Youth Circuit

Developmental Foil Circuit 

Fence often! The Developmental Foil Circuit (DFC) is a great opportunity for beginner and intermediate fencers wishing to participate in local tournaments. Aside from the obvious health benefits that come with activity and exercise, research shows that there are strong physical, social and psychological rewards associated with competition. Each DFC competition includes “recreational” and “competitive” level, female and male combined. For more information about DFCs, please contact Katya.

Dates: DFC#2 – December 2nd; DFC#3 – February 24th; DFC#4 – April 7th; DFC Finals – June 9th.

Location: 729 St. Clair Ave. W.
Age: Y10 – 9am, Y12 & Teens – 11am
Categories:  “Recreational” (Y10, Y12, Teens) and “Competitive” (Y12, Y14)
Fee: $30 paid in cash at the door

Results & rankings

Equipment requirements

In an effort to keep the circuit accessible to beginner fencers, No electric fencing gear is required for the beginner fencers. New students are welcome to use club’s gear. Competitive fencers required to use the electric gear. Fencers must be in proper fencing attire to participate. Fencing pants are not required but recommended;  fencers must wear track pants and running shoes.

Points & awards

DFC regular events: 1st place receives 80 points, 2nd place receives 60 points, 3rd place receives 40 points, 4th place receives 20 points. Fencers place 5-8 receive 15 points, while the remaining fencers receive 5 points. DFC Finals are worth 1.5 times the number of points of a normal DFC event. The rankings will be updated and posted in 7 days after the event. Top 3 fencers will receive certificates of placement and medals at the regular DFC event. There will be special trophies, medals and prizes at the final event.

Tips for parents

Parents are welcome to watch and support their children at the tournament. Please find some helpful piste side tips and code of conduct for parents.

Is my child ready to compete?

Many of you wonder if your child is ready to compete. Aside of giving beginner fencers the opportunity to fence in the less formal yet competitive environment, the main idea is to encourage children to improve themselves and learn new skills through honest competition. Children need to accept the idea of losing and the fact that not everyone gets a medal, teaches them that they have to train hard to succeed and always have a winning spirit. They also need to understand that they learn much more when losing than winning, so it’s ok to lose. When children enter a competition the emphasis should be on the process rather than on the points or medals.

Volunteers Needed!

All competitive fencers are invited to come volunteer at the DFC events. This would count towards your High School community service hours, your Green and Blue armband requirement and this is the pool of people we pick from for summer employment. Let us know if you are interested.