All New Guide to How to Qualify for the 2020 Fencing Summer Nationals Championship and July Challenge in Louisville, KY

Covering Youth (Y10, Y12 and Y14), Cadet, Junior, Division 1, Division 1A, Division 2 and Division 3 Events

Louisville, KY - Host city to US Fencing’s 2020 Summer Nationals Championship and July Challenge

Louisville, KY - Host city to US Fencing’s 2020 Summer Nationals Championship and July Challenge

Without exception, every one of the 93 events fenced at the annual US Fencing Summer Nationals Championship and July Challenge 2020 requires qualification by the fencer.

Below is the breakdown of the 2020 Summer Nationals Championship events and the July Challenge events.

Championship Events

Youth - Y10, Y12 and Y14

Division 1A, Division 2, Division 3

All Veterans Events

July Challenge EVENTS

Cadet and Junior

Division 1

Fencers must comply with 3 to 4 LEVELS OF ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS to qualify for the 2020 Summer Nationals Championship and July Challenge:

AGE ELIGIBILITY

Age eligibility requirements apply year round to all tournaments including Summer Nationals and July Challenge, NACs, Junior Olympics, Division 1 Championships, RYCs, SYCs, ROCs and unsanctioned local fencing tournaments.

In the table below, we list out the age eligibility requirements for the Summer Nationals Championships and July Challenge 2020 only.

Please take note that the age eligibility dates for Junior Olympics 2020 vary from the dates below.

For ease of reference, you can see US Fencing’s Age Eligibility table HERE

Classification eligibility

Rating classification restrictions apply to all Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 events. These restrictions are set out in the table below by event.

Citizenship

Championship events at Summer Nationals require fencers to be US citizens or permanent residents. Foreign fencers are not allowed to compete in championship events.

Fencers holding US citizenship who have represented a foreign country at an FIE event any time in the past 3 years will not be allowed to compete in a US Fencing championship.

QUALIFYING PATHS

US Fencing stipulates up to 5 ways, depending on the event, in which a fencer can qualify for events at Summer Nationals for which they are age and classification eligible.

  • earning national points from NACs, Championships, July Challenge, SJCCs or SYCs and ranking on the relevant national points list by

    • finishing in the top 40% of the field or in the top 64 (whichever is the lesser) at a relevant event in a national competition including NACs, Junior Olympics and Summer Nationals and July Challenge

    • finishing in the top 40% of the field or in the top 64 (whichever is the lesser) in a relevant event at an SJCC for Cadet and Junior events. Only the single best result is counted towards national points.

    • finishing in the top 40% of the field or in the top 64 (whichever is the lesser) in a relevant event at an SYC for Y10, Y12 and Y14 events. Only the single best result is counted towards national points.

    • finishing in the top 40% of the field or in the top 64 (whichever is the lesser) in a relevant event at a designated international event for Cadet, Junior and Senior (Division 1) events.

  • earning the requisite number of regional qualifying points from RYCs, RJCCs or ROC by

    • competing in an RYC competition for Y10, Y12 and Y14 events, and cumulatively earning the requisite number of qualifying regional points from the best 3 results in the relevant event

    • competing in an RJCC competition for Junior and Cadet events, and cumulatively earning the requisite number of qualifying regional points from the best 2 results in the relevant event

    • finishing in the top 40% of the field or in the top 64 (whichever is lesser) in a relevant event at a ROC for Division 1A, Division 2 and Division 3 events.

    • ranking in the top 32 of the relevant International Regional Circuit (IRC) points list for Junior and Cadet events

  • finishing in the top 25% or top 3, whichever is greater, in a Division Qualifier (DQ) for Y14, Division 2 and Division 3 events

  • finishing in the top 40% at Division 1A, Division 2 and Division 3 NACs (if they are held) qualify the fencer for the corresponding events at Summer Nationals.

  • finishing in the top 8 finishers at the Division 1A Championship event the prior year, or finishing in the the top 4 in the Division 2 Championship event the prior year qualifies these fencers for the Division 1A championship event.

You can download the 2019/2020 US Fencing Athlete Handbook HERE


Note to Parents of Youth Fencers

With effect from Summer Nationals 2020, US Fencing will institute a “cut” in Y12 and Y14 events at the championship. The bottom 20% of the field after pools will be eliminated from the competition, and will not be allowed to fence the Direct Elimination (DE) rounds.


eligibility and qualification tables for 2020 summer nationals championship and july challenge events

EVENT name


Division 1

July Challenge Event


Eligibility and qualification paths


Born 2006 or earlier

(unless a fencer born after 2006 is on the relevant National Junior Points List at registration deadline)

Rating classification of A,B or C at registration deadline

No citizenship or permanent residency requirements. Open to qualified foreign fencers.

Qualifying Paths

Fencer must:

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

  • Be on the Junior NRPS at the regular fee entry deadline and age eligible OR

  • Be Top 24 of the Cadet NRPS at the regular fee deadline and age eligible OR

  • Be Top 16 from Div IA Regional Points Standings OR

  • Be in the top 4 of the Division II regional points at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Be a 2020 NCAA National Championships Individual Competitors (24) OR

  • Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard of an “A”, “B” as defined in the Section 2.2.5.


Division 1A

Championship Event

Born 2006 or earlier

(unless a fencer born after 2006 is on the relevant National Junior Points List at registration deadline)

Rating classification of A.B,C,D,E or U at registration deadline

Fencer must be US citizen or permanent resident

Qualifying Paths

The fencer must:

  • Be on the current season’s Div IA ROC Regional Point Standings OR

  • in the top 8 of the Division II Regional Open Circuit point standings at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Place in the top 40% of any current season Division 1A NAC, if held


Division 2

Championship Event

Born 2006 or earlier

(unless a fencer born after 2006 is on the relevant National Junior Points List at registration deadline)

Rating classification of C, D, E or U at registration deadline

Fencer must be US citizen or permanent resident

Qualifying Paths

The fencer must:

  • Place in top 3 or top 25%, whichever is greater, of the current season’s division qualifying competition, even if you earned a higher rating classification than eligibility requirements at that DQ, OR

  • Be on the current season’s Div IA ROC Regional Point Standings OR

  • Be on the Div II ROC Regional Point Standings OR

  • Place in the top 40% of any current season Division 2 or Division 3 NAC, if held


Division 3

championship event

Born 2006 or earlier

(unless a fencer born after 2006 is on the relevant National Junior Points List at registration deadline)

Rating classification of D, E or U at registration deadline

Fencer must be US citizen or permanent resident

Qualifying Paths

  • Place in the top 3 or top 25% (round up), whichever is greater, of the total number of “D”, “E”, or “U” fencers competing in the current season division’s Division 2 Qualifying competition (when Division 2 and Division 3 qualifying competition held together) OR

  • If separate Division 3 qualifying competition held by division, then top 3 or the top 25%, whichever is greater, of the field will qualify for Division 3 National Championships OR

  • Be on the Division IA or Division 2 Regional Open Circuit point standings, if classification eligible, at the regular fee entry deadline for these Championships OR

  • Place in the top 40% at Division 3 or Division 2 NAC of the current season, if held

Note: If the fencer qualifies through a Division 2 DQ, and earns a higher rating classification at that DQ, the fencer is still eligible to compete in the Division 2 and Division 3 championship events.


Junior

July Challenge

Born 2001 to 2007

(unless a fencer born after 2007 is on the relevant National Cadet Points List at registration deadline)

No rating classification restrictions

No citizenship or permanent resident restrictions. Open to foreign fencers.

Qualifying Paths

Fencer must be:

  • On Junior NRPS (Age out rankings after JOs) by entry deadline OR

  • On Cadet NRPS (Age out rankings after JOs) OR

  • Earn at least 65 regional points (top 2 events) on your region's Junior Regional Point Standing OR

  • Be in the top 25% of the Youth 14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard of “A”, “B” as defined in Section 2.2.5

  • Place in the top 32 on the final International Regional Circuit Points List, for each weapon and gender, by the regular fee entry deadline


Cadet

July Challenge

Born 2004 to 2008

(unless a fencer born after 2008 is on the relevant National Y14 Points List at registration deadline)

No rating classification restrictions

No citizenship or permanent residency requirements. Open to foreign fencers.

Qualifying Paths

Fencer must:

  • Be on Cadet NRPS (Age out after JOs) OR

  • Be in the top 50% of the Y14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Earn at least 65 regional points (top 2 events) on their regions Cadet Regional Point Standing OR

  • Earn at least 65 regional points (top 2 events) on their regions Junior Regional Circuit Points OR

  • Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard of “A”, “B” or “C” as defined in the Section 2.2.5.

  • Place in the top 32 on the final International Regional Circuit Points List, for each weapon and gender, by the regular fee entry deadline


Y14

Championship event

Born 2005 to 2008

(unless a fencer born after 2008 is on the relevant National Y12 Points List at registration deadline)

No rating classification restrictions

Fencer must be US citizen or permanent resident

Qualifying Paths

Fencer must:

  • Be on the Youth 14 National Point Standings at the regular entry fee deadline OR

  • Earn at least 150 Y14 Regional Points during the current season (Total points = an athlete’s top 3 point results) OR

  • Place in the top 3 or top 25% (round up), whichever is greater, of the fencer’s division’s Y14 National Championship qualifying competition


y12

championship event

Born 2007 to 2010

(unless a fencer born after 2010 is on the relevant National Y10 National Points List at registration deadline)

No rating classification restrictions

Fencer must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Qualifying Paths

Fencer must:

  • Be on the Y12 National Point Standings at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Earn at least 70 Y12 Regional Points during the current season (Total points = an athlete’s top 3 point results) OR

  • Earn at least 150 Y14 Regional Points during the current season (Total points = an athlete’s top 3 point results) OR

  • Place in the top 3 or top 25%, whichever is greater, of the fencer’s division’s Y14 National Championship qualifying competition (DQ)


Y10

Championship event

Born 2009 - 2012

No rating classification restrictions

Fencer must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Qualifying Paths

Fencer must:

  • Be on the Y10 National Point Standings at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Be on the Y10 Regional Youth Point Standings in your region at the regular fee entry deadline OR

  • Earn at least 60 Y12 Regional Points during the current season (Total points = an athlete’s top 3 point results)

  • Participate in an SYC or RYC in the current season


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