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International Regional Circuit

International Regional Circuit

Register for IRC No. 1 Hong Kong here.

During the 2018-19 season, USA Fencing will launch the International Regional Circuit for junior, cadet and youth fencers as a pilot program.

During its trial season, the IRC will give international fencers the opportunity to qualify for USA Fencing national tournaments through two events in 2019.

The IRC pilot program was created following the initiative of a USA Fencing working group that was established to examine competition opportunities for young fencers living abroad who would like to qualify to compete in tournaments held in the United States. Proceeds from the IRC registration fees will benefit programs dedicated to expanding collegiate programs throughout the United States. 

The first-ever IRC tournament will be held in Hong Kong from Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 and will include events in the junior, cadet, Y10, Y12 and Y14 age groups in all three weapons. An additional IRC tournament will be held in March / April at a location that will be announced in the coming weeks.

The IRC will be open to fencers from all nations who will be able to qualify for the 2019 March North American Cup in the Y10, Y12 and Y14 events and the 2019 July Challenge for junior and cadet competitors.

Youth fencers in the 10, 12 and 14 categories who compete in the IRC will gain entry into the March NAC for the weapon, gender and age category in which they competed at the IRC.

For junior and cadet fencers, the International Regional Circuit Points Standings will be launched this season with the top 32 on the IRC Points for each weapon and gender qualifying for the July Challenge.

The link to register will be available shortly!

IRC Fees and Membership/License

IRC Tournaments             Regular Fee        Late Fee

Registration                        $35                        $105

Event                                    $50                        $150

An international admin fee will also be assessed at check out.

One of the following types of USA Fencing Membership/Licenses is required for the IRC:

International Competitive License (non-US athletes) - $75

USA Fencing Competitive Membership (US Citizens -   $75

National Event Qualification

Cadet & Junior July Challenge

The July Challenge is held in late June early July, in conjunction with the USA Fencing National Championships. This competition constitutes the beginning of the Cadet and Junior point cycle/season which is why their NRPS are updated with the new season’s birth year span in April each year. Only those that meet the new season’s birth year span are eligible to compete in these events.

  • 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 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 for U.S. athletes.

  • Qualification – when determining qualification using 25 percent or 50 percent on regional points or national points lists, foreign fencers ARE NOT skipped (fencers who age out are skipped or deleted from the points list).

CADET

  • Fencers must meet eligibility AND
  • Be on Cadet NRPS (Age out after JOs) OR
  • Be in the top 50 percent of the Y14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR
  • Earn at least 65 regional points on their regions Cadet Regional Point Standing OR
  • Earn at least 65 regional points on their regions Junior Regional Circuit Points OR
  • Placed in the top 32 on the final International Regional Circuit Points List, for each weapon and gender, by the regular fee entry deadline OR
  • Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard of “A”, “B” or “C” as defined in the Section 2.2.5.                 

JUNIOR

  • Fencers must meet age eligibility AND
  • On Junior NRPS (Age out rankings after JOs) by entry deadline OR
  • On Cadet NRPS (Age out rankings after JOs) OR
  • Earn at least 65 regional points on your regions Junior Regional Point Standing OR
  • Be in the top 25 percent of the Youth 14 national rolling point standings (NRPS) at the regular fee entry deadline OR
  • Placed in the top 32 on the final International Regional Circuit Points List, for each weapon and gender, by the regular fee entry deadline OR

Foreign athletes who meet the USA Fencing classification standard of “A”, “B” as defined in the Section2.2.5

Youth National Tournaments - March Youth NAC

The Youth National Tournaments provide a higher-level experience for fencers 10 and under (Y10), 12 and under (Y12) and 14 and under (Y14). National points are awarded for these competitions.

Youth 10 North American Cup (NAC)

Eligibility (age, classification)

  • Fencers must meet the birth years in Table 2.5.1. There are no classification requirements.

Qualifying Path

  • Fence in one Regional Youth Circuit or one Super Youth Circuit competition in the current season in the age and weapon category (categories) in which fencer requests entry acceptance OR
  • For athletes that compete in Asia, fence in one International Regional Circuit competition, held in Asia, during the current season in the age and weapons category in which the fencer requests entry acceptance OR
  • Be on the Youth 10 National Point Standings at the regular fee entry deadline.

Seeding and Format

  • All information regarding seeding can be found in Table 2.15.1.1 in the Athlete Handbook; all competition format information can be found in Table 2.16.1.

Youth 12 North American Cup (NAC)

Eligibility (age, classification)

  • Subject to the listed exceptions, fencers must meet the birth years in Table 2.5.1. There are no classification requirements.

Qualifying Path

  • Fence in one Regional Youth Circuit or one Super Youth Circuit competition in the current season in the age and weapon category (categories) in which fencer requests entry acceptance OR
  • For athletes that compete in Asia, fence in one International Regional Circuit competition, held in Asia, during the current season in the age and weapons category in which the fencer requests entry acceptance OR
  • Be on the Youth 12 National Point Standings at the regular fee entry deadline
  • Be on the Youth 10 National Point Standings at the regular fee entry deadline

Seeding and Format

  • All information regarding seeding can be found in Table 2.15.1.1; all competition format information can be found in Table 2.16.1


Youth 14 North American Cup (NAC)

  • For athletes that compete in Asia, fence in one International Regional Circuit competition, held in Asia, during the current season in the age and weapons category in which the fencer requests entry

Eligibility (age, classification)

  • Subject to the listed exceptions, fencers must meet the birth years in Table 2.5.1. There are no classification requirements.

Qualifying Path

  • No qualifying path, except the birth year criteria, for North American athletes

Seeding and format

  • All information regarding seeding can be found in Table 2.15.1.1; all competition format information can be found in Table 2.16.1.