The reason is that unlike all other categories the qualifying path works slightly differently. The major difference is cadet/junior season.
Cadet/Junior season is not aligned with USFA fencing season and spans from Junior Olympics of the current year till Junior Olympics of the next year and coincides with International Cadet/Junior age definition.
For cadets and juniors there are two major national level tournaments that require qualification:
- Junior Olympics Championship, held during the President Week Weekend in middle of February (this season February 17-20, 2017 in Kansas City, MO)
- July Challenge, held as part of the Summer Nationals in late June, early July (this season July 1-10, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT)
Let’s see how to qualify for each one of these events.