Every fencer must sign in at every practice; this is a requirement for insurance purposes.
The sign in sheet usually has a column for fencers to check if they will be fencing in the next tournament, and one for them to but an “X” if they are not.
A week before the tournament I must tell the host how many fencers we will have, and a couple of days before the tournament I must provide the names of the fencers who will be competing. I use the information from the sign in sheet to do that.
- 10 days before the tournament, the sign in sheet has two empty columns for fencers to say if they plan to fence or not. I use that information to tell the host how many fencers we will have.
- 3 days before the tournament, the sign in sheet has the same two columns marked as the fencers marked them at the previous practice. This time fencers should correct the information if necessary.
Our first five regular season tournaments are all two weeks apart, that means that every practice is either 10 days or 3 days before a tournament, and I always need to know if fencers will be at the next tournament. Every Wednesday before going to practice, fencers should find out if they will be fencing at the next tournament.