ROC Qualification for National Championships

Event results submitted with only 1 participant listed or fenced mixed will not result in the athlete fulfilling the qualification requirement. 

Regional Open Circuit tournaments are open to current USA Fencing competitive members eligible to fence in Open competitions and to foreign fencers with current FIE licenses. However, foreign fencers are not eligible to compete in USA Fencing National Championship events. In the event that a foreign fencer finishes within the qualifying group, the foreign fencer will be skipped and only the highest-finishing eligible domestic fencers will qualify. 

Qualification Path to Nationals from the ROCs - Athletes must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents to compete in the National Championship

Division II (Div II) USA Fencing National Championships

This event is part of the USA Fencing National Championships, held each summer. No points are awarded.

Eligibility (age, classification, qualification path)

Fencers must be at least 13 years old on 1 January in the year of the competition or on the Junior national rolling point standings (NRPS). Fencers must have a classification in the weapon of “C”, “D”, “E” or “U” at the time of the qualifying competition AND be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.

Qualification:

Fencers must meet eligibility requirements AND:

  • Place in the top 25% of the current season’s division qualifying competition OR
  • Be on the current season’s Div IA ROC Regional Point Standings OR
  • Be on the Div II ROC Regional Point Standings OR
  • Place in the top 40% of any current season Div II or Div IA NAC, if held
If at the time you compete in a qualifying event you meet the age and/or classification criteria, you are eligible for that event at the National Championship, if you qualify (this criteria is different than an NAC).

 

Division III (Div III) USA Fencing National Championships

This event is part of the USA Fencing National Championships, held each summer. No points are awarded.

Eligibility (age, classification, qualification path)

Fencers must be at least 13 years old on 1 January in the year of the competition or on the Junior national rolling point standings (NRPS). Fencers must have a classification of “D”, “E”, or “U” at the time of the qualifying competition AND be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.

Qualification:

Fencers must meet eligibility requirements AND:

  • Place in the top 25% (round up) of the total number of “D”, “E”, or “U” fencers competing in the current season division’s Division II Qualifying competition (when Division II and Division III qualifying competition held together) OR
  • If separate Division III qualifying competition held by division, then top 25% of the field will qualify for Division III National Championships OR
  • Be on the Division IA or Division II Regional Open Circuit point standings, if classification eligible, at the regular fee entry deadline for these Championships OR
  • Place in the top 40% at Div III, Div II or Div1A NAC of the current season, if held
  • Qualified for Division II, if classification eligible
If at the time you compete in a qualifying event you meet the age and/or classification criteria, you are eligible for that event at the National Championship, if you qualify (this criteria is different than an NAC).

 

Division IA (Div IA) USA Fencing National Championships

This event is part of the USA Fencing National Championships, held each summer. No regional or national points are awarded. For awarding classifications, Division IA tournaments are always at least a Group A3 competition.

Eligibility (age, classification, qualifying path)

Fencers must at least 13 years old on 1 January in the year of the competition or on the Junior National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) and be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. There is no classification requirement.

Qualification:

Fencers must meet eligibility requirements AND

  • Be on the current season’s Div IA ROC Regional Point Standings OR
  • Be in the top 8 of the Division II Regional Open Circuit point standings at the regular fee entry deadline OR
  • Place in the top 40% of any current season Div IA NAC, if held

 

Veteran (V40, V50, V60, V70, V80+) USA Fencing National Championships

V40, V50, V60,V70 and V80+ events are held at the USA Fencing National Championships; there is no Championship event for Vet Open or Vet Team. Veteran National Championships is the last tournament for selection for the World Veteran Championships at which national points are awarded. Athletes must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Eligibility (age, classification, qualifying path)

Age eligibility for the separate age categories (V50, V60, and V70) is governed by the FIE rules for the Veteran World Championships. For each Veteran age group fencers must meet the birth years specified in Table 2.5.1. Athletes that have represented another country in the last 3 years at FIE level competitions (Senior/Junior) are not eligible to compete in a National Championship.

Qualification:

Must meet eligibility requirements above AND

  • Compete in the current season’s division qualifying competition for Division II and/or Division III Championships OR
  • Compete in any Regional Open Circuit event during the current season OR
  • Compete in any NAC during the current season OR
  • Be on the Veteran Age Group national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR
  • Be on the Veteran Combine regional point standings at the regular fee entry deadline
  • Seeding and Format