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FEW FACTS ABOUT FENCING

Posted on August 31st, 2014 at 1:56 pm, in About Fencing

FENCING is an exhilarating sport that is divided into three weapon categories: foil, saber and epee. Fencing is an Olympic sport and has been a part of every modern day Olympics. Fencing requires a sharp mind and is heavily oriented by strategic and psychological tactics, giving it the nickname of “physical chess.” Although fencing is a martial art, due to its extensive protective gear, fencing has been named one of the safest modern day sports. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association places the injury rates for fencing comparable to tennis, golf and rowing, and far below basketball and football.

COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES

U.S. Fencing Association (USFA) is the governing body for the Olympic Sport of Fencing. USFA maintains and sanctions numerous competitions for the following age categories: Youth 10, Youth 12, Youth 14, Cadet, Junior, Senior, and Veterans. Please consult your primary coach regarding all aspects of competition opportunities.

FENCING IN HIGH SCHOOL

In addition to USFA sanctioned competitions, many high school students have an opportunity to compete in meets and events coordinated by NJ Interscholastic Fencing Association, as a member of a varsity team, and sometimes, individually. Across New Jersey, about 50 high schools have varsity fencing programs for boys and girls. Independent fencers from schools whom do not have a varsity fencing program are eligible to compete in the NJ HS Individual Fencing Championship provided they can document their fencing experience.

FENCING IN COLLEGE

Numerous opportunities exist for fencers to continue and compete for colleges and universities after they graduate high school. More than 40 colleges and universities have NCAA varsity programs at the Division I, II and III level and nearly 100 schools have club programs. A recent study boasted the percentage of fencers participating on NCAA collegiate fencing teams is at 32.3%. This is in comparison to basketball,5.9%, and football, 7.8%. According to scholarshipstats.com, the chances of a high school athlete competing on an NCAA collegiate fencing team are shown below:

-MEN: 1,925 high school fencers; 622 NCAA collegiate fencers…32.3% chance of competing in college.

-WOMEN: 1,771 high school fencers; 674 NCAA collegiate fencers…38.1% chance of competing in college.

Those are pretty good chances when you compare that percentage to other “mainstream” sports
like soccer, football and basketball. All of which, for both men and women, have a percentage
in the single digits to play for an NCAA college team. Fencing tops both the men and women
in percentage of playing in college by a pretty wide margin.

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