The tables below reflect information for the 2017-2018 Season. Fencers must be current competitive USA Fencing members in good standing to compete in competitions conducted under the auspices of the USA Fencing. Foreign fencers must have a current FIE or Federation license or USA Fencing membership.

For a fencer to compete in a specific age category competition or any "Open" level of competition conducted under the auspices of the USA Fencing 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 2017-2018 Local/Regional Junior Cadet Circuit/National/International Tournaments & Junior Olympic Fencing Championships 
(Excluding July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & National Qualifying Tournaments through Regions [ROC, RJC, RCC, SYC, RYC] and Divisions)

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2004 or earlier A, B, or C
Division 1A D1A Born 2004 or earlier A, B, C, D, E or U
Division II DV2 Born 2004 or earlier C, D, E, or U
Division III DV3 Born 2004 or earlier D, E, or U
Senior Team STM Born 2004 or earlier N/A
Wheelchair CHR Born 2004 or earlier N/A
Veteran/Veteran Team VET/VTM Born 1978 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 1969-1978 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 1959-1968 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 1949-1958 N/A
Veteran 70 & older V70 Born 1948 or earlier N/A
Junior/Junior Team JR/JTM 1998-2004 N/A
Cadet CDT 2001-2004 N/A
Youth 14/Youth 14 Team Y14/Y14TM 2003-2006 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 2005-2008 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 2007-2010 N/A

B. 2018 July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & Associated REGIONAL [RYC, SYC, ROC] & DIVISION Qualifying Competitions ONLY

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2004 or earlier A, B, or C
Division IA D1A Born 2004 or earlier N/A
Division II DV2 Born 2004 or earlier C, D, E, or U
Division III DV3 Born 2004 or earlier D, E or U
Wheelchair CHR Born 2004 or earlier N/A
Veteran/Veteran Team Vet/VTM Born 1978 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 1969-1978 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 1959-1968 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 1949-1958 N/A
Veteran 70 & older V70 Born 1948 or earlier N/A
Junior JR 1999-2005 N/A
Cadet CDT 2002-2005 N/A
Youth 14 Y14 2003-2006 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 2005-2008 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 2007-2010 N/A
Senior Team STM Born 2004 or earlier N/A
Vet Team VTM Born 1978 or earlier N/A