No Fencing Tonight- Monday, 2/22

After almost no snow in December and January, February is making up for it. We have another snow, sleet, rain event tonight, starting now, and continuing until 8:00 pm. The treacherous driving conditions will impact the heart of our training programs. As a result, the Manchester club will be closed tonight, Monday, February 22. See you all on Wednesday!

So for tonight, stay home, stay warm, and stay safe.

Yes, Classes & Training Will Meet This Week

We don’t take very many breaks from classes or training. So beginning and intermediate classes will meet this coming week (New Hampshire’s winter school break) at both clubs- Tuesday 2/23 in Rochester, and Wednesday 2/24 in Manchester. Training will also be held. Of course, this is winter in New Hampshire, so all this is subject to the weather. So if we have snow, sleet, or ice on those days, I will post any cancellation on this website shortly after the noon weather forecast on WMUR, and email everyone as well.

Third Seacoast Team Meet

The third Seacoast team meet will be held on Saturday, January 23, at the Rochester facility (261 North Main St).  This is only for members of the Seacoast Fencing Club in either Rochester or Manchester. If we have enough entries for more than two teams, it will be strictly a team format. If there are only two teams, we will have an individual event, which will then be used to seed the two teams. FYI- As long as we have at least five entries in an event, I can make teams. If an event has fewer than five fencers signed up by Friday morning I will cancel that event, and email the preregistered fencers of that action.

All events will be scored electrically, and the teams will follow the collegiate format, where each bout is for five touches, and each team member bouts with all the fencers of the opposing team.  You must have your own body cord, and you can buy them at the meet for $30.  

Electric equipment will be available for rent ($10 for a weapon, $10 for lame). And we will have knickers available as well (no charge- but you must take them home and wash them, and bring them to the next club meeting).

Below are the steps for signing up for this meet.

Seacoast Team Meet, Saturday January 23rd in Rochester NH – Google Sheets

See you on the 23rd!

Covid-19 and Fencing Over the Holidays

The country had a massive upswing of Covid-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday. We are now facing some decisions after the Christmas holiday. I am, for the sake of the health of the fencers in the club, asking those families who travelled outside their immediate family bubble, or who had extended family members or friends visit them, to not participate in practices or classes during the week between Christmas and New Years. I also ask the same after any New Years Eve (or Day) celebrations involving non-immediate family members or friends.

I am also asking all fencers and their families to keep a close watch on the health of everyone in their family bubble, and if any member of that family shows signs of a Covid-19 infection, to stay home until that person is tested, and receives a negative result from that test. And if they test positive, to follow the NH Governor’s Task Force Guidelines. Also, I would like to be emailed about any infection, so I can determine if those guidelines require me to close the club under those guidelines.

It is important for all of us to reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 during these trying times. The health and safety of my fencers and their families are my number concerns.