Beginning January 1, 2022, all attendees age 12 and older at USA Fencing national events, as well as individuals traveling to a sanctioned USA Fencing international event, must be fully and demonstrably vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information on uploading your proof of vaccination, click here.
1. To register for regional and national tournaments, start by visiting member.usafencing.org. Once you’re on the page, you’ll be prompted to login. If you are having trouble logging in, you can click on “Reset Your Password” or call the National Office and ask to speak with the membership department.
2. Once logged in, locate the event you are registering for by clicking the “Tournament Browser” button located in the “Upcoming Tournaments” chart. Use the filters to quickly find available tournaments that meet your criteria.
Fun Fact: National tournaments will always be listed on the “Featured Tournaments” chart that is located at the top of the main page.
3. After clicking on the tournament page, you’ll see more details about the tournament. This page includes the refund policy and no-show policy.
Refunds: For refund of event fee(s), withdrawals must be reported, in writing, to the National Office by the posted date for each tournament. You can email your withdrawal request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration and administration fees are nonrefundable, and registrants withdrawing from an event will only receive a refund of 50% of the Event Registration fees. Those who withdraw after the withdrawal deadline are not eligible for a refund under any circumstance. Refunds are processed 4-6 weeks after the tournament.
Here's an article we wrote explaining why are refund policy is what it is.
No-Show Fine: Should a fencer fail to appear for any event, the fencer will be subject to a fine of $250 per event that the individual fails to appear for AND suspension of membership privileges, including participation in all USA Fencing sanctioned tournaments, until the applicable fine(s) is/are paid. If a fencer fails to complete payment of the fine by the conclusion of the current membership year, renewal privileges for membership will also be suspended until all applicable fines are paid in full.
Under “timeline,” you’ll find the entry deadline, late entry deadline, withdrawal deadline, classification change deadline, and the petition deadline (which is unique to championship events only: Junior Olympics, Division 1 Championships, and Summer Nationals/July Challenge).
When you are ready to register click on the "Register Now" button in yellow, located on the top right-hand side.
Here’s a look at what these dates signify:
Entry Deadline: The deadline for normal fee registrations —typically five or six weeks out from the start of the tournament.
Late Entry Deadline: The last day for any new registrations.
Withdrawal Deadline: The last day by which we must receive in writing that you will not be attending and wish to withdraw from a national tournament – email@example.com
Classification Change Deadline: The last day we will accept new ratings earned from regional tournaments. Please note that if a regional tournament organizer has not sent us a finalized copy of results, we will not be able to update a fencer’s rating — even if the tournament happened before the deadline.
Petition Deadline: The last day by which we must receive a petition for an event a fencer is not qualified for. Petitions can be found on the specific event page at usafencing.org. Petitions cost $100 and are only for national tournaments that have qualification requirements.
Exact event times are posted no later than one week after the regular fee deadline. As with all national tournaments, we don’t share start times until regular-fee registration closes. The reason: Waiting until after the deadline allows us to have an accurate picture of entry numbers for each event.
Without this information, it’s difficult to efficiently schedule the tournament to ensure we keep the competition days shorter and end times as early as possible. This is for the benefit of not only the event participants but also the tournament officials.
4. On the tournament screen, you’ll see a list of all events offered at that tournament. Those events you are eligible to enter will have an empty checkbox (instead of a ? symbol). Click the checkbox to register for that event. Please note, for events that require qualification, your current qualification status is displayed. If the event says “pending qualification,” the national office is either awaiting event or points list calculation results, or you have not yet met the qualification threshold. Those with national points will be cleared by national office staff after registering. You will show as “pending qualification” until then.
Please note: For events that require qualification ( Junior Olympics, Division 1 Championships, and Summer Nationals/July Challenge), you may register for any event that displays “pending qualification.” Once registered, you will be placed in pending status until cleared by the national office. It is up to the registering member to meet the qualification criteria. Event refunds only are given to those fencers who do not meet the qualification criteria by the late entry deadline. You may review the status of anyone registered for the event by clicking the “Entrants” button next to each event.
Once you are done choosing the event, click “registration checkout” to continue with payment.