Who should attend? 

The clinic sessions are open to all New Jersey high school fencers, regardless of experience level. Fencers must be USFA members (low cost, non-competitive memberships available). Parents are encouraged to observe all practices. Parent Q&A sessions will also be held at the end of each clinic session.

What weapons are offered?

Foil, epee, and saber! We have coaches and
student-athletes who are experienced in all three weapons. Clinic students train and work alongside college-level coaches and student-athletes.

When are the clinic sessions?

We offer two (2) separate clinic sessions depending on skill level:

  • Novice Clinic:
    October 9th, 11th, 16th, and 23rd
    from 6:30–8:00 PM*

  • Intermediate/Advanced Clinic:
    October 9th, 11th, 16th, and 23rd
    from 6:30–8:00 PM*
    October 25th and November 1st and 6th
    from 6:30–8:00PM*
    Session full!

*All dates and times subject to change

Students may attend either or both clinics.

What is the cost? 

If paid on or before September 30th, the registration fee is $180. If paid after September 30th, the registration fee is $200. These fees include a $5 manual processing charge.

If you register and pay online, you get a $5 discount (the manual registration charge is waived)!

Where are the clinic sessions held? 

Located in a suburban campus atmosphere, the clinic sessions are held at the ultra-modern and spacious Simon Forum on the Drew University Campus in Madison, New Jersey. This is the same venue that hosts the NJIFA Santelli and Cetrulo Tournaments.

What is taught at the clinics?

The Drew Rangers Fencing High School Pre-season Clinics offer a unique opportunity to begin pre-season workouts in a secure, supervised environment – and under the watchful eyes of college coaches and student-athletes. Fencers will work in small groups with coaches and select members of the Drew University Fencing Team.

The clinic sessions will include the following training:

  • Skill-level based team drills and footwork

  • Weapon-specific training

  • Fencing-specific stretches

  • Cross-training

  • Nutrition instruction

  • Competition preparation

Why should we enroll our fencer in the clinics if our high school already has pre-season "captains' practices"?

"Captains’ practices" do not actually help prepare athletes for the upcoming season. Drills and exercises run by high school captains often reinforce bad habits, teach improper techniques or lack organization. No matter how good the team captains are as competitors, they simply do not have proper training in coaching the sport. "Captains’ practices" cannot compare to the pre-season regiment utilized by the clinics and that has been developed over the past decade.

Our clinics are geared toward preparing fencers for the upcoming high school season by combining
skill-level based drills, proper physical training techniques, and nutritional/psychological training components.   

We also provide low student-to-instructor ratios. Skilled college fencers and coaches work directly with the students in small groups for weapon-specific drills. For additional safety, our clinics are conducted under the supervision of trained EMT personnel in a clean, ultra-modern facility.