Making sense of fencing age classification is important for all fencers, and it can be a bit of a mind bend initially.
The fencing season runs from August to July, so it runs over two years like a school year. There are both minimum ages for fencing and also maximum ages in fencing categories, so fencers can compete in different categories depending on what a fencer choses to do. A youth fencer can fence in both their age category and in the age category directly above them. There are lots of reasons that you would choose one category over another, but that’s something that you should discuss with your fencing coach as it’s dependent upon your goals.
We want to note here that USA Fencing does sometimes change their rules, but age classification has been a constant for a very long time.
Now, on to the meat and potatoes of fencing birthday and classification!