😷 Mask Policy 😷
We have revised our face mask policy in light of the changes to CDC guidance. Fencers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer be required to wear face masks during open fencing and adult classes. However, since most of our youth fencers are below the minimum age for vaccination, youth classes and youth coaches will still be required to wear face masks.
We will continue to revisit this policy as the situation changes. In the meantime, we appreciate your cooperation and help in keeping all our kids and family members safe. As always, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
🗓️ Class Registration 🗓️
Believe it or not, but Session 2 is coming to a close already. Session 3 begins on June 5, and registration is now open for all classes! Check out the schedule and register here: https://www.lincolnfencing.com/lincoln-fencing-classes/
🌽 Cornhusker State Games 🌽
Cornhusker State Games are scheduled for July 16-18. Registration is already open; register now to avoid a price increase on June 17! We expect a great turnout this year as we get back into competition mode. Athletes will be invited to the Parade of Athletes and Opening Ceremonies; however, there will not be Sportfest or general packet pickup this year.
We’re excited to hold State Games in the mall again! Youth events will be held on Friday, July 16. All other epee events will be on Saturday, July 17, and foil and saber will be held on Sunday, July 18. Tournament info can be found here: https://www.cornhuskerstategames.com/sports/fencing-olympic-hema/
Register for Cornhusker State Games here: https://events.clearthunder.com/thunder/login&event=CSG21
It’s time to register for classes!
Soft open canceled; classes resume March 1
Hello LFC! We have been working hard moving into Gateway Mall, and we love how the space is coming together! We have seven strips, a dedicated parafencing space, two bathrooms, and tons of dressing rooms and locker space. In short: our volunteers are amazing and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who’s helped out. We can’t wait to show it off!
As excited as we are to show everyone the space, we do have one hiccup. In order to make sure we are in compliance with fire codes, we are not able to hold a soft open this week while the mall installs a different type of front door to our space. Of course, we’re expecting this to look awesome when it’s done! It just means we have to wait a bit longer to bring everyone back in.
We’re still planning to reopen for classes and open fencing on March 1. Take a look at our class schedule and get registered! We can’t wait to see you!
We have some great news for you: beginning Tuesday, September 8, LFC is opening for bouting again! We know everyone has been eager to get back to the strip, and we can’t wait to see you.
In order to minimize the number of people in club at once, we will have club open for practice in one weapon only per night. Club will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each night. The schedule for September will be as follows:
Please continue to wear face masks, stay distanced, and stay home if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have been exposed. Senior and homeschool fencing classes will also resume in the coming weeks. Those of you enrolled in those classes can expect to hear from Coach Kit shortly. Billing for monthly memberships or drop-in fees will also resume; if you have questions about your bill, please email email@example.com.
On another note, remember to renew your USFA memberships! We need all our fencers to have current USFA memberships in order to fence. The $10 membership is sufficient, but we do need all fencers to renew their memberships online. This can be done here: https://www.usafencing.org/membership
We’re very excited to reopen, and we hope this is the first of many exciting events on our horizon this year.
As always, if you have questions or are interested in setting up private lessons, let us know!
Hello LFC! We hope you’re doing well. We have some important updates to share with you.
First of all, we are continuing to work on our reopening plan. The next phase will begin on July 1, when club will be opening for group footwork only. Class sizes will be limited to 10 fencers (spread across both rooms), and we will offer two 30-minute slots per night, with a 30-minute cleaning break in between.
Monday/Wednesday: 7:00 – 7:30 p.m., 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
You can sign up for classes here: https://www.lincolnfencing.com/events/
Payment for footwork classes will be done via floor fees, at $10/session. (If you prefer to pay your standard monthly dues, that is welcome as well, just let us know.) If you will miss a class you’ve signed up for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two hours in advance so that someone else can take that spot.
We ask that you follow all guidelines we’ve previously set out:
– Wear a mask when you will be around others. We have some extra disposable masks if you need one.
– If you or someone you live with have experienced a fever, cough, loss of smell/taste, sore throat, or other COVID-19 symptoms within the past 10 days, stay home.
– If you or someone you live with have been exposed to COVID-19, or have been asked to self-isolate, stay home.
– All persons must take their temperature at home immediately prior to coming to club; if your temperature is 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, stay home.
– All persons must stay at least 6 feet away from everyone else. This means no free fencing, because as we all know, we can’t guarantee that everyone will keep good distance.
– Use your own gear if you have it. If you need to borrow club gear, please sanitize it after use: wipe down masks, weapons, chest protectors and body cords with Lysol wipes, and place jackets and plastrons in a marked bin to be washed before the next use.
Second, in working with our partners at Cornhusker State Games, we have come to the conclusion that we will not be able to safely hold a fencing event for State Games in July. At this time, we are hoping to postpone the event until later this fall or winter.
Finally, in light of recent events in Lincoln, across the country, and within the USFA, we wish to reiterate LFC’s mission as an inclusive club that makes fencing available to all. We realize we have some work to do to ensure all feel welcome at our club, and hope each of our members will feel free to reach out at any time if you have any concerns. It is our intent to continue to work, as thoughtfully and respectfully as possible, to engage new members from across Lincoln. We welcome feedback and ideas from our current members on how best to do so.
Wishing all of you the best, and hoping to see you at club soon!
Your LFC Family
LFC will be hosting several tournaments next season. We will keep you posted on those dates and times:
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Just a reminder, Membership fees are due within two weeks of receiving your invoice via email. We encourage the use of the online payment and registration system. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
If Lincoln Public Schools are canceled because of weather, LFC will also be closed!
USA Fencing Membership Insurance Policy:
Due to a change in USA Fencing’s insurance policy, every fencer now has to be a member of USFA for our club to be insured. A non-competitive membership is available for only $10 for the year; the competitive rate is $70 for the year (they have eliminated the family discount). Please take a minute and fill out your USFA membership registration information online now. We will be checking every fencer’s USFA status before they are able to fence. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Fencing/Membership/Individuals.aspx