Tournaments and Clinics in 2017-2018
Local tournaments will be posted in early September.
Labor Day Big Sky State Games Clinic and Tournament in Missoula, sign up on askfred.net
Laurie Clinic Sept 2 and 3
*9/15-16 Rain City RJCC Junior, Cadet
9/22 possible Missoula Youth Cup
9/28 Swordfight Social Team Epee - Teams will be assigned to balance skill and experience
*10/6-7 Portland RJCC Junior, Cadet
10/20-10/21 likely Missoula Zombie Tournament/ Missoula Youth Cup/ *Junior Olympic Qualifier
12/1 possible Bozeman
*12/8-9 San Diego SYC Y10, Y12, Y14
1/11 Swordfight Social Team Epee - Teams will be assigned to balance skill and experience
*2/2-3 Seattle RJCC Junior, Cadet
2/15-18 Junior Olympics, Denver, CO Junior and Cadet - must qualify either divisionally or regionally
3/2 Possible Bozeman
*3/3 Possible Inland Empire Divisionals in Bozeman
*3/9-10 RJCC Portland Junior and Cadet
*4/12-15 Salt Lake City April NAC Sign up deadline Feb 27 - excellent first big event for competitive fencers Y14/Div II/III/Vet
*4/26-28 Denver ROC Div IA, II
*5/3-6 Rain City SYC Y10, Y12, Y14
5/18 or 5/11 possible Bozeman
6/28-7/7 Summer Nationals and July Challenge Columbus, OH -must qualify and register by May 15
Register for local and regional tournaments and Competition Clinic on askfred.
*= good for competitive level fencers in italics=good for newer and more experienced fencers
We are in the Inland Empire Division. Once local event 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 may 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.
ALL local tournaments are welcoming and relaxed events. New, recreational and competitive fencers are all made welcome.
Big Sky Cup, held generally in Bozeman will have 3-4 events. Missoula Youth Cup generally has a fall, 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 Bozeman in spring 2019: Y14, Div II and III events to qualify for Nationals or just to have fun fencing fencers from all over the division.
Divisional qualifier for the Junior Olympics is generally held in Missoula.
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. Here's a link to the list of all of them.
RYCs: Y10, Y12, Y14 to qualify for Nationals and for the March Y10 and Y12 NAC. 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. Spring ones will suffice for Summer Nationals.
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 RJCC results or total number of regional points. As JOs will be in Denver in 2019, fencers ages 13-19 may wish to travel to several of the fall/ early winter RJCCs to prepare.
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. https://www.usafencing.org/regional-events
National Level Tournaments
For the North American Cup 2018-2019 schedule and registration, see USFA. These are larger than the regional events with an often higher/ more intense level of competition. This year's April NAC will be in Salt Lake. This is a great first big national event for Y14 and older with Division II and III and Vet events and you do not need to qualify to fence. The Division I Championship and Senior Team Championship will be there as well so it's also a great spectator experience.
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 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 Denver, CO in February 2019. Qualify at RJCCs, NACs or Divisionally.
Summer Nationals are the championship event for all except Cadet, Junior, and Division I. 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. You do need to qualify to fence in Summer Nationals and Invitational events.
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.