Redlands Fencing Center Membership Policy

Redlands Fencing Center (RFC) is a private fencing club requiring membership. As a result, the club reserves the right to terminate a membership for any cause, including, but not limited to, failure to follow club policy.

I. MEMBERSHIP POLICY

·        RFC MEMBERSHIP AND DUES Club membership is required for participants to fence at RFC. Membership level at RFC allows a fencer to use the club facilities for the following activities:

o   Bouting Membership – may use for open bouting during regular business hours, on available strips after classes have concluded.

o   Recreational Membership – May use for open bouting during regular business hours, on available strips and after classes have concluded. This membership also includes one selected class each week.

o   Competitive Membership – May use for open bouting during regular business hours, on available strips and after classes have concluded. This membership also includes up to 4 selected class each week.

·        APPLICATION TO THE USFA

o   The United States Fencing Association (“USFA”), the official body which regulates the sport of fencing, now mandates that every fencer register as a member of the USFA in order to fence at any USFA member club or in any fencing event. It is the fencer’s responsibility to apply, upgrade or renew the USFA membership.

·        WAIVER

o   All members of the club must sign a waiver to participate in activities at RFC. The waiver is a standard waiver utilized also by USFA.

II. REGISTRATION, SCHEDULING, PAYMENT

·        REGISTRATION AND GENERAL POLICY

o   RFC membership registration requires filling out and signing the Registration and the Waiver. Forms can be picked up in the club. Initial scheduling for classes and lessons has to be discussed and approved by the management.

o   Members are required to wear appropriate attire as discussed below in the section entitled “Dress Code” and arrive to classes on time to avoid disrupting a class in progress.

o   Fencers taking private lessons should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled lesson in order to have sufficient time to dress and warm up and not cause delay for coaches and fellow members who also have scheduled private lessons. Adequate warm-up is absolutely necessary to avoid injury to the fencer, and should be taken seriously. Note, if you are late or not ready for your lesson, you run the risk of a shorter lesson or being placed at the next available open time slot of that day.

·        PAYMENT POLICY

o   Payments are due at the first week of the month. If the payment is not made within the first week of the month, $15 late fee will be added to the total. Credit cards, checks and cash payments are accepted. Members with outstanding balances due will not be allowed to take additional classes or lessons for the following month unless approved by management.

III. WITHDRAWAL, CANCELLATION AND MAKE-UP POLICY

·        GROUP CLASSES

o   A fencer may withdraw from a class and transfer to another class with the approval of RFC staff. If a fencer misses a class for personal reasons, the fencer may make up that class during an equivalent class given during the same month with the approval of the coach or management. It is the policy of the club not to reimburse the fencer for missed classes or prorate monthly class fees.

·        PRIVATE LESSONS

o   All scheduling has to through the office. Lessons can be taken only with the coach’s and RFC staff approval. Private lessons must be cancelled 24 hours prior to scheduled time or fencer will be billed for the lesson. A fencer must schedule their make-up lesson +/- 45 days of the cancelled lesson. In the event, you are aware that you will be missing a scheduled class in the future, you may schedule the make-up prior to that date, if necessary.

IV. SAFETY

·        Safety is a club priority. Only fencers are allowed on the fencing floor. Athletic shoes are required to enter. At no time should fencers engage in any bouting unless in full dress code. The brandishing of any weapon towards anyone not fully dressed and protected is prohibited. Careful transportation of weapons is critical and weapons should be pointed towards the ground at all times when traveling throughout the club.

·        When fencers are bouting, referees or spectators should use commons sense and be safely situated to protect themselves and avoid accidents. Fencers should use common sense and concern while maneuvering near strips and throughout the club. If you are injured while at RFC, you should report this to the office immediately to ensure proper action. In addition, if you witness any harassing behavior or are the subject of any behavior or treatment which is uncomfortable to you, please report this to the office so it may be properly addressed.

·        Handle any club equipment with care! Fencers must use caution and care when utilizing all equipment in the club, including, but not limited to, the electronic scoring devices and the reels attached to the strip. These items are costly and sensitive and easily destroyed if mishandled. Broken equipment must be immediately reported and taken out of use. Fencers will be responsible for the cost of any equipment they break.

·        Members should place bags and personal belongings under the bench seating or alongside of the walls away from the strips for safety purposes.

V. CLUB ETIQUETTE

·        RFC fencers will treat themselves, coaches, and fellow fencers with utmost respect. All fencers and visitors will place safety first.

·        RFC members will welcome and help each other both on and off the strip. RFC does not foster elitist athletes, so no fencer is above another regardless of skill. Fencers should be considerate of other fencers, including those younger and less experienced.

·        Fencers should bout freely and accept requests to bout with others respectfully. Fencers should try to accept requests to bout as often as they can, regardless of the opponent’s ability. All fencers start somewhere and we are all beginners at some point needing a more advanced fencer to help us improve.

·        Fencers should be courteous and share the strips, promote fencing amongst all our members, and give everyone equal time on the strip. Fencers are encouraged to come to the club for open bouting to improve skills, to work on techniques learned during class and private lessons, to build stamina and promote a team mindset with other members. Your fencing can be improved only by fencing! In addition, members attending tournaments represent RFC to the wider fencing community.

·        Members are bound under RFC, USFA, and US Olympic Committee (USOC) codes of conduct when fencing in competitions.

VI. DRESS CODE

All participants must wear adequate protective equipment while fencing. Fencers must be covered from head to toe with protective equipment – no exception! Masks, glove, fencing jackets, underarm protectors, chest protectors, knickers and socks are required for students while fencing with each other. Sweat pants or warm-up pants that allow free movement are acceptable for only the novice fencer. Footwear should be some type of dust free indoor sneaker, i.e. court shoes, flat soled sneakers, tennis shoes or fencing shoes. Street shoes are not acceptable in class. Protective equipment must be worn while using hard targets. For your convenience, you can order the complete line of quality fencing equipment through RFC. Check and cash are accepted towards payment. Credit card payments will be accepted, however, a 3% surcharge will be added to the invoice to facilitate the transaction.

VII. EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Beginner students may lease club gear or purchase their own. Competitive fencers, whether in class or open fencing, are expected to own their own electric gear and uniform and use it during class and open fencing. Electric gear includes weapons, lamés and body cords. Recreational fencers (who just come to open fencing and don’t compete) are expected to own and use their own gear during open fencing. If you want to fence electric, you will need to rent or buy electric gear.

VIII. HOLIDAYS AND CLUB CLOSINGS

·        The club is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

·        Any unscheduled closing will be announced on RFC’s Facebook page or website. Members may also be notified by e-mail.

IX. COACHING FEES

·        Club coaches are ready to travel to the tournaments for strip coaching and practical help for your children to achieve better results. Coach expenses and fees for competitions are divided equally among the number of RFC fencers participating in specified local, national and international tournaments.

·        These include: • Airfare/transportation and overnight stay coverage for the coach • $100 in coaching fees per tournament day Fencers will be invoiced for respective fees and expenses after the event. Coaching fees do not apply to RFC members when the club hosts a tournament at its location in Oklahoma City.

Any questions regarding the policies as outlined above, please feel free to contact management.