Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BWCFC Results 2012 (Combined Fall and Spring Meets)

Here are the results for the BWCFC 2012! If you would like more detailed results, click here. It includes scores and ranks of each school that attended, as well as scores and ranks of each fencer. Keep in mind that the results are a combination of the fall and spring meets, so if a fencer missed one meet, he or she will be ranked lower.

School Results
GWU - 6 out of 10

Foil Squad Results
GWU - 6 out of 10

Epee Squad Results
GWU - 7 out of 10

Saber Squad Results
GWU - 3 out of 10

GW Fencing Club Constitution

I. Preamble
GW Fencing, also referred to as Fencing Club, GW Fencing Club,  and GW Fencing Club Team, has the purpose of facilitating students’ desire to partake in the sport of fencing and educate all members on all aspects of modern fencing.

II. University Policies
1.  Fencing Club will abide by all university regulations. Any violations of university regulations by E-board members shall be their individual responsibility.
2. Fencing Club has a strict non-discrimination policy. Any discrimination against any group(s) or student(s) will result in removal from the Club. There are no exceptions to this policy.
3. The only persons eligible for membership are students at The George Washington University – all students are eligible for membership. All others are considered guests.

III. Membership
1. Any students at GW may become members. All members are eligible for E-board positions and are welcome to participate in club activities. Guests are welcome to vote or attend events, but cannot be members of the E-board or handle money on behalf of GW Fencing Club.

IV. Officers
1. President

The president is responsible for coordinating with the university, as well as being versed in financial matters and club participation in local, regional, and national events.  The president will rely on squad leaders for coordination in supplying full squads and meeting their needs without preference on the part of squad leaders or the president. The president will be responsible for maintaining all public communication including delegating responsibilities for these communications. The president is directly elected by the members of the team and will promote a successor once leaving the office.
2. Squad Leaders
Squad leaders, informally known as Squad Captains,  are responsible for resolving discord within their squad, educating and creating full gender squads.  They will present to the president their needs for the squad as well as any persistent issues and assist the president in fundraising and event and recruitment planning.
3. Secretary/Treasurer
The secretary and treasurer are appointed positions. Both aim to assist the President in matters of communication, financial needs, fundraising, and tournament coordination.  Responsibilities include handling and managing finances, writing for the president, and collecting, documenting, and maintaining all necessary forms and documentation for the upkeep of the club.

V. Elections
Elections are held every April by yea-nay voice vote. Only paid members of the team may vote. In the event of a tie a re-run email election will be held.  Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated in turn which they may decide to accept. The president will appoint the secretary/treasurer. Squad captains are elected only by members of that squad while the president is elected by the team as a whole. All offices run a term of a single year.
1. Eligibility
All those seeking office must be active regularly attending members of the club. Candidates must be at least sophomores at the time of seeking the office of president.

VI. Operations

1. Dues
Dues are decided by the E-board and ratified by the team in reflection of events for the upcoming year and costs. Dues are paid in lump at the beginning of the year for a reduced amount or by semester for full fare.  Dues are required by the 3rd practice in attendance for each semester unless special consideration given by the president and concurred by the secretary.
2. Organization: E-board meetings, appointment of new other officers, expenditure process
E-board meetings may be called by any of the squad leaders once concur by president. Scheduled E-board meetings are the first Sunday of every month. At these meetings expenditures will be presented and concurred by squad leaders and president and will be executed by secretary/treasurer and president. If a squad leader is seen to be unfit to hold office it will be debated amongst the other squad leader, president, and secretary for re-election by the squad.

VII. Amendments
1. Method for Proposing and Ratifying Amendments  
Amendments must be proposed by squad leaders to the president, after which they will be proposed to the E-board.  Once co concurrence is reached in E-board it will be presented to the team as a whole for ratification.  Any team member that wishes to make an amendment must present it to their respected squad leader.  If the squad leader does not present the proposed amendment to the president for unjust cause the member may present to the president directly, after which the president may choose to present the amendment to the E-board for concurrence.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Upcoming Tournaments

Just as a reminder, the next few tournaments are in April!
USACFC Nationals
Who: Collegiate fencing clubs around the nation
What: USACFC Nationals
Where: West Point, New York
When: April 14, 8 am - April 15, 7:30 pm
BWCFC Championships
Who: Collegiate individual fencers in the Baltimore-Washington area
What: BWCFC Championships
Where: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
When: April 22, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday, February 25, 2012

BWCFC Videos

I was only able to get a few videos from the tournament, but here are two of the best quality ones. (Yes, it's our very own saberist Jim Crudele).


The message below is from Rebecca, the GW Fencing Club president, about upcoming elections.

As a side note, the Public Relations position is open since I will be studying abroad in the fall. The position includes taking pictures at tournaments, and running this blog (posting news, pictures, updating events, etc.) and the twitter account. If you have any questions, please email me at

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12 am until Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3 am

February 28th - squad leaders. Joanna or myself will speak with the squad as to any questions about the leadership of their squad and everyone who wishes to run will give a 3 minute blurb at the BEGINNING of practice.

February 29th - Eboard elections open.


Email with your selection for for office holders and their office (ex. Epee - Johnny; Treasurer - Betty)

If you do not do this your ballot may not be counted.

All ballots will be tallied and reported the week following the closing of polls. Those elected will work alongside their counterparts to learn their position for next year.

BALLOTS WILL ONLY BE SEEN BY ME AND DELETED ONCE I LEAVE OFFICE (so don't feel pressured by anyone and do what you feel is best).

Foil, Epee, and Saber squad leaders
PR and Treasurer/Secretary

For any office, you may not hold more than one at the same time (ex. if you are squad leader, you cannot be treasurer, or more than one squad's leader).
**This does not apply to PR**

If you wish to run for president, you must be nominated and seconded by someone on the Team. They must email me separately BEFORE the 29th. If you wish to run for president, you must give up any offices you hold as this is a full time responsibility.

Want GW fencing attire?

At the GWU Colonials Store, you can get Colonials attire and (for most of the styles) you can customize it to fencing! Click here for the store.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BWCFC Schedule

To everyone going to the Spring Meet on Saturday, here's the schedule! Please keep in mind that though the tournament starts at 9:30 am, we will be leaving Foggy Bottom at 7:15 am.

‎9:30am – Round 1
GWU vs. MU
SJC vs. TU

11:00am – Round 2

GMU vs. MU
GWU vs. TU

12:30pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Round 3

GMU vs. TU

2:30pm – Round 4

SMC vs. MU

4:00pm – Round 5

SJC vs. MU
SMC vs. TU

5:30pm – Finish

Free money, gifts,and a challenge!

This is from an email from Joshua Bailey, the VP and Director of Finance for the Club Sports Council. It's an opportunity for everyone to show their school spirit, earn money for senior gifts, and have fun!

Next Wednesday, February 29, the club sports council has been challenged to fill 100 seats at the Men's Basketball game against La Salle. Tip-off is at 7 PM so we need all the athletes in their seats by 6:50 PM so we can get an official count. In return GW Spirit Programs will be giving us $200. We will have our own section so everyone will be directed to sit there.

Our plan is to put the money from this event towards a gift for our Club Sports Seniors across all of our teams. This coincides with the Men's Basketball team's Senior Night (and last home game of the season) so we figured that this would be a good theme for the event. So please come out and show you support for some of the Varsity Sports seniors while helping us appreciate our Club Sports Seniors in the future.

If all of you could notify your respective teams that would be much appreciated. If you have any questions feel free to email me and I look forward to seeing all of you at the game next Wednesday. 


Joshua Bailey

VP and Director of Finance, Club Sports Council
Treasurer, Men's Ultimate Frisbee

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BWCFC Spring Meet

For those who are going to the BWCFC Spring Meet, the info in below. If you want updates, you can also check out the facebook event page.

Who: GW Fencing Club and other collegiate teams in the area
What: Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference
Where: George Mason University Recreational and Athletic Complex (RAC)
When: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Metro: Take the 7:32 am metro. Take the 7:49 am metro at the latest! We'll be meeting in a group outside Foggy Bottom Metro and take the Orange line to Vienna/Fairfax. From there, we'll shuttle using Joanna and Joel's cars.
Note: if there is a complication, please call Jo, Joel, or Hunter. In this event you may need to take the GMU shuttle to campus or CUE bus Gold or Green route 1 to the GMU campus.

Equipment: All whites, masks, and lames must be gotten at practice before the tournament - we are not bringing these bags. Weapons and cords will be brought. If you want your bag taken to the tournament, message Jo.

Requirements: Contact your squad leader.

Parking: Free in the Patriot Village (PV) lot behind the facility (do not park in any other lot, or you will be ticketed and will have to pay for it yourself). The campus map can be found here.

Food: A Freshens smoothy/snack bar will be open in the RAC during the tournament. For a full selection of food on campus, go here.

Good luck!

Monday, February 20, 2012

What Fencing Is

Something that any fencer can relate to:

New Friday Practices!

It's official, we now have practice times on Fridays! This is especially good for anyone who can't make the Tuesday or Wednesday practices (these practices are open to everyone). The schedule is below:

March 09 - Foil (Marvin 404)
March 30 - Sabre (Marvin 310)
April 06 - Epee (Marvin 310)
April 13 - Foil (Marvin 310)
April 27 - Sabre (Marvin 302)
May 04 - Epee (Marvin 310)

All of these practice times are 5PM-6PM.

Thanks to Landon for putting this together!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Interested in becoming a referee? Want to earn some money?

Below is an email from BJ Swayne from the Salle Palasz TriWeapon Fencing Club:

If you are interested in becoming a referee Salle Palasz Triweapon Fencing Club will be hosting a referee clinic taught by Charles Greene on April 28th. 

Gaining your referee rating will open up opportunities for you to serve your division, your club, and possibly the BWCFC as a referee, while also potentially opening up opportunities to earn some extra pocket money. Additionally, as a fencer the class will help you better understand the rules which referees are applying while judging your fencing and therefore make it easier for you to "fence the ref." 

So, if you're free that day, please join us for our referee clinic. 

BJ Swayne
Assist. Coach
Salle Palasz TriWeapon Fencing Club
(UMBC Foil Coach)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Want to get quick updates on what's happening? Follow the GW Fencing Club twitter!

Even if you don't have a twitter account, make one just to follow us! It's easy to make an account. The link is:!/GWFencingClub

Important Fundraising Opportunity from Landon!

The Verizon Center is giving us a fantastic fundraising opportunity. We receive, as commission, the greater of the following:
(1) 8% of revenue gained from each register we staff, before taxes (average revenue is $8000.00 per event, so we get about $640.00);
(2) $60 per volunteer

I expect that, with 10 volunteers, working one event will give us at least $600.00. With 20 volunteers, we could earn at least $1200.00. As such, these events are crucial. We can't afford to miss out.

Because these fundraisers give so much dough, anyone who participates in these fundraisers will get two fundraising credits (as if you had attended two bake sales). Attending two of these events will give you three credits (five total). So doing two of these Verizon Center events will cover Nationals and another tournament for you. A third will cover three tournaments.

However, there are a number of requirements placed on us. Most important, all of our participants must sign a contract, and attend an orientation on Monday, February 20, from 6-8PMThis is mandatory for those who plan on doing Verizon Center events.The location is 'Dewar's' - apparently a place in the Verizon Center off of F Street and 6th Street.

Important: You cannot be late to the orientation, or these events. Otherwise, the team gets fined, which defeats the purpose of fundraising. 8] So, if you cancel without telling someone, you won't be able to go to the tournament you planned on attending.