This is an introductory beginner group class for our youngest athletes. The students come once a week, usually on Saturday mornings from 9-10 am. Other times may be arranged at the discretion of a coach or instructor.
Beginner Level I is also called our "Bronze" level. This is the introductory group for athletes who are 10 years of age and older. The athletes are grouped according to age groups: youth 10-14, junior 15-18, and adult. Beginner level I students meet for one hour one time per week.
Many of these students use the competitive team for Off-Campus PE credit. This is arranged through your child's school. Various ISD's have different requirements.
Gold Level 3 fencers usually attend group sessions three or more times per week for 1 - 1/2 hours and fence 1-2 hours after group session. Gold Level 3 fencers are expected to take at least one lesson per week.
Olympic Level 3 fencers are also called masters level or advanced fencers. These students attend four to six group sessions each week for 1 - 1 1/2 hours and fence 1 - 2 hours following. These students also take 2 to 3 private lessons per week.
Competitive team members must have a competitive membership with USA Fencing listing Fencing Institute of Texas as their primary club, North Texas Division, Region 5. Those who fence on a high school team should list their high school team as their secondary club. Competitive team members are asked to purchase at least a team jacket for medals presentation.
Athletes participating on the Competitive Teams will incur additional expenses related to coaching fees for tournaments in addition to the entry and travel expenses. Coaching fees are collected by the office to reimburse the team coach for hotel, travel and per diem. These expenses vary from tournament to tournament and are cost-shared among the fencers attending the events. In addition, each fencer pays a strip fee which reimburses the coach for lost wages. Strip fees are a set amount per event. All FIT fencers attending a tournament where a coach is assigned are required to pay coaching fees. This does not ensure the coach will be beside your fencer 100% of the time. Coaches will prioritize their time with the fencers who need attention most; however, they are watching your fencer even when not by the strip.
All competitive team members are expected to participate in FIT-sponsored tournaments as an athlete or ancillary staff (referee, bout committee, or armorer). Fencers from around the region know the quality of the FIT fencers and want to compete against them. This supports our club by bringing in additional income. FIT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and relies on tournaments to support our programs.