Tournament Reference

2018-2019 USA Fencing National and Regional Qualifying Tournaments Schedule

The 2018-2019 season begins August 1, 2018. The Age/Class Eligibility Rules for the current season will go up by one year starting on August 1st. Fencers born in 2004 and 2005 are age-eligible to fence in Y14 at RYC and SYC, Cadet, Junior, and Senior events. Please check all tabs and bring us your questions!

2017-2018 Age Class Eligibility Rules apply to all USFA-sanctioned tournaments through July 31, 2018.
2017-2018 How to Qualify for Summer Nationals | Junior Olympics | July Challenge

Fencers and parents new to competition – start here! We hope we can make it easier for you to navigate what’s what in Competitive Fencing – where to register, how to qualify, etc. For more complete information, the ultimate source is USA Fencing.

2018-2019 USA Fencing Regional Events Schedule
2018-2019 USA Fencing National Events Schedule

Regional Tournaments are a Qualifying Path to National-level Fencing Competitions, using the Regional Ranking Point System. Fencers born in 2011 and earlier are eligible to compete in USFA-sanctioned tournaments, and most fencers can compete in more than one category by age or rating. See the Point Standings FAQ at usafencing.org for an introduction, and refer to the Age Class Eligibility table to find which tournament events you or your young fencer are eligible to compete in.

2017-2018 Age Class Eligibility Rules

Tip: Look up the National-level Tournament you want to compete in, and read the Eligibility tab to see what qualifications (if any) must be met for each event.

For the most complete and comprehensive information, refer to the 2017-2018 USA Fencing Athlete’s Handbook.

Glossary:

Region – Fencing Academy of Boston is in Region 3 (sometimes written as III). Region 3 included 9 states in the North-Atlantic US – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Register for Regional events at askfred.net and read each Tournament’s Info carefully. 

Division – 1. Regions are further broken down into divisions, and some tournaments are restricted to fencers in the division. FAB’s Division of USA Fencing is New England, or NEUSFA, which covers Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Fencers’ divisions are based on their residence, school, and/or the location of the club with which they are affiliated. Some NEUSFA tournaments are qualifiers for national-level tournaments, but many are not. Division qualifying tournaments will be added to the page when they are scheduled and listed on askfred.net.

2. Division can also refer to a fencer’s classification eligibility. A “Senior” fencer is classified as any fencer born 2005 or earlier (in the 2018-2019 season). Divisions 1, 1A, 2, and 3 are tournaments that can be restricted to fencers depending on their classification or rating. (See also: Classification)

Classification – also called Rating – A, B, C, D, and E are ratings fencers can earn at Senior and Veteran events they compete in, depending on the number of fencers competing and their ratings, with A being the highest achievable. ‘U’ means unrated. Ratings can be earned at many tournaments, not only at qualifying tournaments. Because of the Age Eligibility for Senior events, fencers at Y14, Cadet, and Junior events may be rated. See also: USFA Classification Chart.

Points – Fencers earn Regional Points in Regional Tournaments, and National Points in National Tournaments and those designated for Youth (SYC) as serving their National Points, and are not interchangeable. Either regionally or nationally, a fencer’s points are determined by how well they place in their events, and compared to all fencers in the same weapon and age/classification. The fencer’s point standing is by percentage, where they fall on the list for each category they compete in. Regional or National Point Standings can determine a fencer’s eligibility to qualify for Summer Nationals, and National Point Standings can allow younger fencers to “fence up”, i.e. compete in events they are otherwise too young to be eligible for, according to the Age/Class Eligibility chart. Point Standing also determines preliminary seeding in many tournaments, not only at qualifying tournaments. See also: Current Point Standings.

RYC – Regional Youth Circuit – a qualifying path for Y10, Y12, and Y14 fencers. Fencers only receive regional points at RYCs held in their region. Fencers may compete at RYCs outside their region, but do not receive regional points at tournaments in their region that are not RYCs or at RYCs outside of their region.

SYC – Super Youth Circuit – a qualifying path for Y10, Y12, and Y14 fencers. Fencers can receive national points at SYCs held anywhere in the United States. SYC Tournaments listed here are in Region 3 only. Please search askfred.net for tournaments held elsewhere in the US, and the Regional Events Schedule at usafencing.org. Starting TBA, registration for SYCs and other qualifying tournaments is through your child’s USA Fencing Member Profile.

RJCC – Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit – a qualifying path for Junior and Cadet fencers. Fencers only receive regional points at RJCCs held in their region. Fencers may compete at RJCCs outside their region, but do not receive regional points at Cadet or Junior tournaments in their region that are not RJCCs, or at RJCCs outside of their region.

ROC – Regional Open Circuit – a qualifying path for Senior (Div 2, Div 1A, and Veteran) fencers. Fencers can receive points at ROCs in or out of their region if they finish in the top 40% of the event they’re competing in.

NAC – North-American Cup – The NAC is a series of national-level tournaments held each month from October-April each fencing season, in different cities all over the United States. Each NAC held during the fencing season offers several events at a time. See the National Tournaments tab to see which one(s) you should plan to attend. NAC is a qualifying path for Y14, Junior, Cadet, Senior, and Veteran fencers. Y10 and Y12 fencers must qualify for NAC by competing in one or more RYC or SYC prior to the NAC in March. Y14, Junior, Cadet, Senior and Veteran fencers do not need to qualify prior to entering a NAC. The NAC schedule and other national tournaments are posted at National Events Schedule and registered through your USA Fencing Profile, or follow links at the National Tournaments tab on this page.

JO – Junior Olympics – a National-level event. Junior, Cadet, and Junior Team events scheduled. Cadet and Junior Fencers need to qualify to enter this event.

Summer Nationals – in general, the culmination of the fencing season; what fencers are competing over the season to qualify for. USA Fencing National Championships (Y10, Y12, Y14, D1A, DV2, DV3, & Veterans) and July Challenge (Div I, Junior, Cadet & Open Senior Team). Elite fencers can qualify to go on to International events.

Qualifying Tournaments for Fencers born 2004-2011
Y10, Y12, and Y14

August 11-12, 2018 – Doc Dambola RYC and Cadet
Y8, Y10, Y12, Y14 and Cadet (Y8 and Cadet non-regional)
Maplewood, NJ
Registration Open
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – July 17, 2018
Double Fee Entry Deadline – July 28, 2018

August 25-26, 2018 – The Durkan Rooster RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Saddle River, NJ
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – July 20, 2018
Double Fee Entry Deadline – August 11, 2018

August 31-September 3, 2018 – Boston Fencing Club SYC 2018
Y10, Y12, Y14
Boston, MA
Registration Opens: June 15, 2018
Registration for this tournament is NOT CLOSED and WILL BE UPDATED to register at USA Fencing site. Email the organizers for more info (at the link above)
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – August 10, 2018
Double Fee Entry Deadline – August 17, 2018
Triple Fee Entry Deadline – August 24, 2018

September 8-9, 2018 – Charter Oak RYC /Non-Regional Cadet and Vet
Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet, and Veteran (Cadet and Veteran non-regional)
Fairfield, CT
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – August 25, 2018
Triple Fee Entry Deadline – September 1, 2018

September 22-23, 2018 – Neil Lazar RYC/Veteran ROC, plus Y8/Cadet/Junior
Y10, Y12, Y14, and Veteran (Y8, Cadet, and Junior non-regional events)
New Haven, CT
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – September 4, 2018
Triple Fee Entry Deadline – September 16, 2018

October 20-21, 2018 – Pittsburgh’s Steel Youth RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Eighty-Four, PA
Registration Opens: TBA

October 26-28, 2018 – Ben Gutenberg Memorial SYC & Cadet (RCC)
Y10, Y12, Y14 and Cadet
Brockport, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

November 3-4, 2018 – City of Bridges RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Pittsburgh, PA
Registration Opens: TBA

November 9-12, 2018 – 2018 November North American Cup (NAC)
Junior, Cadet & Youth 14
Kansas City, MO
Registration Opens: TBA

November 23-25, 2018 – Cobra Challenge Super Youth (SYC) and Cadet (RCC)
Y10, Y12, Y14 and Cadet
Secaucus, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

January 5-6, 2019 – Premier Winter RCC/RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14, and Cadet
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

January 26-27, 2019 – Integrity Cup RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14 (includes non-regional events – most likely Y8 or Cadet)
Maplewood, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

February 9-10, 2019 – Thrust Winter RYC/RJCC
Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet and Junior
Suffern, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

February 23-24, 2019 – Boston Fencing Club RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Boston, MA
Registration Opens: TBA

March 1-4, 2019 – March NAC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Cleveland, OH
Registration Opens: TBA
 
March 9-10, 2019 – Denise O’Connor RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Maplewood, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA
 
March 23-24, 2019 – Garden State RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14 (includes non-regional events – most likely Y8 or Cadet)
South Plainfield, NJ
Registration Open
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – March 8, 2019
Double Fee Entry Deadline – March 20, 2019
 
March 29-31, 2019 – American Challenge RYC/RCC
Y10, Y12, Y14, and Cadet
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA
 
April 6-7, 2019 – Chamley-Watson RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Manhattan, NY
Registration Opens: TBA
 
May 3-5, 2019 – Mission SYC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Rocky Point, NY
Registration Opens: TBA
 
June 28-July 7, 2019 – USA Fencing National Championships (Summer Nationals) and July Challenge
Championship: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12 & Y14
July Challenge: Division I, Junior, Cadet , Senior & Veteran Team

Columbus, OH
Registration Opens: TBA

Qualifying Tournaments for Fencers born 1999-2005
Cadet and Junior

September 15-16, 2018 – The Durkan Showcase RJCC (region 3)
Cadet and Junior
Passaic, NJ
Registration Open
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – August 10, 2018
Late Fee Entry Deadline – September 1, 2018

October 6-7, 2018 – Mission RJCC
Cadet and Junior
Rocky Point, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

October 12-15, 2018 – 2018 October North American Cup (NAC)
Div I, Div II, Cadet, Wheelchair
Milwaukee, WI
Registration Opens: TBA

October 26-28, 2018 – Ben Gutenberg Memorial SYC/RCC
Y10, Y12, Y14 and Cadet
Brockport, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

November 9-12, 2018 – 2018 November North American Cup (NAC)
Junior, Cadet & Youth 14
Kansas City, MO
Registration Opens: TBA

November 17-18, 2018 – Gold Finch RJCC
Cadet and Junior
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

November 23-25, 2018 – Cobra Challenge Super Youth (SYC) and Cadet (RCC)
Y10, Y12, Y14 and Cadet
Secaucus, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

December 1-2, 2018 – NJFA RJCC
Cadet and Junior
Maplewood, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

December 22-23, 2018 – Boston Fencing Club RJCC
Cadet and Junior
Boston, MA
Registration Opens: TBA

January 4-7, 2019 – 2019 January North American Cup
Division I, Junior, Wheelchair & Senior Team
Charlotte, NC
Registration Opens: TBA

January 5-6, 2019 – Premier Winter RCC/RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14, and Cadet
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

January 19-20, 2019 – East Coast Challenge RJCC
Cadet and Junior
Cedar Grove, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

February 9-10, 2019 – Thrust Winter RYC/RJCC
Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet and Junior
Suffern, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

February 15-18, 2019 – 2019 USA Fencing Junior Olympic Championships
Junior, Cadet & Junior Team
Denver, CO
Registration Opens: TBA

March 15-17, 2019 – Flower City ROC/VET/RJCC
Div1A, Div2, Veteran, Junior and Cadet
Brockport, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

March 15-17, 2019 – SJCC Anaheim Pilot (National)
Cadet and Junior
Anaheim, CA
Registration Opens: TBA

March 29-31, 2019 – American Challenge RYC/RCC
Y10, Y12, Y14, and Cadet
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA
 
April 13-14, 2019 – Rockland RJCC
Cadet and Junior
Purchase, NY
Registration Opens: TBA
 
June 28-July 7, 2019 – USA Fencing National Championships (Summer Nationals) and July Challenge
Championship: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12 & Y14
July Challenge: Division I, Junior, Cadet , Senior & Veteran Team
Columbus, OH
Registration Opens: TBA

Seniors and Veterans can qualify by earning regional points/participating in ROC (Regional Open Circuit) Tournaments in any region. The ROCs listed below are from Region 3 only. See the Regional Events Schedule or search askfred.net for opportunities to compete outside of Region 3.

Qualifying Tournaments for Fencers born 2005 or Earlier
Seniors – Division 1A and Division 2

Qualifying Tournaments for Fencers born 1978 or Earlier
Veterans

September 8-9, 2018 – Albert Chikayev Memorial ROC
Division 1A, Division 2
Hackensack, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

September 22-23, 2018 – Neil Lazar Vet ROC, RYC
Y10, Y12, Y14, and Veteran
New Haven, CT
Registration Opens: TBA

October 12-15, 2018 – 2018 October North American Cup (NAC)
Div I, Div II, Cadet, Wheelchair
Milwaukee, WI
Registration Opens: TBA

October 20-21, 2018 – American Challenge ROC
Division 1A, Division 2, Veteran
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

November 3-4, 2018 – Boston Fencing Club ROC
Division 1A and Division 2
Boston, MA
Registration Opens: TBA

December 8-9, 2018 – Thrust Fall ROC
Division 1A and Division 2
Suffern, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

December 14-17, 2018 – 2018 December North American Cup (NAC)
Div I, Div II, Vet Open, Vet Age, Senior Team
Cincinnati, OH
Registration Opens: TBA

December 28-30, 2018 – Cobra Challenge ROC
Division 1A and Division 2
Jersey City, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

January 4-7, 2019 – 2019 January North American Cup
Division I, Junior, Wheelchair & Senior Team
Charlotte, NC
Registration Opens: TBA

February 23-24, 2019 – Premier Challenge ROC
Division 1A and Division 2
Parsippany, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

March 15-17, 2019 – Flower City ROC/VET/RJCC
Div1A, Div2, Veteran, Junior and Cadet
Brockport, NY
Registration Opens: TBA

April 6-7, 2019 – Durkan Spring DV2 ROC
Division 2
Garfield, NJ
Registration Opens: TBA

April 2019 (TBD) – 2019 April North American Cup
Veteran Open, Veteran Age, Division 2, Division 3
Location TBD
Registration Opens: TBA
 
April 27-28, 2019 – Jeff Wolfe Long Island Challenge
Division 1A and Division 2
Rocky Point, NY
Registration Opens: TBA
 
June 28-July 7, 2019 – USA Fencing National Championships (Summer Nationals) and July Challenge
Championship: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12 & Y14
July Challenge: Division I, Junior, Cadet , Senior & Veteran Team
Columbus, OH
Registration Opens: TBA
June 28-July 7, 2018 – USA Fencing National Championships (Summer Nationals) and July Challenge
Championship: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12 & Y14
July Challenge: Division I, Junior, Cadet , Senior & Veteran Team
St. Louis, MO
Check-in Schedule: Available NOW
Registration Opens: March 7, 2018
Regular Fee Entry Deadline – May 16, 2018
2018-2019 USA Fencing National Tournament Dates

October 12-15, 2018 – 2018 October North American Cup (NAC)
Div I, Div II, Cadet, Wheelchair
Milwaukee, WI
Registration Opens: TBA

November 9-12, 2018 – 2018 November North American Cup (NAC)
Junior, Cadet & Youth 14
Kansas City, MO
Registration Opens: TBA

December 14-17, 2018 – 2018 December North American Cup (NAC)
Div I, Div II, Vet Open, Vet Age, Senior Team
Cincinnati, OH
Registration Opens: TBA

January 4-7, 2019 – 2019 January North American Cup
Division I, Junior, Wheelchair & Senior Team
Charlotte, NC
Registration Opens: TBA

February 15-18, 2019 – 2019 USA Fencing Junior Olympic Championships
Junior, Cadet & Junior Team
Denver, CO
Registration Opens: TBA
 
March 1-4, 2019 – March NAC
Y10, Y12, Y14
Cleveland, OH
Registration Opens: TBA
 
April 2019 (TBD) – 2019 April North American Cup
Veteran Open, Veteran Age, Division 2, Division 3
Location TBD
Registration Opens: TBA
 
June 28-July 7, 2019 – USA Fencing National Championships (Summer Nationals) and July Challenge
Championship: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12 & Y14
July Challenge: Division I, Junior, Cadet , Senior & Veteran Team
Columbus, OH
Registration Opens: TBA