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USA Fencing Events and Points Allocation Update

06/25/2020, 1:45PM CDT

As an organization, USA Fencing understands the disappointment the fencing community experienced with the cancellation of the National Championship and July Challenge as well as the national events and championships in March and April.

The National Office is working together with constituents within the fencing community to determine the structure of the events schedule for the 2020-21 season. These constituents include representatives from the National Office, board of directors, Referees’ Commission and Tournament Committee as well as coaches, club owners, athletes and regional event organizers.

“Although it was heart-breaking for everyone to realize that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic would mean the ultimate cancellation of our national events, we know that the health and safety of our community must come before competition,” said USA Fencing President Donald K. Anthony Jr. “We are hopeful for the future as the fencing community returns to local, regional and, ultimately, national events. We are looking into how we can be creative in the use of event combinations as we prepare for the return of national events for the 2020-21 season. Tournaments may look different in the future as we continue through the phases of our Return to Fencing Guidelines, but, as fencers return to their clubs for camps and lessons this summer, I want to reassure all of you that we are working hard to create a national tournament structure next season that includes safe competition opportunities for all events.”

Updates regarding any changes to the existing national events schedule (currently set to begin at the October North American Cup in Richmond, Va. on Oct. 18-21) will be made in the coming weeks.

In May, USA Fencing Competitive members and tournament officials completed a survey in order to obtain feedback from the membership and gauge the interest of participants in returning to local, regional and national tournaments. A follow-up survey will be distributed on July 6. Regional organizers have been contacted in order to receive feedback as well.

USA Fencing will resume the sanctioning of local tournaments on Aug. 1 in locations where tournaments are permitted to be held by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates regarding COVID-19.

Due to restrictions on large group gatherings in most areas of the country, regional tournaments that were postponed during the last three months due to COVID-19 will not be rescheduled. USA Fencing is working with regional tournament organizers on the scheduling of regional events for the 2020-21 season with more details to be released in the coming weeks. Individuals who registered for these regional events will be contacted directly regarding their refunds.

Regional patch winners for the 2019-20 season will be determined based on the regional events that took place throughout the course of the season prior to the COVID-19 cancellations with announcements to be made by the end of July. Winners will be mailed their patches in August.

Points Updates

The USA Fencing National Office, in conjunction with the Tournament Committee and the Youth Development Resource Team, determined the following plan regarding expiration of youth points:

Y10, Y12, Y14 Regional Points

  • Points expire on July 31 at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

Y10, Y12, Y14 National Points

  • Athletes who age out of their category will be removed from points lists at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.
  • Points earned by those still age eligible for their respective category at the 2019 March NAC, 2019 March SJCC and 2019 National Championships will remain on the national points lists until another national event is completed.

In consultation with the Veterans Committee, the following determinations were made regarding the Veteran National Point Standings:

  • The next North American Cup that includes veteran events will be seeded with points from the following events: 2019 April and December North American Cups, 2019 National Championships and 2019 Veteran World Championships. In the event that the 2020 Veteran Worlds are canceled, this event will be removed from seeding and the National Point Standings.
  • Due to the cancellation of the 2020 National Veteran Championships, points earned at the 2019 December NAC will be used to create the Veteran Team Point Standings. The top four athletes on the Veteran Team Point Standings will be selected to represent the United States at the 2020 Veteran World Championships. All remaining athletes will be alternates to the Veteran World Championship Team.

Updates will be made regarding Senior, Junior and Cadet National Points Standings following the release of details regarding the 2020-21 international events schedule from the Federation Internationale d’Escrime and the European Fencing Confederation.

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The 2020-2021 National calendar is posted

The 2020-2021 National calendar is posted – can’t wait to fence, can you?

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce the national events schedule for the 2020-21 season.

The North American Cup circuit, which includes North American Cups as well as National Championships, will travel to eight cities across the country, beginning in October and concluding with the National Championships and July Challenge in July of 2021.

The 2020-21 season will open in Richmond, Virginia at the October North American Cup. Held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Oct. 23-26, Richmond was the location of the 2018 Division I and Parafencing National Championships and April North American Cup. Division I and parafencing athletes will once again be in action in Richmond with the Division I event serving as a domestic qualifier for the 2021 Senior World Championship Team. Division II fencers and cadet fencers will also be competing with points on the line for the 2021 Junior and Cadet World Championships.

Cadets, as well as juniors, will have another opportunity to pick up points for qualification to the Junior and Cadet World Team in November as the NAC circuit continues in Minneapolis. Taking place Nov. 13-16, the November North American Cup will mark the return to Minnesota for the first time since 2014 when it hosted the Division I and Wheelchair National Championships and April NAC. Y14 fencers will also head to the Minneapolis Convention Center to fence for the first time in the 20-21 season.

The host of the 2018 National Championships and July Challenge as well as the 2020 Division I and Parafencing National Championships and April NAC – where the 2020 Olympic Team will be named – St. Louis will showcase some of the world’s best fencers as Division I athletes continue their quest for a place on the 2021 World Team. With competition running Dec. 11-14 at the America’s Center, veteran athletes also will be competing in age and open categories with 50-59, 60-69 and +70 fencing for Veteran World Team qualification in their first event of the season. Competition will also be held in Division II and senior team events.

The first national event of 2021 heads to Atlanta, where World Team qualification points will once again be on the line for Division I athletes and juniors. Returning for the first time since 2010, the competition will run Jan. 8-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center and also will feature competition in senior team as well as parafencing.

The circuit moves to the West Coast in San Jose for the Junior Olympic Championships and is the site of the final domestic qualifier for the Junior and Cadet World Team. The JOs will feature cadet and junior individual events as well as junior team competition from Feb. 12-15 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. This marks the return of the NAC circuit to San Jose for the first time since 2015 when it held the National Championships.

Many of the fencers at the March NAC will be competing in Fort Worth Texas for the first time as top youth athletes in Y10, Y12, Y14 and Y14 team events will fence alongside Division II competitors at the Fort Worth Convention Center from March 19-22.

Denver will be home of the 2021 Division I and Parafencing National Championships. The host of the 2019 Junior Olympic Championships, competition takes place April 16-19 at the Colorado Convention Center. Contesting both individual and team events for Division I, Denver will not only see some of the country’s top athletes fence for national titles, but also is a domestic qualifier for the 2021 Senior World Championship Team. Division II, Division III and veteran events will also be held as part of the April NAC with veterans continuing their quest for a position on the 2021 Veteran World Championship Team.

The final event of the season – the National Championships and July Challenge – heads to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia for the first time in the event’s history. From July 3-12, national titles will be awarded in veteran age, Division IA, Division II, Division III, Y10, Y12 and Y14 with the 2021 Veteran World Championship Team also being named. The largest fencing tournament in the world, more than 5,000 competitors are expected to attend with 96 gold medals awarded.

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2020-21 USA Fencing National Events Schedule:

October North American Cup
Division I, Division II, Cadet, Parafencing
Richmond, Virginia
Oct. 23-26, 2020

November North American Cup
Junior, Cadet, Y14
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 13-16, 2020

December North American Cup
Division I, Division II, Veteran Open, Veteran Age, Senior Team
St. Louis, Missouri
Dec. 11-14, 2020

January North American Cup
Division I, Junior, Parafencing, Senior Team
Atlanta, Georgia
Jan. 8-11, 2021

Junior Olympic Championships
Junior, Cadet, Junior Team
San Jose, California
Feb. 12-15, 2021

March North American Cup
Division II, Y14, Y12, Y10, Y14 Team
Fort Worth, Texas
March 19-22, 2021

Division I/Parafencing National Championships and April North American Cup
Championships: Division I, Parafencing, Division I Team
NAC: Division II, Division III, Veteran Open, Veteran Age
Denver, Colorado
April 16-19, 2021

National Championships and July Challenge
Championships: Division IA, Division II, Division III, Veteran Age, Y10, Y12, Y14
July Challenge: Division I, Junior, Cadet, Senior Team, Veteran Team
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 3-12, 2021

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USA Fencing cancels the National Championships and July Challenge.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Fencing has announced the cancellation of the National Championships and July Challenge, which was scheduled to be held in Louisville, Ky.

Originally scheduled for June 28 – July 7, the tournament, which draws nearly 5,000 participants ages 8-80+ over 10 days of competition, was previously postponed with the potential of holding the event in August.

“Summer Nationals has become the largest fencing tournament in the world and the culmination of the season for athletes of all ages over the last 30+ years. But the tournament is more than that. For athletes and their families, coaches and tournament staff, Summer Nationals has become a tradition and an opportunity for the fencing community to come together every year,” said USA Fencing Senior Director of Sport Operations Christine Strong-Simmons. “We worked with our partners at the Louisville Sports Commission as well as the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Kentucky Division over the past two months regarding dozens of possible scenarios and contingency plans to hold the event in August or September. However, the health and well-being of our members is the most important thing to consider at this time and now we will focus on preparing for what fencing competition looks like in the upcoming season.”

At this time, the state of Kentucky is not allowing gatherings of more than 50 people until July 1 with the timeline for when the state will open for large events still unknown.

On May 15, USA Fencing sent out a survey to all competitive members as well as tournament officials to receive feedback regarding what safety measures the community would like to see put in place when events resume as well as the likelihood that competitors and staff would participate in an upcoming event such as Summer Nationals.

With more than 3,000 respondents participating in the survey, only 35% of those who previously planned on competing at Summer Nationals described themselves as “likely” or “very likely” to compete at a national event held in August with 38% responding in the same manner for a national event in September. Accordingly, only 35% of tournament officials responded that they would be likely to volunteer to work a national event an August with the number increasing to 41% in September. Additional surveys will be conducted in the coming weeks.

View Summer National Event Survey Results

“We appreciate everyone who took the time to share their feedback. While canceling this event for the first time in the history of Summer Nationals was a challenging decision, we will be doing everything we can to work on how to structure future tournaments in a manner that helps protect all participants,” said Brandon Rochelle, chair of the Tournament Committee. “With states around the country still under orders such as stay at home or safer at home, one of the challenges this tournament presents is when athletes will be able to return to regular training in order to be in proper condition to compete at a national level event. We all want to return to competition as soon as possible, but we also need to ensure that athletes have time to prepare for such an event.”

On April 29, the USA Fencing Board of Directors made the decision to allow the sanctioning of non-competitive fencing activities in locations where clubs are permitted to operate or reopen by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates regarding COVID-19.

Although the sanctioning of local and regional events has not resumed, USA Fencing released Return to Fencing Guidelines on May 26 to help athletes, coaches, club owners and division officers prepare to return to lessons, practice and training as states begin to reopen and allow such activity.

“Club owners and coaches around the country have been extremely innovative in order to keep fencers engaged in the sport throughout the last few months. As clubs begin to reopen throughout the summer, we know fencers will be excited to return to the sport. Although we are all disappointed at the cancellation of Summer Nationals, we encourage fencers to return to practices, lessons and camps in preparation for a return to competition at all levels as soon as we can safely do so,” said USA Fencing CEO Kris Ekeren.

Athletes will age out of their current age categories on July 31. As announced in April, classification degradation will take place on Jan. 1, 2021 rather than Aug. 1, 2020.

Additional information will be provided on or before June 18 regarding the National Points Standings. The National Office will work with the Sports Performance Resource Team, Tournament Committee, Veterans Committee, Parafencing Resource Team, Athlete Advisory Committee (AAC), Youth Development Resource Team and National Coaches in order to determine the impact of the cancellation of national events due to COVID-19 on National Points Standings.

Any details regarding future event dates will be released at www.usafencing.org.

Athletes who previously requested that registration and event fees from the March and April North American Cups or Division I National Championships be transferred to Summer Nationals will be contacted by the National Office regarding refunds.

Additional details regarding events that were scheduled to take place during the National Championships, including the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as well as the 2020 All-Academic and All-American Receptions, will be posted in the coming weeks.

If you have questions regarding the event, the refund process, etc., please contact nationalevents@usafencing.org.

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