Tournaments you may like in 2017-2018

Labor Day Big Sky State Games Clinic and Tournament in Billings, sign up on askfred.net

September 23 Utah/S Idaho Epee League in Pocatello all ages. Epee only.

October 7 Missoula Youth Cup #1.

November 11 Bozeman tournament All ages Big Sky Cup #1 at Romney Gym

December 15-17 Kaysville, UT Schoolhouse RYC Y10, Y12, Y14 all weapons, RJCC epee only

January 13 Missoula Youth Cup #2

January 20-21 Beaverton, OR RYC Y10, Y12, Y14 all weapons Qualifier

February 3 Missoula Youth Cup #3

February 9 First Swordof Regular Swordfight Social : Epee Y10,Y12,Y16

February 24-25 RYC of the Rockies in Denver Y10, Y12, Y14 all weapons not a qualifier

March 3 Bozeman tournament All ages Big Sky Cup #2

March 24-25 Rain City, Seattle WA RYC Y10, Y12, Y14 all weapons. Qualifier

March 24-25 Divisionals Billings. Y14, Div III, Div II. Qualifier

April 7 Missoula Youth Cup #4

April 20 Bozeman: Second Swordof Regular Swordfight Social : Foil Practice Events and Epee Team Event - teams balanced and assigned at the event

April 27-30 Rain City SYC Seattle WA Y10, Y12, Y14 all weapons. Qualifier

May 19 Bozeman tournament All ages Big Sky Cup #3 along with Kenny Nopens Competition Clinic May 18-20

July Summer Nationals St Louis

Register for local and regional tournaments on askfred.

Tournaments are a great way to improve your fencing by meeting new opponents.

Local Tournaments

We are in the Inland Empire Division. Once their dates are finalized and posted, you can register and find results for any of these tournaments at askfred. This schedule is created in late August and events can be added at any point. We coordinate scheduling of events throughout the division and try to consider the timing of relevant regional and national events as well. Local level events outside our division that are close-ish are in Salt Lake area and Pocatello. These clubs often contribute the only available competition opportunities for Y8 fencers and for younger epee fencers. Great Salt Lake Open is usually held in early June is the closest and least expensive big event although it is not a qualifier event.

ALL local tournaments are welcoming and relaxed events. New, recreational and competitive fencers are all made welcome.

Big Sky Cup, held in Bozeman and Billings will have an event in November, March and May. Missoula Youth Cup has a fall, two winter and a spring event. All are fun, no-pressure tournaments to learn more about yourself, your fencing, and competing in tournaments.

Inland Empire Divisionals is in Billings in spring 2018: Y14, Div II and III events to qualify for Nationals or just to have fun fencing fencers from all over the division.

Regional Tournaments

For USFA information and registration on 2017-2018 regional level tournaments. We are in region 1. Registration varies: either on askfred or Railstation. These events are designed to field a level of play between local and national events. They also serve as qualifiers for national level championships.

RYCs: Y10, Y12, Y14 to qualify for Nationals and for the March Y10 and Y12 NAC. 2017-2018. Y12 and Y14 will need to qualify for nationals with points earned at an RYC or SYC. Here is the link explaining qualifying paths. Y10 simply needs to fence in one of them. Y12 and Y14 may need to go to two to qualify and you do need to fence in one before the registration deadline of the event for which you are qualifying. Therefore if you wish to consider traveling to the March NAC, take your young fencer to one of the Fall RYCs.

RJCCs: Cadet and Junior to qualify for JOs or July Challenge. RJCCs for our region are in Portland and Seattle You qualify based on your best two results or total number of regional points. Some are specific to one weapon.

ROCs: Specific to Div IA, II, or Vet, to qualify for national championship events. Unlike youth events, ROCs are not limited to our region. Some of these are specific to only one weapon.

National Level Tournaments

For the North American Cup 2017-2018 schedule and Railstation registration, see USFA. To qualify for championship events. These are larger than the regional events with a higher/ more intense level of competition.

SYCs: another much bigger option for Y10, Y12, Y14 to qualify for National Championships. Bigger than RYCs, you aren't limited to ones just in our region. The closest this year are in CO, WA, and CA. If your fencer would like to be competitive at Nationals AND is in the older year of his/her age bracket, I would go to an SYC later in the season to jump into the deep end and learn how the kids from big fencing centers are fencing. You will likely be wowed but you will learn a lot and improve immensely as a fencer.

Most NACs are for Cadet and older age groups or Div III and above. There is however a NAC in Cleveland in March for Y10, Y12, Y14. You don't need to qualify in order to go to Y14 and older NACs, you do for Y10 and Y12.

Junior Olympics are the championship event for Cadet and Junior and will be held in Memphis, TN in February 2018. Qualify at RJCCs, NACs or Divisionally. In 2017, Atty and Kai and one Missoula fencer competed.

Summer Nationals are the championship event for all except Cadet, Junior, and Division I and will be held in St Louis in July 2018. Cadet, Junior and Div I July Challenge Invitational events are held simultaneously as part of the qualifying path for JOs/Div I Championships the following year. BFA had 5 fencers qualified and fencing 11 events at Nationals in 2017!

International level events

The USA fields teams in Cadet, Junior, Div I, and Vet. To qualify, you compete in the national level tournaments for points.