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Ranking of Fencing Clubs Generating the Largest Number of “A” Ratings in Men’s Saber Events 2016-2017

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So you dream of getting an “A” rating, the holy grail of fencing?  In this post, we briefly comment on the “A” ratings awarded to men saber fencers in local, regional and national events in 2016-2017. We also rank the fencing clubs generating the largest number of “A” ratings in men’s saber events. A similar article for women saber fencers will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Check back in! 

There were 91 “A” ratings awarded in men’s saber events by the USFA in local, regional and national tournament events during last years’ fencing season. The “A” ratings were split 68, A2017s and 23, A2016s. About 76% of the “A” ratings were awarded to fencers with an “A” rating. Of this group, 84% were awarded an A2017 in the period January 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017. Nineteen or  21% of “A” ratings were awarded to fencers with a “B” rating and 2% went to fencers with a  “C” rating.

The “B” rated fencers took on average just under 12 months to upgrade their “B” rating to an “A” rating, although it ranged from about three months to 32 months. About 70% of the “B” rated fencers took between four months and 20 months to upgrade their “B” rating, i.e., 11.9 months plus or minus 8.1 months. For further detailed analysis on the characteristics of the “A” ratings awarded last year, download our FREE and new 19-page report, “An Analysis of “A” ratings Awarded in Men’s Saber Events in 2016-2017.  Click Here

So what were the clubs generating the largest number of “A” rated saber fencers in 2016-2017?  Ninety-one “A” ratings were awarded to 75 fencers from 32 USFA member clubs. Seventy-six or almost 84% of the “A” ratings awarded were shared among fencers of 18 clubs that generated two or more “A” ratings per club as illustrated in the table below. 

Ranking of Fencing Clubs Generating the Largest Number of "A" Ratings in Men's Saber Events, 2016-2017

"A" Ratings Awarded RankFencing ClubNumber of "A" Ratings Awarded to Club MembersPercent of Total "A" Ratings AwardedCumulative Percent of Total "A" Ratings Awarded
Total91100%
1Nellya Fencers, GA1011.0%11.0%
2Manhattan Fencing Center, NY99.9%20.9%
3TAvant Garde Fencers Club, CA77.7%28.6%
3TBergen Fencing Club, NJ77.7%36.3%
5TFencers Club of Arizona, AZ66.6%42.9%
5TPremier Fencing Academy, CA66.6%49.5%
7Durkan Fencing Academy, NJ55.5%54.9%
8Queen City Fencing, NC44.4%59.3%
9TFencing Academy of Denver, CO33.3%62.6%
9TNew York Athletic Club, NY33.3%65.9%
11TAdvance Fencing And Fitness Academy, NJ22.2%68.1%
11TBoston Fencing Club, MA22.2%70.3%
11TMission Fencing Center, NY22.2%72.5%
11TOregon Fencing Alliance, OR22.2%74.7%
11TPeter Westbrook Foundation, NY22.2%76.9%
11TRedStar Fencing Club Chicago, IL22.2%79.1%
11TTim Morehouse Fencing Club, NY22.2%81.3%
11TWayne State University, MI22.2%83.5%
19TCannon Fencing Academy, OH11.1%84.6%
19TCapital Fencing Academy, MD11.1%85.7%
19TFencing Alliance of Ohio, OH11.1%86.8%
19THalberstadt Fencers' Club, CA11.1%87.9%
19THangtown Saber Club, CA11.1%89.0%
19TLaguna Fencing Center, CA11.1%90.1%
19TMexicali Esgrima, Mexico11.1%91.2%
19TMidwest Fencing Academy, IL11.1%92.3%
19TResearch Triangle Fencing, NC11.1%93.4%
19TRhode Island Fencing Academy And Club, RI11.1%94.5%
19TSabre Outreach Network, FL11.1%95.6%
19TSalle Auriol Seattle, WA11.1%96.7%
19TUnattached11.1%97.8%
19TUS Navy, CA11.1%98.9%
19TZeta Fencing, MA11.1%100%
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings, LLC based on an analysis of askFRED.net and USFA national event data.

So you dream of getting an “A” rating, the holy grail of fencing?  If you think an “A” rating is more elusive than a “B” rating, you are probably correct according to an excellent analysis done by David Ma who demonstrates that the skill gap between achieving an E>D>C>B>A gets progressively larger. See his analysis here.  So, in other words, what got you a “B” rating, won’t necessarily get you an “A” rating which leads to the discussion of whether or not, all “A” ratings are created equal. David Ma demonstrates empirically what we all know; not all “A” ratings are created equal!

So what will it take to get an “A” rating? There are no guarantees but fencers seeking an “A” rating need to regularly fence in high-level events against good opponents as often as possible. For athletes interested in upgrading their “B” rating to an “A” rating, the training requirements are a minimum of three to four times a week, depending on your goals. You will also need to monitor your placement in relation to “A” rated fencers who place above and below you in events.

David Ma’s website is an excellent place to start: http://www.pointcontrol.info/. An “A” rating requires much more technical and tactical ability, as well as competition experience. Because an “A” rating represents a “high water mark”, fencing more competitions similar to the events generating the largest number of “A” ratings as outlined in our new and FREE report means more opportunities to earn an “A” rating.


Our 19-page report provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the 91 “A” ratings awarded in men’s saber events by the USFA in local, regional and national tournament events for 2016-2017. Among the questions answered by the report are: how many and what percentage of “A” ratings were awarded at local, regional and national tournaments;  how many “A” ratings were awarded in mixed gender vs single gender events; how many and what percentage of “A” ratings were awarded in Youth, Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran events and how many and what percentage of “A” ratings were awarded at local and regional tournaments by state? Get your FREE and new 19-page report here. Click Here

The path to an “A” rating is not easy but the facts and figures in our report will help you make important strategic decisions in order that you maximize your opportunity of achieving an “A” rating.

 

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