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Our flagship location, we meet inside the American Legion Hall, Post 271, located near the intersection of routes 9 and 47 in the center of Hadley.

Our Age Groups

  • Youth: ages 10 to 13.
  • Teen/Adult: ages 13 to adult.
Students who are 13 years old may be able to attend either or both age group classes, with coach permission.

Our Classes

Membership in Riverside Fencing Club is required for class enrollment. Students sign up for a given class group for the duration of a class term, usually two calendar months (see right). 

  • Introductory Class. For fencers who have never fenced before. Start here! New to fencing? Start with an Introductory course, where we teach you the basics of the game, from movement, to etiquette and safety, to basic tactics and techniques. This course runs for six sessions, and is offered in other locations, also.
    • Registration for the May-June 2017 session is closed.
    • Fee: $110.00 for the course.
  • Recreational Class. After you've completed the Introductory course, we'll invite you to join the Recreational class, which meets once weekly. This class's focus is on technical and tactical instruction, but also includes some bouting. 
    • Registration for the May-June 2017 session is closed.
    • Fee: $165.00 per session.
    • Successful completion of the introductory course, or equivalent with coach permission, required.
  • Intermediate Class. Ready to start competing and testing your skills against others a little more? Add the Intermediate class to the recreational class to fence twice weekly. The intermediate class is geared more toward competition skills, and focuses less on formal technical instruction. Concurrent attendance in a recreational class required.
    • Registration for the May-June 2017 session is closed.
    • Fee: $305.00 per session (includes recreational class fee).
    • Completion of introductory course, or equivalent with coach permission, required.
  • Footwork and Conditioning Class. Regardless of your ability level or age, being in better physical shape for fencing is always a bonus, and having better footwork is always an asset on the strip! Add this class to your training regimen to provide the extra strength, stamina, focus, balance, and precision to your game to take you to the next level.
    • Fee: $10.00 per class meeting
      • No prior registration is required!
      • USA Fencing membership is required (insurance requirement)
    • Appropriate for fencers of all ages and ability levels. 

Open Fencing

Open Fencing hours are when there are no formal classes scheduled, but the club is open to everyone (all ages) to fence for the fun and practice of it.

Open fencing hours occur Mondays (starting Jan 2017), Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays after the Teen/Adult classes. (M/T/Th: 7:30pm to 9pm; Sat: 12:30pm to 2pm.)

Membership in Riverside Fencing Club is not required for open fencing, but there is a guest floor fee for non-members. Membership in USA Fencing is required for open fencing (a requirement of the club's insurance policy).

Our Weekly Schedule

Our class sessions run approximately 2 calendar months, or at least 7 weeks per session. 

For the May-June 2017 session:
  • Mondays 
    • 6p to 7:30p: Teen/Adult Recreational Class
    • 7:30p to 9p: Open Fencing & Private Lessons
  • Tuesdays
    • 4:30p to 6p: Youth Recreational Class
    • 6p to 7:30p: Teen/Adult Recreational Class
    • 7:30p to 9p: Open Fencing & Private Lessons
  • Wednesdays
    • 5:30p to 7p: All ages Introductory Class
  • Thursdays 
    • 5:00p to 6:30p: Youth Intermediate Class
    • 5:30p to 6:30p: Youth Open Fencing
    • 6:30p to 7:30p: All ages footwork and conditioning class
    • 6:30p to 9p: Open Fencing & Private Lessons (all ages)
  • Saturdays
    • 11a to 12:30p: Teen/Adult Intermediate Class
    • 12:30p to 2p: Open Fencing & Private Lesson

Our Sessions Schedule

  • May-Jun 2017 Session:
    • Starts: May 1
    • Ends: Jun 27
    • Closed:
      • May 27-29 (Memorial Day weekend)
  • Summer Break:
    • Club will be closed June 28 through July 21, 2017.
  • Summer 2017 Session:
    • Starts July 22, 2017
    • Ends Labor Day, 2017
    • Reduced offerings at the club.
  • Sep-Oct 2017 Session:
    • Starts Sep 10, 2017
    • Ends Oct 28, 2017
    • Closed: 
      • Columbus Day weekend: Oct 7-9
  • Nov-Dec 2017 Session:
    • Starts Oct 29, 2017
    • Ends Dec 27, 2017
    • Closed (dates are still tentative):
      • Thanksgiving: Nov 22-26
      • Christmas: Dec 21-25