Young Adult (ages 10-18)
This program takes all students between the ages of 10 and 18, and puts them in training times together. The goal is to allow the younger and newer students to get exposure to those athletes who have been training for some time and work together to foster team cohesion and inspire those newer to the club with direct contact with those who have been training with us for some time. While those older students will continue to work with each other and improve their skills, they’re also expected to show mastery and understanding by working directly with the newer and younger students in a mentor capacity.
Beginners, those with no previous Fencing experience, start in Level 1. Those athletes with previous fencing experience will be evaluated and placed in a level appropriate to their skill.
Due to the Long-Term Athlete Development aspect of this program; committed students in this program may exceed 18 and continue to train and refine their technique and tactics against those they’ll be actively competing with and against. What follows is a sample of the Introductory levels and how we have adapted the Sport for Life guidelines to our approach.
The first three levels are the “Learn to Train” or Beginner levels, in these levels the student learns the basic and fundamental concepts of the sport and begins to develop the physical and mental aptitudes required for the future. The next three levels, 4-6, are the “Train to Train” or Intermediate levels where the students are introduced to competitions and more physically and mentally demanding training modes such as individual training with a coach and training camps requiring travel. The next two levels, 7 & 8, are the “Train to Compete” or Advanced levels where the students are attending practices and lessons 4+ times week and generally training 15 hours each week (including conditioning and strength training time outside of practice). In these levels the students have identified long-term goals and are actively working on identifying the paths they must take to achieve those goals while balancing their lives to stay healthy. The final two levels in the program, 9 &10, are the Train to Win stage. In this stage, the student has fully committed to the sport and will be looking towards fencing beyond college in the Senior Elite levels.
Testing requirements: in the beginning levels, the students must fulfill the required number of classes before they can test for the level. In the upper levels, the students must either fulfill the required number of classes or demonstrate the skills needed in bouting or competitive situations before testing.