are required to undergo background screening under USA Fencing's SafeSport Policy, shall be +CheckEd Upgrade Members. Current USA Fencing members may add the +CheckEd Upgrade to the following membership types: Life, Life Installment, Olympian Life, Paralympian Life, Supporting, Competitive or Non-Competitive. The upgrade includes the cost of the background screen and Safe Sport training. The original benefits of the membership are retained. This membership upgrade is for members WHO DO NOT Coach but are involved in administrative capacities.
PLEASE NOTE: Exception to this applies for Life and Life Installment members who coach and should add +Coach (see below).
Supporting members enjoy the rights, benefits, and privileges of membership with respect to voting and holding office and receive American Fencing magazine; supporting members may not compete in USA Fencing sanctioned competitions. Supporting members may upgrade to a competitive membership upon payment of dues equivalent to the current competitive rate.
On payment of dues as determined by the Board of Directors, Life members have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members, and may vote in elections of the USA Fencing membership subject to the member voting age restriction and deadlines as to the date of membership or be a candidate for office in USA Fencing elections. Life members retain these rights, benefits, and privileges for the remainder of their natural lives without the payment of additional dues. Life members seeking the benefits of Professional membership may do so upon payment of an annual fee equal to the difference between a Professional and Competitive membership and successful completion of periodic background check.
Cost: $120 over 10 consecutive seasons
Open to all persons upon payment of one-tenth the dues for Life membership at the time of enrollment. Upon payment of membership dues installments for ten consecutive years at the same rate as at the time of enrollment, the membership will automatically be converted to Life membership. The purpose of this category is to allow individuals to become Life members by spreading the cost of the Life membership fee over a period of ten years.
Membership Extension Policy: A new competitive and non-competitive member whose annual dues are paid during the last four months of the membership year shall be entitled to a membership through the next membership year. This policy applies both to new members and to existing members who have never previously held a competitive membership.