… Where Fencers Become National Competitors
Zeta Fencing is the home of sabre fencing champions from the Greater Boston Area and beyond. Our coaches’ dedication and experience make the difference. So does hard work. It takes many hours of practice, patience, and strong work ethic to succeed in fencing. Winning competitions requires more than basic athletic training. Our competitive classes teach mental fencing skills that go beyond the strip and make our fencers successful competitors in all aspects of life.
Our invitation-only competitive programs run for 10 months and require a fencer’s commitment for a full season. The programs include all aspects of training that competitive fencers need: conditioning, footwork, drills in a group setting, and many hours of bouting to gain fencing experience.
The Cadet Competitive Program (Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30-8:30pm) is for competitors with regional and some national tournament experience. Students in this program are expected to fence the complete national circuit for their age group. Most students are 13-16 years old and compete in the Y14, cadet, and junior age categories.
Cadet competitive classes are offered two times per week, each class lasts a full 2 hours. In addition to their assigned class times, students are invited to join up to 5 hours of open fencing every week, which is open to our competitive and high performance athletes. This schedule provides 9 hours of fencing with a flexible setting that includes athlete-focused instruction as well as supervised bouting with all skill levels. This is how we guarantee that our fencers receive the required structured training as well as fencing experience with a wide range of opponents – the optimal preparation for competitions.
At the beginning of the season, students will set up individual competition schedules with their coaches.
In order to maintain a high level of competitive fencing, all competitive students are required to take a minimum of one weekly individual lesson in addition to group classes. Please contact us directly to schedule lessons.
While age and fencing level are the main criteria for placing students in one of our competitive programs, admitting students into Zeta Fencing’s Cadet Competitive Program is exclusively our Head Coach’s decision that cannot be overturned by students or parents.
Classes start September 1st, 2019 and end on June 30th, 2020. Classes run continuously with the exception of the following major holidays: Labor Day (September 2), Thanksgiving (no classes November 27-30), Christmas/New Year (no classes December 23-January 1), Memorial Day (May 25).
Class cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control will always be communicated via email and social media. Please make sure to provide a reliable email contact to receive urgent updates regarding classes and lessons.
You can download the class schedule for the 2019-2020 season here (PDF).
Once it is finalized, you will be able to download the current version of Zeta’s schedule of recommended tournaments here (PDF). Fencers should use this schedule as their starting point for setting up a personal competition schedule for the season. Mark the tournaments you are interested in, then bring the page with your selection, comments, and questions to the club and discuss it with your personal coach. Please always confirm with your personal coach before you sign up for a tournament. If you are interested in attending a competition that’s not on the list, advise with your coach.
In order to sign up, students must commit to the entire season (or until the end of the season if they join later). Class fees can be paid monthly or for the entire season and are calculated as follows:
- Program fee (9 hours of instruction/fencing per week) – $270 per month
- Zeta Fencing club membership – $300 per season
- Discounted full-season payment available until September 1st, 2019 – $2,450 class fees plus costs for club membership (pay by check or cash only, no online payments)
We offer a family discount for all our classes. The first family member pays the full price, every additional family member receives a 25% discount on class fees. If family members are participating in programs with different fees, the higher-priced program has to be paid in full and the family discount is applied to the lower-priced program. For club membership, the reduced membership fee for additional family members is $150 per season.
Once our Head Coach has invited you to join a Competitive Program, we need the following in order to register students:
- Completed Registration Form and Season Contract: Download here or pick one up at the club. (2 pages!) We need a completed and hand-signed form. You can either mail in/drop off the hard copy, or email a clearly readable scan/photo.
- Proof of competitive USA Fencing membership: Our insurance requires that all students have to be current members of USA Fencing. In order to compete, a fencer needs a competitive membership with USA Fencing. Renew your membership here.
- Payment: Please indicate on your registration form which type pf payment you choose. Class payments can be made (1) by check or cash, please hand them in with your registration form; (2) automated payments via online banking, please write date of your bank’s confirmation on the registration form, or (3) online credit card or bank payment through PayPal, please use the payment buttons below and write date of payment on the registration form.
Rent a personal locker: we have a limited number of lockers available for students of competitive classes. In order to rent a locker, sign a rental agreement and bring/mail it to Zeta Fencing together with payment. Lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and we cannot guarantee availability. Costs and details can be found on the Locker Rental Agreement; download here.
You can mail in your registration or drop it off at the club in person. Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended. Spots are awarded on a first come, first served basis. We only hold spots for complete registrations with full payment and proof of USA Fencing membership.
Online payment option 1: Monthly class payments plus one-time club membership payment
You can make your monthly class payments through PayPal here, but please remember that we cannot process your registration without a completed registration form in addition to your payment. Please don’t forget to pay for club membership when you sign up for the season (below).