Collegiate fencing is one among many other official NCAA sports. The NCAA’s first fencing tournament was held at Northwestern University in 1941. Although both clubs and varsity teams participate in the sport, only the varsity teams may participate in the NCAA championship tournament.
The first fencing programs in the US were predominantly Ivy League schools, but now there are over 100 fencing programs in the US and there are numerous scholarship opportunities. Fencing is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the limit per school. For example, an NCAA 1 school can award 9 male fencers each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the limit of 4.5 per team. So your odds of fencing at a collegiate level go up even more!
Why Collegiate Fencing?
There are many advantages to being a student athlete. Besides the health benefits of regular exercise, stress relief, and learning to balance a full schedule, student athletes have a lot of resources available to them throughout their college experience that will set them up for success after they graduate from college. The most critical thing that student athletes can learn is to be able to focus and complete tasks under pressure and work well in a team environment, which will be crucial to life after graduation especially in the workplace.
How can we help?
There are a lot of intricacies to NCAA fencing. We encourage you to do your research on schools that offer fencing and see which ones may be the right fit for you.
We can provide appropriate goal setting for each students to get them on track for fencing in college. And we are happy to answer any questions about some of the prerequisites required for fencing in college.
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