The tables below reflect information for the 2023-24 season in regards to event eligibility and event groupings to earn a new classification. 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.
|Division I||DV1||Born 2010 or earlier||A, B or C|
|Division II||DV2||Born 2010 or earlier||C, D, E or U|
|Division III||DV3||Born 2010 or earlier||D, E or U|
|Parafencing||PARA||Born 2010 or earlier||N/A|
|Senior Team||STM||Born 2010 or earlier||N/A|
|Veteran/ Veteran Team||VET/VTM||Born 1984 or earlier||N/A|
|Veteran 40-49||V40||Born 1975-1984||N/A|
|Veteran 50-59||V50||Born 1965-1974||N/A|
|Veteran 60-69||V60||Born 1955-1964||N/A|
|Veteran 70 & Older||V70||Born 1954 or earlier||N/A|
|Veteran 80 & Older||V80||Born 1944 or earlier||N/A|
|Junior/Junior Team||JNR/JTM||Born 2004-2010||N/A|
|Cadet/Cadet Team||CDT/CTM||Born 2007-2010||N/A|
|Youth 14/Youth 14 Team||Y14/Y14TM||Born 2009-2012||N/A|
|Youth 12||Y12||Born 2011-2014||N/A|
|Youth 10||Y10||Born 2013-2016||N/A|
|Youth 8||Y8||Born 2015–2016||N/A|