Eligibility (age, classification):  

Subject to the exceptions in Table 2.5.1, fencers must be at least 13 years old on January 1 in the year of the competition. Fencers younger than that must, as of the regular fee entry deadline, be on the Y14 National Point Standings to be eligible for Cadet events or on the Cadet point standings to be eligible for Junior events. There are no classification requirements. 

Fencers must meet age requirements as above and be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident representing the United States. Athletes that have represented another country in the last three years at FIE level competitions (Senior/Junior and those athletes that represented another country at the Cadet World Championships) are not eligible to compete in a National Championship.

Qualification  

CADET 

  • Fencers must meet eligibility AND 
  • Be on the Cadet National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR 
  • Earn at least 110 regional points on either the Cadet or Junior Regional Point Standing (Total points = an athlete’s top two point results) OR 
  • Be in the top 25 percent (round up) of their division’s Cadet JO qualifying competition OR
  • Be in the top 25 percent (round up) of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition. Junior event must occur first OR
  • For EPEE ONLY: the top 3 (on Modern Pentathlon Point Standings) USA Fencing Modern Pentathlon fencers will be eligible to compete in the JO epee events without qualifying by any other means. USA Modern Pentathlon fencers MUST be USA Fencing members. 

JUNIOR

  • Fencers must meet age eligibility AND 
  • Be on the Junior national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR 
  • Earn at least 110 regional points on the Junior Regional Point Standing (Total points = an athlete’s top two point results) OR 
  • Be in the top 25 percent (round up) of their division’s Junior JO qualifying competition OR
  • For EPEE ONLY: the top 3 (on Modern Pentathlon Point Standings) USA Fencing Modern Pentathlon fencers will be eligible to compete in the JOI epee events without qualifying by any other means. USA Modern Pentathlon fencers MUST be USA Fencing members.