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Age and Classification Eligibility

The tables below reflect information for the 2021-22 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.

NOTE: The 2021 Veteran National Championships & Veteran Open NAC will be ran in accordance with the 2020-21 Age & Classification Eligibility rules.

A. 2021-22 Local/Region/National Tournaments & Junior Olympic Fencing Championships

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2008 or earlier A, B or C
Division II DV2 Born 2008 or earlier C, D, E or U
Division III DV3 Born 2008 or earlier D, E or U
Parafencing PARA Born 2008 or earlier N/A
Senior Team STM Born 2008 or earlier N/A
Veteran/ Veteran Team VET/VTM Born 1982 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 Born 1973-1982 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 Born 1963-1972 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 Born 1953-1962 N/A
Veteran 70 & Older V70 Born 1952 or earlier N/A
Veteran 80 & Older V80 Born 1942 or earlier N/A
Junior/Junior Team JNR/JTM Born 2002-2008 N/A
Cadet/Cadet Team CDT/CTM Born 2005-2008 N/A
Youth 14/Youth 14 Team Y14/Y14TM Born 2007-2010 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 Born 2009-2012 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 Born 2011-2014 N/A

B. 2022 National Championships & July Challenge & Associated Regional & Division Qualifying Competitions Only

Category Code Birth Years Class
Division I DV1 Born 2008 or earlier A, B or C
Division IA D1A Born 2008 or earlier N/A
Division II DV2 Born 2008 or earlier C, D, E or U
Division III DV3 Born 2008 or earlier D, E or U
Parafencing PARA Born 2008 or earlier N/A
Veteran 40-49 V40 Born 1973-1982 N/A
Veteran 50-59 V50 Born 1963-1972 N/A
Veteran 60-69 V60 Born 1953-1962 N/A
Veteran 70 & Older V70 Born 1952 or earlier N/A
Veteran 80 & Older V80 Born 1942 or earlier
Junior JNR Born 2003-2009 N/A
Cadet CDT Born 2006-2009 N/A
Youth 14 Y14 Born 2007-2010 N/A
Youth 12 Y12 Born 2009-2012 N/A
Youth 10 Y10 Born 2011-2014 N/A
Senior Team STM Born 2008 or earlier N/A