Youth Enrichment League Fencing has taken a giant step forward. Ro Sobalvarro, 2012 London Olympics Women’s Epee Bronze Medal Coach, has joined our staff. Ro will be lending his exemplary skills and international experience to hone the current YEL program. Ro will take charge of curricular development, ongoing coach training and general oversight of the YEL fencing program. Our goal is to raise the acumen of our coaches and students as well as raise the level of fencing throughout Minnesota.
Fencing is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. It holds a broad appeal for grade schoolers through adults. It’s safe. It’s holds great interest for the “intellectual athlete”.
Fencing holds many physical benefits including: Coordination, Agility, Balance, Flexibility, Strength and Cardiovascular Endurance.
The sport also holds mental health benefits for youth and adults, including: Boosts to mental strength and concentration, strategic thinking and decision making skills, fun!
Fencing is a life-long sport.
Youth Enrichment League fencing coaches go through 20-30 hours of training per year with coach Ro at his Twin Cities Fencing Club. YEL coaches are kid-friendly and understand that classes must be informative, fast-paced and fun. Our curriculum focuses on an all-inclusive atmosphere for a variety of levels.
For the 15-16 school year, our coaches will focus on FOIL and EPEE. We hope to incorporate Sabre in the 16-17 school year.
FOIL uses a lighter blade with a smaller bell guard. The foil contact area is the torso, front and back and the lower part of the bib. Right-of-way is a large part of foil (and sabre) fencing rules.
EPEE uses a thicker, heavier blade with a larger bell guard. The epee contact area is the full body. There is no right-of-way in epee.
Honor, Manners & Respect
These core values are discussed on a regular basis with our students. Fencers must never argue with a referee about a call (Wouldn’t that be great in the professional sports?). Fencers must salute at the beginning and end of each bout and are taught to give their absolute best for each bout. Fencers must respect the coach’s directives and the other fencers in class and at tournaments.
Students can earn fencing bands of different color for each session they are enrolled in fencing. There are currently nine levels of band progressing from yellow through black band. To earn these, fencers must have a high level of participation, adhere to the coach’s standards, exhibit good sportsmanship, show an increase in skills and complete a test (for certain band levels). Ask your coach for more details.