All international events have been postponed until at least Jan. 1, 2021.
National events, including North American Cups and National Championships will be introduced during Phase 4 which will start no earlier than Jan. 1, 2021. The October, November and December North American Cups will be postponed. USA Fencing has created a tournament task force that includes athletes, coaches, tournament organizers, club owners, division officers, medical and epidemiological experts and representatives from the Referees’ Commission and Tournament Committee. This task force will finalize a new national events schedule for 2021 with an emphasis on athlete safety and appropriate event combinations and will review national tournament health and safety protocols. The updated national events schedule will be released in early fall.
After the opening of local tournaments on Aug. 1 as Phase 1 of the Return to Events, regional competition will begin in October with Regional Youth Circuit and Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit events followed by Regional Open Circuit events in November as Phase 2. During Phase 2, athletes will be allowed to compete in their home region only. Phase 3 will begin on Dec. 1 with the start of the Super Youth Circuit and Super Junior and Cadet Circuit seasons followed by the start of national events no earlier than Jan. 1, 2021 during Phase 4.
USA Fencing will resume the sanctioning of local tournaments beginning on Aug. 1, 2020 in areas in which such events are permitted by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates related to COVID-19. All sanctions and related insurance coverage will apply only to tournaments in areas in which they can be operated legally.
In order to assist fencers and their families, tournament organizers, division leaders and administrators, USA Fencing has developed guidelines based upon the recommendations provided by accredited health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Regional and local events for the 2020-2021 season will be allowed to put a maximum size cap on entries in order to comply with local and state guidelines. Any regional tournament wishing to cap entries must submit venue information and local conditions to the National Office for review. Capping events may be implemented for the 2020-2021 season only.