Vacations and Long Term Absences
CEFC is open-year round for instruction and does not put classes on hiatus during breaks and vacations, except as below under Holiday Schedule and Closures or communicated significantly in advance. Generally speaking we do not put memberships on hold except in the case of injury or illness requiring the athlete to be absent greater than 3 weeks.
During summer vacations, we offer membership holds, prorated membership rates, or a pay-by-attendance rate for the summer for fencers who renew their annual fees and memberships prior to going on vacation. This prorated rate is published in May of each year.
Any cancellation or membership modification due to summer plans should be communicated in writing by email. Any fees that are charged due to a lack of communication will not be refunded and no credit will be issued.
Automatic Payments, Withdrawals, Refunds, and Discounts
All CEFC memberships are charged at the beginning of the month. A $40 late payment fee is charged for any monthly bill that is unpaid by the 3rd of the month. If a member decides to cancel their membership, they must let us know in writing by the 20th day of the month prior to not be charged. There are no prorated amounts for an incomplete month, except at the beginning of a membership term. If a member withdraws after the 20th day of the month prior, the membership will still be charged, and there is no refund of these fees. The fencer may complete the full month that was charged.
Fencers that cancel their membership are subject to a restart fee of $100.
Holiday Schedule and Closures
Generally speaking, CEFC is closed for Thanksgiving, New Years Day, and Christmas Day. We also typically close several days around Summer Nationals and for major regional tournaments in the North Texas Metroplex.
For inclement weather, we follow the Birdville ISD closure schedule.
Private Lesson Policies
Private lessons are available to studnets only at the discretion of Cutting Edge Fencing and its staff. CEFC may discontinue private lessons for any student at any time.
Please note that the lesson slot you sign up for is reserved specifically for you. It is important that athletes show up on time and avoid cancellations except in the case of emergency.
All private lessons are managed using our online scheduling software. They must be booked and paid for using that system.
Cancellations: All private lessons must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance except in the the case of emergency. We ask you communicate with us as soon as possible. Rescheduling credits will not be given for lessons that are cancelled inside the 24 hour window, except as by the discretion of staff.
Fencers are to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the private lesson to allow time for warmup up. If the student is late, the lesson will be shortened accordingly. If the studnet is more than 10 minutes late, the lesson will be cancelled and no makeup will be given.
Once USA Fencing returns to competition after the COVID-19 Pandemic we will update this policy.
SabreCat Rules of Training
Safety is paramount. Always wear appropriate training gear for the activity at hand. Masks must be worn when crossing blades. Long pants (but not jeans!) are required for drills and bouting. Underarm protectors must be worn under fencing jackets.
Respect yourself. Give your complete attention to the task in front of you. Work on the actions that you are not good at. Use your time wisely and make the most of your training sessions.
Respect your teammates. When paired for drills, do your best to be a good training partner. When bouting, work to make each other better. Do not waste their time by giving low effort. Give positive feedback and constructive criticism.
Respect your coaches. Listen to their feedback and correction. Be respectful of their knowledge and authority.
Respect the physical space of your club. Keep fencing bags on storage shelves. Put shared gear back on the hangers and racks. Clean up any messes that you find regardless of who made them.
Work purposefully. Accept that errors are part of the learning process, but attempt to eliminate them. If you are not making errors, you aren’t trying hard enough. If you are making too many errors, you are attempting things you aren’t ready for.
Be on time. Come to the fencing center well in advance of your scheduled class or lesson. A proper warm up routine should take at minimum 15 minutes and should be completed prior to the start of class.
SabreCat Code of Honor
Sportsmanship is my touchstone. I will honor and respect my opponent in both victory and defeat.
Complacency is foreign to me. I will remain humble and hungry in my greatest victories and my most devastating losses.
My motivation comes from within. I will not worship my opponent’s, my coaches’, my teammates’, or my family’s accolades. The touches I score are the only reward I seek.
The bout is always fenced in full. Neither my victory nor my defeat is imminent until the final touch is scored.
I will fence for one touch at a time.
I will will work tirelessly to be my best, for defeat is my fault and my fault alone.
Knowing my behavior reflects on those around me, I will proceed virtuously as I represent my club, my coaches, my teammates, and my country.
I will give 100% in training, because when I am not, someone else is, and when we meet, they will win every time.
It is my duty to help the weakest links in my club become the strongest.
It is my duty to inspire the everyone in my club to love fencing as I do.