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Age and Classification Eligibility

The tables below reflect information for the 2014-2015 Season. Fencers must be current competitive USFA members in good standing to compete in competitions conducted under the auspices of the USFA. Foreign fencers must have a current FIE or Federation license or USFA membership.

For a fencer to compete in a specific age category competition or any "Open" level of competition conducted under the auspices of the USFA at regional, divisional, or national levels, the following criteria must be met.

The fencer's birth year falls within that age bracket OR ---

If a fencer is currently, as of the entry deadline for that tournament, listed in a National age group point standing, the fencer may enter the next older age category of competition, even if that fencer is younger than allowed by the age bracket.

For categories of competitions in which criteria in addition to age must be met, the fencer must also meet those criteria by the entry deadline. There are different age eligibility criteria for the Veteran tournaments.

International competitions follow the Birth Years in Table A.

A. For 2014-2015 Local/National/International Tournaments & Junior Olympic Fencing Championships 
(Excluding July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & National Qualifying Tournaments through Regions and Divisions)

CATEGORY CODE BIRTH YEARS CLASS
DIVISION I DV1 Born 2001 or earlier A, B, OR C
DIVISION II DV2 Born 2001 or earlier C, D, E OR U
DIVISION III DV3 Born 2001 or earlier D, E OR U
WHEELCHAIR CHR Born 2001 or earlier N/A
VETERAN/VETERAN TEAM VET/VTM Born 1975 or earlier N/A
VETERAN 40-49 V40 1966-1975 N/A
VETERAN 50-59 V50 1956-1965 N/A
VETERAN 60-69 V60 1944-1955 N/A
VETERAN 70 & Older V70 Born 1945 or earlier N/A
JUNIOR/JUNIOR TEAM JR/JTM 1995-2001 N/A
CADET CDT 1998-2001 N/A
YOUTH 14 Y14 2000-2003 N/A
YOUTH 12 Y12 2002-2005 N/A
YOUTH 10 Y10 2004-2007 N/A

B. 2015 July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & Associated REGIONAL & DIVISION Qualifying Competitions ONLY

CATEGORY CODE BIRTH YEARS CLASS
DIVISION I DV1 Born 2002 or earlier A, B, OR C
DIVISION IA D1A Born 2001 or earlier N/A
DIVISION II DV2 Born 2001 or earlier C, D, E OR U
DIVISION III DV3 Born 2001 or earlier D, E OR U
WHEELCHAIR CHR Born 2001 or earlier N/A
VETERAN/VETERAN TEAM VET/VTM Born 1975 or earlier N/A
VETERAN 40-49 V40 1966-1975 N/A
VETERAN 50-59 V50 1956-1965 N/A
VETERAN 60-69 V60 1946-1955 N/A
VETERAN 70 & Older V70 Born 1945 or earlier N/A
JUNIOR/JUNIOR TEAM JR/JTM 1996-2002 N/A
CADET CDT 1999-2002 N/A
YOUTH 14 Y14 2000-2003 N/A
YOUTH 12 Y12 2002-2005 N/A
YOUTH 10 Y10 2004-2007 N/A
SENIOR TEAM STM Born 2002 or earlier N/A

 

EXCEPTION TO AGE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (All other qualification criteria remains): 

  1. Youth 12 – A fencer born after 2005 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 2003 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 (through JO’s) – A fencer born after 2001 can fence in Cadet local and regional competitions, NAC Cadet tournaments and Junior Olympic Cadet Fencing Championships and qualifying tournaments IF the fencer is on the National Youth 14 point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  4. Junior (through JO’s) – A fencer born after 2001 can fence in Junior local and regional competitions, NAC Junior and Junior Olympic Junior Fencing Championships and qualifying tournaments IF the fencer is on the National Cadet  point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  5. Cadet (After JO’s) – A fencer born after 2002 can fence in Cadet competition for the 2015 July Challenge IF the fencer is on the National Youth 14 point standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
  6. Junior (After JO’s) – A fencer born after 2002can fence in Junior competition for the 2015 July Challenge IF the fencer is on the National Cadet 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 2001 must be on the National Junior point standings; for the 2015 National Championships and qualifying competitions for Division I, IA, II, III; those born after 2002 must be on the National Junior point standings.