This post is a mixed bag of news and requests, please read each item
Pay your dues
Dues for returning fencers are due now. New fencers may attend a few practices before deciding whether to join. Dues are $185 (for the school year) for the first fencer in a family and $125 for each additional fencer in the same family. You can make checks out to Pope Greyhound Fencing Club or PGFC and send them in to practice.
Socks, T-Shirts, Patches and Sheaths
Everyone who has paid their dues will get a pair of uniform socks to wear at tournaments, and a club t-shirt. New fencers also get a Pope patch to wear on their fencing jacket and a PVC tube to protect their epee.
We will be handing out socks at practice to fencers who have paid their dues. New fencers please note that, for reasons now lost in the mists of time, the gRey sock goes on your Left foot and the bLue sock goes on your Right foot.
T-Shirts need to be ordered. Please make sure that we know what size you need. There will be a column on the sign in sheet at practice for you to write your size.
The Pope patch is to be sewn on the non-weapon sleeve of your fencing jacket (that is, for right handers it goes on the left sleeve). It should be a few inches below the shoulder and well above the elbow. Returning fencers who have a new jacket should take the patch from the old jacket. If you never received a patch, let us know and we will give you one. If you would like a new one, you can buy one for $5 (but we may need to order it).
Uniforms and Equipment for New Fencers
New fencers who have not already bought their equipment should be thinking about that now. Those who have bought it should bring it to practice. If you need to store it somewhere during the school day, Mr Gray has kindly said we can store fencing bags in the Orchestra room. Please stack your bags neatly in the area he has set aside for them. If you take you bag on the bus, please remember that it must remain closed all the time.
First tournament on 22 September
Our first tournament is a week from Saturday on 22 September at Roswell High School. Only fencers who have previously competed in a tournament are eligible to fence in this tournament, but we would like all the new fencers to attend so that they can see what happens at a tournament and so they can cheer for their teammates.
If you haven’t been to a tournament before, please go to Tournaments 101 to learn about them. Returning fencers and families, please look for the new fencers and families and show them the ropes.
Start times for the tournament will probably not be available until next week. They will be posted here and e-mailed to you. As usual, at the last practice before the tournament (which will be next week’s practice), the sign in sheet will have a place for fencers to say if they are available to fence in that tournament or not.
League Schedule and Results
The League section of our website contains the results of all tournaments since the league began in 2004. Go to the 2012-13 page for this season’s schedule and results, as well as the rosters of all the schools in the league (just added).