How to Qualify for Fencing Junior Olympics

Updated on September 4, 2018 to reflect US Fencing qualification rule changes for 2018/2019 fencing season

 Denver, Colorado - Host city for Fencing Junior Olympics 2019

Denver, Colorado - Host city for Fencing Junior Olympics 2019


To compete at the fencing Junior Olympics, the championship event for junior and cadet fencers held in February every year, fencers must not only qualify through one of the available qualifying paths, and they must also meet age eligibility, classification and citizenship requirements. 

There are 3 qualifying paths to the fencing Junior Olympics:

1) earn national points, and be ranked on the relevant National Rolling Points Standing (NRPS) list through :

  • national fencing competitions such as the North America Cup (NAC), July Challenge and Junior Olympics itself. See details about national competitions HERE. National points are awarded to the top 32 finishers, and where the total finishers is 160 or more, then national points are awarded to the top 64 finishers.

  • designated international cadet and junior fencing competitions (participation is limited to the top 20 US citizen fencers on the relevant national points list, or with approval of US Fencing)

2) earn regional points through: 

  • the Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit (RJCC), Regional Junior Circuit (RJC) and the Regional Cadet Circuit (RCC).

The regional path is the more common qualifying path for the fencing  Junior Olympics.  Most fencers will compete in multiple RJCCs within their region as these tournaments are not only qualifying paths to the fencing Junior Olympics and the July Challenge, they are also excellent competition practice for fencers of all experience levels.  See details about RJCCs HERE.

3) finish in the top 3 or top 25% , whichever is greater of the relevant Junior Olympics Division Qualifier (DQ).  See details on Division Qualifiers HERE.


qualifying for Junior Events at the Fencing Junior Olympics 2019

Age Eligibility

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

classifications

A, B, C, D, E, U

citizenship

US citizen or permanent resident

points standing qualifications

  • Be on the Junior national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Earn at least 110 regional points on the Junior Regional Point Standing (Total points = an athlete’s top 2 point results) OR

  • Be in the top 3 or top 25% (round up), whichever is greater of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition

See details for RJCC and SJCC regional qualifying paths and Division Qualifiers.


qualifying for cadet events at fencing junior olympics 2019

Age Eligibility

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

classifications

A, B, C, D, E, U

citizenship

US citizen or permanent resident

points standing qualifications

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

  • Earn at least 110 regional points on either the Cadet or Junior Regional Point Standing (Total points = an athlete’s top 2 point results OR

  • Be in the minimum of the top3 or top 25% (round up) of their division’s Cadet JO qualifying competition OR

  • Be in the top 3 or top 25% (round up), whichever is greater, of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition. Junior event must occur first.

See details for RJCC and SJCC regional qualifying paths and Division Qualifiers.




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