There is always some question about the path to the national fencing competition. This is especially true during the spring, as fencers start to need to do the math to figure out what they have to do to qualify. This time of year, we always have parents and fencers asking us about their qualification status for Fencing Summer Nationals.
To make your way from a competitor who wants to compete to a qualified candidate, you have to figure out three things:
- How to qualify (the process for everyone)
- What your standing is (verifying your individual point standing)
- What gaps you have in qualification (and where to go to find them)
This is the same for everyone, no matter what age or stage you are at. It’s not a thing you’ll do just once and then have it figured out, either. Though the whole system is similar for every kind of fencer, it’s not exactly the same for each level. A Cadet and Y10 fencer will find familiarity in their qualification paths, but they will be different enough that they have to figure it out fresh for each of them.
It’s not that difficult to figure out, so let’s jump in and walk through it!