If you are interested in joining the Lassiter Fencing Team, please read and understand what will be required. The following information applies to the 2021-2022 season.
The club practices in the cafeteria after school on Wednesdays from 3:30 until 5:30. It takes a few minutes to put the cafeteria back together again afterward and so fencers can be picked up shortly after 5:30. The practice schedule starts in the first week of the fall semester and continues until the February break.
The club competes in tournaments organized by the Georgia High School Fencing League (GHSFL) once or twice a month from September through February. Tournaments are held on Saturdays and usually last from early morning until mid to late afternoon. For a list of rules, please click on the GHFSL link.
As fencers become more proficient, they are encouraged to join USA Fencing and compete in USA Fencing tournaments. Most Lassiter fencers who compete in USA Fencing tournaments go to local ones in the Atlanta area, but a few travel to regional and even national tournaments.
Fencers are expected to practice regularly at home and are also encouraged to join a private club for additional practice and instruction.
There are, of course, plenty of opportunities for parents be involved. In particular, we must provide referees and scorekeepers in order for our fencers to be able to participate in league tournaments (training is available). We are also required to host one or two tournaments a season at Lassiter, which takes a large number of volunteers. Please check out the volunteer page for more details.
Club dues for the 2021-22 school year are $365 (If needed: Dues may be paid in two payments. Half due at beginning of season and half (last payment) due by end of September). The dues cover coaching fees, team equipment costs and league participation fees.
Fencers need to provide their own personal equipment (this cost is not covered by the dues) which is described in the equipment tab. If buying new, the cheapest alternatives will probably cost about $275 – $295. You may also be able to save (perhaps about 50%) by buying used equipment.
How to join
The best time to join the club is at the start of the school year as there will be other beginners starting at the same time, but the club accepts new members during the year as well. You don’t have to commit (or pay) right away, just complete the Waiver and Medical Information form and bring it to practice. Attend a couple of practices to see if you like it before deciding to join.