Welcome to U-M Fencing!

Welcome to the University of Michigan Fencing team! Whether you’re a new or returning member, we look forward to having you.

This page will be helpful to you in (re)joining the club, receiving all important information throughout the year, and getting to know your teammates.

Becoming a Member

Please follow these steps to become a member of the club this term. All members, including those returning, must complete these annually!

  1. Health insurance: Obtain health insurance if you are not currently covered. The University offers insurance to students at the beginning of each term.

  2. Maize Pages: Join our Maize Pages organization by navigating to our page and selecting “Join organization”. An officer will approve your request shortly. Returning members need not complete this step.

  3. Participation Agreement: After joining us on Maize Pages, scroll to the “Forms” section to find this year’s Participation Agreement, or use the direct link here. Please complete it to become an official member of our roster. A photo of your health insurance card is required for completion. This must be submitted and approved before traveling, and facility supervisors begin to disallow those not on the roster shortly after the beginning of the term; complete this early to avoid missing fencing. All members must complete this, including those returning!

  4. Dues: The officers shall announce dues and a date by which they should be paid. Dues may be paid to the club Treasurer by cash or check (made out to “The Regents of the University of Michigan” with “fencing” in the memo).

Online Resources and Communication Tools

As a member, you will be interested in the following online resources.

  • Slack Team: Slack can be used for announcements, discussing travel, planning social events, and/or chatting with teammates. There are several channels, so please explore and use them to keep conversations organized. Slack is a requirement for the travel team to ensure those traveling can easily contact one another.

    • Register at umfc.slack.com. Add your phone number to help others reach you!
    • Please see Slack’s download page to find the correct app for your platform.
    • Please adjust notification preferences once you’ve made an account to ensure you can be responsive.
    • Join your weapon’s channel (e.g., #epee)!
  • MCommunity: Please join the official MCommunity group to continue to receive emails. If you need help with this, please ask the club Secretary. Returning members should already be on this list.

    • Email is used for all official announcements, so please make sure to join this list if you intend on being a member.
    • Got on our recruiting email list and not interested in fencing? Remove yourself from the list on MCommunity.
    • Missed an email? Check the archives!
  • Website: The very website you’re on now contains lots of information about the club, including results, roster, and schedule. There are also links to all of our official social media accounts in the footer.

  • Schedule: Never wonder if there is practice today! Here you can find the club’s upcoming and past schedule, which includes practices, competitions, and official events. The Officers do their best to keep the calendar a perfect reflection of the club’s schedule, but note that events on far-out dates may not be accurate. Add our calendar to yours to stay synchronized.

  • Facebook group: The members of the club maintain an unofficial “secret” Facebook group. Unofficial social events are posted in this group, along with reminders, articles about fencing, and job offers. This group is used alongside our Slack team to communicate with one another. Ask a current member to invite you to join this group.

  • Discord Server: The club members also maintain an unofficial Discord server. This is primarily a casual space to hang out, plan social events, form study groups, etc., but is also used for announcements and general communication. Please reach out to an officer or other current member for the link to the server.

Social Media Pages

Follow us on our official social media channels for updates on competitions, pictures and videos of your teammates, and other announcements.