Tournaments in 2019-2020
Brand New and/or Not Sure About Competing or want to fence and not compete?
Wednesday night is open bouting, come hook up to fence electric and play - to do so you either need to be signed up for classes that month or have an open bouting membership. Visiting fencers should contact us before arriving, but are welcome. Several times a year we will schedule an “Earn Your E” Tournament for those (13+) who are ready to take on the challenge. We also occasionally hold Team Epee Swordfight Socials where teams are balanced as much as possible to maximize fun and fencing time for all ages and skills. Also some electric sword and dagger (epee and foil simul-fencing), melees, fencing movie nights, and M-hikes. Check the bulletin board for details!
10/23/19 The first Earn Your E Tournament of the season. Higher rated fencers will also have room to fence
11/16/19 Montana High School Team Cup #1
2/1/20 Montana High School Team Cup #2
TBA Montana High School Team Cup #3
Pretty New or Not So New and Excited About Competing?
All of the above PLUS Any of the Following
9/28/19 Montana Cup #1 in Missoula Senior Epee and Foil, Division III Epee or Women’s Epee, Y14, and Y10/12
10/5 Utah/S Idaho Epee League #2 in Pocatello Epee: Y12, Y14, Junior, Senior, Vet
10/19/19 Zombie Tournament Senior Foil, Epee, Saber in Missoula
11/2/19 Montana Cup #2 in Bozeman Senior Epee and Foil, Division III Epee or Women’s Epee, Y14, Y10/12, and JO Epee Qualifier
3/28/20 Inland Empire Divisional Qualifier for Nationals in Missoula Y14, Division III, Division II
4/4/20 Montana Cup #3 in Bozeman Senior Epee and Foil, Division III Epee or Women’s Epee, Y14, and Y10/12
5/9/20 Montana Cup #4 in Missoula Senior Epee and Foil, Division III Epee or Women’s Epee, Y14, and Y10/12
5/30/19 Iron Fencer In Bozeman is a Division fundraiser. Senior Epee, Foil, Saber to earn points for an overall Iron Fencer Award.
For Experienced Competitors or To Compete Regionally or Nationally
Any/All of the above PLUS Some of these
10/18-21 Kansas City NAC Division I, II, Cadet
11/8-11 Milwaukee NAC Junior, Cadet, Y14
12/6-9 Salt Lake NAC Division I, II, Senior Team, Vet Open, Vet age
1/3-6 Charlotte NAC Division I, Junior, Senior Team
2/1-2 Seattle: RJCC
2/14-17 Columbus, OH: Junior Olympics
4/17-20 St Louis Division I National Championship and NAC for Division II, III and Vet
4/24-26 Denver: ROC Division IA, II, Vet
6/28-7/7 Summer Nationals and July Challenge Louisville, KY -must qualify and register by May
We are in the Inland Empire Division (Montana, N Idaho, Western Washington). 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 early fall 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 Bozeman that are close-ish and fun are in Missoula, Salt Lake area, Pocatello, and Spokane.
Montana High School Team Cup is a series of team events, new this year. Teams from elsewhere are welcome.
ALL local tournaments are welcoming and relaxed events. New, recreational and competitive fencers are all made welcome.
Inland Empire Qualifier for Junior Olympics: Epee is in Bozeman 11/2/19. Foil is in Spokane 11/16/19.
Inland Empire Divisional Qualifier for Nationals is in Missoula this spring: Y14, Div II and III.
We are in region 1. Registration is through USFA. These events are designed to field a level of play between local and national events. You can fence at regional events in any region of the country. They also serve as qualifiers for national level championships: for kids and teens to use these events as qualifiers, you must be fencing in our region. Here's a link to the list of all of them.
RYCs: Y12, Y14 to qualify for Nationals and for the March Y10 and Y12 NAC or to gain experience fencing other kids outside our division for those kids who have been fencing for a year or two and/or who wish to fence nationally in high school.
RJCCs: Cadet and Junior to qualify for Junior Olympics 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. JOs will be in Columbus in 2020, fencers ages 13-19 may wish to travel to several of the fall/ early winter RJCCs if they are interested in competing in JOs or at Nationals.
ROCs: Specific to Div IA, II, or Vet, to qualify for national championship events or to try out fencing other people from other regions. Unlike youth events, ROCs are not limited to our region. Some of these are specific to only one weapon. The closest is in Denver.
National Level Tournaments
For the North American Cup (NAC) 2019-2020 schedule and registration, see USFA. These are larger than the regional events with an often higher/ more intense level of competition. This year's December NAC will be in Salt Lake and is thus the most accessible for us. This is a great first big national event for teens and adult fencers with Division II, Vet, Vet Age, and Senior Team events. You do not need to qualify to fence. There is also a Division I NAC there as well so it's also a great spectator experience.
SYC and SJCCs: another much bigger option for Y10, Y12, Y14 and Cadet/Junior to qualify for National Championships. Bigger than RYCs or RJCCs, you aren't limited to ones just in our region. The closest this year are in OR, WA, and CA. If your fencer has been fencing for at least 3 years and is in the older year of his/her age bracket and doesn’t mind meeting other fencers who may be high drama, these can be interesting events to fence. I would go to an SYC later in the season. You will likely be wowed but you will learn a lot and improve immensely as a fencer. SJCCs are new and are the equivalent event for Junior and Cadets.
Most NACs are for Cadet and older age groups. 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 Columbus, OH in February 2020. Qualify at RJCCs, NACs or Divisionally.
Championship for Division I is in April in St Louis.
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. These will be in Louisville, KY in 2020
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.