Why high school fencing meets are the best spectator sport Nov 7, 2018 0:52:09 GMT
Post by jeduffey on Nov 7, 2018 0:52:09 GMT
High school fencing meets are the best spectator sport.
*Binge Watching - it's a common way to watch entertainment these days, try 27 "episodes" we call them bouts, in a row.
*Short attention spans - 3 minutes per episode, way better than 30 or 60 minutes. Some are even 1 minute or less.
*Action Packed - constant action in every bout, the entire thing is based on near constant action
*18 characters, at least. You can follow 1, or 3, or 9 or all 18, some times there are more than 18
*Statistics - if you love numbers we have all the numbers you could want. How many points on average does a specific fencer score against LF fencers per bout? How many of those points are straight attacks? How many are parry-riposte? How many are stop cuts or doublees? Plus all of the beginner type stats like wins-losses, per meet, per season, per carereer, in conference, out of conference, at tournaments, etc?
*Learning Curve - everyone says we have to make fencing more accessible for other people and easier to watch for those other people. Phuey! I recently read an article that stated, based on the mathematical data it is better for a woman on a dating service to emphasize at least one less than perfect feature, because this causes multiple reactions which are eventually positive. The first reaction is that she gets a lot more dislikes, but the better reaction is that she gets a lot more messages seeking some further level of interaction. Fencing is no different. You don't attract people to you by being "nice". You attract people by being yourself and being bold about it. Yes, you will get more negative feedback. So? Attack! You will also score a lot more touches and more spectators who appreciate the aquired taste of having to learn the new referee signals and the penalty chart and the little details that make it intersting. The learning curve is a good thing! Is this not the case when you visit the hosting family member's house during the holidays and have to keep asking questions about whatever that group thing is they are watching on the tele? They like explaining it to you. You will probably have a better time if you let them explain it. You won't remember it anyway, hey it isn't fencing. We SHOULD be a little more aloof and expect people to go through the learning curve. We should only accept the fans who work to understand. Hey I'm all for a few temporaty visitors to fill the bleachers. The fans should feel special just because they learned and understand and can now explain it to someone else.
*Same or less time than it takes to watch a movie
I'm sure there are more.