Holiday Fencing Schedule for Seacoast

With today being Columbus Day, I thought this would be a good time to set out Seacoast’s holiday schedule for the year.  We don’t take many holidays off, since with schools being closed, it is a good day to have classes and training- no homework!

The only holidays for which we close are Thanksgiving and the Wednesday before, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day, and Memorial Day (a personally important day for me).  Since the clubs don’t open in September until after Labor Day, and are closed the month of July (including the 4th), I guess technically, we are closed on those holidays as well.

So come in for classes and training!

Seacoast Fencing Club News

As most of you know, the head coach, Chris Pullo, will not be at the club for a minimum of two weeks, as he is undergoing shoulder surgery on October 5.  He expects to return to the Manchester club on Wednesday, October 20, and the Rochester club on Thursday, October 21.

The club will remain open during this time.  All classes will continue.  All training programs (children, youth, and junior & adult) will continue without interruption.  The times will remain unchanged.  Assistant coaches will be opening the club during this time.

So keep showing up, and fence!

New Season Starts in September!

We start the 2021-2022 season this September with good news- Thursdays are back in Manchester, and Sundays are back in Rochester!  The three month Fall Term at Seacoast begins on Monday, September 13 in Manchester, and Tuesday, September 14 in Rochester. Some beginning and intermediate classes in Manchester will start on Thursday, September 9, so epee fencers can come in on that day as well.

Unfortunately, with the Delta variant hitting the country, the Covid-19 rules will remain in place.

I will have a parent’s meeting at 7:00, on Monday 9/13 in Manchester, and Tuesday 9/14 in Rochester, to go over procedures in the club and answer any questions. The fencer’s meeting is at 7:00 on Wednesday 9/15 in Manchester, and Thursday 9/16 in Rochester..

Please bring the tuition to the first meeting. Cash is accepted, and checks should be payable to Seacoast Fencing Club. Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards.

Fall Tuition (September, October, and November)
Children        $335
Youth            $355
Junior            $375
Adult             $375

Manchester Schedule  

Children                          6:00 to 7:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays
Youths                            6:30 to 7:45 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays
Juniors and Adults         7:00 to 9:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  However, in Manchester, epee fencers big night is Thursdays, and foil fencers big night is Wednesdays.  Monday is usually an even mix of foil and epee.

 Rochester Schedule

Children                         6:00 to 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Youths                           6:30 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Juniors and Adults        7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
                                      2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sundays

Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  Time will tell which nights will have the best turnout for each weapon.  

Sunday practices in Rochester will have intensive training and coaching for those who want to prepare for regional and national competitions.  All Rochester and Manchester junior and adult fencers are welcome, but the program will focus on developing high level competitors.

Advanced Class will be offered in early October. This is a great way to learn more offensive and defensive techniques for newer youth, junior, and adult fencers).  It will meet once a week for 30 minutes, for nine classes, 7:45 to 8:15 pm.  Manchester on Mondays and Rochester on Thursdays. The class will be taught by the head coach (Chris Pullo). Tuition is $100.

All Seacoast fencers can come to both the Manchester and Rochester locations if they want to pick up an extra day of fencing (with a new mix of fencers). There is no extra charge. 

As always, we are happy to stay an extra half hour if fencers want more time on the strip!

Sunday’s Intermediate Makeup Class Moved to Next Sunday

Our intermediate makeup class was scheduled for 2:00 to 3:30 on Sunday, 8/22.  And while Hurricane Henri is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday at 2:30 when it reaches Rochester, WMUR is predicting 35+ wind gusts and power outages at that time. 

So I am cancelling the 8/22 makeup class, and am moving it back to next Sunday, 8/29 at 2:00 pm.  
We can discuss everyone’s availability at the Tuesday class.

Stay home, stay dry, and stay safe.

Fencing in August!

The club will continue to be open on the same days before : Manchester on Mondays and Wednesdays, Rochester on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Membership includes fencing in both clubs if you like, at no extra charge.

August Term Dues

Children and Youth- Not enough fencers signed up for these programs in August. Summer camps & family vacations took their toll. So these will not be held this month. But they will resume in September. Those who paid for both June & August can either join the juniors and adults at 7:00, or get a $150 credit for the Fall term.

Juniors and Adults- For those who paid $365 for both months, you are all set. For those who are did not, the tuition for August is $215. Training times are 7:00 to 9:00, but you can come in early and stay as late as 9:30. For those who won’t make it to the club very often, you can also pay the daily floor fee of $25.

Beginning and Intermediate classes will be held in the basement in Manchester, and on strips one and two in Rochester.

I hope to see you this month, but if not, I will see you in September.