It’s that time of year again – time to figure out the qualifying paths for US Fencing Summer Nationals! Every year there are tweaks to the rules that mean we all need to bone up on what’s going on. This year there aren’t too many changes, and really the ones that we have are pretty solid.
Not only do the actual qualification paths change every year thanks to USFA’s constant pursuit of getting things right, but kids ages change every year. Those birth years are important for fencers who want to qualify, because they don’t stay the same every year as we all get older! Age brackets change every year, so we need to update things with each passing season. Always keep in mind that fencers can qualify outside of their specific age division under certain circumstances.
You’ll find every bit of information that’s included in this infographic on the USFA website, but it’s scattered around in various places. That’s why we created this infographic to help everyone make sense of it all! It’s great for novice parents and for seasoned fencers.
This is our third year including this infographic for 2018 US Fencing Summer Nationals qualification, and it’s become a useful tool in our experience. Please dig in and learn what you need to know to qualify!
Updates for 2018
This year hasn’t seen too many changes to the qualification paths, and what we do see are actually very helpful!
The USFA has removed the percentage qualification Regional Point options from Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet, Junior, and Division I. This change is the big one, and it’s exciting because it means that fencers will know much more quickly whether they qualify. No more waiting till the end of the season!
The other interesting point this year is that Veterans will have a team option at the July Challenge! Each club can put together their own team to participate.
Scroll down to see the infographic embedded right here on our site if you want to print it, or click here to open it in a new window go view it in a presentation mode. Either way, you’ll be able to get the tools and understanding that you need!
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Download PDF version here: How to Qualify for Fencing Summer Nationals 2017-2018