A great Tumblr blog from a site called: Fencer Problems (you can visit them here) http://fencer-problems.tumblr.com/post/41164876708/1-the-venue-always-looks-scary-and-huge-at-first where someone asked them for advice on preparing for their first National Competition. Take note – and Good Luck to those heading to the Canada Cup!
Tips for Attending National-Level Competitions
1) The venue always looks scary and huge at first compared to local *stuff*. Don’t be scared.
2) People will scream, people will act like hot sh*t, people will argue, people will do anything it takes to win. Do the same thing but be classy about it, okay? You want to scream after scoring a touch, scream. You think you won a point but the ref gives it to someone else, question the call POLITELY and don’t continue arguing once they explain their reasoning. You want to act like hot sh*t, go for it, be confident, but don’t forget to be nice as well! Shake your opponents hand, greet people in your pool, shake hands with the ref once the pool/DE is over. Confidence doesn’t translate into douchebaggery/a$$hole-ness (thats a word, now)
3) bring aLL OF YOUR WIRES AND BLADES AND LAMES AND JUST BRING EVERYTHING YOU OWN. chances are something’s not gonna pass equipment check.
4) If you’re travelling with your club, stick with your club. If you’re travelling alone, make friends as soon as possible.
5) Chances are you’re going to want to warm up with someone before you start. If you go up to a bunch of kids from the same club, depending on who they are, they might be weary to train with you. People don’t like practicing with people outside of their friends/club because they don’t want to give away too much of their techniques, It sounds mean, but stick with other people that are travelling alone. They’re looking for a warm up buddy too.
6) Don’t be intimidated. Don’t say you’re intimidated. Don’t act intimidated. Unless you have a white knight in your vicinity, people will assume you’re a noobie and thus an easy win.
7) Everyone here is in this to win. This is for fun, but this is also a national competition. Don’t assume people are here to make friends. Some people will lie and cheat. It sucks, but don’t succumb to that.
8) Don’t be upset if you get cut after pools. Sh*t happens.
9) If you don’t want people cheering for you because it’s distracting, tell them.
10) Eat something delicious afterwards. Do something really really fun. I don’t care if you finished last, you deserve it.