A tournament may contain several events which separate competitors by gender and age group. Each event will have a different start time.
You should show up about an hour before your event. This allows time to complete registration, weapons check and warm-up.
Upon arrival, you must register for each event you are signed up for. You will need to show your USA Fencing Membership Card, proof of
age, and a signed waiver if required.
Weapons check at a national tournament include: Mask, Lame, Body Cords, Mask Cords and Glove. Blades are checked on the strip
before each bout. Local tournaments may only require a mask check.
Fencers in each event are separated into pools of 5-7 fencers. Each fencer will fence everyone in their pool once. Each bout goes
to 5 points or 3 minutes and is overseen by a director.
Top seeded fencers are placed in different pools. This gives them the best chance to earn the highest seeding for the Direct Elimination rounds. That
seeding, in turn, gives them the best chance to meet in the finals. It is very important that you check your seeding before pools are
posted. Ensure that you get the benefit of your ranking, and also make sure you do not have teammates in your pool if there are other
pools available. Direct Elimination seeding is determined by the number of wins, touches scored, and touches received in the Pool round.
The Direct Elimination round is a standard single elimination bracket. Fencers are seeded based on their pool results. Each DE round
goes to 15 points and is fenced within three 3-minute bouts with 1 minute rest in between. In the event of a tie, an additional one-minute
priority round is fenced. The winner moves to the next round.
The top 4 finishers in each event earn a gold, a silver and 2 bronze medals. Larger events will award medals to the top 8 finishers.