Practice Info

Everything you need to know about BMC Fencing practice!

Where: Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work Gym &  Erdman Common Room

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 in Erdman Common room on Wednesdays. People from main campus meet outside Canaday at about 4:10 on Mondays and Fridays (Breconites meet at 4:20 in front of Brecon) to begin walking to the gym. We eat dinner together after practice!

We expect members to attend about 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 50% of practices to receive P.E. credit. Always feel free to talk to the officers with any issues or concerns you may have!

Additionally, there are captain’s practices a few times during the week that can be used to make up missed practices or to continue practicing the things we’re working on in practice. These will be scheduled based on the availability of the team. There are also squad practices where each of the three squads do various conditioning exercises, organized by the captain of each respective squad. These are also going to be scheduled later based on the squads schedules.

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, and so on. 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 , you will be placed accordingly.