Regional Qualifying Paths (RYC, SYC) for Y10, Y12 and Y14 Youth Fencing Championships

Updated  on September 7, 2018 to reflect US Fencing changes to qualification rules

 Medals for a youth fencer at an RYC

Medals for a youth fencer at an RYC

Both the RYC and SYC are great venues for young fencers to earn qualifying points for Summer Nationals, hone their competition skills and prepare for the bigger venues at NACs and national championship events.Yong fencer with medals from a RYC

regional Youth circuit (RYC)

The Regional Youth Circuit (RYC) and the Super Youth Circuit (SYC) are both regional qualifying paths for youth Y10, Y12 and Y14 fencing championship events at Summer Nationals.  Both circuits are designed for fencers to earn points to qualify to compete at Summer Nationals.

Earning regional points at ryc to qualify for summer nationals

Fencers earn regional qualifying points when they compete in Regional Youth Circuit (RYC) tournaments held in their home region.  For example, if you live in California, your designated region is Region IV, and your fencer must fence in RYCs in Region IV to earn qualifying regional points.

While a fencer is free to compete in RYCs outside their home region, they will not earn any qualifying regional points. 

Take note that US Fencing designates 6 regions across the country. See US Fencing Region Map.

All participating fencers are awarded regional points on a sliding scale when they compete at an RYC within their home region.  Regional points are awarded based on final placement and the size of the competitive field.  Regardless of age group, the winner of an RYC event earns 100 regional points.

For young, inexperienced fencers, the RYC is an excellent venue to earn regional qualifying points.  RYCs are less competitive than SYCs, as they draw in fewer top ranked fencers who are already on the National Points List, and who do not need regional points to compete at Summer Nationals.

There are no limits to the number of RYCs that a fencer can compete in. However, for purposes of calculating a fencer's qualifying points, only points from the top 3 results are counted.

Regional points earned at RYCs are valid only for the fencing year in which they are earned in order to qualify for Summer Nationals in that year.  These points expire immediately after Summer Nationals.

Keep in mind that RYCs are not only qualifying competitions but they are also a great opportunity for young fencers to gain tournament experience and develop competition skills. 

Check the Regional Points List here.

participation in an ryc to qualify for youth march nac

Unless a fencer already has national points and is on the National Points List, all fencers in the Y10 and Y12 age groups must participate in, at least, one RYC or SYC, as a pre-requisite to competing in the Youth March NAC

ryc organizer

RYCs are organized by local clubs, and are usually within accessible distance for the majority of fencers. RYCs 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. 

 

pre-requisites for RYCs

- age eligibility (see age groups below for details)

- no citizenship requirements to compete in an RYC but a foreign fencer cannot compete in the championship event itself even when they earn the requisite number of qualifying regional points. 

- no classification requirements to participate. 

- minimum of 2 fencers competing in an event for regional points to be earned.  

- to earn qualifying regional points, a fencer must compete in an RYC in his/her home region

 

Y10 RYC Events

Age eligibility - born 2008 to 2011 (for 2018/2019 fencing year)

Regional points are awarded to all fencers who compete, with a maximum of 100 points awarded to the winner of the event.

To qualify for a Y10 Championship event at Summer Nationals through the RYC path, an age eligible and citizenship qualified fencer simply needs to be on the relevant Regional Points List through participation in the relevant Y10 RYC event.

For example, if  you live in Region 1 and your fencer plans to fence in the Y10 Men's Epee Championship, your fencer must participate in, at least ,one Y10 Men's Epee RYC event in Region 1 to earn regional points and be listed on the Region 1 - Y10 Men's Epee Regional Points List.  This participation will also qualify the fencer to compete at the March NAC.

Unless a fencer already has national points and is on the Y10 National Points, a fencer must participate in, at least, one RYC or SYC to compete at the Youth March NAC.

Y12 RYC Events

Age eligibility - born 2006 to 2009 (for fencing year 2018/2019).  Fencers born after 2009 must be on the Y10 National Points List

Regional points are awarded to all fencers who compete, with a maximum of 100 points awarded to the winner of the event.

To qualify for a Y12 Championship event at Summer Nationals through the RYC path, an age eligible and citizenship qualified fencer must accumulate a minimum of 70 regional points (total from the 3 best results) in the relevant Y12 RYC event.  For example, if you live in Region 5, and your fencer plans to fence in the Y12 Women's Saber championship at Summer Nationals, then she must accumulate a minimum of 70 points from her 3 best RYC results and be on the Region 5 Regional Points List for Y12 Women's Saber to qualify.

Unless a fencer already has national points, and is on the Y12 National Points List or Y10 National Points List,  fencers must participate in, at least, one RYC or SYC as a pre-requisite to compete at the Youth March NAC.

Y14 RYC Events

Age eligibility - born 2004 to 2007 (for fencing year 2018/2019).  Fencers born after 2007 must be on the Y12 National Points List

Regional points are awarded to all fencers who compete, with a maximum of 100 points awarded to the winner of the event.

To qualify for a Y14 Championship event at Summer Nationals through the RYC path, an age eligible and citizenship qualified fencer must accumulate a minimum of 150 regional points (total from the 3 best results) in the relevant Y14 RYC event.  For example, if you live in Region 4, and your fencer plans to fence in the Y14 Women's Foil championship at Summer Nationals, then she must accumulate a minimum of 150 points from her 3 best RYC results and be on the Region 4 Regional Points List for Y14 Women's Foil to qualify. 


Find the complete list of RYCs and SYCs for 2018/2019 HERE

You register and pay to participate in these events through US FENCING.   Be mindful of entry deadlines.


Super Youth Circuit (SYC)

The Super Youth Circuit (SYC), also a regional qualifying path for Summer Nationals youth championship events is different from an RYC in that:

1) a fencer earns national points, not regional points.  and,

2) a fencer can compete in an SYC held anywhere in the country, unrestricted by home region.  

earning national points at syc to qualify for summer nationals

National points at an SYC are awarded to the top 40% of the finishing field at an SYC, up to a maximum of 64 fencers.

The SYC is a regional qualifying path for Summer Nationals youth Y10, Y12 and Y14 championship events that awards national points to the top 40%  of finishers, up to a maximum of 64 fencers. For example, in a Y14 Men's Epee SYC event with a field of 95 fencers, the top 40% of finishers in the event, that is, 38 fencers will earn national points at the event.

All fencers who earn national points at an SYC will be placed on the relevant National Rolling Points Standing (NRPS) List, more commonly referred to as the National Points List.  While there is no limit on the number of SYCs a fencer competes in, US Fencing only takes into account the points earned from the best result in calculating a fencer's rank on the National Points List.

All age eligible and citizenship qualified fencers on the National Points List  qualify to fence in their relevant championship events at Summer Nationals.

There are no restrictions on the location where a fencer may compete in an SYC. Fencers may compete and earn national points anywhere in the country without home region restrictions.  

Because SYCs award national points, they are typically far more competitive than RYCs.  All youth fencers, with rare exceptions, will vie to fill their SYC points bucket on the National Points List

Check the National Points List here

participation in an syc to qualify for youth march nac

Unless a fencer already has national points and is on the National Points List, all fencers in the Y10 and Y12 age groups must participate in, at least, one RYC or SYC, as a pre-requisite to competing in the Youth March NAC.

syc organizer

SYCs are typically organized by local fencing clubs around the country. SYCs 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. 

 

pre-requisites for an syc

- age eligibility (see age group details below)

- no citizenship requirements

- no classification requirements

While foreign fencers may compete in SYCs, earn national points and be ranked on the National Points List, they are not eligible to fence in any Summer Nationals youth championship events.

 

y10 SYC Event 

Born 2008 to 2011 (for 2018/2019 fencing season)

The winner of a Y10 SYC fencing event earns 80 national points.  The remaining top 40% of the field, up to a maximum of 64 fencers earn points on a sliding scale.

y12 SYC Event

Born 2006 to 2009 (for 2018/2019 fencing season) .  Fencers born after 2009 must be on the Y10 National Points List

The winner of a Y12 SYC fencing event earns 120 national points.  The remaining top 40% of the field, up to a maximum of 64 fencers earn points on a sliding scale.

y14 SYC Event

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

The winner of a Y14 SYC fencing event earns 160 national points.  The remaining top 40% of the field, up to a maximum of 64 fencers earn points on a sliding scale.




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