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Individual Memberships

A USA Fencing membership is required by all individual members of USA Fencing Member Clubs who utilize the USA Fencing insurance program.   Competitive memberships are required to compete in any USA Fencing sanctioned event.  The membership year coincides with the fencing season which occurs between August 1 and the following July 31. All dues are payable on application for membership and thereafter on or before the next membership year begins.  Membership dues are not prorated at any time except when eligible for extended membership. (see below for extended membership policy).

Non-Competitive Membership

Cost: $10

Open to all persons upon payment of the dues for the membership year as specified herein. Includes secondary medical/accident insurance, but does not allow the member to vote or compete. Magazine subscription and membership card are not included. Membership can be upgraded. 

Competitive Membership

Cost: $75

Open to all persons upon payment of the dues for the membership year as specified herein. (All memberships expire on July 31 unless eligible for extended membership, see below for more information) Competitive members have the right to enter and compete in local, divisional, regional, and national-level competitions, and may vote in elections of the USA Fencing membership subject to the member voting age restriction and deadlines as to the date of membership or be a candidate for office in USA Fencing elections.   Competitive members may join for one-year term upon payment of dues as determined by the Board of Directors. 

Collegiate Competitive Membership

Cost: $45

Collegiate Competitive members have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members. In order to become a Collegiate Competitive member, an individual must be listed as a member on an approved roster submitted by a College/University fencing club with a current USA Fencing Affiliate or Club membership.  PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in the 2017-18 season, all NCAA fencing programs are required to become Affiliate Club members (at a minimum) in order for individual NCAA athletes to receive the discounted Collegiate Competitive membership.

Coach Membership

Cost: $120

Individuals acting as coaches or instructors of athletes or participants at USA Fencing clubs, their events or activities, or at USA Fencing sanctioned events or activities, shall be screened through the Coach (formerly Professional) Membership. Coach Members  have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members and additionally receive the benefit of a general liability insurance policy. In order to become a Coach Member, an individual must successfully complete the Safe Sport course and a background screening as required by USA Fencing.

  • Requires Safe Sport and background check
  • Costs for Safe Sport course and background check included in membership

+Coach Add-On

Cost: $20

The +Coach add-on is new for the 2018-19 season. Current USA Fencing Life, Life Installment and Olympian/Paralympian Life members who coach at USA Fencing clubs, their events or activities, or at USA Fencing sanctioned events are required to add +Coach. A background screen and SafeSport training are required and both are included in the cost of the add-on. The benefits of the base membership are retained.

  • Requires SafeSport and background check
  • Costs for SafeSport course and background check included in membership

 

+CheckEd Add-On

Cost: $20

Referees, bout committee, armorers, volunteers and board members (not coaches) are required to have the +CheckEd add-on. Current USA Fencing members may add the +CheckEd add-on to the following membership types: Non-Competitive, Competitive, Collegiate Competitive, Supporting, Life, Life Installment, Olympian Life or Paralympian Life. The add-on includes the cost of the background screen and SafeSport training. The benefits of the base membership are retained. This membership add-on is for members who do not coach but are involved in administrative capacities.

  • Requires SafeSport and background check
  • Costs for SafeSport course and background check included in membership

Supporting Membership

Cost: $25

Supporting members enjoy the rights, benefits, and privileges of membership with respect to voting and holding office and receive American Fencing magazine; supporting members may not compete in USA Fencing sanctioned competitions but are eligible to train at a USA Fencing club.  Supporting members may upgrade to a competitive membership upon payment of dues equivalent to the current competitive rate.  

Life Membership

Cost: $1,200

On payment of dues as determined by the Board of Directors, Life members have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members, and may vote in elections of the USA Fencing membership subject to the member voting age restriction and deadlines as to the date of membership or be a candidate for office in USA Fencing elections. Life members retain these rights, benefits, and privileges for the remainder of their natural lives without the payment of additional dues.  Life members working in a professional capacity (Coach, Referees, etc) may purchase the +Coach or +CheckEd add on.   

Life Installment Membership

Cost: $120 over 10 consecutive seasons

Open to all persons upon payment of one-tenth the dues for Life membership at the time of enrollment. Upon payment of membership dues installments for ten consecutive years at the same rate as at the time of enrollment, the membership will automatically be converted to Life membership. The purpose of this category is to allow individuals to become Life members by spreading the cost of the Life membership fee over a period of ten years. 

Foreign Fencer

Cost: Free (please read benefits carefully)

Athletes who represent a country other than the United States who wish to compete in USA Fencing regional events (Super Youth Circuit, Regional Youth Circuit, Regional Open Circuit, Super Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit, and Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit tournaments) have the option of purchasing an International Competitive License (ICL) or registering as a foreign fencer and paying an administrative fee of $10 for each regional event that they attend. The international admin fee applies only to regional events; if a fencer wants to compete in a national event, the ICL is required. Foreign fencers do not include the right to vote in USA Fencing or division elections.

International Competitive License

Cost: $75

The International Competitive License (ICL) is open to all fencers who represent a country other than the United States and wish to compete in USA Fencing sanctioned regional, division and national events, not including national championships or division qualifiers. The ICL is an annual license that expires on July 31 each year and does not include the right to vote in USA Fencing or division elections.

Athletes who represent a country other than the United States who wish to compete in USA Fencing regional events (Super Youth Circuit, Regional Youth Circuit, Regional Open Circuit, Super Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit, and Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit tournaments) have the option of purchasing an International Competitive License (ICL) or paying an administrative fee of $10 for each regional event that they attend. The international admin fee applies only to regional events; if a fencer wants to compete in a national event, the ICL is required.

If you do not purchase the ICL, you must register annually as a foreign fencer (free) in the USA Fencing Membership Database.

Membership Extension Policy:  A new Competitive and Non-Competitive member whose annual dues are paid during the last four months of the membership year shall be entitled to a membership through the next membership year. This policy applies both to new members and to existing members who have never previously held a Competitive membership. 

For additional questions, contact info@usafencing.org.