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USA Fencing is dedicated to serving more than 20,000 members from the grassroots to the elite level. Focused on our mission of fostering the growth, participation and development of domestic fencing at all levels, USA Fencing Member Services assists individuals and clubs with membership questions and benefits.
We also are a resource for program information and development of fencing in the United States.
Non-Competitive Membership: Open to all persons upon payment of the dues for the membership year as specified herein. Includes secondary medical/accident insurance, but does not allow the member to vote or compete. Magazine subscription and membership card are not included. Membership is upgradeable.
Competitive Membership: Open to all persons upon payment of the dues for the membership year as specified herein. Competitive members have the right to enter and compete in local, divisional, regional, and national-level competitions, and may vote in elections of the USA Fencing membership subject to the member voting age restriction and deadlines as to the date of membership or be a candidate for office in USA Fencing elections. Competitive members may join for one-year or three-year terms upon payment of dues as determined by the Board of Directors.
Professional Membership: Professional members, including coaches, have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members and additionally receive the benefit of a general liability insurance policy purchased by the Association. In order to become a Professional member, an individual must successfully complete such background screening as required by the Association within 30 days of application.
Supporting Membership: Supporting members enjoy the rights, benefits, and privileges of membership with respect to voting and holding office; supporting members may not compete in USA Fencing sanctioned competitions. Supporting members may upgrade to a competitive membership upon payment of dues equivalent to the current competitive rate. Supporting membership add-ons are available for parents of competitive members under the age of 18, with a limit of two add-on supporting memberships.
Life Membership: On payment of dues as determined by the Board of Directors, Life members have the same rights, benefits, and privileges as Competitive members, and may vote in elections of the USA Fencing membership subject to the member voting age restriction and deadlines as to the date of membership or be a candidate for office in USA Fencing elections. Life members retain these rights, benefits, and privileges for the remainder of their natural lives without the payment of additional dues. Life members seeking the benefits of Professional membership may do so upon payment of an annual fee equal to the difference between a Professional and Competitive membership and successful completion of periodic background check.
Life Installment Membership: Open to all persons upon payment of one-tenth the dues for Life membership at the time of enrollment. Upon payment of membership dues installments for ten consecutive years at the same rate as at the time of enrollment, the membership will automatically be converted to Life membership. The purpose of this category is to allow individuals to become Life members by spreading the cost of the Life membership fee over a period of ten years.
Benefactor Membership: Life members may show their continuing support of the Association by upgrading their membership to Benefactor status. Benefactor memberships are grouped in four levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum), with the dues for each level as determined by the Board of Directors. Benefactor members receive additional benefits, including insignia and devices for wear, a certificate, and additional recognition through the Association’s channels of communications. Dues paid towards one tier may be credited against the dues required for the next tier and are cumulative over time.
Subscription Membership: Open to all persons on payment of specified dues, but having the limitations that Subscription members may not compete, vote, nor hold office in the Association. Subscription members receive American Fencing magazine and other periodicals and electronic news releases from the Association.
Affiliate Club: Affiliate Clubs receive website listing, magazine subscription, affiliate certificate/sticker and have the ability to field a team at national events, but do not participate in the USA Fencing insurance program.
Member Club: Member Clubs receive website listing, magazine subscription, club certificate/sticker, and have the ability to field a team at national events. Member Clubs will receive General Liability Insurance coverage of $2,000,000 through the USA Fencing policy. All members and participants of USA Fencing Member Clubs must be individual members of USA Fencing.
Corporate Membership: Corporate Memberships are available to companies who support USA Fencing. The Corporate membership includes a listing and link on the website, subscription to magazine, discount on magazine advertising, and access to the following items: USA Fencing members through vendor coupon page, vendor registration at USA Fencing National Events (space is limited), banner advertising on score tables at USA Fencing National Events, and mailing labels at special rates.