Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit (RJCC, RCC, RJC)

Updated on September 7, 2018

 Fencing a Junior Men's Foil bout at RJCC in Thousand Oaks, California

Fencing a Junior Men's Foil bout at RJCC in Thousand Oaks, California

The RJCC, RCC and RJC are regional qualifying paths to the fencing  Junior Olympics championship and Summer Nationals/July Challenge for Junior and Cadet events.  They popular paths for fencers to qualify for Junior Olympics and the July Challenge events in Juniors and Cadet.

Fencers earn regional points in Juniors and Cadet when they compete in RJCCs, RCCs and RJCs held in their home region. While fencers are free to fence RJCC events outside of their home region, they will not earn regional points. 

See Region Map HERE to determine your home region. 

RJCCs are organized by local fencing clubs.  They are sanctioned events, meaning that the organizer is required to strictly adhere to US Fencing tournament rules, and fencers must have US Fencing competitive memberships to participate. 

There are numerous RJCCs organized around the country throughout the fencing season.  They are timed to assist fencers earn crucial regional qualifying points for the Junior Olympics in February and the July Challenge in the summer.

See the complete list of RJCCs for 2018/2019 HERE

In addition to regional points at a RJCC, fencers can earn rating classifications when USFA event rating requirements are met.

For many teenage fencers, the RJCC is not only a venue to earn regional points, it is also great competition practice for those who aspire to earn national points at NACs, Junior Olympics and the July Challenge.  The opportunity to renew or improve a rating classification is an added attraction of competing in an RJCC.

how regional points are awarded at RJCC

All fencers who complete an event at an RJCC in their home region earn regional points.  The winner earns 100 points.  Points are then awarded on a sliding scale to the remaining field.

Qualifying for junior olympics 2019 with regional points

A fencer must earn a minimum of 110 regional points (total from 2 best results) for a specific event to qualify for that event in the Junior Olympics.

The 110 regional points (total of 2 best results) to qualify for an event at Junior Olympics 2019 must be earned at RJCCs in the fencer's home region during the period immediately after the close of the regular entry fee deadline (January 10, 2018) for Junior Olympics 2017/2018 and the close of the regular entry fee deadline (January 9, 2019) for Junior Olympics 2018/2019.

For example, a fencer in Region 2 plans to qualify for Junior Olympics 2018/2019 in the Cadet Women's Epee event.  She can only accumulate qualifying regional points by fencing in Region 2 RJCC Cadet Women's Epee events held after January 10, 2018 until the regular entry fee deadline on January 10 2019. 

When a fencer accumulates 110 regional points in a Junior event for a specific weapon and qualifies for the Junior event at Junior Olympics, then that fencer, if age eligible, is also qualified through trickle down to fence in the relevant cadet event.  For example, if a fencer accumulates 110 regional points to qualify for the Junior Men's Foil event at Junior Olympics, then that fencer, if age eligible, is also qualified to fence the Cadet Men's Foil event at Junior Olympics, without having to earn the requisite qualifying regional points in Cadet Men's Foil.  This is known as trickle down qualification.

See the 2018/2019 Regional Points List HERE

Qualifying for july challenge 2019 with regional points

Aa fencer must earn a total of 65 regional points (total of 2 best results) to qualify for the relevant event in the July Challenge.

The 65 regional points (total of 2 best results) from relevant RJCC events in the home region must be earned during the period from August 1, 2018 to  the close of the regular entry fee deadline for Summer Nationals 2018/2019.

For example, a fencer in Region 2 plans to qualify for Summer Nationals 2018/2019 in the Cadet Women's Epee event.  She can only accumulate qualifying regional points by fencing in Region 2 RJCC Cadet Women's Epee events held between August 1, 2018, and the close of the regular entry fee deadline for Summer Nationals 2018/2019. 

When a fencer accumulates 65 regional points in a junior event for a specific weapon and qualifies in the junior event, then that fencer, if age eligible, is also qualified to fence in the relevant cadet event.  For example, if a fencer accumulates 65 regional points to qualify for the Junior Women's Foil event at Summer Nationals, then that fencer, if age eligible, is also qualified to fence the Cadet Women's Foil event at Summer Nationals, without earning the requisite qualifying regional points in Cadet Women's Foil. 

See the 2018/2019 Regional Points List HERE

OVERLAPPING PERIODS FOR EARNING regional points at RJCC

As you can see from the points accumulation periods for Junior Olympics and the July Challenge, there are overlapping periods where points earned can be counted towards qualifications for either or both tournaments.

The Junior Olympics regional points accumulation period starts immediately after the close of regular entry fee deadline (early January each year) for Junior Olympics and ends on the close of the regular entry fee deadline for Junior Olympics the following year (in early January).

The July Challenge regional points accumulation period starts on August 1 each year and ends at the close of the regular entry fee deadline (in mid-May) for Summer Nationals in the following year.

Example 1

The regular fee deadline for Junior Olympics 2018 was on January 10, 2018.  Any regional points earned by a fencer after January 10, 2018 accumulate towards qualification for July Challenge 2018 and Junior Olympics 2019.

Fencer A earns regional Junior points at 2 RJCCs, one in February 2018 and another in April 2018 accumulating a total of 140 points.  With these points, Fencer A qualifies for the July Challenge 2018 (she needs 65 points to qualify) and she also qualifies for Junior Olympics 2019 (she needs 110 points to qualify). 

To qualify for July Challenge 2019, Fencer A must earn 65 regional points between August 1 2018 and the close of regular entry fee deadline for Summer Nationals 2019. For Fencer A, the regional points accumulation period for Junior Olympics 2020 starts immediately after January 9, 2019, which is the regular entry fee deadline for Junior Olympics 2019.  

Example 2

The regular fee deadline for Summer Nationals 2018 is on May 16, 2018.  Fencer B did not qualify for Junior Olympics 2018. Fencer B qualifies for Summer Nationals 2018 with 70 regional points earned (65 regional points needed to qualify) at an RJCC in November 2017.   

Fencer B did not earn any regional points in Spring 2018.  To qualify for Junior Olympics 2019, Fencer B must earn 110 regional points during Fall 2018 prior to the regular entry fee deadline (January 9, 2019) for Junior Olympics 2019.  The points earned in the Fall will also go towards qualifying Fencer B for Summer Nationals 2019.  

age eligibility for RJCCs (Prior to regular entry fee deadline for Junior Olympics 2019)

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

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

age eligibility for RJCCs (after regular entry fee deadline for Junior Olympics 2019)

Cadet Age Eligibility - born 2003 to 2006.  Fencers born after 2006 must be on the Y14 National Points List

Junior Age Eligibility - born 2000 to 2006.  Fencers born after 2006 must be on the Cadet National Points List

Fencers born in 2006 are eligible to fence in RJCCs immediately after the the regular entry fee deadline for Junior Olympics 2018/2019

citizenship Requirements for RJCCs

There are no citizenship requirements to fence in an RJCC. 

There are also no citizenship requirements to fence at the July Challenge.

However, only US citizens and permanent residents can fence in the championship events at Junior Olympics, foreign fencers cannot do so even if they meet the regional points or national points criteria.  

classification Requirements for RJccs

There are no classification requirements to fence in an RJCC, July Challenge or the Junior Olympics.




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Donna Meyer