Understanding the Relationship between USA Fencing Operations (CEO) and Governance (Chair)

Intro If you’ve ever approached Peter Burchard and told him: “I want NAC’s to be exclusively in Richmond, VA,” chances are, you’re talking to the wrong person. If you’ve ever approached Kris Ekeren and said: “I want you to put Justin Meehan in the USA Fencing Hall of Fame,” you’re also talking to the wrong … Continue reading Understanding the Relationship between USA Fencing Operations (CEO) and Governance (Chair)

Understanding the Relationship Between USA Fencing and the US Center for SafeSport

Introduction: This post was written in response to ongoing confusion regarding roles and responsibilities between that of the US Center for SafeSport (USCSS) and USA Fencing. It is not intended to go into the weeds of their unique disciplinary processes, rather, to establish who takes jurisdiction over a particular case and why. We also wrote … Continue reading Understanding the Relationship Between USA Fencing and the US Center for SafeSport

Assessing the Organizational Change Management Process in the Passage of the 2021 Bylaw Amendments

On August 31, 2021, the USA Fencing Board of Directors convened to discuss a number of sweeping new bylaw amendments to overhaul the current Governance Structure of USA Fencing. I previously posted an assessment of the amendments based on a Board Maturity Model, but today’s post will focus on the shortcomings of these changes from … Continue reading Assessing the Organizational Change Management Process in the Passage of the 2021 Bylaw Amendments

On Mandatory SafeSport Training for Minors: a Personal Story

Note: the following article has a personal anecdote on the grooming of minors. Trigger warning and so on, so forth.Update: A previous version of this article stated that USA Archery mandates SafeSport training for children. This was incorrect, and has been edited out. When I was a little kid, we would go to visit my … Continue reading On Mandatory SafeSport Training for Minors: a Personal Story

Answering some Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Alen Hadzic Case

Alen Hadzic. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Note: this post was written to to discuss the complex procedures that have gone into his case thus far and clear up some of the misinformation snowballing on social media. What is Mr. Hadzic being accused of? Those allegations are outlined in the BuzzFeed and Insider articles pretty clearly. … Continue reading Answering some Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Alen Hadzic Case

Assessing USA Fencing’s Proposed Governance Structure – From the Perspective of an Organizational Design Expert

Introduction: On July 12, 2021, USA Fencing proposed the following changes to the bylaws in order to revolutionize the Board’s reporting structure and as stated by the Governance task force, “improve membership experience.”These amendments will be voted on in the upcoming August 31 executive session with a membership feedback session to be held on August … Continue reading Assessing USA Fencing’s Proposed Governance Structure – From the Perspective of an Organizational Design Expert

FOLO FIE “Hard” Epee Review: a Rising Star and a True BF White Competitor

Disclaimer:I was provided with a complimentary blade from FOLO in return for my honest review. Parts and labor (outside of the blade/tip itself) were provided by me. I received no monetary compensation for this review, nor am I endorsed by FOLO in any capacity, mostly because I suck at Fencing. All thoughts and opinions expressed … Continue reading FOLO FIE “Hard” Epee Review: a Rising Star and a True BF White Competitor

Epee Refereeing Nuggets from the June 2021 Richmond NAC

Hello friends and fellow aspiring referees around the world, The following are my notes I took for personal epee referee development from the Richmond NAC. Many of these things are obvious, many of them are not. Regardless, I wanted to share with you all my notes, and maybe these nuggets will help you too. Sound … Continue reading Epee Refereeing Nuggets from the June 2021 Richmond NAC

Want to Know Who You’re Fencing Before the Tableau is Posted? Use this Simple Formula

Hell hath no fury like the stench of clustered fencers reviewing pool results and waiting for the tableau to post. So you’ve finished pools, and the seeding gets posted. You’re sitting there waiting for the tableau to follow, and you have one question on your mind: who’s going to ride the pain train next? In … Continue reading Want to Know Who You’re Fencing Before the Tableau is Posted? Use this Simple Formula