Hi! I’m Kaffe (AKA, “Princess Pretty Paws”), FAP’s official mascot, official greeter, and general supervisor. I help my mom, Lara Masters, at FAP North with really important stuff, like showing everybody how pretty and well-behaved I am, giving our younger fencers (some grown-ups, too) puppy time, and I even perform critical coaching duties ( ok I really just give lots of free kisses and show everybody how to be mellow).
I asked my mom if I could help out with the website and she let mne have my own page! So send me your questions about fencing, fitness, FAP, nutrition and the like. I will pick the best questions and post the answers on this page. Just remember to play nice and be patient. I look forward to hearing from you .
Hi Everybody! i got a nice note from one of my kids about ratings. I think the whole idea is silly, because everyone knows that only food ratings matter. I was bored with my chicken dinners decided that enough was enough (although chicken is nice, I like variety!), and went on a mini hunger strike until I got new food. I give chicken 5 stars out of five, but salmon food and beef food are soooo gooooood! Now I have more different kinds of food so I have to think about how many stars my other food should get. Anyway, you were asking about fencing ratings. One of our refs explained it to me once but I thought some of the things couldn’t be right so I had to look them up and it is confusing! Fencers are rated A through E, below that is unclassified, and everybody starts as unclassified. If you win a tournament with 6 people in it you can get an “E” rating. Of course, if all the fencers except the unclassified one are A’s, then an unclassified winner still just gets an E. I think that’s dumb. All ratings higher than E can only be earned at a tournament with 15 people in it, and some of the people have to be rated already. Sometimes one of the rated fencers loses to a lower rated fencer and doesn’t make the top 8 places so the whole tournament gets devalued. I think that’s even dumber! Aren’t you supposed to get a better rating by winning? There is a whole chart devoted to this on our bulletin board at FAP, but I never look at it because I’m too busy looking for snacks on the ground.