contributions

Coaches, referees, armorers, sports doctors, sports psychologists, personal trainers, parents and fencers, we want to hear from you.  Your generosity in sharing your know-how, experience and wisdom will help young fencers in their pursuit of fencing excellence.

You can contribute a blog, article, video or e-book.  Our editorial team can help with production, if you need our help.


 
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podcasts

Fencing Parents will be starting a podcast series featuring coaches, referees, armorers, doctors, trainers, parents and fencers.  We want to address fencing related topics most important to you.  Please share your suggestions for both topics and possible podcast guests with us.

 

coaches

You are the linchpin of every fencer's success.  Your guidance, whether general or weapon specific is highly valued.  From training schedules to footwork drills to development of fencing skills to strip coaching, both fencers and their parents will benefit greatly from your insight.  We want to hear from you.

 

Referees

You are vital to the success of fencing as a sport.  But you are frequently misunderstood and unnecessarily maligned for "bad" calls. Parents and fencers, both, will benefit from listening to your viewpoint, and understanding your motivations for being referees.  Everyone expects too much of you.

 

armorers

For most parents, this is a big blindspot.  The very idea of having to re-wire a blade sets off anxiety.  Most of us cede all responsibility to the equipment vendor or to the coach.  Even if we never learn to re-wire a blade, we can learn a lot about equipment maintenance from you.

 

 

sports doctors

Your advice is invaluable for keeping our fencers safe and healthy. Fencing is known as a safe sport.  But injuries do occur from pulled hamstrings to sprained ankles to "popped" kneecaps.  Cramping is common at tournaments. When parents better understand the "why", they are better able to take preventive actions.  

 

sports psychologists

On strip, success depends on a fencer's ability to stay calm under pressure.  Yet, young fencers receive no training on how to do this, mostly they are admonished by coach or parent to control their emotions.  The mind under pressure is complex, help us understand this.  We need your advice.

 

Trainers 

Whole body conditioning and endurance training enhances performance.  Our fencers will benefit from tips and advice on how to do this in a way that develops their bodies for fencing, from building the core to developing quads and hamstrings to being light on their feet.  Please share with us.

 

 

college coaches

Many fencers aspire to be athlete recruits.  The road is tough and only an elite few will make it.  Parents and fencers alike would benefit greatly from understanding the process, so everyone is reality checked and can prepare themselves appropriately. Please tell us how the process works. 

Parents

What you know about bringing up a fencer is golden knowledge to parents of new fencers.  Getting insights from parents who have walked the path before them is invaluable.  From missing school for tournaments to interaction with your fencer under pressure, your wisdom will ease the way.

fencers

Only you know what it feels like on strip.  We want to hear from you how parents can best support you while competing.   Share your aspirations and your goals and in fencing and outside, and inspire others with your stories.  You are the reason for this fencing parent community.