The United States Fencing Association (USFA) is the national governing body for the sport of fencing in the United States. The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981.
Fencing in high school
Fencing at the high school level has varied in popularity. Fencing was once part of many schools' physical education curriculum, and many schools had clubs and would compete in inter-school tournaments. In the second half of the 20th century, fencing gradually faded from physical education curricula in the United States. This has been attributed to worries about 'weapons in schools' or that it requires expensive equipment. Fencers, of course, dispute the characterization of fencing foils as weapons since they fail to meet the applicable criteria - a tool of injury or destruction - since foils are engineered specifically to contact the human body without injury.
However, youth fencing has remained a club sport at some schools, and the last several years have seen an increase in fencing clubs and tournaments at the high school level. The US Fencing Association has encouraged this through the Regional Youth Circuit program.High school fencing season is generally in fall and winter.
High school fencing has also gained a renewed following in the United States, evidenced by the establishment of state leagues, an increase in Junior level national competitors, and in 2011 the establishment of a National High School Championship in Cleveland, Ohio.
High school competitive fencing has grown significantly in Massachusetts, one of the few states where it remains a varsity sport. The league is growing steadily, and there are currently 11 varsity programs in the state (New Jersey 55, Georgia 17, and North Carolina 12).
MA High School State League includes:
Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols (Cambridge),
Concord-Carlisle High School,
Northampton High School,
Bishop Feehan High School (Attleboro),
Commonwealth High School (Boston),
Boston University Academy (Boston),
St. John's Prep (Danvers),
Dana Hall School (Wellesley),
Beaver Country Day School (Brookline),
Boston Latin School (Boston),
International School of Boston (Cambridge/Arlington)
Lexington High School
Cambridge Rindge & Latin
has existed for a long time. Some of the earliest programs in the US came from the Ivy Leagueschools, but now there are over 100 fencing programs in the US. Both clubs and varsity teams participate in the sport, however only the varsity teams may participate in the NCAAchampionship tournament. Due to the limited number of colleges that have fencing teams, teams fence inter-division (teams from Division I schools to Division III), and all divisions participate in the NCAA Championships.Scholarship for fencing was $36, 400, 000 (2008). More than 25 Universities in Division I and Division II have full or partial athletic scholarship. As with any other college sport, scholarships are competitive and typically go to athletes who have shown excellent tournament results in high school. Our coaches and staff will help you plan ahead if you’re interested in working toward a scholarship.
Dynamo students went to:
University of Rochester
University of Michigan