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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!