The Austin Challenge Fencing Tournament 2018 - Two fencers competing at the Round Rock Sports Center

The Austin Challenge Fencing Tournament 2018 Information

Here’s some information needed to compete at The Austin Challenge Fencing Tournament 2018 at the Round Rock Sports Center.

USFA Membership

  • Austin Fencing Club (AFC) tournaments are all United States Fencing Association (USFA)-sanctioned. To compete in a USFA-sanctioned tournament like The Austin Challenge Fencing Tournament 2018, you must be a competitive member of the USFA. You can join online here. The membership year runs from August 1 through July 31 of the following year, but if you join after April 1, your membership is extended through the following year. If you already have non-competitive membership, you can simply upgrade your membership to competitive.
  • The USFA no longer mails hard copy cards, unless you opt to pay an additional fee for them. You can print a paper card from the membership area of the USFA website.

Tournament Formats and Age Brackets
Your “fencing age” is determined by your age on January 1 of the current year, so age brackets correspond to the year you were born. Youth fencers should bring a copy of proof of age (passport, birth certificate, etc) to the tournament for age verification.

For the 2017-2018 season age brackets are as follows:

Event                    Birth year range
Youth 14 “Y14”      2003-2006
Youth 12 “Y12”      2005-2008
Youth 10 “Y10”      2007-2010
Cadet (Under 17)    2001-2004
Open                      Born 2004 or earlier

The format for a tournament is:

  • One round of pools – pool size will depend on how many fencers there are in the event, but is usually 5, 6, or 7 fencers. Each fencer fences everyone else in the pool.
  • After pools, fencers are seeded into a direct-elimation ladder based on their pool results. The direct-elimation bouts are 15-touch for Open, Cadet, Y14, and Y12, and 10-touch for Y10


Austin Fencing Club Email: afc.secretary@gmail.com

Phone: (512) 218-8848