Tim Morehouse Fencing Club

NY Fencers Club Pushes Back Into 1st Place as Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Climbs from 5th to 2nd Place on Day 5 of Summer Nationals

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Columbus, Ohio - Manhattan Fencing Centers grip on 1st place lasted one day as NY Fencer’s Club medal haul on day 5 propelled them back into 1st place. Over the first 5 days, the New York Athletic Club, NY Fencer’s Club and Manhattan Fencing Club have all held the top spot.

The big mover on the day 5 was Tim Morehouse Fencing Club which captured 5 medals and rose from 5th place to 2nd place with medals in all 3 weapons and 3 medals in foil.

At the halfway point, 50 events have been competed with close to 400 medals being awarded to the 3000 athletes who have competed so far in the largest fencing competition in the world. Additional, 552 clubs have been represented at this years Summer Nationals and July Challenge 2019.

What will the final 5 days of competition hold? The majority of Youth events, Division 2 and 3 as well as a number of Veteran events are coming up in the final 5 days of Summer Nationals.

Here is the full medal count leaderboard:
https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/summer-nationals-leaderboard

The Live Results:
https://fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/CFE2A9B5072F43E5B45924CFD481EDF2#today

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Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Storms Up The Rankings Into 2nd Place on Day 5 of Summer Nationals

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Columbus, Ohio - Tim Morehouse Fencing Club (TMFC) moved into 2nd place in the medal count with 5 medals won on day 5 of the Summer Nationals and July Challenge 2019. TMFC has now won 11 medals overall and is in 2nd place behind Fencer's Club with 14 medals.

In the most successful Summer National’s day in TMFC history, Madelon Rosenfeld brought home the first Veteran’s medal in the club’s history with a silver medal in the Vet-70 age category. She also qualified for the World Championships and became TMFC’s 3rd national team member.

In Youth-14 men’s saber, Lex Denner followed up on his top-8 performance in Cadet with another hard fought top-8 medal including a come from behind victory in the round of 16. The Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Women’s foil squad then became the first squad to win 2 medals in one event for the club with Sabrina Fang taking home a bronze medal and Cat Flannagan bringing home a top-8 medal with a 5th place finish in cadet women’s foil.

Bronze medalist Sabrina Fang and top-8 medalist Cat Flannagan with Coach Slava.

Bronze medalist Sabrina Fang and top-8 medalist Cat Flannagan with Coach Slava.

Connor Kravit promised to bring home Tim Morehouse Fencing Club’s first ever Summer National Epee medal and he delivered with a top-8 medal in Cadet men’s saber.

Madelon Rosenfeld (TMFC’s first Veteran Team Member) with Coach Slava

Madelon Rosenfeld (TMFC’s first Veteran Team Member) with Coach Slava

Here are the rankings after day 5:

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The Top-50 Youth Foil Fencing Clubs In The Country! (2018-2019 Season)

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Congratulations Fencers Club Inc on bringing home the title of #1 Youth Competitive Foil Club in the country for the 2018-2019 Season!

Fencers Club brought home 37 SYC medals with Gutkovsky Fencing Academy right behind with 36. Renaissance Fencing Academy (32 medals), 5-Towns Fencers Club (29 medals) and Silicon Valley Fencing Center (28 medals) rounded out the top-5. Congratulations to all the coaches and students on their hard work!

The calculations are based on the number of top-8 medal finishes at Super Youth Circuits and the Youth NAC in March.

Renaissance won the most Gold Medals with 10 and Fencers Club had the most amount of tournament entries 244. You can view the top-25 for entries and gold medals won at SYCs and the Youth NAC below.

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DATA CAVEATS:

  • Since USA Fencing’s website doesn’t have open API and results are no longer on ASKFRED, this data was entered manually. If you notice any errors, please let us know and we will update them! (If a club name is spelled differently, it will read it as 2 different clubs)

  • We only counted the first club that a student represents and not the secondary.

  • We counted the results of the club a student was representing at the time. So, if a student was representing club X in September and Club Y in May then the results in September would count towards Club X.

  • We combined clubs with affiliate locations into one club. So for example, Sheridan Fencing Academy which has a few different locations is counted as one club.

  • We only counted Y10, Y12 and Y14. Not Y8 or the Cadets that sometimes occurred at SYCS.


Elite Epee Fencing in Westchester with Coach Alex Zurabishvili at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club

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Coach Alex Zurabishvili has developed several national team members and he is the Head Epee Coach at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club where he is in charge of developing all aspects of the Epee program.

The club is offering group classes and private lessons in Epee at our Port Chester Facility at 135 Pearl Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

Email info@timmorehousefencing.com for more information.

EVERY BOUT EVER FENCED BY TIM MOREHOUSE FENCING CLUB STUDENTS (And, How They've Done)

All the bouts fenced, win-loss and event entry totals by TMFC student’s since the club opened in December, 2015 until May, 12, 2019.

All the bouts fenced, win-loss and event entry totals by TMFC student’s since the club opened in December, 2015 until May, 12, 2019.

The above graphic is a summary of almost every bout ever fenced by anyone ever representing Tim Morehouse Fencing Club since we first opened our first club in Manhattan in December, 2015.

I started out thinking about this solely as a tournament’s article but it also got me thinking about the financial impact our club has had on the sport with so many new members that are competing.

SOME TAKEAWAYS:

  • 2931 Tournament Entries: If an athlete spends an average of $60 per tournament entry fee, it means TMFC families collectively have spent over 175,000 on entry fees over the past 4 seasons and $85,000 this season alone.

  • Do # Competitors and Results Correlate? The increase in entries did correlate to an increase in medal results. This season TMFC won the SYC medal count for the first time (Top 55 Competitive Saber Clubs 2018-2019). However, I don’t necessarily think the # of entries will necessarily mean better results. Our pool and DE % has remained relatively the same as the number of entries has increased.

  • WIN-LOSS %: Has held relatively steady even with the increase in competitors which for us has come from new fencers taking their first competitive steps. Our “more experienced” fencers improved their results while new fencers are taking their first steps of winning 1-3 pool bouts in their first 10 tournaments.

  • The Pool win-loss % and DE win-loss % are relatively similar for the club overall.

  • Next steps for me are to break down the win-loss record and % by age category, # of years competing and we also look at things by coach within these sub-group

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Broken down by Pool and DE Record.

Broken down by Pool and DE Record.

WHAT RESULTS ARE INCLUDED
The data
includes every local tournament, regional, national and international tournament that our fencers have fenced in over the past four years. The results do not include NCAA fencing results.

The results are only from tournaments where student’s were representing TMFC.

SOME BACKGROUND:
My professional background included four years on staff at Teach For America where data-driven was a way of a life. Everything that was a key metric for success had to be measured and analyzed. All goals had to be measurable, progress was tracked and any conversation about next steps and improvement was grounded in what the data was telling us. I saw amazing results and progress when this was done well with teachers and students.

For someone like myself who was training for the Olympics, being at an organization with clear and measurable goals helped me to thrive and I always felt a key thing missing from my own Olympic fencing career was the type of powerful data that could help me make better decisions on the strip and off.

So, Tim Morehouse Fencing Club’s ingredients are a mix of our coaches fencing knowledge, a data-driven teaching pedagogy and a values driven approach to the lessons we teach and how they could impact students beyond the fencing strip.

Welcome To MORE-HOUSE!

The Top-55 Competitive Youth Saber Clubs In The Country (2018-2019)

MOST TOP-8 MEDALS AT SYCS - 2018-2019

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There are a number of different lenses to view the success and effectiveness of a fencing club, but since the SYC season just wrapped up today with the final bout at the Rain City Super Youth Circuit between Spartak’s Chase Callahan winning 15-5 over Halberstadt Fencers' Club’s Reya Ghayalod in Bellevue, WA we thought we’d review the competition data and see the results!

I’m really excited to report that for the first time in Tim Morehouse Fencing Club history we have won the most amount of SYC Saber medals and most amount of SYC Saber gold medals in the country! Special congratulations as well to Dynamo Fencing Center on finishing 2nd in the count and beating out some of the perennial saber powerhouses.

After opening just three years ago, I couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful for the hard work of our staff, coaches, students and families. We are charting our own path combining the best-practices of modern teaching methodologies, with human centered design of our programs, with data-driven measurement. At the end of the day, the measure of success is always RESULTS.

One of the first goals we set when we opened Tim Morehouse Fencing Club was to become the top Competitive Youth Development club in the country.

At the time, we used the National Club Rankings to measure how we finished. Since the website is no longer being updated, we thought we’d follow along to his methodology of measuring the club through SYC medal finishes.

I’ve included a few different bits of data including the # of entries by clubs, top-8 finishes and gold medal finishes. We also broke down the data by men/women and age-category.

DATA CAVEATS:

  • Since USA Fencing’s website doesn’t have open API and results are no longer on ASKFRED, this data was entered manually. If you notice any errors, please let us know and we will update them! (If a club name is spelled differently, it will read it as 2 different clubs)

  • We only counted the first club that a student represents and not the secondary.

  • We counted the results of the club a student was representing at the time. So, if a student was representing club X in September and Club Y in May then the results in September would count towards Club X.

  • We combined clubs with affiliate locations into one club. So for example, Sheridan Fencing Academy which has a few different locations is counted as one club.

  • We only counted Y10, Y12 and Y14. Not Y8 or the Cadets that sometimes occurred at SYCS.

Some Take-Aways From our Subset of Medal Winning Students:

  • ALL our TMFC Student’s winning medals take a minimum of 2 Private Lessons Per Week (Most Average 2-3). We had zero medal winners taking 1 lesson or less.

  • ALL the TMFC Student’s who won medals this past season participated in a minimum of two weeks of Summer Training Camps with the average being 3 weeks. By the way, here is a link to our Youth Summer Camps where most of our medalists started! (Youth Competitive Saber Camps Sign Up: https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/summer-camps-1)

  • The student’s who won medals attended practice on average 3-4 times per week except on weeks with tournaments. NONE of the students who won medals practice over 5x per week or more. (Interesting fact)

  • Almost all the students who won medals competed in the age-category the year before. 75% + of the medals were from students in their final year of an age-category. (Age does make a big difference!)

MOST GOLD MEDALS AT SYCS - 2018-2019

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MOST ENTRIES AT SYCS - 2018-2019

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Beginners Guide to Fencing Tournaments (Part 1)

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Touche!

7 Essential Things To Know To Start Competing in the Sport of Fencing!


1. Decide to Start Competing! (Do it!) 
We recommend that competition be a regular part of a student's development in the sport of fencing.

The key is selecting tournaments that are within a student's level and managing expectations (first tournaments are about learning!).

2. Get a USA Fencing "Competitive Membership" at the USA Fencing website. (Link Below) 

Everyone that competes must have a USA Fencing "Competitive Membership" which is $75 dollars and runs from when it is purchased until July 31 of the current year. 

Once you get a membership, you will a USA Fencing Membership # and you must have this number available when checking in at competitions. 

USA FENCING MEMBERSHIP (REGISTER)

 3. Know your "Age Classification and Eligibility"

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Your USA Fencing "Age/Classification Eligibility" is based on a fencers BIRTH YEAR (Month and Day doesn't matter!). 

There are associated rules about which "age categories" a fencer can compete in based on their "classification age". You can be too young or too old.  

A General rule of thumb is that you can't compete in age categories BELOW your current age category but you can compete in some age categories above your age category. (Review the chart below)

USA FENCING CLASSIFICATION CHART:
 https://cdn4.sportngin.com/attachments/document/45bb-1594743/2018_2019_Age_and_Classification_Chart.pdf

4. Have All The Necessary Fencing Equipment: (Check Specifications)

Required Equipment: 

  1. Electric Saber Fencing Mask

  2. Fencing Jacket (Dry)

  3. Fencing Pants (Dry)

  4. Underarm Protector

  5. Electric Fencing Jacket for Saber (Buy Stainless steel! It will last longer)

  6. 2-Body Cords (You must always have a backup at a competition)

  7. 2-Head Clips (You must always have a backup at a competition)

  8. Fencing Socks (These are long socks - no skin can show between sneaker and the start of the fencing pants)

  9. ** 800-Newton Saber Fencing Glove (The Practice Gloves cannot be used in competitions!)

  10. 2 Sabers (Youth-10 must use "2" Length sabers" and Youth-12 and upwards can us a "5" Length Sabers. You must have a backup saber at a competition

Recommended: (But Not Required) 

  • Fencing bag (That fits all the equipment)

  • Fencing Shoes

5. Pick Your Competition!

Start with Local Competitions at your club or other fencing clubs!

You generally want to compete in your age category first, especially if you are Y8, Y10, Y12 or Y14. If you are a Cadet/Junior or Senior aged fencer the find  "Unrated" or "E and Under" competitions.

We recommend competing once a month after you have begun competing so that the fencer can get experience. Do not be deterred by the placement of the fencer in early competitions.)

6. Registering For Competitions: (There are three main places to find competitions)

* Generally, tournaments have entry deadlines, so ensure you register before the deadline or you may have to pay double fees. Local tournaments usually allow "day of" walk-ins but regional and national ones do not. 

Places to Find Competitions: 

1. Askfred: www.askfred.net
This website generally has competitions hosted by fencing clubs. You can search by zip code. 

2. USA Fencingwww.usfencing.org
The USA Fencing website now requires all regional and national tournament registration to go through their website. You will need to login to your account and search their database. 

Quick Guide to Fencing Tournament Acronyms: (Regional and National) 

SYC/RYC: Competitions for Youth-10, Youth-12 and Youth 14 fencers
RJCC: Competitions for Cadet (Under-17) and Junior (Under-20) competitions
ROC: (Fencers over 14). Categories: Open, Division 1A, Division 2 and Division 3 competitions
NAC: North American Cups. National Competitions. 

* At Tim Morehouse Fencing Club we have a Tournament Calendar and the Master Schedule includes all the regional, National and International Competitions that we recommend for our members. 

There are 4 Competition Levels: 
1. Local
2. Regional
3. National
4. International

7. What's Next? 

  • The 4 main things you can earn at fencing competitions:

    1. Fencing and Life Experience: (Invaluable if you learn from every tournament regardless of the result)

    2. "Ratings": (U (Unrated), E, D, C, B and A). These impact seeding at competitions. You start as a U.

    3. "Points": There are a number of different points lists. Regional, national and International. Generally, your region, national and international events all have systems where you earn points based on either top-32 finishes or top-40% in the field.

    4. Qualifying for Bigger Competitions: (You can qualify for one ofthe "Championships" through good results)

Qualification Competitions Include: 

  • Summer Nationals and July Challenge: This is one of the first big tournaments that students will qualify to compete in. This tournament is held over 10-days around the July 4 weekend every year. (There are events in every age category except Youth-8)

  • World Championship Teams - Only in Cadet, Junior and Senior divisions.

  • Division 1 NACs (The events that help qualify you for the Olympics or World Championships depending on the year): You must be a C and over-14 to compete. You earn "Div. 1 National points" through top-32 finishes.

  • Junior Olympics (Under-17 and Under-20)

  • Division 1 National Champions (You must have earned points in a "North American Cup (NAC)" competition to qualify. Generally, a top-32 results earns national points at a Division 1 event.

  • Competing in Cadet, Junior and Senior World Cups: (Generally, you must be ranked in the top-16 or better to qualify to compete in international competitions in the main age categories and Division 1)

The Bigger Competitions and Pinnacle Events in the Sport of Fencing: 

  • The Olympics: You must be top-8 (Minimum top-16) in the USA in Division 1 to even attempt to qualify for the Olympics. Top-8 fencers are qualified to fence in the Grand Prix and World Cup competitions. You qualify of the Olympics by earning points at World Cups and Grand Prix competitions (8 of them) and World Championships the year before the Olympics. (Only top-4 compete)

  • World Championships (Cadet, Junior and Senior/Division 1): The Top-3/4 fencers in the USA at the end of the qualification periods will qualify to represent the USA at the World Championship events. Cadet (Under-17), Junior (Under-20) and Senior/Division 1. (Above 14+)

  • Other Major Competitions: The Pan American Games (Every 4 years), the Pan American Championships (Every year), World University Games.