Training High School Fencing Teams and Clubs
There is a common misperception of sports as divorced from education and youth development that demonstrates a lack of awareness of the far-reaching benefits of sports. Studies support the idea that when used intentionally sports serve as a training ground for success for young people on and off the playing field, or in our case, the piste (fencing strip).
High school athletics make a positive contribution to high school education. Anecdotal evidence and formal research both tell us that the quality of high school education in our country would be diminished without interscholastic sports.
The simple solution of finding alternate revenue streams for schools may work, however the time that it would take to do so will not help the students currently lacking in physical education and activity. A more immediate solution that can also be beneficial in the long-term is to establish extracurricular athletic clubs, and this is where fencing can readily fill the void. Club sports pick up the slack and create the opportunities no longer available from high school sports. There is a growing importance to club sports outside of school as a means of getting a college scholarship, a trend evident in youth soccer. Tria Gladius intends to fill the void by assisting local high schools with starting and coaching student-run fencing club teams.
How does it work?
The high school registers students interested in participating in a fencing program and reserves a space (hard floor and high ceiling, such as a gymnasium, would be ideal). Tria Gladius provides equipment, uniforms, fencing masks, and a trained instructor. Our instructor organizes practice sessions with games, drills, and supervised bouting to keep students active and interested in fencing. The sessions are once or twice a week (60 to 90 minutes each), depending on the number of participants and availability of the gym. The school may have a teacher or administrator available for the sessions but it is not necessary. As the program develops and the students get more familiar with fencing, they can participate in interscholastic tournaments. The program is available all year long, usually starting mid-October and lasts until March (to coincide with the competitive season). However it is possible to start a new program anytime during the year.
Partner Schools Wanted
If you are interested in a fencing program for your high school, please fill out the form below with your contact information: