North America Cups (NACs)

Updated on September 7, 2018

 Winning at a North America Cup Saber event

Winning at a North America Cup Saber event

US Fencing organizes 6 North America Cup (NAC) tournaments a year, in October, November, December, January, March and April.  For convenience, NACs are identified by and referred to by the month they are held in.

No qualifying Requirements

Except in the Y10 and Y12 age categories, there are no qualifying requirements to fence at NACs though fencers are still required to meet age eligibility and classification requirements, where applicable.  While NACs are national events, they are not championship events, and are, therefore, open to participation from both US and foreign fencers.

Earning National Points and Rating Classifications

The NAC and the national championships are the main venues where fencers earn national points and rank on the National Points List.

National points are awarded to fencers at NACs in Junior, Cadet, Y14, Y12, Y10, and Division 1 events.  National points are usually awarded to the top 32 finishers, and to the top 64 when there are 160 or more finishers. 

When fencers earn national points, they are automatically qualified to compete at the relevant national championship (Summer Nationals, Junior Olympics, Division 1)  or July Challenge event.

Fencers can also earn rating classifications at these NAC events, based on the event rating.

Division 2 events at NACs are designated B3 events, and Division 3 events are designated C3 events for purposes of awarding ratings classifications to fencers.  No national points are awarded for Division 2 and Division 3 NACs.

NAC Locations

NACs are large events typically held in convention centers in cities around the country.  Fencers from all over the country converge for 4 days of fencing, usually spanning an extended weekend from Friday to Monday.  It is common for fencers to compete in 2 or more events at a NAC. or some fencers come for just one very important event. For experienced fencers, competition at NACs are exhilarating, and fencers train hard for them.   For many fencers, it's a great time to catch up with their fencing friends from around the country, and deepen the bonds of friendship.

Travel and Hotel

US Fencing organizes hotel rooms at bulk discounts through Group Housing for fencers and officials attending a NAC.  For parents booking  with Group Housing, it is advisable to make your booking for the full period and revise the number of days of stay once the check-in times are released by US Fencing, typically one week after close of regular fee registration.

It is also wise to wait till check-in times are released to book your flight (unless you have a fully flexible and refundable ticket).

Registration

US Fencing competitive membership is required to fence at a NAC.  Registration for NACs is through US Fencing and is best done online through the US Fencing website HERE.


october nac (Oct 12 - 15 2018)

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - host to the fencing October NAC 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - host to the fencing October NAC 2018

Division 1

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the National Junior Points List

Classification - A, B, C (at date of regsitration)

division 2

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - C, D, E, U (at date of registration)

cadet

Age Eligibility - Born 2002 to 2005.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Y14 National Points List

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U


november NAC  (Nov 9 - 12 2018)

 Kansas City, Missouri - host to the fencing November NAC 2018

Kansas City, Missouri - host to the fencing November NAC 2018

junior

Age Eligibility - Born 1999 to 2005.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Cadet National Points List

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U

cadet

Age Eligibility - Born 2002 to 2005.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Y14 National Points List

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U

Y14

Age Eligibility - Born 2004 to 2007.  Fencers born after 2007 must be on the Y12 National Points List

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U


december nac (dec 14 - 17 2018)

 Cincinnati, Ohio, host to the fencing December NAC 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio, host to the fencing December NAC 2018

division 1

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - A, B, C (at date of regsitration)

division 2

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - C, D, E, U (at date of registration)

senior team

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - A, B, C (at date of regsitration)

veterans open and age group

Please refer to US Fencing for details


january nac (jan 4 - 7 2019)

 Charlotte, North Carolina - host to the fencing January NAC 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina - host to the fencing January NAC 2019

division 1

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - A, B, C (at date of regsitration)

junior

Age Eligibility - Born 1999 to 2005.  Fencers born after 2005 must have Cadet National Points

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U

senior team

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - A, B, C (at date of regsitration)

wheelchair

Please refer to US Fencing for details


march NAC (mar 1 - 4 2019)

 Cleveland, Ohio - host to the fencing March NAC 2019

Cleveland, Ohio - host to the fencing March NAC 2019

Y14

Age Eligibility - Born 2004 to 2007.  Fencers born after 2007 must have Y12 National Points

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U

y12

Age Eligibility - Born 2006 to 2009.  Fencers born after 2009 must have Y10 National Points

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U

Qualifying Path

- Fence in one RYC or one SYC in the current season in the age and weapon category that the fencer wants to fence at the NAC, or

- Be on the Y12 National Points List at the regular fee entry deadline

- Be on the Y10 National Points List at the regular fee entry deadline

y10

Age Eligibility - born 2008 - 2011

Classification - A, B, C, D, E, U

Qualifying Path

- Fence in one RYC or one SYC in the current season in the age and weapon category that the fencer wants to fence at the NAC, or

- Be on the Y10 National Points List at the regular fee entry deadline


april nac (April 12 - 15, 2019)

 Salt Lake City, Utah - host to the April NAC and Division 1 Championship and Wheelchair Championship

Salt Lake City, Utah - host to the April NAC and Division 1 Championship and Wheelchair Championship

The April NAC is held concurrently with the Division 1 National Championship, Division 1 Team Championship and the Wheelchair Championship

division 1 championship

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier. Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - A, B or C

Citizenship - US citizen or permanent 

Qualifications:

  • Be on the current Senior National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Be on the current adjusted* Junior National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Be in the current adjusted* Cadet National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Have placed in the top 8 in the previous season’s Division IA National Championships OR

  • Have placed in the top 4 in the previous season’s Division II National Championships OR

  • For EPEE ONLY: the top 3 USA Fencing Modern Pentathlon fencers will be eligible to compete in the Division I epee events without qualifying by any other means. USA Modern Pentathlon fencers MUST be USA Fencing members.

division 2

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - C, D, E, U (as at date of registration)

division 3

Age Eligibility - Born 2005 or earlier.  Fencers born after 2005 must be on the Junior National Points List

Classification - D, E, U (as at date of registration)

wheelchair championship

Please refer to US Fencing for details




Share this post with someone who will find it useful

Donna Meyer