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USA Fencing Introduces High School Membership

07/20/2016, 12:00pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

Beginning in the upcoming 2016-17 season, USA Fencing will offer a new membership program for high school students.

The High School Club Membership is designed to connect USA Fencing with fencers competing at the high school level who are not fencing at sanctioned local, regional or national events.

To be eligible, the athlete must be a current high school student in an accredited high school or a certified home school program.

“High school fencing is thriving in many parts of the country and is poised to grow significantly over the next quad in many others,” said Bob Bodor (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Fencing Senior Manager of Membership Services. “Our goal is to further promote the sport at the high school level by offering the full support of the National Governing Body and dedicating resources never before provided.”

There are two ways to become a High School Member of USA Fencing. The first is to join USA Fencing through a High School Fencing Team Membership, which costs $250 and includes all student athletes who are members of the team.

Once a high school fencing team becomes an active High School Team Member, everyone on the team becomes a USA Fencing High School Member. Regardless of the number of athletes on the team, each team member would be a High School Member until July 31 of the current season.

If there is no high school team, any student athlete currently enrolled in an accredited high school or certified home school program is eligible to purchase a High School Membership for the discounted rate of $30.

All High School Members are eligible to upgrade to a Competitive Membership at any point during the season for an additional fee of $40 for a member with a Individual High School Membership or $60 for an individual with a High School Team Membership.

Members will be eligible to earn USA Fencing classifications when competing in recognized high school events. If upgraded to a Competitive Membership, these classifications are valid for all competitions, including national tournaments.

High School Members are also eligible for selection to the new USA Fencing High School All-American Team. Based on the athlete’s end-of-season ratings, awards will be given in each weapon and gender.

In addition, members will be able to nominate their coach for National High School Coach of the Year, will be awarded a varsity recognition certificate at the completion of the high school fencing season, and members will be covered under the USA Fencing secondary insurance policy.

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