FAQ's – Bay State Fencers

FAQ's

Getting Started 

I am interested in learning more about Bay State Fencers. Where do I begin?

Bay State Fencers was established in 2004 to introduce and promote the Olympic sport of fencing to neighborhoods in and around Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. We operate year round and are home to fencers of all ages and athletic abilities. As a permanent facility, we are able to offer the community a full service fencing school and fencing club. We offer instructional programs for students age eight (8) and older are always welcome!  Please email for information. Stop by during our business hours, attend an Open House, or to take a class for FREE before registering for a session.

Please email us at registrar@baystatefencers.com
 for more information.

Location and Directions

Where is Bay State Fencers located?

Bay State Fencers is located between Harvard Square and Lechmere Station just off Cambridge Street in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our facility is located in a commercial loft complex at 561 Windsor Street on the Somerville/ Cambridge line (same building as Taza Chocolate).  We are just outside of Union Square.

Our Suite is located in building A on the 4th Floor; Suite A 401. Find Us!

Is parking available at Bay State Fencers?

Bay State Fencers occupies a commercial loft with an adjacent parking lot. Parking is FREE!

Is Bay State Fencers accessible by Public Transportation?

Bay State Fencers is easily accessible by Public Transportation. The #69 MBTA bus runs frequently along Cambridge Street between Harvard Square and Lechmere Station.  The Red Line has stations in both Lechmere Station and Harvard Square.

Schedule and Calendar

When is Bay State Fencers Open?

Bay State Fencers is open six days a week during the fencing season. Please check our Calendar Page for our most current hours and schedule. During the summer we are open five days per week.

Children's Fencing

What age is good to begin fencing instruction at Bay State Fencers?

Young fencers should be at least 8 years old. Please email for information.  In our experience by age 8 most boys and girls are ready to respond well to both group and private instruction.  We have appropriately sized equipment and uniforms for this age group and most importantly they will have fencing partners.

What opportunities are available for my child to learn to fence at Bay State Fencers?

Fencing is a fun and very safe individual youth sport that is great for all ages and all athletic abilities.  Bay State Fencers Programs are designed to introduce the novice fencer to the game, the etiquette, and the history of the sport. Uniforms and equipment are provided for the duration of this program.

If your child is 8 to 12 one of our Youth Introduction to Fencing classes is the appropriate program to enroll your child in.

If your child is 13 to 16 we offer an Introduction class, check the Cadet Introduction to Fencing.  

If your child is 16+ Adult Introduction to Fencing is the appropriate program to enroll your child in.

My child has already had some fencing instruction. What opportunities are available for my child at Bay State Fencers?

Bay State Fencers Fencing Programs are ongoing throughout the fencing season and enrollment is rolling. Students learn proper stance, basic footwork, blade work, and beginning tactics. The foundation of these programs is exercises and games that strengthen the body and improve mobility.

If your child is 8 to 16, and has already had some fencing instruction Youth Epee* is the appropriate program to enroll your child in.

If your child is 16+, and has had some fencing instruction Adult Epeeis the appropriate program to enroll your child in.

*To encourage good health and responsibility fencers are required to own their own fencing uniform for these programs. 
The fencing mask, fencing glove, jacket & under arm protector are the minimum requirement.

My child is interested in becoming a competitive fencer. What opportunities are available for my child at Bay State Fencers?

Bay State Fencers Competitive Training is designed for fencers aged 9 to 17, who have some fencing experience, and who are interested in training for competition. Competitive Training is ongoing throughout the fencing season and enrollment is by invitation.

If your child is 9 to 12, is experienced and has expressed an interest in training for competition our Youth Competitive Program* is the appropriate program to enroll your child in.

If your child is 12 to 17 and has been actively competing our Competitive Program* is the appropriate training program for your child.  Enrollment is by invitation of the Director.

*Competitive Fencers are required to own their own uniform and equipment.

How will I know if my child is ready for private lessons?

We encourage young fencers to take the four-week age appropriate Introduction to Fencing Class before beginning private lessons.

Private lessons give the fencer the opportunity to work one-on-one with their coach to develop skills, to work on technique and strategy, and to develop a supportive coach-athlete relationship. Working privately with a coach also allows the fencer to develop as an independent athlete.  Most fencers begin by scheduling one 20-minute private lesson per week with their lesson Coach.

Coaches

How do I select a Coach for my fencer?

A fencer is paired with a Coach who is available to give private lessons at convenient times for the fencer, and who is a good personality match for the fencer.

Please feel free to discuss your child's needs with the Director, Stacy Eddy in person or by email at director@baystatefencers.com and he will help facilitate a strong coach-athlete relationship.

What does it mean to have a Coach? What is the proper etiquette for having a Coach?

Selecting a coach is a big step in a young fencer's athletic life and having a private coach is both a privilege and a responsibility. Coaches are committed to assisting fencers attain their athletic and competitive goals by developing an individualized program of training for each fencer.  Private lessons are an integral part of most fencer's athletic program.

In turn fencers are expected to demonstrate respect for their coach by practicing good etiquette.  This includes:
        

      • Arriving for lessons on time and by being ready to fence at the scheduled lesson time. If the fencer is late the coach must be contacted directly by cell phone.
      • Paying the coach for each private lesson in advance or at the time of the lesson. Coaches accept cash and checks at lesson time. Forgetting to pay for a lesson is very insulting. No further lessons will be given until the coach is paid in full.
      • Only working with one private coach at a time. Coaches invest a great deal of time and effort in developing a program of training for the fencer. Conflicting methods of training can be detrimental to a young fencers athletic development. 

Adult Fencers

I am interested in learning to fence. What opportunities are available to me at Bay State Fencers?

If you are a beginner enroll in Adult Introduction to Fencing. This is an two-month class that introduces the novice fencer to the game, the etiquette and the history of the sport. All equipment and uniforms are provided for the duration of this program.

I already have some fencing experience. What opportunities are available for me at Bay State Fencers?

If you already have some fencing experience or if you are returning to the sport and you are interested in taking classes at Bay State Fencers enroll in one of our Adult Epee classesThese programs are ongoing and enrollment is rolling.

If you already have fencing experience and are interested in bouting and conditioning please join us for Open Fencing. Bay State Fencers offers Open Fencing several days per week during the fencing season and in the summer.

Do you offer Group Activities or Host Corporate Events for Adults?

We offer a monthly 90-minute fencing experience called Foray Into Fencing. This class meets once a month year-round. Bring a partner, bring a date, or bring a group and take a stab at fencing!

Special pricing for groups and private dates are available. Please email registrar@baystatefencers.com for more information.

Can I benefit from private lessons?

Private lessons give the fencer the opportunity to work one-on-one with their Coach to develop skills, to work on technique and strategy and to develop  a supportive coach-athlete relationship. Working privately with a coach will also allow you to develop as an athlete.

Most fencers begin by scheduling one 20-minute private lesson per week with their lesson Coach. 

How do I select a Coach?

Fencers are paired with a Coach who is available to give private lessons at convenient times for the fencer, and  who is a good personality match for the fencer.

Please feel free to discuss your needs with the Director, Stacy Eddy, in person or by email at director@baystatefencers.com and he will help facilitate a strong coach-athlete relationship.

What does it mean to have a Coach? What is the proper etiquette for having a Coach?

Selecting a Coach is a big step in a fencer's athletic life and having a private coach is both a privilege and a responsibility. Coaches are committed to assisting fencers attain their athletic and competitive goals  by developing an individualized program of training for each  fencer, private lessons are often an integral part of this program. In turn fencers are expected to demonstrate respect for their coach by practicing good etiquette.  This includes:

  • Arriving for lessons on time and by being ready to fence at the scheduled lesson time.
  • Paying the coach for each private lesson in advance or at the time of the lesson. Coaches accept cash and checks at lesson time. Forgetting to pay for a lesson is very insulting.
  • No further lessons will be given until the coach is paid in full.
    Only working with one private coach at a time. Coaches invest a great deal of time and effort in developing a program of training for the fencer. Conflicting methods of training can be detrimental to a fencer's athletic development.