Steps to be recruited for a college fencing program
There are important steps that you need to take if you want to fence at the college level.
1) Research and make note of all of the academic requirements for every potential college while you are a freshman, so you know what is expected of you.
2) Mail an introduction letter explaining your accomplishments to as many potential coaches as possible.
3) Talk with a recruiting agency about how you can develop an effective sports marketing package to promote yourself to college coaches.
4) Practice your fencing poise and posture in any free time.
5) Participate in any fencing tournaments and training camps that you can to increase your exposure.
6) Ask for a recommendation letter from your current fencing coach.
7) Try to build relationships with college coaches by staying in touch with them on a regular basis and responding to their questions quickly.
8) Make sure you have good grades and a high score on your SATs.
How fencers are evaluated
Fencing is not as popular of as most college sports, so there are limited opportunities, especially for a scholarship. A college fencer should be nationally or internationally recognized and have the capabilities to win tough matches. Coaches want to recruit fencers who perform at their best when the pressure is on.
Your attitude, your reputation, and your commitment to fencing are crucial to being considered by a college coach. The more positive exposure when you are competing, the better your chances will be of getting recruited. If you are not sure how to gain the exposure on your own, then consult with an expert.
Academic requirements for college fencing recruits
Coaches often struggling to decide between two competent fencers and the only factor left to consider is academic performance. Coaches recognize that an athlete that takes school seriously is more likely to also work hard when it comes to improving their fencing abilities. Try to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and aim for 1000 or better on your SATs to make sure your academic performance does hold you back from fencing in college.
Why college fencing camps matter
Fencing camps and showcases teach your advance techniques and will work on improving your form and accuracy. These drills are designed to take you from a great high school fencer to a superior college fencer.
They are also a great way for you to make connections and demonstrate your abilities to college coaches. Coaches at the college level want to see athletes who are constantly pushing themselves to improve. You’ll be motivated to work harder than the competition and coaches will take note of it.