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RCFC In-House Tournaments

In March 2021, we will hold two tournaments to help our fencers get back into competition mode! Read on for details about the event formats and COVID protocols.

March 20-21: RCFC In-House Youth Tournament
March 27-28: RCFC In-House Junior/Senior Tournament

These events are open to members of Rain City Fencing Center only. We hope to open future events to other Western Washington Division fencers.

Registration

Please pre-register on AskFRED.Net to speed up the tournament setup process. We will bill entry fees to your account in our membership system, to avoid a long line at the front desk on the day of the event. Entry fee is $20 per event.

Event sizes will be limited to 24 competitors. If an event is full, you may email us and ask to be placed on a waiting list. If you pre-registered and will not be able to attend, please cancel your pre-registration as soon as possible to let others sign up.

March 20-21 Youth Tournament: Preregister on FRED
March 27-28 Junior/Senior Tournament: Preregister on FRED

Age Eligibility

Youth-10 – born 2010-2013
Youth-12 – born 2008-2011
Youth-14 – born 2006-2009
Senior – born 2007 or earlier
Continuing/Intermediate Kids – ages 11 and under
Continuing/Intermediate Junior – ages 11-18

Check-in

Please check in at the front desk when you arrive. We will do temperature checks of all competitors. As always, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive should stay home.

Equipment

All fencers should wear full fencing uniform, including fencing pants and long socks, and make sure their electric gear is in good working order. Continuing/Intermediate fencers may borrow pants and club electric gear. Foil fencers must have a mask with an electric bib, and a mask cord to connect the bib to the lame. Foil fencers who wear a chest protector (required for girls, optional for boys) must have approved padding on the chest protector. We have a limited number of padded chest protectors available to borrow.

Event Format

As mentioned above, each event will be limited to 24 competitors.

Format will be one round of pools with 100% promotion to direct elimination.

Pools of 5 and 6, rather than 6 and 7, will be used where possible. Pool bouts are to 5 touches or 3 minutes.

Direct elimination bouts are to 10 touches and two 3-minute periods (for Youth-10) or 15 touches and three 3-minute periods (for all other events).

Medals will be awarded to the top 4 finishers in each event.

COVID-19 Measures

All of our COVID-19 Safety Rules will be in place.

Only one parent or guardian should accompany youth and junior fencers to the tournament. Spectators should watch from upstairs.

Face masks (surgical or cloth) must be worn at all times by all fencers, spectators, and officials, including under the fencing mask. Face masks must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.

Fencers should wash or sanitize their hands frequently.

Drinking fountains are for filling water bottles only. Please bring a water bottle with you and keep it near your strip.

Locker rooms are closed, per state guidelines. Please come dressed in your fencing pants and long socks.

Referees will wear masks and disposable gloves at all times.

Pools and direct elimination tableau quadrants will be spread out through the facility. All fencers should remain near their pool/quadrant, and maintain social distance from other competitors while waiting for their next bout.

Medals will be handed to the finalists. Each medal ceremony will be socially distanced.

After the completion of your event, please leave the facility so we can sanitize all high-contact areas, the electric wires, machine remotes, etc. before the next event starts.

We will be following USA Fencing’s recommendations as well. In particular, athletes should refrain from shouting and/or screaming after scoring a touch. Referees will begin with a reminder warning to athletes who do so, but are authorized to assess penalty cards if it continues.

Spring Regional Tournaments Canceled

Hello RCFC tournament fans,

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Rain City Fencing Center will not be holding any regional tournaments in the spring of 2021. Our Spring RJCC and our Super Youth Circuit will be rescheduled to next season. While we understand that this is disappointing for everyone, we believe it is the right course at this time.

COVID-19 numbers in Washington State continue to improve, but we believe large tournaments are still too risky right now. Regional tournaments in particular involve competitors traveling from multiple counties and states, which are not recommended activities right now. We want to make sure all of the region’s fencers, parents, coaches, and officials stay safe.

At RCFC, we take pride in a well-planned and well-executed tournament. The current restrictions make it impossible to adequately plan for numbers of competitors and availability of officials. We want to make sure every tournament we run meets our high standards.

We will look at running small local events when USA Fencing’s Western Washington Division agrees to sanction them. Meanwhile, stay safe during training, and we look forward to seeing everyone at regional events next season!

Rain City Fencing Center
Tournament Organizers

Private Lessons Resume January 11th

Based on the Governor’s new “Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery” initiative released this week, we are planning to reopen for private lessons starting Monday, January 11th. If you were already on the lesson schedule in November, your schedule will remain the same.

Group classes and open fencing are on hold until February, or until we receive more detailed information from the State about the new guidelines.

Read our latest email announcement for complete details on our reopening plans.

COVID Update: Closure extended to January 11th

Governor Inslee recently announced that the current COVID-19 restrictions which began in November are being extended one more week, to January 11th, 2021. This means we are still closed for all in-person fencing activities – classes, lessons, and open fencing. Our online Conditioning/Footwork and Technique/Tactics classes will resume on January 4th, on their usual schedule.

We expect the State to publish new reopening details next week. When they are, we will look at how they affect us, when we will be able to reopen, and whether our schedule will need to change.

We are still available for retail purchases by appointment. Please send us an email if you would like to arrange a time to buy equipment or logo apparel.

Happy New Year to everyone, and stay safe!

Greg Jones
Owner and Head Coach
Rain City Fencing Center

COVID UPDATE: In-person fencing suspended through January 4th

Governor Inslee recently announced that the current COVID-19 restrictions which began in November are being extended to January 4th, 2021. This still includes shutting down all of our in-person fencing activities – classes, lessons, and open fencing.

We will continue to hold our virtual Conditioning/Footwork and Technique/Tactics classes through December. As January 4th approaches, we will be keeping track of the status of the state restrictions. We hope to be able to resume in-person fencing in January.

We are available for retail purchases by appointment. Please send us an email if you would like to arrange a time to buy equipment or logo apparel.

Happy Holidays to everyone, and stay safe!

Greg Jones
Owner and Head Coach
Rain City Fencing Center

Holiday Schedule 2020

We will be closed from Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. (We apologize for a typo in our email broadcast that indicated the wrong dates.) Our last day of regular classes will be Saturday, December 19th. We will resume our full schedule on Monday, January 4th. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Price Changes Effective September 1st

To help cover rising staff and facility costs, we will need to increase our prices for classes and lessons as of September 1st. This is our first price increase in two years. While we want fencing to remain affordable for everyone, we do need to cover our expenses, and we are confident that we are still price-competitive with the other clubs in Western Washington.

Group Classes

Our small group classes for intermediate and competitive fencers will remain at their current price. To allow the coach to provide more individual attention to each fencer, these classes will not exceed 8 students.

Group class prices per month:

  • Small group class, 1x/week: $120
  • Small group class, 2x/week: $240
  • Beginning class: $160
  • Regular continuing/intermediate class (up to 12 students): $190

For all students, we recommend purchasing your own equipment once you know you’re going to continue classes. We have beginner uniforms in stock, and there is a 15% discount when you buy 4 or more pieces of equipment. If you choose to keep using club equipment, after your third month of classes or lessons there will be a $15/month equipment rental fee to cover increased maintenance and sanitation costs.

Class Discounts

In the past, we have offered an annual package with a 10% discount for fencers who pre-pay for an entire season of classes. For fencers who purchased an annual package at the start of the 2019-2020 season, we have extended those packages by two months. Ten-month packages will expire on August 31, 2020; 12-month packages will expire on October 31, 2020. These packages are eligible for small groups, online Zoom classes, and open fencing sessions.

Due to the continuing uncertainty in our schedule and what classes we’ll be able to offer from month to month, we are not offering annual packages for the 2020-2021 season. We are increasing the family discount on class memberships to $15 per family member. Regular and small group classes are eligible for the family discount.

Private Lessons

As of September 1st, the following prices will apply to private lessons:

  • One-time drop-in: $40
  • 4-lesson card: $150 ($37.50 each)
  • 8-lesson card: $280 ($35 each)
  • 20-lesson package: $650 ($32.50 each)

Fencers currently taking private lessons may, in addition to their current lesson card as of August 31, purchase one renewal per family at the old price. Please contact membership@raincityfencing.com for assistance with that.

Online Zoom Classes

Our online classes will continue in the new season, with Conditioning/Footwork on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Technique/Tactics on Tuesday and Thursday. Starting in September, there will be separate memberships ($75/month each) for these two classes. Individual sessions of any online class may still be purchased for $15 each.

Open Fencing

While our open fencing schedule remains tentative, sessions will be on a $5 drop-in basis. Once the schedule firms up, we will look at reinstating a month open fencing membership.

Open Fencing Rules – Phase 2/3

Updated September 29, 2020

The following rules apply to all open fencing sessions at RCFC during Phase 2 and Phase 3. We will update these rules as more guidance updates from state and county governments become available.

  • A maximum of 6 fencers per session are allowed. A coach will always be in the same room (possibly giving a lesson) while open fencing is going on.
  • Reservations through the online calendar are required, so that the maximum attendance can be enforced. Sessions are divided by weapon, age, and skill level.
  • Fencers who are enrolled in classes or who have an annual package membership from last season are eligible for open fencing at no additional charge. Please remember to select your membership when making your reservation. You may reserve up to 6 “prime-time” sessions (Tuesday/Thursday) and up to 6 “off-peak” sessions (other days) each month.
  • For fencers without a current class membership, there is a $5 drop-in fee per session. Contact us to reserve drop-in dates.
  • Fencers should follow the same check-in process used for classes and lessons:
    • Check in at the front desk.
    • Temperature check and COVID-19 symptom screening.
    • Wash or sanitize hands before going on the floor.
  • Note that locker rooms remain closed. Please come dressed in appropriate athletic wear, including long pants. If you practice in fencing pants (which is recommended), either come to RCFC in your fencing pants, or wearing something you can wear fencing pants over.
  • Minimize contact with shared items. Turn machines on and off with the tip of your weapon. No remote controls are to be used.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after handling reel cables, after every bout.
  • Six fencers means up to three pairs fencing with one fencer on deck. Pairs should leave one empty strip in between, to increase distancing.
  • When you unhook, leave your cable end hanging free – do NOT hang it on the wall or clip it to itself. Cable ends hanging free are the ones we know we need to disinfect at the end of the day.
  • Fencers should remain in “practice mode” as much as possible – control actions, control distance, avoid corps-a-corps and infighting.
  • Please do not reserve for more than one session per day, to allow other fencers access as well.
  • If demand increases, we will look for additional times for open fencing sessions.