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Infographic – How to Qualify for 2017 US Fencing Summer Nationals

2017 USFA Fencing Summer Nationals QualificationsFiguring out the US fencing Summer Nationals qualification process is no small thing. In fact, it’s one of the questions that we hear more often than any other!

The reason that qualification for Fencing Summer Nationals is so confusing is simple: it changes every year!

The changes are for two reasons. One, there are just changes within the USFA regulations every year – the paths themselves change, sometimes quite substantially. Number two is that children (and adults) don’t stay the same age for long, so those age brackets are different nearly every year. Fencers can also qualify outside of their technical age division under certain circumstances.

All of the information on this is available through the USFA, and you can even find it right online. However it’s scattered throughout various places, and for novice parents it can be a major challenge to decipher.

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive infographic again. Last year’s was a great success, and we’ve found that fencing parents really found benefit from the presentation in this visual format.  We hope that you find it to be helpful as well! Whether this is your first year in fencing or your twentieth.

Updates for 2017

This year we’ve added a section for the veteran qualification path, and of course all of the information is new for a new season!  The USFA has added some new options for qualification that we’re excited about, including a set number of regional points for youth, cadet and junior fencers. We think these are positive changes that make the process more straightforward!

Scroll down to see the infographic embedded right here on our site, or click here to open it in a new window go view it in a presentation mode.

Please share with your fencing friends on social media and comment below to let us know what you think!


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  2. Al N

    This is great (as is the entire blog)!

    I do have a question on the Div1A flowchart…seems like two blocks are repeated (the regional points one). Can you clarify if there is another path?

    • Irina Chirashnya

      Hi Al,

      Thanks for the feedback! It’s typo – should be Div2 Top 8 on Regional Point Standing. We should fix it.

  3. Larry

    This page is well organized. It is awesome!!!

  4. Rob

    the fencing qualification system is crazy. that it requires such a complicated flow chart proves it.

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