Everything you need to know about BMC Fencing practice!
Where: Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work Gym & 2nd Floor Rhodes Dining Hall or Erdman Common Room (Changes from week to week)
When: Practice runs from 4:30-7:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Fridays. We practice throughout the entire academic year. This year, practices at the Graduate School Gym are on Mondays and Fridays and at Rhodes Dining Hall or Erdman Common Room on Wednesdays. People from main campus meet outside Canaday 15 minutes before practice starts (Breconites meet at 10 minutes before in front of Brecon) to begin walking to the gym. We eat dinner together after practice! Our coach also sometimes hosts optional practices in Narberth at the Merion Friends Meeting’s activity building; members of both our team and the Drexel fencing team can attend for extra practice. Squad workouts focus on running and calisthenics, and are organized and run by the squad captains.
We expect members to attend 2 practices a week. Exceptions can be made for class, jobs, illness, familial commitments, and other reasons, and missing practices for any of these reasons will count as an excused absence. The Team Captain(s) should be alerted if you are unable to attend practice; missing practices and not contacting the captains (unless in the case of an emergency) will count as an unexcused absence. Members must attend 75% of practices to receive P.E. credit. Always feel free to talk to the officers with any issues or concerns you may have!
What to bring: Comfortable workout clothes and sneakers (preferably with good traction as the floor tends to be slippery), and a water bottle. There is no need for previous experience or equipment to join the club!
Cost: Dues are used to acquire more equipment and supplies for the club, pay our coach, and fund other expenses such as tournament fees, etc. We also will sometimes ask members to pitch in to help us pay for tournament transportation and additional tournament-related fees that come up.
Basic Dues per semester:
New Member ~$25
Returning Fencer ~$50
Please speak to the Treasurer if there is any difficulty in paying dues; do not let this keep you from fencing!
Already have fencing experience?: Come to practice and talk to our coach! He’ll want to know where you’ve fenced, what weapon, who’s coached you, how many tournaments you been to (if any), etc. Based on this and how well you fence in practice, you will be placed accordingly.