… Where Fencers Become Successful 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 small, individually focused competitive classes teach mental fencing skills that go beyond the strip and make our fencers successful competitors in all aspects of life. As a small fencing club, we can reach outstanding results because we focus on only one of the three Olympic fencing weapons, the sabre. We do not offer competitive instruction for épée or foil fencers.
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, regular individual instruction by our outstanding coaches, drills in a group setting, and many hours of bouting to gain fencing experience.
Both Competitive Programs are offered 5 times per week, Monday through Friday. A minimum attendance of 2 classes per week is required. During class time, students receive individual instruction and mentoring by their personal coaches, so no additional lessons are required. At the beginning of the season, students will set up individual competition schedules with their coaches.
The Competitive Program 1 (4:30pm – 6:00pm) is for new and younger competitors. Students will focus on local and regional competition according to their skill level. The goal of the program is to take our young competitors to the next level and let them become successful national competitors. Most students in this class are around 10-13 years old.
Coach’s consent is required to join Zeta Fencing’s Competitive Program 1. Please contact us to schedule a personal evaluation with our coaches if you are interested in the program.
Fencers are required to use their own equipment during practice and competition.
Competitive Program 2
The Competitive Program 2 (6:00pm – 7:30pm) is for older and more experienced competitors. Students in this program are expected to start fencing nationally. Most students are 13-18 years old and compete in the Y14, cadet, and junior age categories.
While age and fencing level are the main criteria for placing students in one of our Competitive Programs, admitting students into Zeta Fencing’s Competitive Program 2 is exclusively our Head Coach’s decision that cannot be overturned by students or parents.
Competition Schedule 2017-2018
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.
Class Schedule & Fees
Zeta Fencing’s Competitive Programs run continuously through the fencing season. During the 2017-2018 season, classes will start on September 1, 2017 and end on June 30, 2018. Only major holidays will interrupt the class schedule. Zeta Fencing will be closed on Labor Day (September 4, 2017), for Thanksgiving weekend (November 23-26, 2017), during Christmas/New Year’s break (December 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018) and on Memorial Day (May 28, 2018). Please be aware that this schedule is tentative and minor changes may be made at a later time.
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:
- 2 classes per week (3 hours of instruction per week) – $ 380 per month (or $ 3,500 full season prepayment by September 1, 2017)
- 3 classes per week (4.5 hours of instruction per week) – $ 450 per month (or $ 4,150 full season prepayment by September 1, 2017)
- Unlimited classes (max. 7.5 hours of instruction per week) – $ 500 per month (or $ 4,600 full season prepayment by September 1, 2017)
Students of the Competitive Programs are required to become members of Zeta Fencing. The costs for a club membership are $300 per season.
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.
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 need 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).