2012-2013 Membership Guide
Registration/Types of Membership
In past years, we have used the CFFs membership registration system as our front line system for the registration of members. This year, for many reasons, we have decided to use another company as our front line system.
Excellence, Transition and Coach/Officials members will be directed to this link to register.
Foundation and Booster members will be registered through the club using this template
You may contact June McGuire at email@example.com with any and all registration problems. Please do not contact the CFF as they no longer have access to our registration systems.
Although you may have access to the CFF registration system through the CFF website, it is not advisable to use this system to register. In order to be insured, your payment must be in the hands of the OFA or your club in the case of Boosters and Foundations. If there is a delay in the processing of fees from the CFF to the OFA, you may not be insured for liability in the case of an accident. Please follow the procedures listed on this page!
Member data will be forwarded to the CFF with your payment to renew or apply for a CFF number. This will normally be done on the Thursday of each week unless there is a need to process a membership sooner for competition reasons. Your CFF licence is no longer connected to your insurance but will still be required for competitions and rankings.
The Fee Structure is Changing
The fee structure for the 2011/2012 season is changing. An outline follows below. If you have any questions about membership, please contact June McGuire.
Why is the fee structure changing?
Alignment with Long Term Athlete Development
The OFA and all sports organizations are expected to align all systems with the Canadian Sport for Life stages of athlete development (LTAD), including programs, competitions, and administration.
More Support Needed for High Performance Programs.
With the loss of Podium and other High Performance funding at the CFF level the responsibility of supporting our athletes is falling increasingly to provincial organizations such as the OFA.
A Need to Alter the Imbalance
A fair membership system will be structured so that those who use the system most pay the biggest fees, and the basic users pay a supportive fee that reflects their usage of the infrastructure and services.
What are the new membership categories?
This level is for those who are new to fencing.
- Active Start and FUNdamentals
- Covers insurance ($5,000,000 third person liability) and registration for individuals
- Includes volunteers, club administrators and board members, school and community program participants, Learn to Fence Programs, in club training events, etc.
- Does not include any competitions or training events outside of the registered club
- This level of member will learn the basic foundation skills of fencing. Those wishing to go into the Canadian Fencing Federation Armband program by testing for Yellow will require a CFF license. Please indicate this on the registration form from your club. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition $42.50 [includes CFF license]
This level is for those who have done the basic training and are ready to start competing outside their own club in non-point competitions, or for those who want low key fun without worrying about National points and rankings. It is also for those who want to progress through the CFF Instructional Program.
- Learn to Train/ Active for Life
- Yellow/Orange/Green Armband level
- Insurance ($5,000,000 third person liability) and registration for individuals
- CFF license included
- Can compete at local non-point competitions such as OCCs, Invitationals (RMC team, CAR team, Foiling Around, etc.) Ontario Youth Events
- Does not include any competitions for National points
- Not eligible for inclusion in the National Rankings
- Not eligable for any Ontario funding or selection programs
Excellence $77.50 [includes CFF license]
This level is for the serious athlete who is competing for ranking points and training to achieve excellence in the sport
Please note that your ranking is linked with your license number. This means that if you already have a license, and you register under a new license number, you will lose all your previous ranking points. If you wish to correct the error after registering under an incorrect license number, there will be fees payable to the CFF. Please see their policy on licensing errors for more information.
- Train to Train and Train to Win
- Blue/Red/Black armband
- Insurance ($5,000,000 third person liability) and registration for individuals
- CFF license included
- Eligible for inclusion in the National Rankings
- Entry into all competitions held in Canada and USA
- International competitions. (May need additional FIE license for some Levels)
- Eligibility for funding (eg. Quest)
- Eligibility for training programs
- Eligibility for Ontario Elite Teams, Ontario Games selection, Canada Games selection, National Team programs
Please note that you are required to purchase a membership at least 72 hours prior to a competition. You are advised to bring a paper copy of your receipt to all competitions in case you are asked to verify your membership status.
Officials and Coaches $32.50 (included for free with a Transition or Excellence membership)
- Eligibility for all OFA and CFF Officials programs and NCCP Certification
- All Ontario coaches and officials must be registered members
Ontario Fencing Boosters $1
If you volunteer in your club, are a parent of a fencer, are on a Board, or just want to contribute to our many athlete programs, you can become an Ontario Fencing Booster. By paying a token fee you demonstrate that you support the good work of our athletes and coaches at all levels. Your name on our membership list boosts our numbers and may contribute to a raise in government funding as well. Your support is worth a great deal to us in so many ways. Your information will never be shared with or sold to any other groups. So register today and become an Ontario Fencing Booster!
What about clubs?
Club Membership $100
- Eligibility for OFA grant programs
- Sanctioning of program activities, including those outside of the usual venue (schools, recreation centres, demonstrations, etc.) and competitions
- Errors and Omissions Insurance for Club Boards of Directors
- Optional extra coverage for Appeals and Disputes
How do I register for a membership?
To register for an Individual Membership
Please note that your ranking is linked with your license number. This means that if you already have a license, and you register under a new license number, you will lose all your previous ranking points. If you wish to correct the error after registering under an incorrect license number, there may be fees payable to the CFF. Please see their policy on licensing errors for more information.
To register for a Foundation or Booster membership, please contact your club registrar. A form will be posted here shortly for clubs, but in the interim, club registrars should contact June McGuire.
To register for an individual Transition, Excellence or Coach / Official membership, please click here.
To check for your CFF license number, click here.
To register for a Club Membership
- Enter all information on the Club Registration Form
- Please include all times for practices and events. Just for Fun training events and changes to sanctioned hours can be submitted later by email. The OFA must be informed of all sanctioned activities in order for insurance to be active.
- The signature on the form must be someone with signing authority for the club.
- To complete your club registration please mail a cheque for $100 to :
Ontario Fencing Association
984 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON, L8S 1B2
For Club Administrators: How to register your Foundation and Booster Members:
- Use this template
- Fill in all fields
- Email to email@example.com
- You will be invoiced for the amount. You collect the fees from the members and then mail a cheque to:
- Ontario Fencing Association
- 984 Main St. W.Hamilton,
- ON, L8S 1B2
- For CFF license please check the column.
2011-2012 OFA/CFF Membership year runs from August 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011.
Memberships become active when fees and applications are received by the club officer or on line
Frequently asked questions
I am a coach (official) but also a competitive athlete. Do I need to register twice?
A Transition or Excellence Membership will also cover your Coaching and Official roles. Be sure to include this information on your application. You will need only one CFF license.
Do I get a new CFF number every year?
NO!!! A CFF number will be issued to you when you initially register for your license. You will keep this number for subsequent years. Use the same name version on your membership application and renewals as you use for all competition registrations and communication to the OFA and CFF. Using different variations could lead to the issuing of double CFF numbers which will be problematic for ranking. If you can’t remember which name you used, you can check your information at click here
I am a volunteer at my club and help out occasionally. Why do I need a membership?
Membership in the OFA shows a commitment and appreciation for a sport that gives us so much. It boosts our numbers to help us become eligible for increased grant money and makes us more attractive to sponsors. This is a way you can help the general fencing community as well as your club. Thank you for everything you do for fencing!
I am just starting to compete. What if I don’t like it?
There are many opportunities to compete at club competitions. These are informal, relaxed ways to get used to competition formats. If you enjoy this level, you can upgrade your membership to Transition and participate in some more formal competitions. If you don’t like competition after trying it out, it is perfectly acceptable to fence in your club, have fun, and enjoy the activity with your friends. Fencing is truly a lifelong sport. There are folks still fencing into their eighties and nineties.
Where does my membership money go?
We depend on membership dollars to educate coaches and referees, plan programs, fund athlete programs and do the work of the organization. The Ontario Government is currently recognizing the importance of sport by increasing availability of funds but the amount of money granted depends heavily on membership numbers. Most programs are subsidized by membership dollars.
I just want to do the kid’s stuff. What membership do I need?
If you are just starting you will be fine with the Foundation membership. If you are ready to compete outside of your club, you will need the Transition membership