skip navigation

Age and Classification Eligibility

The tables below reflect information for the 2018-19 Season. Fencers must be current competitive USA Fencing members in good standing to compete in competitions conducted under the auspices of the USA Fencing. 

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. 2018-19 Local/National Tournaments & Junior Olympic Fencing Championships (Excluding the July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & Nationals qualifying tournament through Regions and Divisions

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2005 or earlier A, B or C
Division II DV2 Born 2005 or earlier C, D, E or U
Division III DV3 Born 2005 or earlier D, E or U
Wheelchair CHR Born 2005 or earlier N/A
Senior Team STM Born 2005 or earlier N/A
Veteran/ Veteran Team VET/VTM Born 1979 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 Born 1970-1979 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 Born 1960-1969 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 Born 1950-1959 N/A
Veteran 70-79 V70 Born 1949 or earlier N/A
Veteran 80 & Older V80 Born 1939 or earlier N/A
Junior/Junior Team JNR/JTM Born 1999-2005 N/A
Cadet/Cadet Team CDT/CTM Born 2002-2005 N/A
Youth 14/Youth 14 Team Y14/Y14TM Born 2004-2007 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 Born 2006-2009 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 Born 2008-2011 N/A

B. 2019 July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & Associated Regional & Division Qualifying Competitions Only

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2005 or earlier A, B or C
Division IA D1A Born 2005 or earlier N/A
Division II DV2 Born 2005 or earlier C, D, E or U
Division III DV3 Born 2005 or earlier D, E or U
Wheelchair CHR Born 2005 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 Born 1970-1979 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 Born 1960-69 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 Born 1950-1959 N/A
Veteran 70 & Older V70 Born 1949 or earlier N/A
Junior JNR Born 2000-2006 N/A
Cadet CDT Born 2003-2006 N/A
Youth 14 Y14 Born 2004-2007 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 Born 2006-2009 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 Born 2008-2011 N/A
Senior Team STM Born 2005 or earlier N/A

The tables below reflect information for the 2018-19 Season. Fencers must be current competitive USA Fencing members in good standing to compete in competitions conducted under the auspices of the USA Fencing. 

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.

B. 2019 July Challenge, USA Fencing National Championships & Associated Regional & Division Qualifying Competitions Only

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2005 or earlier A, B or C
Division IA D1A Born 2005 or earlier N/A
Division II DV2 Born 2005 or earlier C, D, E or U
Division III DV3 Born 2005 or earlier D, E or U
Wheelchair CHR Born 2005 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 Born 1970-1979 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 Born 1960-69 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 Born 1950-1959 N/A
Veteran 70 & Older V70 Born 1949 or earlier N/A
Junior JNR Born 2000-2006 N/A
Cadet CDT Born 2003-2006 N/A
Youth 14 Y14 Born 2004-2007 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 Born 2006-2009 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 Born 2008-2011 N/A
Senior Team STM Born 2005 or earlier N/A