Self-Assessment and Scouting


  1. During a competition use the Meet Log form to record your results and observations about your opponents (or have your strip coach make notations or your parents jot down your comments).  Most competitions post their results on FRED – but not all do so, and your Meet Log may be our only record of your performance, much less of the opponents you faced.
  2. Complete the Self-Assessment indicating areas of success and areas for improvement.  This is important to help our instructional staff make adjustments to your training.
  3. Be as specific and as detailed as possible.
  4. When you arrive home send your self-assessment and a scouting report for each fencer you fenced.  Time is of the essence – even experienced fencers do not remember all of their opponents the day after a competition.
  5. Your success in competition depends upon submitting these two forms.  Just do it.

SCOUTING:  see notes below form before entering data

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)



    Opponent Gender



    Age Group
    Y8Y10Y12Y14CadetJuniorSeniorVeteran CombinedVet 40Vet 50Vet 60Vet 70

    Basic Tactics


    Opponent Height

    Hand Speed
    Very FastFastMedium FastMediumMedium SlowSlow

    Foot Speed
    Very FastFastMedium FastMediumMedium SlowSlowStatic



    Notes to the Scouting Form:  Make sure you select the correct radio button for each entry.

    1. Basic Tactics – Offensive indicates opponent prefers to attack, defensive that the opponent prefers to defend and rely on the riposte for scoring, counteroffensive that the opponent relies heavily on stop or time hits.  Adaptive indicates that the opponent adapts to the tactical conditions and uses a mix of actions.
    2. Opponent’s Height – Judgment of height is relative to your height.
    3. Hand and Foot Speed – Values are based on your understanding of how fast fast is.
    4. Build – Thin/slender/petite indicates a small frame and relatively low body weight (ectomorph).  Medium is a generally proportional weight and height (mesomorph).  Athletic is medium with significant muscular development (mesomorph).  Stocky is a broader frame than medium or athletic but doe snot imply excess weight (mesomorph).  Overweight is weight significantly above medium or athletic for the fencer’s frame typically without equivalent muscular development (endomorph).
    5. Comments – Be specific.  Comment on techniques, tactics, and psychological factors.  Specific items may include how the opponent uses zones of the strip, effectiveness and type of footwork and distance control, favored guard position, favorite actions described, ability to accelerate, actions that the opponent attempted but did not work well, how the opponent hit you, how you hit the opponent, opponent’s level of excitation and self-control, etc. Anything that will help you win the bout next time is important.

    SELF-ASSESSMENT: see notes below the form before entering information

      Your Name (required)

      Your Email (required)


      Weapon fenced

      First Success

      Second Success

      Third Success

      First to fix

      Second to fix

      Third to fix


      Notes to the Self-Assessment Form: 

      1. Be as specific as possible.  “My stop hit to the inside of the arm rolling the hand into supination worked about 50% of the time” as a success indicates that we should continue to develop that technique, and suggests to the coaching staff that we need more accuracy work against the arm.  Just entering “stop hits” tells us very little.  Similarly “acceleration of the cut to arrive at the end of the lunge” as an action in the to fix box, tells us to work intensively with you on this.  “Get faster” could actually be misinterpreted and lead to the wrong type of training.
      2. Use the comments block for anything else that we should know about but that doesn’t fit neatly in the self-assessment boxes or on the scouting form.

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