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2013 USA Fencing National Championships

12/21/2012, 4:00pm CST
By USA Fencing

Columbus, Ohio - June 28-July 7, 2013

Lost & Found

Looking for something left behind?  Please contact Tim Mills at the Royal Arts Academy:  tim@royalarts.org. Items will be held for 90 days.

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Important Dates

All entries must be received by the posted deadlines no later than 11:59:59 PM Pacific Time


Registration Opens February 19, 2013
ALL Qualification Reports Due May 6, 2013
Regular Entry Fee Deadline May 13, 2013
Late Entry Fee Deadline (Triple - Online Only) May 14-27, 2013
Withdraw/Classification/Seeding Deadline June 17, 2013

Fees

Individual Registration (Non-Refundable) Per Event
Regular $55.00 $80.00
Triple Late $165.00 $240.00
Team Per Event
Regular $120.00
Triple Late $360.00

Withdraw

All withdraws must be received by the USFA by the posted withdraw deadline for a refund of event fees for individual and half the event fee for teams.

Withdraw through your membership profile under Competition Schedule" or by written notification via e-mail to Amanda Ward, fax, or mail.  Postmarks do not count.  No refunds will be given for withdrawals after the posted withdraw deadline. Refunds are processed 4-6 weeks after the tournament.

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen OR permanent resident who has not represented another country in the last three years.
  • Current competitive member of USA FENCING.
  • The athlete's birth year falls in that age bracket OR on the national rolling point standings in the next younger age bracket
  • A fencer must be on the National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) for each event they wish to compete in.
Qualification Paths
Division IA
Fencers must be 13 years old before January 1 of the current season or on the Junior NRPS AND
  • Placed in top 8 at the previous season Division I-A National Championships OR
  • Placed in top 4 at the previous season Division II National Championships OR
  • Placed in top 8, of those eligible and not already qualified, at any current season Division I-A Regional Open Circuit [BoD, August 31, 2011] OR
  • Be on the current season’s Division I-A Regional Open Circuit point standings with at least 1000 points at the regular fee entry deadline for these Championships [BoD, August 31, 2011]

Division II
Fencers must be 13 years old before January 1 of the current season or on the Junior NRPS. Fencers must have a classification in the weapon of “C”, “D”, “E” or Unclassified at the time of the qualifying competition AND meet age requirements AND

  • Place in the top 25% of the current season’s Division Qualifying competition (see Table 2.7.4.1 in Chapter 2 .7)  [BoD, September 2006] OR
  • Qualified for Division 1A, if classification eligible. [BoD, September 2008] OR
  • Finish in the top 10% (with a minimum of 4) of a Division II ROC (see Table 2.7.4.2 in Chapter 2.7) [BoD, September 2010]

If a fencer meets the classification requirement when his or her application is processed by the USFA, and subsequently earns a higher classification, the fencer retains eligibility for that tournament.

Division III
Fencers must be 13 years old before January 1 of the current season or on the Junior NRPS. Fencers must have a classification in the weapon of “D”, “E” or Unclassified at the time of the qualifying competition AND meet age requirements AND
  • Place in the top 25% (see Table 2.7.4.1 in Chapter 2 .7 for detailed chart) of the total number of “D”, “E” or “U” fencers competing in the current season Division’s Division II Qualifying competition (when Division II and Division III qualifying competition held together; See Appendix 2.7 for more details)  OR
  • If separate Division III qualifying competition held by Division, then top 25% of the field will qualify for Division III National Championships  [BOD September 2006] OR
  • Qualified for Division II. [BOD, September 2008]. 

If a fencer meets the classification requirement when his or her application is processed by the USFA, and subsequently earns a higher classification, the fencer retains eligibility for that tournament.

Youth 14 
Fencers must meet age eligibility AND

  • Earn Youth 14 points at a current season Super Youth Circuit Competition OR
  • Earn points at a current season Youth 14 NAC, Cadet NAC OR
  • Earn points at the previous season’s Youth 14 or Cadet USA Fencing National Championships OR
  • Place in the top 25% (see Table 2.7.4.1 in Chapter 2 .7) of the fencer’s Division’s Youth 14 qualifying competition held in the current season OR
  • Place first in the Y14 event at a current-season RYC tournament [BoD, October 2010]. In mixed events, only the first place finisher is recognized as qualified. There must be at least 2 fencers in the RYC Y14 competitive field.
Veteran Age Groups

Fencers must meet age eligibility requirements AND compete in the weapon event

  • Current season Division qualifying competition for Division II and/or Division III Championships in which only those with a “C” classification or lower (D, E, or U) may compete OR
  • Any Regional Open Circuit event during the current season OR
  • Any NAC during the current season.
Senior Team

Junior Olympics/Division I/USA Fencing National Championships [BoD July 2010, revised]:

  • All Club Teams and team members must be current club and competitive USFA members respectively.
  • No more than three teams per USFA member club per event will be allowed to enter.
  • Members of the team must meet age criteria as stated in Table 2.5.1
  • Members of the team must have represented the Club at a competition during the 2012-2013 Season.
  • Club Team members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not represented another country in the past three years, and have represented the club in USFA competitions this season.
  • USA Modern Pentathlon may enter one team in men’s epée and one team in women’s epée in the Division I National Team Championships without participating in a qualifying competition. [BOD February 2000]
  • Exceptions to club membership requirements are granted to members of teams representing USA Modern Pentathlon or any branch of the Armed Services. Those fencers must submit entries identifying themselves as members of these teams by the deadline for entries to the National Championships. By doing so, these fencers waive the right to fence on any other team. Members on these teams need not have represented that organization prior to the National Championships. The rules governing members of the teams for the Division I National Team Championships are not waived for this exemption: the fencers must have a classification of “A”, “B”, or “C”.

Division Qualifying Information Packet - The conductive bib in foil is required for qualifiers.  

Division Qualifying Individual Results Form - Division Qualifying reports must be received electronically in an Excel format within 10 business days of the qualifying tournament.  Tournament Organizers:  The results reporting form is available as an export through Fencing Time v3.02 or later. 

Policy on Ineligible Fencers in Division Qualifiers

  1.  For Division qualifying events in which any ineligible fencers are discovered (i.e., age, classification, membership, citizenship or representing country), the Division and athlete(s) in question will be notified and instructed of the information needed to resolved the situation. Any missing membership forms, fees or paperwork needed to resolve the issue must be received by the national office within 10 business days from the time of notification of the problem by the national office.  Failure to do so will result in the Division qualifiers and/or classifications being recalculated based on the eligible fencers in the competitive field.  
  2.  No qualification or classifications will be awarded to fencers who compete in Division Qualifiers where ineligible athletes (i.e., age, classification, membership, citizenship or representing country) are allowed to compete until the situation is resolved.  
  3. All entries for the given championship will remain pending until the Division qualifier in question is resolved.
  4. Petitions or protests will not be accepted if the situation is not resolved.

DATE EVENT TIME LOCATION INFO
June 29 Basic Armory Seminar 1-4 pm E150 Pre-Register
June 29 Hall of Fame 5:30 pm D130-131 Tickets
June 30 Veteran Meeting 6 p.m. E151
July 1 Membership Meeting 7:30 -8 am D233-235
July 1 Board of Directors Meeting 8 am - 10 am D233-235
July 1 Advanced Armory Seminar 1-4 pm E150 Pre-Register
July 1-2 Referee Seminar 7 pm E150
July 5 USA Fencing Scholarship Reception and All-Academic Program, sponsored by Absolute Fencing Gear 7:30-9:30 pm D130-131
July 5-6 Referee Seminar 7 pm E150

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Venue:
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400 North High Street
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614.827.2500

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