Per the announcement made via the USA Fencing website in July as well as in the August USA Fencing E-Newsletter, athletes competing in Division I national events during the 2017-18 season are reminded that a strength factor will be used to determine points allocations for Division I North American Cups and July Challenge as well as the Division I National Championships.
This domestic strength factor will be used to gauge the strength of an event based on the competitors in attendance rather than weight values which have been used in past seasons.
The domestic strength factor, which is based on the National Rolling Point Standings of competitors in attendance as well as FIE rankings, is a pilot program for 2017-18. This program was established by the USA Fencing Sports Performance Department in conjunction with athletes, club coaches and board members as well as the National Team Coaches from all three weapons, the Sports Performance Resource Team and the Athlete Advisory Committee. These groups also will evaluate the program throughout the season to determine whether it will be used in subsequent seasons.
The domestic strength factor will be used at all NACs during the 2017-18 season, beginning with the October NAC in Anaheim, as well as the 2018 Division I National Championships and July Challenge.
Further details can be found below as well as in the Athlete Handbook:
Strength Factor for USA Fencing Division I North American Cup events
The strength factor (SF) is a multiplier used to gauge the strength of an event and to determine the number of USA Fencing points earned for placement in the competition. The strength factor takes into consideration the size (N) of the field and the number of ranked fencers in the competition. The strength factor is applied to the Point Table in Appendix 3.
The strength factor will be used for all Division I North American Cups and the July Challenge with a minimum strength factor of .8 and a maximum Strength Factor of 1.1.
The Division I National Championships will have a minimum Strength Factor of 1.0 and a maximum of 1.1.
FORMULA FOR STRENGTH FACTOR (SF)
SF = [N/10 + 6(SrFIE32) + 5(Sr4) + 4(Sr8) + 3 (Sr16) + 2(Sr32) + 1(SR64)]/100
N=Number of competitors
SrFIE32=Number of athletes ranked in the top 32 of the FIE World Rankings
Sr4=Number of athletes ranked 1-4 in the National Rolling Point Standings
Sr8=Number of athletes ranked 5-8 in the National Rolling Point Standings
Sr16=Number of athletes ranked 9-16 in the National Rolling Point Standings
Sr32=Number of athletes ranked 17-32 in the National Rolling Point Standings
Sr64=Number of athletes ranked 33-64 in the National Rolling Point Standings
The following principles will be used when calculating the strength factor: