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  • Fence for fun
  • Work hard to improve your skills.
  • Learn sportsmanship, disciple, and teamwork.
  • Learn the rules and play by them. Always be a good sport.
  • Respect yourself, your coach, others athletes, your parents, opponents, and officials.
  • As a member, you are required to maintain an active membership with the USFA. Failure to do so will result in your membership being suspended until you comply.
  • Any member not following the fencing safety rules as outlined by the USFA may face disciplinary actions up to and including termination of their membership at the discretion of the Board of Directors.


  • Support your child’s desire to participate in fencing. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules. Remember, children learn best by example, so applaud the competition of each participant.
  • Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches, or officials. By showing a positive attitude toward the sport and all of its participants, your child will benefit.
  • Emphasize skill development and practice and how they benefit the athlete. De-emphasize events and competition in the lower age groups.
  • Know and study the rules of fencing and support the officials. This approach will help in the development and support of the sport. Refrain from criticizing the officials, and respect their authority and decisions during bouts.
  • Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat, and enforce the positive points of the competition. Never yell or physically abuse your child at a competition or practice – it is destructive. Assist USA Fencing in removing the physical and verbal abuse in sports.

USA Fencing Rulebook

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