Is there any particular reason that clubs seem to have heartache over people just dropping in for open fencing? I've recently called two clubs to ask about open fencing and both of them were a bit huffy about it. They want you to sign up for a full membership or take lessons for access to open fencing. But isn't it desirable to have as many people present for open fencing as possible? I'm ok with floor fees waivers, USFA membership, whatever, but this is just them actively discouraging it. - One coach allowed open fencing but was very negative about it. Pressured me to take a group class instead (this is a low level class in a different weapon that I don't need or want). - One coach gave me a hard sell to join his club and take lessons, signing up for a year at a time (this club is out of town and I just wanted to visit, which I made clear). I finally got the actual floor fee and time of open fencing after several back-and forth emails. - Another coach said that I could come for open fencing, but "only" if I would participate in their grueling, 30-minute group warmup routine. I'm a grownup, I know how to warm up before exercise. Why can't there be a fencing equivalent to pickup basketball? Can you imagine if gyms only allowed people to play basketball if they did a 30-minute warmup routine or signed up for a basketball class first? Here's an idea- have a big open fencing on Friday or Saturday nights, with a low fee and perks like door prizes and snacks. Everyone gets tired of fencing the same people all the time. ESPECIALLY at the smaller clubs. I think visiting other clubs should be encouraged.