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Premium Club

Cost: $825

Premium (formerly Member) Clubs receive general liability insurance coverage through the USA Fencing policy. All members and participants of USA Fencing Premium Clubs must be individual members of USA Fencing.

Premium Clubs can host sanctioned events, are listed in USA Fencing's online Find a Club section, receive an American Fencing Magazine subscription and have the ability to field a team at national events.

NOTE:  To request additional insurance certificates for locations outside of your club, please visit this link to complete the online form.

 

Affiliate Club

Cost: $50

Affiliate Clubs can host sanctioned events, receive website listing, magazine subscription, and have the ability to field a team at national events, but do not participate in the USA Fencing insurance program.


Club Renewal Instructions

If listed as the club owner, you will be able to renew your club's membership.

Click Here to Renew your club's membership

Once you are logged in, click on the gold arrows at the top of the page and click Club Manager. *Note you will only be able to renew your club's membership if you are listed as the club owner*

Select your club. Once on the club home page, click on RENEW and follow the steps to complete the club renewal process.

If you wish to appoint someone other than the club owner to renew the club or have any questions about your club's membership, please contact USA Fencing at information@usafencing.org

 


Communications to Clubs

Club presentation from Aug. 25, 2022

View the slides from this presentation.

Email to clubs on Aug. 22, 2022

(read this email online)

Thank you for your continued commitment to USA Fencing. We truly believe that clubs like yours are the heartbeat of our sport. The work happening every day at your club is critical to the future of fencing — from that first lesson all the way to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We’re writing with an update about club memberships for the 2022-23 season. As we shared in this post on July 22, club membership fees will see a significant increase this season as a direct result of higher general liability, participant injury and abuse insurance costs.

We want to start by sharing a brief look back at the recent history of club membership fees. As many of you will recall, our premium club membership fee was $625 in the 2019-20 season. When the pandemic hit, we lowered that fee to $575 to offer clubs some small measure of relief. 

Today, we are announcing that membership fees for premium clubs will increase to $825 for the 2022-23 season. 

The renewal deadline is Aug. 31, 2022. Clubs may choose to make a single payment in full or a $300 downpayment followed by three monthly payments of $175 each.

Below, we’ll take a closer look at the realities that led to this increase. But before we get to that, we want to take this opportunity to apologize for the delay as we worked through challenges presented by the current realities of the insurance market.

A Look Behind the Scenes

So why the $200 increase over our 2019-20 fee? 

 

As those who follow insurance news already know, this is a very difficult time for anyone who holds an insurance policy — including sports organizations.

Many carriers have stopped offering coverage to sports organizations because of general liability and abuse insurance claims, together with legislation that has seen an increased ability to make legal claims against clubs, individuals and national governing bodies. 

Premiums have significantly gone up industrywide, and USA Fencing is not immune.

In the 2021-22 season, which ended in July, our insurance premium was $410,476.76. For the 2022-23 season, that number has gone up to $670,407.00 — an increase of 63.3%.

While our premium has increased by 63.3%, the fee for clubs is rising by 43.5% (from $575 in the 2021-22 season to $825 in 2022-23). 

How We Chose to Pay for the Increases

At USA Fencing, we opted to bear most of the added burden while passing along the remainder of the insurance premium increases to our clubs. 

Specifically, USA Fencing is paying for approximately 60% of the additional cost while the increased fee for clubs will cover the remaining 40%.

While no solution is perfect in this difficult climate, we felt like this was the best solution for all.

Higher Costs, Higher Benefit

Even as costs have risen, we also have negotiated enhanced coverage to better protect our clubs and their members. 

Specifically, the new policy includes occurrence coverage — a rare benefit in this climate that means the policy provides coverage to issues that arise during your policy period, even if a claim is filed far into the future. This contrasts with the industry standard, known as claims-made coverage, which means coverage only applies to incidents that both occur and are reported within the policy’s timeframe. 

Read more about these policies in the summary of insurance linked here.

The bottom line is this: the new coverage for clubs is better than what premium clubs received in prior years and exceeds what clubs are offered in similar sports. So you’re paying more, but you’re also getting more.

For Our Affiliate Clubs

The membership fee for affiliate clubs will remain at $50.

Because of these insurance coverage improvements for premium clubs, we’re encouraging our affiliate clubs to use this opportunity to upgrade their memberships this season. 

To our affiliate clubs, we ask you to take a close look at your club’s current insurance coverage and think about how your organization, its volunteers and your board members are protected. 

If you wish to upgrade to a premium club membership for this season, you may do so by Aug. 31, 2022.

Thanks, and How to Get Your Questions Answered

We thank you again for your commitment to USA Fencing and look forward to another great year for your club.

If you have any questions, contact us at information@usafencing.org