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Club News, and Updates


August 26, 2023

Hello my fellow fencers and parents of the SIFC, We have a number of changes at the SIFC that we like to share.

First is that we are instituting a small increase in our group class tuition, the new fee will be $250.00 for 8 classes, an increase of $10.00. Our last increase was over 10 years ago and due to some increase costs to the club we ask for this small addition.

Next is we are changing our format and fee for private lessons, the standard at most fencing clubs in the New York Metro Division is $2 to $5 a minute for a 20 minute lesson. Our current format is $25 for a 30 minute lesson, the new format will be $20 for a 20 minute lesson, $1 per minute which is the lowest of any fencing club in the New York Metro Division. This will allow us to do a tighter more focused lesson and have additional time slots available. 

Third is coming this November we are expanding to Sunday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. We will be starting off with private lessons on Sunday and at a later date start up a 4th group class that will run along with private lessons. The November start date is to allow us to generate interest and attract new students to schedule on Sundays.

The next item is that our coaching staff is going to institute a more structured lesson plan where we will concentrate on specific themes during a month period. Also a code of conduct is being drafted that will be posted in the club and on our website that we ask all fencers to follow. Fencing is a sport we all love and we want to make sure everyone is respected and is able to enjoy.

Fifth is that we have purchased new fencing strip mats, the ones we have used the last 3 years are starting to fall apart and the new ones have a carpet texture which we hope will be easy and comfortable to fencing on.  As with the other strips we have three strips that will allow more opportunity for fencing is our small space at the Scout Hall.

Sixed is we are going to add new payment options, along with cash and check we will add Venmo and Zelle.

Lastly is we want to welcome a new Coach to our staff, John LaSorsa who is currently one of the fencing coaches at Tottenville High School will be giving private lessons and helping teach our group classes.

We look forward to seeing everyone this September!

David Setlow

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