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Month: December 2014

Helping Your Children Cope with Sports Loss: With a focus on fencing parents

Beginner fencers learn to deal with looses during their fencing training practiceNothing is harder than the first time you see your child really upset over something you can’t control. It’s one thing to deal with tantrums over broken toys or bedtime, but when it’s something they are more invested in, it can be heartbreaking. When you watch your child practice hard, get excited for a fencing tournament, try their hardest, and then lose, it can be quite the parenting challenge to know how to support them through the heartache.

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The New USFA July Challenge: What is it and what does it mean for me?

San Jose McEnery Convention Center will be home to 2015 US Summer National Fencing Championship that includes July Challenge for Division 1, Juniors and Cadets

San Jose McEnery Convention Center will be home to 2015 US Summer National Fencing Championship

This post is for fencers who currently compete in the Division 1, Junior, and Cadet age groups, or plan to at the 2015 Fencing Summer Nationals. Those of us in Northern California have been getting excited about having Summer Nationals so close to home in 2015. For the impacted age groups, I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the new USFA July Challenge at Summer Nationals and that many of you have questions about this change.

From a high level, the change is a bit frustrating in that all Summer Nationals events for these age groups will require qualification by national points (or “Points-Based Qualification” [PBQ]). That just means we need to step up our game and do our best to earn national points!

This post will explain in more detail about the new challenge and how to qualify, as well as how to earn national points for the remainder of this fencing season.

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