Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow....Not Much to Say

I am snowed in. It is the first white Christmas here sense the sixties. It has occurred to me that most of my fellow fencers can't remember that one, but I do.

I am finding it more and more difficult to maintain this journal. I just don't have anything to say that is not redundant.

There is a two day camp at CHFA this week. I am giving some thought to seeing if I can go for one of the days.

I do not see much in the way of tournaments for me in the near future, though I may be able to squeeze in a couple in January. I will just have to see how it goes.

There is a new video at the NCFDP web site. http://ncfdp.org/ It is long, but it very nice. You can see an example of the type of lessons I use to take with Coach Miller. The young man taking the lessons, is better than I ever was. I felt honored to have a couple of pictures of myself and my training partner included at the end.
The music is more than apporopiate as well.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Observer

I will be an observer for a Mid-South this weekend.

The observer role needs to change.

In talking to Donny,(Who drove 51/2 hours at the last minute and got paid less than gas money to observe an ASU event. A true hero in my book.)he and Greg are going to submit a petition to allow observers to fence. Not only fence, but fence free. I support this 100%.

Here is why. Observers need to do three things. Check safety. Check registration. Turn in results. They do not need to be the head of the bout committee and who is more aware of safety than a fencer.

Observers were created to take the load off Division officers. If they do not change how events can be observed, there will not be enough observers to handle the job in the future and the load will begin to shift back to the officers. It should be addressed now, otherwise it would be like the way our nations deficit is being handled. Wait for the next guy.

To correct this problem, you fix it so there is an advantage to observing. Make it so people want to do this job. This might entice college kids or folks in the military to want to be observers.

It needs to be fixed. Just saying.


"Interweb" Stuff
Our Division website will almost never let you sign in to post. That could stand to be fixed as well.

I think we have three NC fencing areas on Facebook. I can never remember which one we are using these days. Why not have an OFFICIAL NCUSFA Facebook area. One where anyone can post. Why can't we do that? I guess such a thing would require board approval.


Question
When a sloppy "hacker" beats a technically good fencer, does that make the hacker a good fencer?