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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. 

Applications will be open for submission beginning June 1, 2022, with deadline of July 15, 2022. Apply using the links below each of the six categories.

Program Categories and Application Links

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. 

Click here to apply

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. 

Click here to apply

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. 

Click here to apply

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!

Click here to apply

FenceSafe Education

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.

Click here to apply

Community Outreach

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.

Click here to apply

What Honorees Receive

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

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 s.ross@usafencing.org