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2012-2013 AGE & CLASSIFICATION RESTRICTION RULES (as of 8/1/12): Download Here

The tables below reflect information for the 2012-13 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.
* Veteran ages are determined by the first day of the month of the World Championships that year.  FIE website currently posts Veteran World Championship dates as Oct 1-6, 2013.

A. For 2012-2013 Local/National/International Tournaments & Junior Olympic Fencing Championships
(Excluding July NAC, USA Fencing National Championships & National Qualifying Tournaments)

CATEGORY CODE BIRTH YEARS CLASS
DIVISION I DV1 Born 1999 or earlier A, B, OR C
DIVISION II DV2 Born 1999 or earlier C, D, E OR U
DIVISION III DV3 Born 1999 or earlier D, E OR U
WHEELCHAIR CHR Born 1999 or earlier N/A
VETERAN VET Born 1972 or earlier N/A
VETERAN 40-49 V40 10/2/63-1972 N/A
VETERAN 50-59 V50 10/2/53-10/1/63 N/A
VETERAN 60-69 V60 10/2/43-10/1/53 N/A
VETERAN 70 & Older V70 Born before 10/2/43 N/A
UNDER 20 (JUNIOR) / U20 TEAM U20/JTM 1993-1999 N/A
UNDER 17 (CADET) U17 1996-1999 N/A
YOUTH 14 Y14 1998-2001 N/A
YOUTH 12 Y12 2000-2003 N/A
YOUTH 10 Y10 2002-2005 N/A

B. 2013 July NAC, USA Fencing National Championships & Associated REGIONAL & DIVISION Qualifying Competitions ONLY
CATEGORY CODE BIRTH YEARS CLASS
DIVISION I DV1 Born 1999 or earlier A, B, OR C
DIVISION IA DV1 Born 1999 or earlier N/A
DIVISION II DV2 Born 1999 or earlier C, D, E OR U
DIVISION III DV3 Born 1999 or earlier D, E OR U
WHEELCHAIR CHR Born 1999 or earlier N/A
VETERAN VET Born 1972 or earlier N/A
VETERAN 40-49 V40 10/2/63-1972 N/A
VETERAN 50-59 V50 10/2/53-10/1/63 N/A
VETERAN 60-69 V60 10/2/43-10/1/53 N/A
VETERAN 70 & Older V70 Born before 10/2/43 N/A
UNDER 20 (JUNIOR) / U20 TEAM U20/JTM 1994-2000 N/A
UNDER 17 (CADET) U17 1997-2000 N/A
YOUTH 14 Y14 1998-2001 N/A
YOUTH 12 Y12 2000-2003 N/A
YOUTH 10 Y10 2002-2005 N/A
UNDER 19 TEAM
JTM 1994-2000 N/A
SENIOR TEAM STM Born 1999 or earlier N/A
VETERAN TEAM VTM Born 1972 or earlier N/A

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