(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce the release of the schedule for the 2021 USA Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup which will be held from July 3-12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The tournament will include National Championships event in the following categories:
All competitors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Athletes that have represented another country in the least three years at FIE level competitions (Senior/Junior and those athletes that represented another country in the Cadet World Championships) are not eligible to compete in a National Championship, unless the athlete has been officially approved by the FIE to represent the USA.
In addition, the tournament will include the first NAC of the season for veteran fencers in the 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, +70, +80 and veteran team categories which will serve as the first qualifier for the 2021 Veteran World Championships. The top four fencers in each weapon in each of the three age categories will be selected according to the Veteran Age Team Point Standings after the Veteran National Championships in August. The next four, in order of their standings, will be named alternates to the team to replace any in the top four unable to accept appointment to the team. Any foreign fencers on the point standings will be removed when determining team standings. The Veteran Age Team Standings, for the 20-21 season, are calculated by the combined points from the Philadelphia NAC and the Veteran National Championships in August.
Senior team events in all weapons also will be held at the NAC. As a reminder, athletes competing in senior team events do not have to represent the same club as the events are not championship events.
Registration Open: May 24
Petition Applications Open: June 8
Petition Applications Close: June 21
Regular Entry Deadline: June 23
Petition Lottery Announced: June 24
Withdrawal Deadline: June 25
Late Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on the day prior the start of each event
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of all competitors, all events will have a maximum number of competitors. Because of the large number of potential qualifiers, Junior and Y14 events will be open to 320 competitors. All other individual events will be open to a maximum of 210 competitors. Team events will be open to a maximum of 32 teams. Event caps will be assessed by the National Office and the Tournament Committee and may be subject to increase prior to the close of registration.
Due to the lack of competition opportunities in some regions of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes who were unable to attend qualifying competitions or who did not have qualifying competitions held in their division and / or region will be able to submit a petition for entry into the National Championships.
All athletes whose petitions are approved will be entered into a lottery with names drawn at random for entry into the requested event. All events will be open to petitions with the number of lottery slots available variant based upon size of the event field and the number of qualified registrants. Please note that, per the USA Fencing Athlete Handbook, a fencer who has fenced in the qualifying competition without withdrawing due to a disabling injury or illness cannot then petition to disregard or override those results. In addition, petitions will be denied for fencers who chose to fence in a regional qualifier (RYC, SYC, RJCC, and ROC) over their division qualifier.
A petition may be filed by a fencer who qualified (by means of competition or petition) to that same competition in the prior season or whose recent competitive record indicates a strong possibility that the athlete would have qualified had they been able to compete in the qualifying competition but:
Petitions will be accepted beginning on June 8 and must be submitted by June 21. The petition application will be available at www.usafencing.org.
For the 2021 USA Fencing National Championships, there will be no petition fee required to apply.
Petitions must include:
Responses to the petition will be made via email. Petitions that do not meet these requirements will not be considered. Decisions on petitions will be based upon the validity of reasons given for absence or withdrawal and the probability that the fencer would have qualified had they competed in the qualifying competition to its conclusion, based on results achieved in other recent competitions.
If a fencer is permitted to enter the National Championships by this petition procedure, the fencers’ entry will in no way affect the number of qualifiers from the division involved.
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Division I National Championships
Division IA National Championships
Division II National Championships
Division III National Championships
Y10 National Championships
Y12 National Championships
Y14 National Championships
Junior Olympic Championships (Cadet)
Junior Olympic Championships (Junior)