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Leadership Academy Open for Applications Through Sept. 30

09/21/2021, 8:15am CDT
By Sam Cheris

Applications are being accepted for the 2021-22 USA Fencing Leadership Academy through Sept. 30. 

USA Fencing Leadership Academy Application

Mission:  To develop a diverse cadre of leaders of the future for an equitable and inclusive USAFencing.

Mechanism:  Monthly 3-hour moderated training session 10 times from October to June at 6-9 p.m. ET, with graduation at the Summer Nationals with the Hall of Fame event.

Candidates: Candidates may be proposed by the DEI group, the Board and the national office or they may be self-nominated by the candidate.  Goal is to have a class diversified by age, race, religion and as many other elements as possible.  Selection criteria will include ability to commit to attendance and participation in the entire program, interest in the governance of USAFencing and current activity in the sport.

Class size:  We will have a class of 15 in order to allow active participation by all class members with session moderators, currently in an interactive video format.  Candidate will be responsible for familiarization with provided written documents before the relevant session.

Curriculum and presentation leaders:

October 20, 2021:  Short History of Fencing in the U.S.  Review of documents governing fencing, including, e.g., Articles of incorporation, Bylaws, Athlete’s Handbook, Strategic Plan, Ted Stevens Amateur and Olympic Sports Act. and Roberts Rules of Order.  Introduction to the operations of USAFencing led by USFA President, USFA CEO, Chair of AAC, head of DEI Task Force and someone involved in fencing for decades.

November 17, 2021: (1) USA Fencing's governance and operational structure (the NGB system and the existence and roles of National Office, Board of Directors, committees and resource teams, divisions, regionalization, etc.; (2) USA Fencing's relationship to and with other organizations (FIE, USOPC, USADA/WADA, IWAS and IOC).  This session will be led by a Board Member, USFA CEO, Chair of AAC and an FIE Commission Member; and (3) US SEMI and Sports Medicine, led by the Chair of US SEMI and a representative of the Sports Medicine Resource Team.

December 15, 2021: Refereeing led by Chair of Referees’ Commission (RC), Chair of RC Domestic Development, a National Coach and USAFencing members of FIE Rules and Arbitrage Commission.  It shall include discussion of Code of Ethics and procedure for handling breaches of the Code.

January 19, 2022: USAFencing Finances led by CFO, Treasurer and the Director of Development and other members of Budget or Audit Committee and a person involved in Marketing.

February 9, 2022:  International programs led by Senior Director of Sports Performance, a USOPC representative, a National Coach, Chair of RC International Development and Assignment and an International Team Manager.  What are the funding opportunities for athletes?

March 16, 2022:  USAFencing hosted International Events, Senior Director of Sports Operations, USAFencing Chief of Protocol and a DT president.

April 6, 2022: Ethics and Discipline, Safe Sport and DEI led by Chair of Ethics committee, Safe Sport coordinator, Member of DEI group, USA Fencing Safe Sport and General Counsel.

May 4, 2022: Youth led by chair of Youth program and USAFencing staff liaison for youth programming. 

May 25, 2022: (1) USAFencing domestic events led by Senior Director of Sports Operations, and head of tournament committee. (2) Veterans and Para-fencing programs led by USAFencing’s member of the FIE Veteran’s council, USAFencing veterans’ committee and Paralympic Committee.

June 22, 2022: Membership led by Director of Member Services, and heads of committees for clubs, high school, colleges and grass roots programming. 

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