Eligibility

Participation in any given tournament event is subject to age and class eligibility requirements.  USA Fencing is responsible for the determination of all eligibility rules for USA Fencing sponsored tournaments.  The FIE is responsible for eligibility at international tournaments.  
 
For 2013-2014 Local/National/International Tournaments & Junior Olympic Fencing Championships (Excluding July NAC, USA Fencing National Championships & National Qualifying Tournaments), the following eligibility guide will be in place.
 
CATEGORY
CODE
BIRTH YEARS
CLASS
DIVISION I DV1 Born 2000 or earlier A, B, OR C
DIVISION II DV2 Born 2000 or earlier C, D, E OR U
DIVISION III DV3 Born 2000 or earlier D, E OR U
WHEELCHAIR CHR Born 2000 or earlier N/A
VETERAN VET Born 1974 or earlier N/A
VETERAN 40-49 V40 1965-1974 N/A
VETERAN 50-59 V50 1955-1964 N/A
VETERAN 60-69 V60 1945-1954 N/A
VETERAN 70 & Older V70 Born 1944 or earlier N/A
UNDER 20 (JUNIOR) / U20 TEAM U20/JTM 1994-2000 N/A
UNDER 17 (CADET) U17 1997-2000 N/A
YOUTH 14 Y14 1999-2002 N/A
YOUTH 12 Y12 2001-2004 N/A
YOUTH 10 Y10 2003-2006 N/A


Specifics for the July NAC, USA Fencing National Championships & National Qualifying tournaments can be found on the USA Fencing website here and a one page PDF version of the eligibility requirements here.
Fencers may “fence up” to an older age category than their actual birthday might permit provided that they meet certain criteria:
  1. Youth 12 – A fencer born after 2003 can fence in Youth 12 IF the fencer is on the National Youth 10 point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  2. Youth 14 – A fencer born after 2001 can fence in Youth 14 IF the fencer is on the National Youth 12 point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  3. Cadet (U17) – A fencer born after 1999 can fence in Cadet (U17) local and regional competitions, NAC Cadet tournament and Junior Olympic Cadet (U17) Fencing Championships qualifying round, IF the fencer is on the National Youth 14 point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  4. Junior (U20) – A fencer born after 1999 can fence in Junior (U20) local and regional competitions, NAC Junior (U20) and Junior Olympic Junior (U20) Fencing Championships qualifying round, IF the fencer is on the National Cadet (U17) point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  5. Cadet (U16) – A fencer born after 2000 can fence in Cadet (U16) competition for the 2013 July NAC IF the fencer is on the National Youth 14 point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  6. Junior (U19) – A fencer born after 2000 can fence in Junior (U19) competition for the 2013 July NAC IF the fencer is on the National Cadet (U16) point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  7. Division I, IA, II, III – For all local, regional (including ROC) and national (e.g., NAC) competitions, those born after 1999 must be on the National Junior point standings; for the 2013 National Championships and qualifying competitions for Division I, IA, II, III those born after 2000 must be on the National Junior point standings.
These age exceptions are outlined on the USA Fencing website here.