Based on feedback from people who signed up for the tournament, it’s important that we are able to open it to fencers from outside the Iowa Division and that people have the opportunity to earn/renew their classification (rating). Rescheduling for October is our best chance at doing this, due to USA Fencing’s policy of division-locking of sanctioned events continuing through September.
We’ve submitted a request to DMPS to rent a parking garage. We went and looked, and two levels have sufficiently high ceilings and the concrete is in satisfactory condition. We think this is the best way to get good airflow but also minimize the chance of weather-related cancellation. We have also talked to our referees and while some will not be able to participate, there is enough interest in refereeing that we think we’ll be okay there.
On the plus side, this gives everyone more time to practice!
We’re please to announce that we’ve opened an online store where you can buy RDF-branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies just in time for the holidays! The order deadline is Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, and items will be available for pickup at the club during our regular hours starting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
We know summer schedules can be irregular, so we’re introducing a new option for the summer: punch cards! Valid June 1-Aug. 31, cards are now available for purchase at the club. One 10-punch card is $100. It’s one punch per practice session, and cards may be shared between family members. Punch cards are not valid for beginner classes.
Regular monthly membership is, of course, still available and is a better option for those who plan to come regularly throughout the summer.
If you ordered a warm-up jacket, they’re here! Stop by the club during practice to pick yours up!
We’re holding a youth tournament Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the club! Click here to sign up: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=43569
9 AM – Junior (U19) Mixed Epee
11 AM – Y10 & Y12 Mixed Epee
Times listed are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter, so come earlier to make sure you have enough time to get dressed and warm up!
Events are unsanctioned, which means you DO NOT need USA Fencing membership to compete.
Thirteen- and 14-year-olds may fence Juniors. We may split Y10/Y12 into separate events if there are enough fencers.
Have you seen our snazzy warm-up jackets around at tournaments? Do you want one, too? Email us your name/size/fit at email@example.com by April 15, 2019 to place your order!
The cost is $65, which includes your name embroidered on the sleeve (about half of us have done our first names, half have done last names). Some of our taller fencers have said the sleeves run a little short, so if that is a concern for you, you may want to size up.
Check out the size chart below:
The jackets are unlined, fairly lightweight, full-zip, and have two zippered pockets.
Last Saturday, we hosted a training event for higher-level Midwest fencers. Compared to fencers in more densely-populated areas of the country, Division 1 fencers here can have a more difficult time getting in a lot of practice against a variety of fencers in that skill universe because we’re so spread out geographically.
This year we had 11 fencers from 7 clubs participate. We fenced a pool of 11 to determine a “top” and “bottom” pool, and then did pools of 15-point bouts so people could get more fencing near their skill level. We recorded video of many of the bouts and reviewed it afterwards as a group.
We’re so glad everyone made the trip!
We’re hosting the 5th annual Equinox Epee tournament the weekend of March 9-10 at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines.
Schedule of Events:
(Times are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)
12:00 pm – Senior Mixed Epee
3:30 pm – Y14 Mixed Epee
4:30 pm – Women’s Epee
9:00 am – Div3/D & Under Senior Mixed Epee
9:30 am – Y10 Unsanctioned Mixed Epee
10:30 am – Y12 Unsanctioned Mixed Epee
Athletes & parents: USA Fencing competitive membership is required for the Open, D & Under (Div3), Women’s and Y14 events, but not Y10 or Y12. Cost is $30 + $10 per sanctioned event (ex.: D & Under + Women’s = $50, Y12 + Y14 = $40). Sign up on askfred.
As always, it’s free to watch, and there will be fencers of all ages from around the Midwest!