This post will provide you with all of the answers to your questions about what National Points are, what they’re used for, how they’re calculated, and how regional competition points differ from national points, including which kinds of fencing competitions regional and national points are earned at.
It’s important to note here that USFA points are only used in the United States, but non-citizens can participate in these competitions in some non-championship events and earn US National Points, though they’re used for seeding purposes only as non-US citizens can’t earn a spot on the US national team.
You’ll notice that this comprehensive post is broken down into two sections:
- Part One: What are National Points & What are They Used For?
- Part Two: How are Fencing Points Calculated?
We highly recommend that you start at the beginning here and read through to the end without skipping around, but do come back here to review! This is a complex part of the world of fencing competitions, but understanding it will really help you to make sense of where you’re going and what kinds of possibilities there are in competitive fencing. Many national confederations besides the United States use some kind of ranking system. I you’re not in America, we encourage you to check with your national fencing governing body to find out about the ranking system that affects you as obviously this document only relates the system for the USA.
Now for the good stuff!