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Club of Excellence Recognition Program

USA Fencing Club of Excellence Program

USA Fencing is pleased to honor clubs around the country that have exemplified excellence to their membership and our sport. Recognizing clubs that work creatively to attract new fencers to our sport while retaining long-time members is a priority to USA Fencing. 

Without the efforts of local clubs, stability and growth in the sport would not be possible. Your hard work, dedication, volunteerism and pride are genuinely appreciated. In addition, providing a platform to share best practices with every club will serve a role in growing the sport across the country. 

Program Categories

(nominations are closed, winners announced in late Summer)

  • Membership Programming    

Do your members love your club? If so, we encourage your club to apply for this award. Member recruitment, retention and programming dedicated to creating a positive culture are all part of the evaluation.  

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Is your club committed to diversity and inclusion? This category celebrates those clubs who have had significant success in designing programs for people with disabilities, female fencers, economically disadvantaged fencers and any other underrepresented group. 

  • Youth Programming   

Clubs who excel in recruiting and retaining fencers under the age of 18 should apply. This recognizes clubs who create a positive environment that young people want to participate, regardless of their fencing ability. 

  • Marketing and Communication  

Are you proud of your website? Do you utilize social media with great results? Have you found ways to promote the sport and your club in your community? If so, this is the category for you!

  • SafeSport Education (*NEW in 2021)

Does your club do everything possible to provide a safe environment for your members?  This category recognizes clubs who work hard to educate everyone in the club including coaches, staff, parents, volunteers and fencers.

  • Community Outreach (*NEW in 2021)

If your club has made a difference in your community, apply for this recognition. Examples include volunteering in your community, exposing underserved populations to the sport and offering cost-free opportunities for people who otherwise do not know about fencing.

Honorees receive:

  • Club of Excellence banner
  • 30 percent off your club renewal for next season
  • Recognition on USA Fencing website and social media outlets

Application Guidelines

  1. Please complete applications and provide as much detail as possible. 
  2. Multiple clubs may be selected.
  3. Clubs may apply for an unlimited number of categories annually. 
  4. The previous year's winners are not eligible the following year in the same category but are encouraged to apply for other categories and may win the same category again in a non-consecutive year. 

Questions?  Please contact