If you follow FNet you already know this. If you do not coach you may have no interest in this.
This last weekend Greg Dillworth, Executive Director of the USFA (or USA Fencing) attended the annual meeting of the United States Fencing Coaches Association.
Allen Evans on Fencing Net posted a brief capsule of points discussed:
1. The insurance for the USFA is concerned that many members of fencing clubs are NOT USFA members and the possible liability that entails. How this will impact future coverage by the insurance company is being discussed. The USFA may have to respond to changes in our insurance coverage for coaches and clubs in the 2012-2013 season after negotiations with the insurance company are concluded.
2. Greg discussed the USFA Professional Membership, and its possible benefits to professional coaches, focusing on the background check that is part of the membership package. This is not news to USFA members, but might have been to some USFCA members, who don't see value in holding membership in both organizations.
3. The USFA is committed to coaching education, and cooperating with the USFCA to further coaching development in the US. The USOC continues to be difficult to work with, and the USFA will be looking to replicate Coaches College (or something similar) at another location next summer. Last year, the USOC again left the USFA hanging until the last minute and then denied the USFA space. Future coaching training will probably no longer occur at the OTC.
It looks like economics may force the change in the USFA that other factors have not. To increase the USFA participation, there needs to be benefits. Current benefits.
1. USFA magazine. 2. USFA tournaments.
As I have discussed before, the current scenario of USFA tournaments in the Gulf Coast Division are not a proper stimulation to force USFA membership. I have no incentive to become a USFA club, or become a USFA coach. The coaches nationally that matter know who I am, and the others are usually "wanna bes" anyway. Without proper stimulation, many local club members never join the USFA.
There are many ways to increase membership participation, and one would be by having USFA tournaments as part of every new class session or on a periodic basis. This would have the undesired effect of removing the exclusionary procedure that is currently part of the norm for tournament hosting, but all things must suffer for the greater economic good.
You can't force people to join the USFA without motivation. As a coach, you can't bring enough equipment for 10 people in my Beamer. I definitely could not make all my club members go to a local tournament. I can't outfit them and don't have motivation to. They will have to make that decision based upon the USFA enticing them.
The marketing of the USFA has been to see how we can "force" people to a policy. Good policy will encourage participation. There will always be growth pains, but a multiplication of opportunity increases membership anyway. Ultimately, the customer's desires have to be considered as part of any growth management.
I remember the Grapevine Nationals SSCC meeting, when Jerry Benson left because we could not force our members to attend his SSCC event. As fencers, we have to be careful that nationally there is not a movement to force local participation in some event that benefits the leaders and does not benefit the customers.
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Jul 22, 2019 0:09:48 GMT -6
minaesfanjani: Hello, I am mina and I am 31 years old ,I am going to go Edinburg Texas until next Month, I was a member of national team of IRAN,please help me for finding a club because I have time there, i wana doing fencing
Jul 22, 2019 0:08:46 GMT -6
schlager7: Bryn Ralph teaches at the junior college/
Mar 10, 2018 10:19:42 GMT -6
Thomas: Does anyone know of any fencing in Tyler, Texas?
Jan 10, 2018 12:45:06 GMT -6
pditty: Hello! Looking for any information on instruction for a child in the Tyler, TX area? Thank you!
Oct 1, 2016 18:42:43 GMT -6
mmezest1997: Hello - moving soon to Texas. My kids participate in fechten here in Germany. They are interested in continuing when we move.
Apr 10, 2016 9:33:24 GMT -6
navyfencer: To finish post started about Art Olsen, He was the originator of the "Silverton Highlands International Fencing Tournament. He will be greatly missed.
May 13, 2015 7:20:54 GMT -6
navyfencer: A sad note to older fencers, Art Olsen of Durango CO passed away in Dec. 2014. He was a friend to all, a classical fencer extrorda
May 13, 2015 7:16:19 GMT -6
navyfencer: Does anyone know the whereabout's of Patrice Caux
May 13, 2015 7:09:57 GMT -6
navyfencer: Does anyone know the whereabout's of Patrice Caux? I fenced with him during our early years in Denver
May 13, 2015 7:07:42 GMT -6
greekfire: Gyroscope balls? Who carries them?
Mar 19, 2014 6:26:24 GMT -6
bobb121: Has anyone used one of those Gyroscope balls before
Mar 18, 2014 10:41:58 GMT -6
joevisconti: What are you asking, torque?
Feb 19, 2014 7:35:44 GMT -6
torque: hey i heard about this but i never got any mor einformation! is this still living!?
Feb 11, 2014 16:48:17 GMT -6
schlager7: A lot of clubs won't go younger than 10 or 12, but a few take students as young as 7. (I know because there are competitions for youth 8 & under at some tournaments).
Aug 22, 2013 8:52:30 GMT -6
clapous71: HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE
Aug 21, 2013 16:03:30 GMT -6