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USFCA - New Jersey Feb 2018 Coaches Clinic     Feb 24, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018
Parsippany PAL: Parsippany, NJ USFCA National Training Program and certification seminar
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   Map to 33 Baldwin rd. Parsippany NJ 07054
posted 12/25/2017
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New Jersey Regional USFCA Coaches Clinic 2018
February 24-25, 2018
Premier Fencing Club invites all level of coaches to join us at Parsippany PAL for the East Coast Regional USFCA Coaches’ Clinic.
Camp Program
We will present step-by-step:

1. Types of coaching footwork for higher level students
2. Warming Up before tournaments.
3. Group training techniques for Moniteur and up to Prevot level.
4. Teaching Attack by hiding the blade and the progression of the action.

This clinic has 2 days of instruction which gives the coach ample time to learn and integrate any new higher level skills. Our teaching goal is to have each coach learn how to integrate all the above skills and apply them to any level students, beginner to elite.
The location is at: Parsippany PAL. 33 Baldwin rd Parsippany, NJ 07054 during the same period of running Premier RJCC - Y-Fencing RYC
When you preregister, please send your name, certification level, weapons you wish to work on at the clinic, and whether you intend to test or not, along with the level of the test and specific weapon.

Schedule and Exams

Includes one full day and Sunday half-day instruction based on the National Training Program (NTP). Each level comes with a detailed 30+ page workbook that is emailed to coaches upon receipt of payment. The workbook can be used at home to continue your studies for certification.
For those interested, we will instruct and prepare the coach to take the USFCA Moniteur & Prévôt practical exams. The exams will be offered on Sunday morning and afternoon. Exams must be scheduled well in advance with the organizers. Exam slots are limited and given out in the order that the registration payment and exam requests are received. This is one of a few USFCA locations equipped to offer the highest level certification Prévôt. Our Prévôt exam schedule fills up fast. Testing is optional and many coaches take the clinic and do not test.
You must take and pass the online written USFCA Moniteur or Prévôt exam, before the practical at those levels. Please bring proof of your passing grade and proof of online payment for the practical. See

USFCA Examination Information:
You may find the information you need for accreditation examinations at the USFCA website:
For the higher level group, option lessons are the focus along with situation drills and competitive training techniques. This is a working clinic and very little time will be spent on lecture and watching. The lead coaches will demonstrate and the attending coaches will practice the actions immediately afterwards.

When possible the coaches will be videotaped while working on elite fencing techniques in the lessons. For example, the coach will be given two or three simple actions and taught step by step how to make an Option lesson that is challenging for any level student. For coaches that have a strong background in Option lessons during the practice sessions the instructors will help the coaches use changes of distance, timing, hand and blade orientation, footwork, hand and foot coordination both correctly and purposefully incorrectly executed, foreseen and unforeseen actions, student initiative and varied tactical situations. All this will help to refine their cues and work on speed, perfect distance, shorter reaction time and rapid tempo change.

Fees: Deadline for regular payment is February 20, 2018
Full Clinic: USFCA Members: $250
Non-Members: $300
Late after February 20th (& at door) add $50: USFCA Members: $300 Non-Members: $350

Written and practical test fees are only paid online at the USFCA website and if you wish to attend just the clinic you are not required to test.

Please send and make out the check for registration fees to:
Premier Fencing Club
45 Stouts Lane, Suite #6
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Phone: (732) 666-4135

Proposed Coaches Clinic Schedule

9 AM - 6 PM
• National Training Program Prévôt covering advanced techniques for the Option Lesson in Foil and Epee.
• Use of varied footwork during bouting situations
• Functional warm up drills for youth fencing classes – linear and lateral Functional – Footwork
• Speed, agility and choice reaction games for fencing development Circuit exercises for fencing stations, interval training, resistance, cardio.
• Footwork: group footwork with command sets: vocal, visual, and various auditory signals, footwork to increase speed, change of direction, and pair drilling exercises for choice reactions
Moniteur Group work.
• Basic teaching (tutorial) drill types (demonstration-performance, with practice of each drill)
• Drill formations: two line engaging each other, Q drills.
• Drills designed for solo practice by individual fencers (dummies, mirror)
• Paired and exchange drills (fencers exchange roles, attack, defense, CA)
• Blocked drills (no reaction, reaction)
• Serial/sequential drills (tell the order or it is known)
• Random drills (choice decision drills)
• Analysis drills (tactical choices, take away an action, figure out the assigned action)
• Observation drills (use three or four fencers to critique specific assignments)
• Drills Prévôt: attack options off half-step (attack fast-slow-fast and extend off the back foot)
• Coaches give advanced Option lessons working on the actions from the drills
• Coaches split into two groups to practice giving lessons, both group and individual with feedback from the Masters and review of videoed lessons. All levels work on the techniques for the option and teaching lessons in Foil and Epee.
• Offense, Defense, and Counter-offense.
• Exams for Moniteur, Prévôt.

9:00 AM – 12 noon
Coaches work on perfecting foil, and epee lessons for their club or to take the exams. All morning, lead instructors will offer video feedback of lessons presented by coaches.

12:00 – 1: PM: Working Lunch break

1:00 – 5:30 PM: Exams for Moniteur, Prévôt

If you are an amateur coach who is interested in getting certified there are steps you should do in advance to get the most from the clinic.
1. Join the USFCA.
2. Moniteurs are encouraged to learn to referee and to take the US Fencing referee test.
3. Review the Moniteur and Prévôt Exam Study Guides at the USFCA website. The study guides and required reading lists will help you prepare for the online written Moniteur or Prévôt exams and the practical testing. We will follow the list of terms, footwork, blade work, and tactics listed in the study guides at the clinics. If you show mastery of these techniques at the clinic, we can go on to more advanced material. This will help you get the most out of the clinic.

Preregistration opens on 12/25/2017.
Preregistration closes on 02/22/2018.