Points – what are those? USA Fencing maintains point standings for different age divisions – Senior (Division I), Junior (Under 20/Under 19), Cadet (Under 17/Under 16), Youth 14, Youth 12, Youth 10, Wheelchair, Veteran Open (40 & Older), Veteran 40-49, Veteran 50-59, Veteran 60-69 and Veteran 70 & Older. Points are used for seeding of competitions, qualification for national championships, and selection for international competitions. More detail can be found in Chapters 3-13 of the Athlete Handbook.
How do I earn points? Fencers can earn points at specific domestic and international tournaments. All events at NACs, Junior Olympic Fencing Championships, and USA Fencing National Championships are point events except for Division IA, Division II, Division III, and team events. You must place at a certain level to earn points.
Where am I on the point standings? Point standings can be found here on the website.
How many points do I get for my finish? It depends on your category. Each category has a different set of points. Please see the Point Tables in the Appendix of the Athlete Handbook.
How are point totals calculated? Do I just add up all my points? NO. This is a common misconception. Chapter 3 of the Athlete Handbook explains the method for the domestic portion of points, and chapters 6-13 explains the point calculations for Senior, Junior, Cadet, Veteran and Wheelchair in detail.
Rolling points, Team points – what’s the difference and what are they used for? Rolling points are based on a continuous 12 month period of competitions. Points stay on the point standings until the competition is held again or, if it is not held again, those points are dropped one year after is was held. Both rolling and team points include only those points that will be used for National Team selection.
Chapters 5-12 of the Athlete Handbook have provide a detailed description of the criteria used to determine team point standings. Rolling points are used for seeding in national competitions, for qualifying to Junior Olympic Fencing Championships, Division I National Championships and USA Fencing National Championships, and for selection for international competitions at the beginning of the season.
Team point standings are used for international competition selection starting mid-season and to select International Championship teams. (See Chapter 3.1.7 of the Athlete Handbook for more details.)