This is where you should answer the most common questions...


What are the Age Limits for each Event?

To participate in these events you must be a USFA member or a member of the equivalent organization in your home country (e.g., the Canadian Fencing Federation). Please be prepared to show your membership card at the registration table.

Some clarifications for events restricted by age or skill level:

  • Novice - less than two years competitive experience (across weapons), no classification and has not previously won a novice event
  • All other tournaments - In any tournament where children can fence with adults, the fencer must be 13 by January 1 of the competition season (August - July).

What are the fees?

A complete list of entry fees is available LINK WILL GO HERE.


What are the Different Types of National Tournaments?

Nationals!  NACs! Qualifiers! Regional Youth Circuit!  Super Youth Circuit!  Junior Olympics!  What does it all mean (and how to get there).

This page will hopefully clarify information found in various places in the Athlete's Handbook.

US Fencing Association holds a big tournament at the end of the season (which runs from Aug 1 thru July 31), called the US Summer Nationals, typically starting the weekend before the Fourth of July and ending the weekend after. Location moves around the country; the last two years were Sacramento CA, Atlanta GA, and now Miami, FL in 2007.  Fencers from all over the country compete. It's a lot of fun and a chance to meet and fence new people in a really big venue, all done on  grounded strips.